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13 Apr 23:40

Why We Shouldn't Have Chins

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Here we see an impressive, but chinless, Neandertal skull and a puny, but bechinned, human skull. Why do we have weird, low, skull ridge? We don't know, but we know one of the reasons why we shouldn't have it.


14 Apr 00:00

Behold The Dark Sand Dunes Of Mars

by Cheryl Eddy

The HiRISE camera mounted on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is exploring the history of water on Mars, snapped this photo of a circular depression on the Red Planet's surface.


26 Apr 11:37

doctorgastro:Cheers everyone.


Cheers everyone.

17 Apr 19:20

Grim Discovery Confirms Cannibalism Among Early Britons

by George Dvorsky

A recent analysis of human-chewed remains has provided some of the most compelling evidence to date that ice age Britons engaged in cannibalistic practices.


20 Apr 13:30

The Invention Of Lobotomies Is As Disturbing As The Procedure

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

If the history of lobotomy itself weren’t infuriating and horrifying by itself, the development of the procedure would be. Because the experiment that gave Antonio Egas Moniz the idea for the lobotomy in the first place was actually a partial failure, yet Moniz chose to focus on the “positive.”


21 Apr 15:00

Goodwood wooden watches are Father Nature’s favorite timepiece

by Larry Geisz

Goodwood wooden watches

Seems like all the rage and talk recently has been about the new Apple watch and why not, it’s new and neat, but what if you are looking for that unique classic watch, the kind that only tells time? The Goodwood wooden watch is a Kickstarter project that may be just what you are looking for. The Goodwood watch has a 24 jewel automatic movement, stainless steel case, sapphire crystal and a wooden faced watch. While a wood watch is not uncommon, having one that has an automatic movement is. The Goodwood watch has the following specs from the Kickstarter page:

  • Case Width – 40mm
  • Case Depth – 12mm
  • Movement – NH35A
  • Strap Width – 20mm
  • Clasp – Fold over safety clasp with push button
  • Waterproof – 5ATM
  • Weight – Max 94g

Available in ebony, maple and red sandalwood, this project has several pledge points with a pledge of £99 (approximately $145 US) getting you your choice of Goodwood watch. The project runs through May 13, 2015, and if successful is slated to ship the Goodwood watch in the September 2015 time frame.

Filed in categories: News, Watches, Clocks

Tagged: Wristwatch

Goodwood wooden watches are Father Nature’s favorite timepiece originally appeared on The Gadgeteer on April 21, 2015 at 11:00 am.

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15 Apr 19:15

Storefront's TRANS Auction

by John Hill
20 Apr 22:40

Crickets Alone Will Not Save You, Futurist Foodies

by Robbie Gonzalez
A. Kachmar

Thank goodness

Eating bugs is a great idea! ” shout future-minded gourmets, the kinds of people who eat waxworm tacos willingly and feed bug cookies to their coworkers. But are insects like crickets and grasshoppers really the solution to our environmental and food-security woes? Well... maybe not. Not entirely, at least.


24 Apr 22:36

Tsunago, An Ingenious Japanese Pencil Sharpener That Joins Old Pencil Stubs Together to Form a New Pencil

by E.D.W. Lynch

Japanese pencil sharpener brand Nakajima Jukyudo recently released Tsunago, an ingenious pencil sharpener that joins old pencil stubs together to form a new, usable pencil. The clever manually-operated sharpener joins pencils in a three-step process: First, a hole is bored into the back end of a pencil stub A. Next, the tip of pencil stub B is specially sharpened, leaving a “stepped” tip. The stepped tip is cleaned (neatness counts!) before pencil B is nested in the back end of pencil A.

Clever Pencil Sharpener Connects Old Pencils Together

Clever Pencil Sharpener Connects Old Pencils Together

Clever Pencil Sharpener Connects Old Pencils Together

images via Nakajima Jukyudo

via Spoon & Tamago

25 Apr 20:31

The Atlantic Wall, Jonathan Andrews

The Atlantic Wall, Jonathan Andrews

26 Apr 02:39

ohmygil: shintenbunshin: literally nothing can ever top...



literally nothing can ever top this

this is on a whole other level

22 Apr 16:14

New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini

by Christopher Jobson

Photo © André Morin

Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously) recently opened a new solo exhibition titled “La Villette En Suites” featuring a number of anamorphic projections designed to be viewed from a single location creating an uncanny optical illusion. Varini is fascinated by architecture as backdrop for his artwork and seeks unusual spaces with varying planes of depth for his installations which can grow to be quite dramatic.

The new geometric pieces (which are technically paintings) are installed in both interior and exterior spaces around the Grande halle de la Villette within Parc de la Villette through September 13, 2015. You can see more views of the exhibition on StreetArtNews, and follow Varini directly on Facebook.

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

Photo © André Morin

16 Apr 16:00

Colorful Street Art Coming to Life

by Donnia

Photographe et motion designer résidant en Espagne, A. L. Crego est l’auteur d’oeuvres street art auxquelles il donne vie à travers des GIF animés. Ces fresques en mouvement interagissent souvent avec l’environnement qui les entourent. Une sélection de ses GIF est disponible dans la galerie.

23 Apr 22:29


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by yasmine

Happy Halloween!

17 Apr 19:50

The Adventures of Business Cat

The Adventures of Business Cat

16 Apr 15:03

Car safety system monitors your body language to prevent accidents

by Mariella Moon
Many collision avoidance systems watch out for other cars or pedestrians to keep you safe. But this new one called Brains4Cars being developed by Cornell and Stanford University researchers adds a camera that monitors you (or the driver's, if it's so...
17 Apr 02:57


11 Apr 14:40

man0sx:Boiling life by Letoras


Boiling life by Letoras

17 Apr 17:16

The Kanna Finish: How to Get Glass-Smooth Surfaces in Wood Without Sandpaper or Varnish

Sandpaper has to be the number one consumable in the modern-day furniture shop. But a subset of craftspeople, like Toshio Tokunaga and his four apprentices, don't use any of the stuff—yet are still able to achieve a glass-like finish on their furniture pieces, even absent varnish.

Anti-sandpaper furniture builders achieve this with handplanes and spokeshaves, or what are collectively called kanna in Japanese. While Western planes are made with cast-iron or bronze bodies, kanna are made with wooden bodies supporting the iron cutter.

While sandpaper and kanna might seem to produce the same results to the untrained eye—or hand rubbing the surface—it's simply not true, particularly when seen at a microscopic level, or touched with sensitive fingertips.

As you can see, blades cut. Sandpaper tears. Thus, as Tokunaga Furniture Studio explains,

We use no sandpaper at all when crafting our furniture. Sandpaper rubs away the natural pattern of the wood, leaving behind a smoothness that is artificial and which obscures the tree's innate characteristics. In contrast to this, the kanna cuts away successive layers of wood in a way that preserves the wood's natural appearance.

Tokunaga, by the way, makes his own kanna, from the ones that do the roughing work to the ones that take the final fine shavings.

As you can see, he's designed a staggering range of shapes. Collectively these tools can cope with every type of contour required in his work, whether flat, concave or convex.

Here's the team putting in the elbow grease:

And here's Tokunaga discussing the benefits of the kanna finish:

The blades of course require regular maintenance. Here an apprentice sharpens an iron on a waterstone.

Speaking of the irons, take a closer look:

Those look store-bought to you? Nope, Tokunaga has them made locally. And while I hate to write this hacky, clickbaitey sentence, you really won't believe where they came from! Stay tuned.

18 Apr 08:31

pr1nceshawn: The 7 Stages of Not Sleeping at Night So much...


The 7 Stages of Not Sleeping at Night

So much truth

15 Apr 10:17

brain-confetti: nightvalemeteorologist:suctioning:Why She had...





She had a dream and she realized it.

Hey wait but sit down

This is Megumi Igarashi

She’s a Japanese artist

Japan, the country with some of the most fucked up pornography and the penis festival

Where the vagina is basically illegal to talk about 

So she did a bunch of art featuring 3D sculptures of her vagina, including this kayak, and was put in jail for it

She was indicted again in December on obscenity charges for selling vagina art to crowdfund for the kayak and could spend two years in prison

In Japan, women’s vaginas are treated as though they are men’s property. The trains here usually display pornographic advertisements. As a woman, I find that blatant objectification to be humiliating. I’m disgusted by it. My body belongs to me.
So, with this project I wanted to release the vagina from the standard Japanese paradigm. Japan is lenient towards expressions of male sexuality and arousal, but not so for women. When a woman uses her body in artistic expression, her work gets ignored, and people treat her as if she’s some sex-crazed idiot. It all comes back to misogyny. And the vagina is at the heart of it.
The vagina is ridiculed. It’s lusted after. Men don’t see women as equals—to them, women are just vaginas. Then they call my vagina-themed work “obscene,” and judge me according to laws written by and for men. [x]

She plans to turn her trial in to a manga comic. She seems pretty sure she’s not going to do any jail time but if you’d like to help her pay for her inevitable fine and court fees, you can check out her online store. There are little glow in the dark vagina characters.

14 Apr 21:29

Six Design Approaches to the Folding Bike Helmet

No one likes carrying a bulky bicycle helmet around. And as one designer after another tries to devise a way to make them collapse for storage, we're struck by how different everyone's approach is.

Julien Bergignat and Patrice Mouille's Tatoo Helmet is comprised of polypropylene strips lined with padded cells. Fastened at each end, the contraption rolls up like an armadillo. It's not terribly practical for carrying around, but assuming the connection points are strong enough, does seem it would withstand impact from the radial angles.

We Flotspotted/Trendletted Mike Rose's polypropylene Collapsible Helmet, which is considerably more elegant in terms of how it shrinks. The helmet compresses laterally, just about halving in size. However, while Rose has conducted drop tests for the helmet taking an impact from the top, we don't see any provision for providing the side-to-side structure you'd need for a lateral impact.

Inventor Jeff Woolf's successfully-crowdfunded Morpher helmet design also compresses laterally, and has won Popular Science's Safety Invention of the year for 2014/15. The helmet locks into the closed position via neodymium magnets. I'd like to see some explanation on the website as to how rigid this makes the helmet, but there is no technical description, just a statement that "Morpher has been designed to surpass all relevant safety standards."

The most recent design we've seen is Closca's Fuga helmet. Though they describe it as "folding," it doesn't fold at all, but rather telescopes down to roughly half-height. As with many of the other designs, there is no discussion on their website as to what provides rigidity from an impact along the axis it collapses along.

BioLogic's Pango folding helmet is made to fold in on itself from three angles. Because the folding design is hinge-based rather than compression-based, and when snapped together you have parts bracing each other in place, it seems it would be the most structurally sound:

It's subjective, but after looking at all of these, it seems the best solution to a folding helmet may not be a helmet at all.

We first spotted the Hövding "airbag for cyclists" a while ago, and it was first conceived of in 2005. By now the product's been around long enough that they've racked up both customer testimonials and praise from the insurance industry. And they really put their money where their mouth is, by showing crash-test footage and video demonstrations aplenty of the system deploying:

The only downside we can see is that there is a battery one must keep track of. But looking at the impressive protection statistics shown in the video, one does have to wonder if, compared to the Hövding, helmets really stand a chance.

14 Apr 21:57

Metazoa: Mixed-Media Cabinets by ‘ROA’ Reveal the Hidden Anatomy of Animals

by Christopher Jobson

Composition II: Lutrinate, Salmonidae, Anguilliformes

Belgian artist ROA (previously) just opened his first solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC titled Metazoa. The new series of mixed media works feature the artist’s familiar black and white depictions of animals painted on various cabinet-like furniture pieces that can be opened or shifted to reveal anatomical details. ROA often chooses to depict animals native to where he is working, specifically species that have been forced from their native habitats and now live on the outskirts of urban areas. Here’s a comment about ROA’s decision to depict the beaver, New York’s state animal, via Jonathan LeVine:

ROA views the beaver, the state animal of New York, as a metaphor for the idea that nature has the ability to reclaim itself. The recovery of the beaver in New York City after it was previously thought extinct is exemplary of how humans and animals affect each other and reflects the artist’s interest in how animals evolve within urban landscapes. Wherever man settles, the desire to explore beyond the borders of survival leads to the extinction of species. This extermination due to mankind’s impact not only disrupts the natural balance but also leads to drastic cosmic changes, which ROA aims to convey by depicting the life, transience and carrion of animals.

Metazoa will be on view through May 2, and you can see plenty more gallery views and an interview with the artist during a studio visit on Arrested Motion from earlier this year.

Composition I: Castor, Didelphimorphia, Sciuridae

Composition I: Castor, Didelphimorphia, Sciuridae (DETAIL)

Cervidae Tableau Dormant

Composition III: Alligatoridae, Testudinidae, Gastropoda

Erethizon Dorsatum

NY Canidae

Sylvilagus Audubonii

Cabinet Specula Crania

14 Apr 15:17

Awesome Words You Didn’t Know You Needed

by Strange Beaver

UrbanDictionary is packed full of words for today’s slang, but it also has a ton of hidden gems like these. Some of these are so perfect they need to be more commonly used

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

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Funny words that you should use more often

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Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

Funny words that you should use more often

13 Apr 14:00

Theories of Disappointment

by Lisa Marcus

Grant Snider of Incidental Comics takes on the inevitable occurrence in life of being disappointed. Whether it's disappointment as a result of the actions of significant others, friends or family, disappointment in the workplace or in other life circumstances, it's unavoidable. But as Snider points out, trying to avoid disappointment at all costs only makes your world smaller, with few opportunities, and thus, more disappointing. 

This is part one of "Theories of Disappointment." See part two at Incidental Comics.

13 Apr 16:00


11 Apr 03:22

fruitsgarden: sometimes dogs get embarrassed that someone saw...


sometimes dogs get embarrassed that someone saw them acting anything other than a majestic and stoic beast

10 Apr 03:25