Panono is a ball-shaped camera that you can throw into the air, where it will take spherical panoramic photos of everything around you. After that, the panoramic photo you just captured will be sent wirelessly to your smartphone, where you can then send it to Panono’s free cloud service.
Visual art, much like movies and music, is extremely subjective, sometimes appealing to the world at large, but more often than not just striking a select group very strongly. For instance, this back full of Avatar tattoos isn’t art, even though it’s fairly well crafted. But the GIFs sprinkled all over this page, all the creations of Belgrade artist Milos Rajkovic, work as both ingeniously attractive art and as the fuel for a night’s worth of truly disturbing dreams. Don’t bother eating a bunch of fatty food before going to bed if all you’re doing is trying to freak yourself out overnight. Rajkovic has you covered. In weirdness and possibly blood.
So why does he create such profoundly odd imagery? In an interview with
Catalyst, he says it’s because “it’s irresponsible to leave for future generations Internet full of cute animals.” Am I the only one who pictures him slamming down a vodka shot after saying that?
Inspired by satire and low-brow American culture, Rajkovic’s GIFs are filled with important looking men, wearing either business suits or military garb. The mechanics behind the head and brainwork of these people are usually in strict opposition to the relative simplicity of the Industrial Revolution. Instead of purely machine work being done, there are chickens, skeletons playing violins, disembodied limbs, and a brain in a hamster wheel. It makes me want to cut my face open in the bathroom mirror and see if any of this is happening inside of my own head, or if I’m just “one of the boring ones.”
While Rajkovic’s work started simple, with several disjointed body morph images, he quickly hopped onto the “Terry Gilliam on hallucinogenic crack cereal” tip and really went crazy with it. The work definitely makes one wonder where he could possibly go from here. So if anyone sees that Rajkovic has recently purchased a mad scientist laboratory and a shitload of Christmas lights and chickens, put out an emergency broadcast, because we’re all doomed, though this cyborg guy would probably be into having Ronald McDonald pop out of his head and blow blood through a horn.
It seems so simple. You think to yourself, “hey, self, I want to reach out and pick up that glass of water,” and you reach out and pick up that glass of water, or candy bar, or beer, or damn near anything your little heart desires. In reality, however, this is a hugely complex process. Scientists have been trying to create prosthetic limbs that recipients control with their minds for years. Now, thanks to those adorable monkeys, researchers may have taken a huge step towards that goal.
Scientists have been working to developed brain-machine interfaces, which, though way more complicated, are exactly what they sound like. When you think about what action you want your body to perform, your brain sends out electric impulses. Your muscles receive these, and react. When the limb has been amputated and is no longer there, your brain still sends out messages, there’s just nothing there to receive them. The idea behind the BMIs is to create prosthetic limbs that can pick up and interpret this information, and move accordingly.
We’ve all seen those awful photos from the aftermath of an oil spill—animals coated in tar, water pushing thick black sludge onto the shores, you know what I’m talking about. Workers always come to try and clean the messes, but it’s hard to imagine a more difficult job as you watch them painstakingly clean ducks, one feather at a time. In fact, some environmentalists think it’s better to let oil-soaked birds die, as only an estimated 1% of them manage to survive even after a cleaning. I’ll admit that after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil debacle, I was wary of anything that came from those waters. Obviously, the best approach would be to stop drilling and spilling oil all over the place, but next to that, we clearly need a better system for cleaning spilled oil. Now, thanks to some smart folks and the infinite powers of science, we’ve got it.
State University of New York Materials Science and Engineering Department professor Perena Gouma came up with something called a “nanogrid,” which is essentially a metal net made from a copper tungsten oxide. When sunlight activates the grid, it actually breaks down oil and leaves only biodegradable compounds behind.
This post combines a few of my favorite things: 3D printing, motorcycles, and electric transportation. An Italian company, CRP Group, demonstrates the limitless possibilities of 3D printing by manufacturing everything from art to satellites and is now turning heads with their piece de resistance—the Energica Ego, a kick ass motorcycle.
CRP Group started in 1970 making components for Formula 1 cars, and now supplies automotive manufacturers with cutting-edge building material. The company also now has a branch Charlotte, North Carolina. Appropriately enough, this bike was built in Modena, Italy, a town referred to as “the capital of engines.” A bunch of other fancy automakers manufacture their goods there as well. Ferrari and Lamborghini call Modena home, you may have heard of them. Those cars are cool and all, but they’re not 3D printed.
Are you an astronaut recently returned to Earth’s surface after a long mission in space? Are you finding it difficult to adjust back here on the homeworld? Is your stubborn refusal to remove your spacesuit having a negative effect on your daily life, commute, and competitive skateboarding obsession? Fear not, because Chris Hadfield is here to help.
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth this past May, after serving a stint as commander of the International Space Station. During his time aboard the ISS, Hadfield became something of a celebrity thanks to his extensive interactions with the public via social media and YouTube. Beyond the simple novelty of broadcasting from a place most of us will never visit, Hadfield’s posts and videos answered simple but intriguing questions about living and working in microgravity, such as “What happens when you wring out a soaked washrag?” or “How do you make a sandwich in zero-g?” He even showed off his musical side, first performing a duet with Barenaked Ladies singer Ed Robertson and then later serenading us with his cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”