Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

Incredibly detailed psychedelic chocolate skulls

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Gorgeous culinary art by Ruth & Sira, illustrators and graphic designers from the north of Spain: “Chocolate Skulls Gone Nuts.”

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Fashion meets animal anatomy models: Lucia Giacani’s “Under My Skin” photo series

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Italian fashion photographer Lucia Giacani’s “Under My Skin” series, originally shot for Vogue Italia.

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3D-printed paper airplane machine gun

This video from German paper airplane enthusiast site Papierfliegerei is pretty fantastic.

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Surfing Senegal: Discovering surf culture in a bustling West African coastal capital

With much of the world's attention focused on West Africa for other reasons today, it's a great time to remember that cool people are doing cool things there. Like the surf instructors and surfers in this short documentary about catching waves in Dakar, Senegal.

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Meet Orion, NASA's next-gen spacecraft: Trial by Fire

NASA’s newest spacecraft, Orion, will be launched into space for the first time in December 2014.

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Questions over quality of care provided to first Ebola patient to die in US

A 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. He died today, October 8, 2014.


A 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. In September 2014, Duncan became the first patient in the U.S. diagnosed with Ebola. He died today, October 8, 2014.

“The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncan's life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner.”

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Video: A day in the life of a master neon sign artist

“It's like handwriting, everyone has their signature.”

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That time Robert Mitchum was arrested for weed

Back in jail after a sojourn at the county honor farm, actor Robert Mitchum strokes a new mustache. This photo was published in the March 25, 1949 Los Angeles Times.


Back in jail after a sojourn at the county honor farm, actor Robert Mitchum strokes a new mustache. This photo was published in the March 25, 1949 Los Angeles Times.

Actor Robert Mitchum was busted for marijuana in 1948.

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We're not entirely sure what's going on with this goat (video, GIF)

Perhaps he got a mouthful of peanut butter.

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A soft skull chair with moveable jaw

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Chic Sin Design makes these trippy skull chairs, with an articulating jaw. It's on Etsy. You may have also seen their Grizzly Bear and Logs chairs, which are also awesome.

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[via The Greenhead]

Video: Cat gives Obama speech on ebola

“We are screwed.” [Dylan McQuaid, via Reddit]

How to view the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse, in the wee hours of Wednesday

Blood moon during the total lunar eclipse in April 2014. Dominic Milan / NASA.


Blood moon during the total lunar eclipse in April 2014. Dominic Milan / NASA.

When our planet passes between the sun and moon in the early morning on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, the moon—-which will be in Earth’s shadow--will appear to glow blood-red.

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Low-energy LED invention wins Nobel prize for Physics

Japanese-born U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura talks about a laser in a lab after winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics, at the University of California Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California October 7, 2014. [Reuters]


Japanese-born U.S. citizen Shuji Nakamura talks about a laser in a lab after winning the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics, at the University of California Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, California October 7, 2014. [Reuters]

One American scientist and two from Japan were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics today for inventing the blue light-emitting diode, which led to the creation of the now-common LED light bulb.

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Twitter sues U.S. Justice Department for right to reveal government surveillance requests

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In a blog post titled “Taking the fight for #transparency to court,” Twitter today announced it is suing the Department of Justice for the right to report “the actual scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government.”

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The hyperrealistic cake sculptures of Debbie Does Cakes

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Debbie Goard is an incredibly talented cake artist who creates very life-like sweet, edible sculptures--many of which are a little gross, or a touch macabre.

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