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20 May 14:04

Sweden's 'dream home' crowdsourced from 200 million web searches

by Steve Dent
If you adore box-like, red houses with open kitchens and around 1,200 square feet of space, guess what! You're an average Swede, apparently. Real estate site Hemnet and architects Tham & Videgård came up with the design by crowdsourcing preferences f...
20 May 18:23

Hydrogen-powered drone will fly for hours at a time

by Jon Fingas
Even the nicer drones you can buy typically last for just minutes in the air, which isn't much help if you're delivering packages or shooting movies. Horizon Unmanned Systems (HUS) thinks it has a solution, however: hydrogen power. Its recently unvei...
21 May 06:04

Americans are using more energy, but green tech is softening the blow

by Jon Fingas
It may be tough to satisfy the US' seemingly never-ending thirst for energy, but clean power sources are at least helping to soften the impact. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have determined that Americans' energy use climb...
21 May 09:22

Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins

by Matt Brian
Cooper Griggs

Anyone watch the Zeitgeist series?

It's taken a while, but the UK is now primarily cashless. No, it's not all-digital, but for the first time, consumers and businesses are making more payments with cards, smartphones and online banking than standard notes and coins. That's according t...
21 May 02:42

4gifs: Doberman thinks he is too tough for hugs. [video]


Doberman thinks he is too tough for hugs. [video]

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ziraseal: naturemetaltolkien: English is a difficult language. It can be understood through...



English is a difficult language.

It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though.

you need to stop

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21 May 02:14

dear tumblrseriously tumblr, i will pay you money to make this...

Cooper Griggs


dear tumblr

seriously tumblr, i will pay you money to make this stop.

i will pay for no ads, for a messaging system that works, and for you to stop recommending blogs to me.

i’ve been here 8 years. i will do this. please take me up on it.

21 May 02:38

"nah, not tonight, that will only make me angry."

Cooper Griggs

me too

“nah, not tonight, that will only make me angry.”

- me, going through my netflix queue. i may have too many angry-hippie docs queued for my own good.
21 May 00:12

Almost Out

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21 May 14:04

Delicate Glass Sea Life Sculptures by Emily Williams

by Christopher Jobson

Glass Seaweed, 2014, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 20″ x 20″ x 20″

American artist Emily Williams draws inspiration from the sea and other aspects of organic life for the creation of her fragile glass sculptures that mimic seaweed, jellyfish, and coral. Each piece begins with a selection of perfectly straight borosilicate glass rods in various diameters which she carefully melts with a glass torch to form patterns similar to veins and branches.

As a child, Williams’ grandmother was a docent at the Smithsonian leading to many artistic and scientific discoveries at a very young age that would deeply influence her decision to pursue an artistic career. She went on to receive her MFA in sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and a BFA in sculpture from V.C.U. in Richmond. She is currently working on an impressive glass coral piece shown in the video below (and discussed in this blog post), and you can see more views of her work both on Facebook and in her portfolio.

Glass Seaweed, detail

Coral Skeleton
Glass Coral Skeleton, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 20″ x 22″ x 10″

Coral Skeleton_DetailCoral Skeleton, detail

Glass Nest
Glass Nest, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 20″ x 20″

Glass Jellyfish, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 14″ x 14″

Glass Petal, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 15″ x 12″ x 4″

Petal, detail

Burst, 2013, Flameworked borosilicate glass, 12″ x 10″ x 10″

21 May 15:45

Pneumàtic’s Salvaged Tire Installations Playfully Interact With Barcelona’s Urban Architecture

by Christopher Jobson







Pneumàtic was founded by artists OOSS, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa for the street art festival Ús Barcelona. The idea behind the cut salvaged tire installations was to create works that tested the traditional uses of architecture, playing with the audience’s understanding of what is just beyond their physical grasp.

The works, which are all placed in linear or circular arrangements, also test the viewer’s association with architecture, giving a playful tactility to the spaces they occupy. Although most of the sculptures look as if they are only decorative, many impede walking paths, forcing one to walk around their blockade or traipse upon their back like a bridge. Each installation appears as if the solid structures the tires are adhered to are malleable, the pieces disappearing and emerging from the ground and walls like they are being slowly sucked in by quick sand. (via designboom)

21 May 17:27

Artist Sean Yoro Paints Meticulous Seaside Murals While Balancing on His Paddle Board

by Kate Sierzputowski

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Riding atop a paddle board, artist Sean Yoro (aka Hula), paints murals while floating on the waves, placing his works just above sea level. The murals, all portraits of women, have a hyperrealistic quality that appear as if each is existing just above the tide. Due to the works’ position above the water they reflect perfectly into the waves, the image extending out far from the painted surface.

The NYC-based artist paddles out to paint the murals, balancing his acrylic paint on his board all the while. Hula grew up on the island of Oahu, where he spent most of his days in the ocean. Although he grew up dabbling in graffiti, watercolor, and tattoo art, he didn’t take his work seriously until he began to paint the the human body when he was 21. Hula also uses cracked surfboards as a surface to paint his female portraits, more of which you can see on his Instagram, @the_hula. (via Street Art News)

19 May 05:07

Auroras and Star Trails over Iceland

Cooper Griggs


It was one of the quietest nights of aurora in weeks. It was one of the quietest nights of aurora in weeks.

20 May 15:13

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20 May 09:07

OTAKU GANGSTA, gdsgreerre99

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20 May 09:49

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20 May 13:03

An Extraordinary Glimpse into the First 21 Days of a Bee’s Life in 60 Seconds

by Christopher Jobson

In an attempt to better understand exactly what happens as a bee grows from an egg into an adult insect, photographer Anand Varma teamed up with the bee lab at UC Davis to film the first three weeks of a bee’s life in unprecedented detail, all condensed into a 60-second clip. The video above presented by National Geographic doesn’t include commentary, but Varma explains everything in a TED talk included below. The primary goal in photographing the bees was to learn how they interact with an invasive parasitic mite that has quickly become the greatest threat to bee colonies. Scientists have learned to breed mite-resistant bees which they are now trying to introduce into the wild. Learn more about it in this video:

(via Reddit)

20 May 04:09

Hugh Jackman tells Americans: Vegemite, you're doing it wrong

by Jenni Ryall
Cooper Griggs

I still think it's repulsive.


Finally, someone has set the world straight on how to eat the Australian spread Vegemite.

Australian actor Hugh Jackman taught Jimmy Fallon a lesson about the yeast extract that Aussies love to love and everyone else loves to hate on Monday night

It is all in the preparation. You must get two pieces of white toast, cover them in butter and spread the Vegemite on real thin. "It's not like Nutella, you can't just scoop it on, it's refined. Just a little bit," Jackman said.

Jackman's tips for consuming Vegemite like an Aussie:

The timing: "You've gotta have it on toast, first thing in the morning."
The toast: "Lightly, beautifully toasted."
The butter: "Just a nice thin layer of butter. It has to melt in. Perfect butter, not too hard."
The Vegemite: "See this [shows small portion], maximum Vegemite. No more than that."
The result: "Much better, tastes like salt. That was fantastic," Fallon admitted. Read more...

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This guy.

This guy.

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20 May 03:56

Tiny palm-top UAV folds itself up like an origami quadcopter

by Andrew Tarantola
Cooper Griggs

That's pretty cool. Scary application possibilities though.

Tiny quadcopters that fit in the palm of your hand have been around for a few years now, but very few of those drones can also fit in your pocket; what with their easily snapped rotor spars. However, a pair of researchers from the Swiss Federal Insti...