*I wish there was a beard emoji for this post lol
They maybe has goo?
Here's just two of the many beautiful, serene GIF animations depicting life in Japan, by @1041uuu. [via Hacker News & designmadeinjapan]
(Photo: Mikael Buck)
Some people wear swim caps to protect their hair from the ravages of water, to keep hair out of pool filters, or reduce water drag while racing. The first of these is, of course, a concern for men with high-grade beards. They don’t want their perfectly designed facial arrangements to be harmed.
So it was inevitable that Virgin Trains, a British railroad company, would invent a device to protect the beards of swimmers. The beard cap is a Lycra swim cap that includes a wrap for beards and mustaches. PSFK reports that it’s a necessity for bearded athletic swimmers:
Virgin Trains, the official train partner to the Great North Swim, commissioned research after reading debates on swimming forums about beards causing drag. The findings revealed that 12 percent of men connect their beard to slower swim times and nearly a quarter feel their beards hinder their sports performance. Sporting men reported the reasons for this, with 11 percent saying their beard is irritating, 32 percent claiming it is a source of discomfort, and 42 percent saying they find it distracting.
-via Hopes & Fears
Scientists at MIT have pulled up a very tiny curtain on their newest invention: a 1.7cm square robot capable of assembling itself like a piece of origami. The Untethered Miniature Origami Robot is powered by a small neodymium magnet and four electromagnetic coils underneath the robot’s surface that create magnet fields necessary for it to operate. The small robot can walk on different surfaces, climb, carry objects twice its own weight, swim in shallow water, burrow, and it even completely dissolves in an acetone solution leaving behind just the magnet.
So what can we do with super tiny self-folding robots? Researchers hope to develop even smaller autonomous robots with additional sensors that can dissolve in water. Such tiny devices could have a variety of medical uses when introduced inside of a human body, maybe zapping cancer cells or cleaning clogged arteries. You can read more about it over at IEEE and in this research paper. (via Laughing Squid)
Dracula Raven Orchid ‘Edgar’ (cross between ‘Dracula roezlii’ and ‘Dracula vampira), from the cloud forest of western Ecuador and Colombia, at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters.
Photo credit: Eric Hunt
Cuuute! Annoying captions, though :p
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Spoon & Tamago tells us that amezaiku--the Japanese art of lollipop making--has thrived since the Eighth Century. Shrinri Tezuka is a master of the craft. He owns Ameshin, a studio and workshop in Tokyo. There, he produces wondrously realistic and completely edible lollipops that look like animals. He combines sugar, starch, and food coloring into the forms of fish, frogs, and snakes.
A taxpayer's ability to deduct expenses for a personal workspace depends on whether the Canada Revenue Agency considers it to be a legitimate home office. Be warned: the rules are strict.