The experience of sleep is a personal and intimate one. Although your body is at rest, your mind might take you on a trip to Mount Everest, a dive into a pool of liquid chocolate or a meat and great with your favourite artist. However, your destination might as well be a never ending maze, a pool of critters or a meet and greet with your worst nightmare. Dreams are unpredictable, but since you’re the leading actor, why not be the director too?
Instagram accounts with young girls featuring stunning selfies are hardly unusual. However, 21-year-old Paola Antonini’s popular IG account is certainly beyond the ordinary. The Brazilian model uses her Instagram to show off her prosthetic limb, the result of a tragic car accident in 2014 when Antonini was hit by a drunk driver.
I. Angels and Superheroes
In 2008, Samuel O. Poore, a plastic surgeon who teaches at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school, published an article in the Journal of Hand Surgery titled “The Morphological Basis of the Arm-to-Wing Transition.” Drawing on evolutionary and anatomical evidence, he laid out a workable method for using the techniques of modern reconstructive surgery, including bone fusing and skin and muscle grafting, to “fabricate human wings from human arms.” Although the wings, in the doctor’s estimation, would not be capable of generating the lift needed to get a person off the ground, they might nonetheless serve “as cosmetic features simulating, for example, the nonfunctional wings of flightless birds.”
Are you considering doing some botox to look younger? Think twice! Scientists at the Salk institute of California found a new genetic manipulation technique to rejuvenate cells. Mice that got the treatment lived 30 percent longer compared to the ones that didn’t get it. Next step is to implement these cellular reprogramming techniques into the human body to set the biological clock back.
We need energy more than ever. Nuclear power is one of the options but it leaves us with a great amount of radioactive waste, which is still useful but dangerous. A solution to the problem might be simple and beautiful: turn them into diamond batteries.
No need to say that tattoos are “in” right now. Statistics show that 40% of U.S. adults between the ages 18 to 29 have one. Soon this trend may turn from a purely aesthetic crave to a healing method. Can you imagine going to hospital to get tattoed?
It’s entirely made of waterproof recycled cardboard in a radial honeycomb pattern. After folding, it has the size and shape of a banana, which makes it easy to carry around. Moreover it fits most head sizes and works with the same efficiency of traditional polystyrene helmet. Feeling impressed? So was the James Dyson Foundation who announced Isis Shiffer, the EcoHelmet designer, the 2016 International Winner of the James Dyson Award in November.
As Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma has taught us, we need protection from our online behavior. Whereas Wijnsma uses the sense of smell to offer a secure connection, artist Jasper van Loenen developed a wearable that sends a small electrostatic shock to the wearer. Called Web Training Collar, this device is a modified dog collar that monitors the user’s Internet traffic and applies a corrective shock in case of unprotected websites. The intensity of the shock increases with each consecutive visit to a site that doesn’t offer a secure connection. Technology domesticates us, at least in this case the purpose is positive.
Peculiar object of the week. Seen at Rendering Realities.
In the wake of Samsung burning phones scandal, news websites promptly followed the development of the story. After reports of their flagship phone catching fire and causing serious damage, plane delays and even hospitalization, the company made a first recall to substitute the batteries with the ones of a different provider. Nevertheless, the new phones were still bursting into flames. After a second recall, a strong warning followed to urge consumers to turn off and “stop using the device”.