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Origami Meets Mathematics In These Unbelievable Hand-Folded Designs

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes it’s hard for non-math people to understand how anyone could be so passionate about it, but these tangible examples of mathematical topics make it easy for anyone to see the complex beauty. Using math to understand the laws behind paper folding, Professor Thomas C. Hull has created some origami sculptures that seem impossible. The geometric work above, called Pleated Multi-sliced Cone, was a collaboration between Hull and world renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang. Lang used a computer program called Mathematica to design the concept and crease pattern, which artist Ray Schamp printed on elephant hide paper, them Hull spent around 20 hours, over the course of 2 weeks, folding it into the final structure. In the video below, Hull discusses the implications of origami to show mathematical concepts and projections for the future of origami. [Read more…]

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This New Acoustic Instrument Sounds Like a Digital Synthesizer

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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This new stringed instrument from Turkish musician Görkem Şen bridges the gap between the unplugged goodness of acoustic instruments, and the space aged sounds of a synthesizer. But don’t be fooled, this is purely acoustic – no electricity is involved.

He calls his creation the Yaybahar, and plays it with a variety of methods from striking and stroking the horizontal springs with a mallet, to percussion techniques on the two round drum-like membranes, or plucking, strumming and using a bow on the vertical strings. The Yaybahar provides such a wide range of sounds – from beautiful to grating – that we could see it creating all sorts of compelling new music. [Read more…]

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This Annual Report was Hand Sewn With Love

Tuesday 11.04.2014 , Posted by
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Unless you’re obsessed with tables of numbers, most annual reports are about as thrilling as… well, tables and numbers. Add some well honed creativity however, and they can be seriously compelling. Take this example from the women empowering crew at Krochet Kids. In this case, the report’s art and even data visualizations are very appropriately hand sewn with thread – and it’s beautiful. [Read more…]

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With Just a Light Gesture: Italian Quarry Boss Drops Huge Blocks of Marble

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Filmmaker Yuri Ancarani spent nearly a year filming the marble quarry on Monte Bettolgi in Northwest Italy. The otherworldly landscape of stone is captured in his documentary “Il Capo” (The Chief), which focuses on the quarry boss and his silent gestures which direct the action. Under his guidance massive blocks of marble are cut from the mountain and fall with a ground shaking crash. Captivating and surprisingly satisfying. [Read more…]

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Projection-Based Interactive Jewelry Of The Future by Neclumi

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Neclumi asks, “Are we willing to abandon atoms of gold for the waves of light?” A brilliant jewelry line created in the minds of Polish art collective panGenerator, Neclumi necklaces and watches will make the future brighter. Trading in heavy metals for a picoprojector, the interactive jewelry will be run through a custom app with 4 options for movement. Airo mode will react to a pedometer to move with you as you walk. Sono mode will react to the ambient sound and your voice. Roto will use the compass to react to the rotation of your body. Movi will react to your body movement to bounce with you. [Read more…]

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This Danish Orchestra Ate the World’s Hottest Chili Peppers Before Playing

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently played Tango Jalousie under the influence of one powerful substance: the world’s hottest chili peppers. Before performing the piece (by Danish composer Jacob Gade) each member downed one super-spicy chili: a Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend or a Ghost Chili. These professionals held it together impressively… almost to the very end (a lot more impressive than standing there, like that video of 1,000 people eating ghost chilies that went viral earlier this year). [Read more…]

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Nick Gentry Paints Striking Portraits on Old Film Negatives

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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If these images look familiar, it’s because you’ve seen the media remixing work of Nick Gentry before. The last time we featured the London-based artist, he’d painted impressive portraits on discarded floppy disks, perfectly matching each figure to the square/round shape of the digital format. Now he’s created a series of portraits that continue his passion for repurposing defunct media, using old film negatives as a striking gossamer canvas. [Read more…]

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Nothin’ But Lines: The Digital Designs of Patrick Seymour

Sunday 11.02.2014 , Posted by
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With white lines on a black background, Patrick Seymour knows how to make an image pop. His creations appear to be 3D as he varies the thickness, curve, and direction of each line to achieve an astounding level of depth. From all corners of the animal kingdom to pop culture heroes and villains, each image features a perfect line of symmetry, further adding to the page popping contrast of the white on black. Seymour is based in Montreal, Canada where he works as the art director for PALM + HAVAS. [Read more…]

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Look Out Swiss Army Knife, There’s A New Tool In Town And It Doesn’t Require A Pocket

Saturday 11.01.2014 , Posted by
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You never know where you’ll be when the screw on your glasses comes loose or you need a wrench or a ruler, but you can be prepared for anything with this amazingly designed hair clip from Leatherdos. You don’t need the bulk of a Swiss Army Knife in your pocket to fulfill all of its functions, all you need is this little metal clip. You can use it to hold back your bangs or hold your kippah in place. And if you don’t have hair, you can just clip it to your belt loop. It’s so light you won’t even remember it’s there. Boasting a flat head Phillips screwdriver, serrated cutting edge, 8mm wrench, ruler, trolley coin, small and large screwdriver, this is one useful piece of metal. [Read more…]

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20 Families That Went Totally Overboard for Halloween

Friday 10.31.2014 , Posted by
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For most people a simple Jack-o’-lantern on the front porch is enough for Halloween. Then there are families like these.

Suddenly their home becomes a miniature version of The Addams Family mansion, only it’s stuck in suburbia. Or, if you’re like one of the images here – there’s a full-on diorama of a Ghostbusters scene in the front yard. This is some next-level decorating, and we approve! [Read more…]

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