Urban Algae Canopy Produces Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

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Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system, which consists of three layers and was designed with the help of Taiyo Europe, enhances the already exceptional properties of the microalgae organisms. Special CNC welding technology, on the other hand, enabled ecoLogicStudio to alter the canopy’s morphology and control the dynamic behavior of the water that courses through the structure to act as a medium for the living organisms.

This intersection between technology and biology means that when the sun shines more intensively, the algae would photosynthesise and grow, which in turn reduces the transparency of the canopy and provides more shade. With mico-algae as the foundation of the canopy, it is inherently responsive, which means visitors will be able to influence the building’s behavior in real-time. At any given time, the transparency, color and shading potential of the canopy will be the product of the interrelationships between climate, micro-algae, visitors and digital control systems.

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Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut

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Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own photography. To see [Read more...]

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The Difference Between Porn & Real Sex Explained With Food

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If you’ve ever watched porn, and if you’ve ever had sex, you know that the two are very different. But what are the differences, specifically? watch the video! [Read more...]

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Javier Pérez

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Here is an illustrator and art director who comes from the equator. Javier Pérez performs here a fun series with photos on his Instagram account. Check them out [Read more...]

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Meditation for Beginners: 10 Practical Tips

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Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness.

Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with a mindset needed to make the practice sustainable. [Read more...]

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Corporate Portraits of Middle-Aged White Women With ‘Black’ Hairstyles

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Can I Touch It?” is a portrait project by photographer Endia Beal showing professional middle-aged white women donning “black” hairstyles. According to Slate, Beal took the women to a black salon in Woodstock, New York, set them up with a “black” hairstyle (not of their choosing), and photographed them in a traditional corporate portrait (“even if they weren’t happy with the result”). [Read more...]

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First Look at Disney’s AVATAR LAND

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James Cameron’s Avatar blew a lot of people away back in 2009, and it’s going to be really interesting to see how the sequels turn out. But in the meantime, here is some really cool concept art giving us out first look at Avatar Land, which will being set up at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They are bringing the world of Pandora to life, and it looks like it will be pretty spectacular. The plan is to complete it by 2017. [Read more...]

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17 Sex Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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The following is an excerpt from “1,227 Quite Interesting Facts” [W.W. Norton, $15.95], a collection of difficult to believe yet entirely true miscellanea, assembled by the creators of British quiz show, “QI.”

1. One in ten European babies is conceived in an IKEA bed.

2. Alfred Kinsey, author of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948), had a collection of 5 million wasps and could insert a toothbrush into his penis, bristle-end first.

3. British spies stopped using semen as invisible ink because it began to smell if it wasn’t fresh.

4. A single sperm contains 37.5 MB of DNA information. One ejaculation represents a data transfer of 15,875 GB, equivalent to the combined capacity of 62 MacBook Pro laptops. [Read more...]

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Sugar Series

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Focus on this excellent series and collection by photographer Emily Blincoe based in Texas. All candy and sweets were stored and arranged in colors and themes. Everything is to be discovered through its “Sugar Series.” [Read more...]

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PRISONERS OF TECHNOLOGY

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Artwork by Felipe Luchi [Read more...]

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Landscapes Made from Food

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Artist and photographer Carl Warner began his career in landscape and still photography, working many years in the advertising industry. Seeking new inspiration and direction one day, he happened upon a market with Portobello mushrooms that reminded him of trees from an alien world. This would become his first foodscape and the start of a new and exciting direction in his career. See All [Read more...]

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Car Illustrations from Famous Movies

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If you are fan of nice cars and good movies, chances are you have seen these cars on the movies before. But now they are completely illustrated by Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio. [Read more...]

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8 Life Quotes for Your Mind

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Thought-provoking quotes – seemingly simple, yet interestingly profound phrases that have the power to get our minds thinking straight.

1. Dealing with Problems

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

―Albert Einstein

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Clever Logos with Hidden Symbolism

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In the world of advertising, logo design & branding is one of the key pillars of a company’s identity. The amount of thought and work that goes behind the seemingly simplest of logos would boggle the mind of any advertising outsider.

(Above) GoodWill: The iconic smiling face is in fact the ‘G’ in Goodwill zoomed in an cropped slightly. Clever :)

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Abandoned Amusement Parks

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Continuing his series on abandoned places, it is now the deserted amusement parks Francesco Mugnai launches into. Check out these amazing photos. [Read more...]

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60 Ways To Make Life Simple Again

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Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple,

and the simple thing is the right thing.

- Oscar Wilde

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Awesome Sci-Fi Animated Short – THE GUARDIANS TALE

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This movie is called The Guardians Tale, and it’s kind of like a sci-fi version of Beauty and the Beast, but with a great dark twist to it. I loved the story, and it’s told incredibly well. The art and animation are also absolutely beautiful. Here’s the synopsis:

On a lonely alien planet shrouded in mystery, an ominous beast guards a powerful treasure. One day he receives an unexpected guest – A seemingly innocent girl crash lands on his world. The two will forge an unusual friendship, and teach one another that looks can indeed be deceiving. To view film [Read more...]

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