After a van creamed an electric pole, the sparks started arcing in London, Ontario. The sound and light show was captured by an onlooker. Read the rest
Akihiro Ito shared this lovely and relaxing video of Nendo's art piece called Jellyfish Vase, a collection of silicone forms in the shape of vases that are thin enough to sway in gentle water currents.
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Australian woodworker Brendan Stemp found an old fence post with decades of weather damage. After some prep work, he filled the wood gaps with resin and turned a beautiful pot on his lathe. Read the rest
The trailer for the film Awaken by timelapse expert Tom Lowe has so many beautiful shots that it was hard to choose a thumbnail. Below are just a few: Read the rest
AntsCanada (previously) has an overpopulation problem in his yellow crazy ant colony, so he added two kinds of carnivorous pitcher plants. The resulting relationship between ant versus plant turned out to be quite fascinating. Read the rest
Remember the helicone toy that changed from a helix to a pine cone? A mathematician just upped the ante with the colorful lollipopter. Read the rest
This cool paper fidget spinner is basically an origami pinwheel, but it's still pretty neat. Read the rest
Jerry and Marina Leussink of Sundre, Alberta didn't have a farm pond, so they build a custom pool-like pond lined with inch-thick plastic. Read the rest
Pro pilot steveo1kinevo makes great cockpit videos of some pretty crazy flights, like this Bahamas trip with a crosswind so wicked he had to "crab angle" the plane at about 45 degrees for the whole approach.
What's amazing is how smooth the landing is. And if you're wondering about the weird effect on the propeller from the outside mounted cam, it's an artifact of the camera's rolling shutter.
• Stressful max crosswind landing in The Bahamas (YouTube / steveo1kinevo)
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Emily Seilhamer specializes in upcycling everyday things. Here's a ton of amber prescription bottles repurposed as a cool lampshade. It also doubles as the world's worth windchime. Read the rest
These days, a conveyor belt can be so much more than a belt. Omnidirectional belts are programmable, allowing items to be rotated, aligned, and even transferred to other belts as they zip along. Read the rest
Sixth-grade teacher Kerstin Westcott held back tears as she explained why she was leaving her dream job at a Green Bay middle school. Police were called to the middle school almost daily in the past school year. Read the rest
A new film about artist Chris Burden comes out this year, which is the perfect reason to revisit one of his coolest later works: Metropolis II, filmed here by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.
The sculpture took four years to build. Quoth the filmmakers:
We had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden's studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.
The documentary, titled Burden, is being released in 2017:
• Metropolis II by Chris Burden (the movie) (YuTube / HENRYandREL Supermarché) Read the rest
Smoke-filled bubbles fall like fruits from an otherworldly tree in this beautiful installation titled New Spring. Read the rest
Ubitricity is a nifty little company that modifies existing electric street lamps into charging stations for electric cars. Read the rest
Johnny FPV is a drone racer on the pro circuit. He took one of his drones out for a sunset spin in a construction site next to his hotel, and it's quite beautiful and thrilling. Read the rest
Designer nendo created these 50 manga chairs, inspired by animated variations on the theme of a canonical chair form. Read the rest