When it comes to exploring the vast unknown that is space, one of the biggest problems is, ironically, a lack of space. But now a team of research engineers at Brigham Young University, led by professor Larry Howell, are thinking outside the box to figure out how to get more inside the box and have begun applying origami principles to rigid solar panels. Collaborating with NASA and origami expert Robert Lang, their model origami solar array could be transported into space expand to almost 10 times its stored size once unfolded. [Read more...]
If you believe political bribes are destroying our democracy, then step right up to the Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile and let your dollars spread the message. The same guy who brought you the most delicious, (not to mention organic and sustainable) ice cream in your grocer’s freezer has yet another brilliant idea. Since each bill printed in the U.S. passes through 875 hands, on average, if just 1 person stamps one bill per day for 1 year, it could reach 300,000 people, which means it would only take 1,000 to reach the entire U.S. population! With enough awareness this movement could help to pass an amendment to the constitution to take back our democracy from the corporations that use their money to puppeteer our politicians. 16 states have already voted for it and 150 members of congress support it. Keep the momentum going by purchasing a stamp(at cost) on StampStampede.org. [Read more...]
From the catwalk in Canada to America’s Next Top Model, Chantelle Brown-Young has been showing how comfortable she is in her own skin. Affected by the skin condition Vitiligo, which causes the skin’s pigment to disappear in patches, the young model has a captivating, unique beauty. Although she endured excessive bullying in her school days, with hurtful names like “cow” and “milky”, Brown-Young blocked out the negativity and embraced her individuality to follow her dreams of becoming a model. [Read more...]
We are pleased to present the best thing to happen to bread since sliced bread. Have you ever ripped a delicious fresh piece of bread to shreds as you battled with butter right out of the refrigerator? You end up with one big mouth full of butter in one bite and none in the next. It’s not pretty. But now there is a better way. The innovative team at DM Initiatives has created the most incredible, yet simple, kitchen utensil which they appropriately call The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp. This magical device turns cold butter into easily spreadable ribbons that melt like butter on your breakfast toast. Aside from the ease of spread-ability, the gadget will also help you use less butter, which can cut a lot of calories from your diet. [Read more...]
Even though Sunday is his one day off, New York City hair stylist Mark Bustos still cuts hair. He not charging money though – he’s here to do something good for the world. Walking the streets he looks for less fortunate people who would appreciate a new haircut, simply saying, “I want to do something nice for you today.” [Read more...]
For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.
From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.
Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more...]
The selfie is everywhere. Ellen Degeneres has that star-studded masterpiece from the Oscars; a curious monkey snapped one in the woods; and Kim Kardashian just announced she’s putting out a coffee table of her best examples in 2015 (please… no…). Now classic statues are getting in on the trend. Redditor Jazus_ur_lookin_well recently spent a day at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, creating a series of funny captures that make the statues appear to be taking selfies. The look on each statue’s face is priceless and oh so timely. [Read more...]
Turn your John Hancock into a Hugo Chavez with ChavezPro. This new typeface designed by a group of young “anti-imperialists” mimics Chavez’s distinct handwriting and commemorates what would have been the commander’s 60th birthday on July 28. [Read more...]
Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud. [Read more...]
To take the best pictures, you need the best light. That’s why photographer Eric Schwabel has crafted a human light suit which he will be bringing to Burning Man again this year. But he needs help funding the upgraded styling and custom-welded, lighter-weight lighting supports. This one-man photo studio captures Black Rock Citizens in all their glory. [Read more...]