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Funny: Somebody Save Us from Digital Clutter!

Monday 07.15.2013 , Posted by

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Okay, so it might not be the most beautiful infographic you’ve seen in your life, but this one surely rates high on the honesty scale… and by the end will have you wondering what the heck we’re doing. Ray, Raf and Will, the three superhero/geniuses behind the online comic series DogHouseDiaries have whipped up another brilliant, funny and true effort observing the current state of our media through graphs… lots and lots of graphs. The thing is, as you read down their list, it becomes painfully obvious that today; our many photographs, music tracks and even our friends are hopelessly disorganized. [Read more...]

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A Bizarre Communal Bike Ride For a Good Cause

Saturday 06.22.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re into biking but feel like you need something new, you may want to try this alternative ride that is making its way around the world. It’s called the Aeolian Ride, and it takes biking in a whole new and wacky direction. It consists of wearing a nylon suit that inflates as the rider gains speed on their bike, creating shapes as it puffs up into three types of figures: a bunny, a bubble or a drop. Yeah, that should break your biking boredom. [Read more...]

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A “SMART” Car Tunnel that Diverts Flood Waters

Thursday 06.20.2013 , Posted by

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How does a major metropolitan city and its transportation systems deal with monsoon weather each year? You build a tunnel that can take the floodwater when it comes and then drain it out. The city of Kuala Lumpur did such an engineering feat and called it SMART Tunnel (Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel). Instead of losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to the flash floods that halt parts of the city, the SMART tunnel allows for citizens to get where they need to in the event of such weather. [Read more...]

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Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet

Tuesday 06.18.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is quickly transforming the world we live in, bringing us all closer together and helping us to learn about things we would never know without it. But, according to Google, for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable internet connection is still unavailable. Keeping the “affordable” part of that equation in mind, and considering all the rugged terrain around the world, running cables and placing antennas simply isn’t going to solve the problem. Enter Project Loon: the latest moonshot from Google[x] that envisions using high-altitude balloons to provide internet at 3G or faster speeds to remote and under supplied areas around the world. [Read more...]

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Otherworldly Sound Absorbent Research Facility

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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Scientists are always creating unique controlled environments to test products and hypotheses, but sometimes creating these conditions becomes just as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. English photographer Alastair Philip Wiper gives us an inside look at such facilities, finding their “unintentional beauty”. In an exhibit called Solar/Anechoic, Wiper artistically photographs the world’s largest solar furnace and the anechoic chambers at the Technical University of Denmark. Show here is a selection of photos from the echo-free chambers used to take transmission measurements between microwave antennas and measure how much noise different audio devices make. From some angles the carbon filled foam spikes, look like freshly sharpened blue pencils- until you see them in scale and realize how massive they are. [Read more...]

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ARKYD: The First Publicly Accessible Space Telescope!

Thursday 06.13.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re like those of us at Visual News, you find yourself looking at the sky most nights (or you might even have glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling)… so when it comes to this amazing Kickstarter project, we’re floored. ARKYD [ahrk-kid] is slated to be the first publicly accessible space telescope controlled by you. Through pledges and community involvement the project founder Planetary Resources is planning to put the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of explorers. Think about it, ideas we haven’t even conceived of can now be tested at anywhere from free to cheap prices, opening up a world of possibilities previously unreachable by the vast intellect of society. [Read more...]

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Incredible 3D Printed Photography

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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The team at Instructables has a printer that transforms black and white prints into unique three-dimensional worlds. The Objet Connex500 3d printer uses a rigid, semitransparent white material that don’t look like much when seen from the side, but when lit from behind the images gain texture and dimensionality. I don’t know much about any of this, but I do know awesome looking pictures when I see them. [Read more...]

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Harvard Scientist Grows Microscopic Flowers

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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Inside a tiny beaker of water Harvard scientist Wim L. Noorduin has managed to coax chemicals into beautiful and delicate microscopic flowers. On a micron scale he and his colleagues have produced arrangements of crystals that resemble natural forms from roses to broad leaves… and the kicker? They self-assembled! That’s right, these aren’t just pretty pictures from an electron microscope, but a new look at how structures form chemically in nature. [Read more...]

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Welcome to the Future: Projection Mapped Sculptures

Monday 05.20.2013 , Posted by

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Like digital creatures set loose from the world of the movie Tron, two wild animals light up the night with dazzling displays of color illuminating their surfaces. Flashes of bold color flicker across their faceted shapes, sharply outlining their edges or quickly breaking into flowing organic forms like leaves in the forest. It’s not your everyday sight in Rotterdam, but these aren’t your average animals either. [Read more...]

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Heartbreaking First World Problems from Twitter

Thursday 05.09.2013 , Posted by

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“The barista put 3 pumps of caramel in my macchiato today. I clearly said 2!” Life is tough for “first-worlders” sometimes, so what’s the best way to vent these struggles? Twitter of course! What better way to broadcast frustration about “serious problems” than to you 1,500 close friends around the web. This hilarious collection of tweets pokes fun at this all too common trend, juxtaposing stock images of despondent first world people dwelling on the sad trivialities of their lives. [Read more...]

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