Your backyard is a dangerous place. Peculiar image of the week.
Your backyard is a dangerous place. Peculiar image of the week.
Denmark-based designer Olivia Muus introduced classical paintings to the art of the selfie. With the series Museum of Selfies, she combined the original art of portraiture with its modern counterpart, the the smartphone self-portrait.
“Anything can be made” claims one of the many producer of plastic food.
In Japan, fake food industry represents a century of old crafting tradition and a multi billion business.
Restaurants proudly show inviting vitrines of hyper-realistic replicas of food and drinks. Why? Japanese like to “eat with their eyes”. But what is really entertaining about it lies behind the scene, where extremely fascinating production techniques have been developed over time to create the most amazing results.
Professor Mark Post has a competitor in the search for a change in the way we produce and eat meat. Stanford biochemist Patrick Brown has come up with an innovative alternative to make environmentally friendly beef burgers.
He developed the burger pictured above out of nothing but plant ingredients: a meatless burger, that looks and tastes like meat. The secret ingredient? A chemical compound called heme.
Nowadays in the Society of Simulations, it could be easy to give life to believable fake experiences using tools like Photoshop and Facebook.
Dutch 25-year-old Zilla van den Born made her family, friends and parents believe she went on a trip to Asia, while she was actually at home in Amsterdam, staging a five weeks holiday to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos from behind her desk.
Nature is the most successful marketing tool of our time and Nike knows it!
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, on July 20, 1969, the sport brand has made a special pair of Air Max Lunar90. The lunar surface pattern of the shoes makes it look they are are made from moon rock.
If you’d like to feel like walking on the moon, you can buy the Lunar90 SP from today at Bodega for $145.00 USD. Since most of us might never take a step up there, this might be the closest we’ll ever get!
A phone case modeled after a giant isopod passed away earlier this year at the Toba Aquarium in Japan.
Reproducing the dead carcass of the crustacean, Japanese gave to this marine creature a second life in the form of an iPhone case. Only 500 specimens has been made, so any buyer can feel like owning something very special. As if having the realistic reproduction of an animal as phone case wasn’t special enough!
Source: Digital Trends
Instagram is making a food photographer out of everyone, the so called Foodstagramers. Some restaurants in the US already started to ban these customers. Now imagine you can share also the smell of your delicious dish. All you need is the free app oSnap and an oPhone.
When fake nature interacts with the natural environment. Phone antenna trees grow alongside real pines, mountains are supported by steel, robot fishes swim with marine creatures and pigeons land on the branches of a fake tree. Peculiar image of the week. Via John Fleck
Designed to imitate natural lighting mimicking the Earth’s atmosphere, a nanoparticle LED panel can bring a sunny sky to your room, no matter what the weather outside.
The product, called CoeLux, was developed by professor Paolo Di Trapani and his team, at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy.
The idea of 3D printing living cells opens a lot of opportunities ranging from 3D printed organs to tissue on demand to skin replacement for burn victims. Here is one idea you may not have considered, however: printing tumors.
While playing a game of Fake For Real, the documentary investigates our Society of Simulations and its impact on journalism. An English version of the documentary should be online soon and we will of course post it once it becomes available.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam next wednesday you might also want to attend the Tegenlicht Meetup at the Zwijger. Keep it real unreal folks!
Spike Aerospace is designing a 80 million dollars private jet with an innovative peculiarity. To allow passengers to enjoy the panoramic breathtaking view of the outside world it won’t have windows.
In fact, the portholes will be replaced with big high-definition screens showing live-streaming images of the exterior recorded with cameras. And if travelers want to sleep they can switch channel choosing from an assortment of ambient images or darkening the screen. The airplane is expected to take off in December 2018.
Forget about windows, we are in the Society of Simulations!
What about a movie night? A new nextnatural film is on the big screen! We are talking about “Her”, a science-fiction romance written and directed by Spike Jonze, set in a not too distant future. Part of the movie’s charm is just how meticulously Jonze has imagined and constructed a future Los Angeles: its smoggy skies, its glittering skyscrapers, its efficient transit system.
The movie tells the story of the modern age love relationship between, Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely man who writes love letters for people with difficulties expressing their feeling, and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Samantha, it should be mentioned, is an intelligent computer-operating system.
Another breakthrough in the fusion of the made and the born: the world’s first completely artificial heart was recently transplanted in France in a patient nearing the end of his life.
Lithium-battery powered and self-regulating, the heart mimics the human organ like no other device. It is made from soft biomaterials and functions with the aid of a multitude of sensors designed to copy every little detail of a real beating heart, explain its chief engineers Alain Carpentier and Philippe Pouletty. This transplant is a significant moment for regenerative medicine, representing the first viable alternative to a real transplanted heart.
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Just as Sergey Brin bet on the success of in vitro meat, other tech entrepreneurs are betting that they can make vegetarian eggs that are more humane, healthy, sustainable, and affordable than the real thing. Hampton Creek Foods, based in San Francisco, has been hard at work inventing a better version of nature’s perfect pre-packaged food. Their pseudo-mayonnaise, for instance, went through 1,432 formulations – though it’s now indistinguishable from the real thing. Hampton Creek has bigger things on its mind than mere mayo:
“Over the next five years, Hampton Creek Foods… will first hawk its product to manufacturers of prepared foods like pasta, cookies, and dressings—the processed products that use about a third of all the eggs in the United States. Then it will aim directly for your omelet with an Egg Beaters-like packaged product. The goal, Tetrick explains, is to replace all factory-farmed eggs in the US market—more than 80 billion eggs, valued at $213.7 billion.”
Every bottle tested by a geiger counter! No doubt one of the stranger beverages from yesteryear, Frisky Whiskey promises that it’s “the world’s first whiskey to be aged by atomic materials. Its thirty day process is equivalent to 40 years of standardized 19th century aging.” First, and hopefully last. This dubious drink is demonstrates how marketers jump on new scientific trends as a way to give their products an edge – even if that ‘edge’ is imaginary.
EDIT: Alas, too bad to be true. It’s a fake. Guess we’ll have to go back to drinking radium-infused water from the office Revigator.
Have you always wanted to experience poverty, but never felt like going through the hassle of interacting with an actual poor person? Emoya Luxury Hotel in South Africa offers vacationers an empathy-free way to experience an “authentic” life of hardship – if your definition of hardship includes free WiFi. According to the site:
A Shanty usually consists of old corrugated iron sheets or any other waterproof material which is constructed in such a way to form a small “house” or shelter where they make a normal living. A paraffin lamp, candles, a battery operated radio, an outside toilet (also referred to as a long drop) and a drum where they make fire for cooking is normally part of this lifestyle.
Just like stamp collecting or golf, grinding, abject poverty with limited access to electricity and sanitation is a ‘lifestyle’ to which anyone can aspire. Hold your next corporate retreat in this ersatz slum and wonder with your colleagues why poor people are always so miserable if they’ve got under-floor heating and optional breakfast.