Handmade wooden sunglasses

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Brazil-based artisan Guilherme Casagrande makes handcrafted wooden sunglasses from reused skateboard decks. Read the rest

Moose warms face with car exhaust

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On a brisk wintry day, this clever moose decided to use a car's exhaust to get a faceful of warm air. The best part is the car owner who keeps scraping his windshield. Read the rest

Breathtaking 4K timelapse of noctilucent clouds

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Adrien Mauduit captured these noctilucent clouds above Denmark on not just one night, but two consecutive nights. He explains how he documented the unusual weather phenomenon: Read the rest

New honeybee sperm bank racing to halt bee decline

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For years, entomologist Brandon Hopkins has argued for the establishment of a germplasm repository for cryopreservation of honey bee semen. Unfortunately, bee semen us very hard to collect and even harder to preserve, but Hopkins found better ways to extract and store their genetic material. Read the rest

Why does long-term zero-g hurt astronauts' eyes? Mystery solved

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Turns out that long stints in outer space affect levels of cerebrospinal fluid. That explains why many astronauts who had 20/20 vision before space missions needed glasses upon return, according to a paper presented this week. Read the rest

This LEGO Addams Family Mansion needs to happen

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LEGO is reviewing this nifty Addams Family mansion as a possible box set. It even has Morticia on her rattan chair with a black fan. Read the rest

DDoS attack on Finnish automated buildings disabled heating controls

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When the heat goes out during Finnish winter, it's a matter of life and death, so when two automated buildings controlled by Valtia systems suffered DDoS attacks that shut off the heat, Finns were understandably alarmed about the new threat. Read the rest

Marina Abramovic describes her harrowing 1974 performance of Rhythm 0

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What happens if you allow a group of onlookers to do anything they want to you for six hours? Marina Abramovich found out in 1974 when she laid out dozens of items on a table, including a gun with one bullet, and allowed strangers to use the items on her however they saw fit. Read the rest

30-year satellite image timelapses of notable places

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Google's Earth Outreach just published a series of nifty decades-long views of how world landmarks of changed, like this one of the Aral Sea from 1984 to present. Some of them are like watching slime molds grow: Read the rest

EcoHelmet: this collapsible paper helmet just won a huge award

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Isis Shiffer just won a Dyson design award for the EcoHelmet, an ingenious paper helmet that folds down to the size of a banana but offers significant noggin protection. Read the rest

Even superheroes have problems with social media

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The perils of modern online life even affect the Man of Steel. Jimmy Olsen's snap run through Facebook's evil autotagging is more observant than Lois. Lots more brilliant stuff by Brakken here. Read the rest

Watch formerly homeless people make jackets that double as sleeping bags

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The Empowerment Plan is a Detroit-based organization that creates manufacturing jobs making EMPWR coats that double as sleeping bags:

Via designboom:

the empowerment plan is a detroit-based, nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. it hires single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. the individuals it hires manufacture a coat designed to meet the needs of those in the homeless community. the durable ‘EMPWR coat’ can transform into a sleeping bag at night or an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. since 2012, it has provided employment to 34 homeless individuals—all of whom have now secured permanent housing for themselves and their families—and distributed over 15,000 coats to those in need across the US and canada.

REDFworkshop.org (Vimeo / The Empowerment Plan via designboom) Read the rest

Bubble porn aficionados keep refining their NSFW art

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Bubble porn is where a non-nude photo or video gets a swiss-cheese-like opaque overlay that gives the illusion of nudity. Since its meme heyday, the practice, known as bubbling, now uses translucent overlays that make the effect even more striking. Read the rest

The Infinity Wall: projection mapped illusion in the desert night

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It was a projection mapper's dream: a white canvas 30 feet high and wider than a football field. Megavision Arts was able to make the most of it with a dizzying and hypnotic projection mapped lightshow that dazzled the 1200 guests entering the temporary venue in the desert. Read the rest

Incredible 1960 time capsule apartment

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Miles McDermott is a modern-day millennial hepcat from Phoenix who has set up the most impressive 1960-vintage pad I've seen outside of a soundstage. Read the rest

Not My Emperor

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Legendary Phoenix getting in on the timely political commentary. Darth Sidious hasn't been seen in public since the election. Coincidence? Read the rest

Artist makes delightful creatures from beach rocks

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Stefano Furlani lives near the beach, and as a father-son project he started collecting rocks for collages. The results are pretty neat! Read the rest

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