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Gorgeous Video Game “Lumino City” Was Hand-Built from Paper, Not Pixels

Friday 12.05.2014 , Posted by
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Most video game developers spend their hours working with polygons on computer screens, but the team of developers at State of Play have been using mostly cardboard. Their unusually beautiful new release, called Lumino City, was entirely hand-built from cardboard, paper, string, LED lights and electric motors. The team then photographed and filmed the entire world, creating a delightfully crafty universe filled with paper textures. [Read more…]

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An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale. [Read more…]

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How Obama’s 3D Printed Bust was Created

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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There has been a presidential portrait for every US president, but never before has their exact likeness been recreated in 3D. As part of the White House’s first-ever Maker Faire, the President sat for a moment surrounded by 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners which captured every one of his details – from textures to skin tones. The White House video below details the process, but begins with an explanation of an old-time (and far less fun) counterpart for presidential replication – the death mask. [Read more…]

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Fashion Photographer Asks: “What If Guys Were Social Networks?”

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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Fashion photographer Viktorija Pashuta asks the question: what if guys were social networks? Her latest series sees models dressed in the colors and fashion you might associate with each network… and if you ask me, she nailed it. [Read more…]

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Ferguson: The Numbers Behind The Decision Not to Indict

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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After the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, the streets once again filled with outraged protesters – an action echoed across the nation from Oakland to New York. Sparked by the shooting in August, the issue of police brutality has been a hot topic, and the recent decision only underscores questions about racial inequality and a systemic bias.

Looking at the numbers behind who made this decision is eye opening [Read more…]

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The Kelpies: Andy Scott’s 100-Foot-Tall Steel Horses in Central Scotland

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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If you drive down the motorway near Grangemouth in central Scotland, you’ll see a pair of sculptures that are impossible to miss. This October, after 8 years of planning, fabrication and assembly, Scottish artist Andy Scott completed his equestrian sculpture ‘The Kelpies.’ It is the both the largest work of art in Scotland, and “the largest equine sculptures in the world.” Andy Scott calls it “Equitecture.” [Read more…]

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It’s Official: London Is Getting Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 Million Garden Bridge

Tuesday 12.02.2014 , Posted by
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London has no shortage of iconic bridges, but it’s now getting one that could top them all. Approved this morning by Westminster Council, Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the fantastic £175 million ‘Garden Bridge’ will cross the River Thames between Temple Station and the South Bank. After construction it will provide a lush green escape from the bustling city, suspended high above the river’s waters. It will also earn the distinction of being the “most expensive footbridge in the world.” [Read more…]

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A Drone Captures the Haunting Beauty of Abandoned Chernobyl

Tuesday 12.02.2014 , Posted by
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It’s been nearly 30 years since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, but much of the area remains the same as the day it was abandoned. Danny Cooke traveled to the site earlier this year while on assignment with CBS News for an episode of ‘60 Minutes.’ Armed with a dosimeter geiger counter, his SLR and a GoPro mounted on a drone, he explored the surrounding area including the abandoned town of Pripyat, and filmed its unreachable locations like never before. His film is called “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl”. [Read more…]

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Would You Wear It? Bacon Belts and Noodle Necklaces Made Like Japanese Food Samples

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Walk into many Japanese eateries and you’ll see delicious food on display. It’s there to give you an idea of what’s on the menu, but don’t try to take a bite. The realistic food is completely fake. Food samples have been an iconic part of Japanese culinary culture for a long time, but now the artful creations are being turned into wearable jewelry and accessories. Would you wear it? [Read more…]

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Erik Solheim Took 3888 Pictures of His Yard to Capture The Four Seasons in One Image

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Eirik Solheim spent an entire year capturing the changing seasons from one window of his house in Oslo, Norway. The artist, hacker and all-around interesting fellow was using an old SLR set to capture one image every 30 minutes for the whole year (this was back in 2010). When the year was over he selected 3,888 images from the 16000 total (to match the 3888×2592 pixel resolution of his camera). Then he used a custom script to take the first line of pixels from the first image, the second line from the second image, and so on. In the resulting picture, we see January on the left and December on the right. The whole year arrayed in one-pixel-wide slices. Fantastic. [Read more…]

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