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Harvard Students Create a Printable Self-Assembling Lamp

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you might remember the Spielberg produced movie *Batteries Not Included. The imaginative film featured tiny, spaceship-like mechanical life-forms that could reproduce (and help rebuild decrepit apartment buildings). Now, it finally seems the age of self-assembling machines is upon us… or at least self-assembling lamps. [Read more...]

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Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor. [Read more...]

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The Secret World Inside Your Dishwasher Revealed. Thank You Curious GoPro Owner.

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Yeah, everybody’s been wondering about it, but now we have the answer. Just what happens inside a dishwasher when it does its work? Thankfully, a curious GoPro3 owner popped his camera inside for a peek as the washer completed a full cycle. Unless you’re one of those people who think “tiny men with brushes” do the cleanup, this video will make a lot of sense. There’s lots of splashing, spinning and cleaning… and you’ll never have to wonder about this secret side of domesticity again. [Read more...]

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The World’s Oldest Pants: 3000+ Years Old and They Haven’t Changed Much… at Least For Hippies

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Long before gowns, robes, tunics, and togas were the common dress in the Roman Empire, nomadic herders in western China were pulling on pants. This pair of trousers excavated from a Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin are between 3,300 and 3,000 years old, making them the oldest example of this form of apparel known to exist… and they look a lot like hippie pants. [Read more...]

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World’s First Wingsuit BASE-Jumping Dog, Whisper

Sunday 06.01.2014 , Posted by
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Adventurous pets choose adventurous owners, which is why thrill seeking dog Whisper found her perfect best friend in Dean Potter. The record breaking wingsuit BASE-jumper, climber, master of the high line brings his beloved dog, Whisper along on his daring adventures. Whisper calmly enjoys being by her master’s side, even when she is flying through the air on his back, as you can see in the video below. [Read more...]

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32 Posters: The Teams at This Year’s World Cup

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
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Beginning June 12, the world’s eyes will turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup. In celebration of the event, ESPN commissioned Brazilian artist and graphic designer Cristiano Siqueira to make a series of images featuring each team… and they capture the passion of the game perfectly. [Read more...]

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Kittyo: Play with Your Cat When You’re Not at Home (and the Internet Rejoices)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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Ok Internet, this changes everything. Yes, I know you spend most of your hours stuck at your job, but what you really want to be doing is playing with your cat. Now, thanks to a revolutionary devise about to be massively funded on Kickstarter, you can work and play (with your cat) at the same time.

Kittyo is a one-of-a-kind product that lets you remotely interact with your cat while away from home, right from your smart phone. [Read more...]

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A New Way to Experience Your Personal DJ from Paris (and Other World Cities)

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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In a world filled with choices, curation is the key to finding the good stuff. That’s the idea behind 22tracks, and it’s keeping it local too. 22 DJs from the cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris (so far) are dropping local knowledge about the hottest 22 tracks of the moment from their genre of expertise – from hip hop and jazz, to electronica and pop. It’s a superb way to hear the best of good music, and discover new tracks you haven’t heard before. Now 22tracks has teamed up with Internet Explorer to completely rethink the way we experience them on the web, in an entirely beautiful way. [Read more...]

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Austin Artists: Mini Documentaries Reveal the Artistic Talent in Austin

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas then it’s pretty obvious that there is a large pool of artistic talent in the city. Music and arts often go hand in hand and there is a surplus of both in this ultra fun city. A videographer named JC Tovar shows off his filming/editing skills in a new series of short web documentaries featuring the fascinating local artists. He interviews the artists, showing their work as well as their work space and works in progress. Tovar’s Austin Artist series is a perfect glimpse into the background stories of the artist who call Austin, TX home. [Read more...]

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The Drinkable Book: More Than a Good Read, It Has 4 Years of Clean Water in its Pages

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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The problem with contaminated drinking water in poor regions of the world isn’t ignorance of an issue. The problem is education and access when it comes to a solution.

Charity group WATERisLIFE aims to fix that… with a book.  [Read more...]

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