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Where Do Narwhals Get Their Horns? The Magical Secret Revealed

Saturday 08.31.2013 , Posted by

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As the national animal of Scotland, surely unicorns once existed, but where have they all gone? For centuries narwhals have been swimming around in oceans of lies, concealing a secret, but husband-wife artist duo Kozyndan (Kozy & Dan) have revealed their confidential information. Though scientists once believed that a Narwhal’s horn is an enormous canine tooth, or tusk, Kozyndan show us that inside of every Narwhal, actually lives A UNICORN! Teaming up with Pretty In Plastic, Kozyndan brought their illustrations of this phenomenon to life with 24″ resin sculptures of their explanation. You can impress your friends with your “in-the-know” status of the Narwhalian truth by displaying one of them in your home or office if you head over to their online shop and place an order. [Read more...]

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An Artistic Collaboration With a 4-Year Old

Saturday 08.31.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes we complain about the way our collaborators work with us on a project – “Why won’t you just grow up!!” – but what if that helper was just a 4 year old child? When Mica Angela Hendricks, a professional illustrator, bought a new sketchbook, her young daughter ditched her own art supplies and wanted to contribute to her mothers work. The result is a charming combination of grown up perfection and youthful imagination. [Read more...]

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Inspired by a Frightened Armadillo: A Folding Electric Car

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Small cars are a good idea for a lot of good reasons. Not only are they easier to drive, more maneuverable, and much more economical to drive; in congested cities like New York they are also a LOT more easy to park. Just try wedging your beastly SUV into a tiny parallel parking spot at rush hour. It’s not a matter of parking skills, it’s a simple case of “will it fit in that teeny tiny spot?” The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) recently unveiled a new electric concept car aimed at solving that problem by folding the vehicle at its center point… and it’s inspired by a threatened armadillo. [Read more...]

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Larger Than Life Paper Cutout Portraits Made From Massive Sheets of Paper

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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From now until September 8th, Japanese artist Risa Fukui has a must-see paper cutout exhibition at the Pola Museum Annex. The Japanese art of paper cutting, also referred to as kirie, has been the force behind some magnificently talented artists like Rogan Brown and Bovey Lee, but never before have we seen it on such a massive scale. In her exhibition called LIFE-SIZED Risa Fukui presents 10 works that look like scribbled portrait drawings, so much so that it is almost unfathomable that they were cut out from a gigantic piece of paper. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- How It Feels to Fly- Ziplining Around the World

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine being a bird, soaring through the air. Humans have dreamed of having this super power for as long as they have co-existed with birds and we have found many ways to simulate the experience. Zip-lining is one of these techniques and quickly becoming a popular vacation excursion. From the rain forests to the beaches, mountains, and cities zip-lining is a thrill seeker’s way to explore a destination the way a bird would see it. To celebrate this fun frenzy, we searched Instagram for some adventurous images of zip-liners around the world. The fastest known zip-line is in the United Kingdom in Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Wales at Zip World. It measures 0.99 miles long and claims to reach speeds of 99 mph. The award for steepest, tallest, and longest zipline goes to the ZipFlyer Nepal at HighGround Adventures. It is 1.12 miles long with a vertical drop of 2,000ft and goes 75 mph at top speed. [Read more...]

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Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part. [Read more...]

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Abstract Explosions in the Sky: Fireworks Shot with a Macro Lens

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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You know what they say about photographers – it’s not the equipment you have, it’s how you use it… or something like that. Nick Pacione has been using a macro lens to photograph something you’d really hope to be far, far away: fireworks. He captured the 4th of July show in his home Dallas Texas, creating images that often look more like a psychedelic acid trip or big bundles of balloons than explosions in the sky. [Read more...]

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House on Wheels: Architecture Student Converts Old School Bus Into Modular Living Space

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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A house on wheels can be an adventure vehicle, a home with a view, or a moveable apartment unit.  A recent University of Minnesota architecture graduate took on a unique thesis project when he converted an old school bus into a living space. Hank Butitta’s goal was to push the design process beyond theory and beyond drawings. The school bus project was a three-dimensional space, and it came with the corresponding challenges and benefits. The challenge was to take the limited square footage and develop a flexible multi-use space. The benefit: after the project is completed, you have a tiny home on wheels not a PowerPoint presentation. [Read more...]

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Artist Uses Toasted Bread As a Canvas for His Anime Drawings

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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Move over latte art! Japanese toast art may just be the next big thing. A Japanese artist by the name of Hittomii uses lightly toasted bread as a canvas to make these adorable anime illustrations. He first “painted” on cookies, but has moved from dessert to breakfast with these new creations. He shows us that playing with your food is a good thing! [Read more...]

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Pointe Ballet Dancer Dances on Knife Blade Tips on Top of a Baby Grand Piano

Thursday 08.29.2013 , Posted by

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Simply reaching the ability to wear pointe shoes is a huge accomplishment in a dancer’s life, but French ballerina Amelie Segarra takes pointe to the next level in this video performance for an installation art piece by Javier Perez. Wearing pointe shoes with stainless steel knives attaches, Segarra appears to be in excruciating pain as she struggles to do her best to dance atop a baby grand piano. Twirling and screaming, she accomplishes this amazing feat and Barcelona-based artist Javier Perez captures the pure visceral emotion of the achievement. The video was projected in HD blu-ray on a 9′ wall for his latest video installation. [Read more...]

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