Jason Kerestes is a graduate student at Arizona State University. With support from DARPA, he has developed the AirLegs exoskeleton. It's a small machine worn on the back that decreases the metabolic cost of walking and running by about 10% versus not wearing the machine.
Cyril Vouilloz is an artist from Geneva, Switzerland who goes by the name RYSLEE. When he was a child, RYSLEE liked to draw from memory the logos of different brands. Later he got into graffiti and illustration. His work was always focused on letters as a form of art. So his artistic specialty is typography.
You can see this particularly well on his Instagram page. It’s filled with letters that he’s rendered with both paint and ink. RYSLEE is so good that his 3-dimensional hand drawn images of letters appear to leap off the paper.
It's not the most scientifically accurate depiction of human evolution. But the Doma Collective's Involución Primate is a fun demonstration of millions of years of hominid history that turns on with a flip of a lever.
Jack the Ripper is one of history's most infamous serial killers. He killed and mutilated at least five women in the Whitechapel area of London in 1888. He was never caught, though criminal investigators and historians have long considered several suspects, including Prince Albert Victor, a member of Britain's royal family.
Now investigators who are publishing a book on their findings assert that they know precisely who committed those murders: Aaron Kosminski, a Polish immigrant. They used DNA evidence to make this conclusion by matching semen left on a victim's bloody shawl with a living descendent of Kosminski's sister.
Dr David Miller found epithelial cells – which line cavities and organs – much to our surprise, as we were not expecting to find anything usable after 126 years.
Then I used a new process called whole genome amplification to copy the DNA 500 million-fold and allow it to be profiled.
Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.
The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.
Because of the genome amplification technique, I was also able to ascertain the ethnic and geographical background of the DNA I extracted. It was of a type known as the haplogroup T1a1, common in people of Russian Jewish ethnicity. I was even able to establish that he had dark hair.
Now that it’s over, I’m excited and proud of what we’ve achieved, and satisfied that we have established, as far as we possibly can, that Aaron Kosminski is the culprit.
Verily, the Bard of Avon need not limit himself to the stage. He is a songwriter of the highest quality. You can hear his work performed across the world by famous artists, including Lorde, Miley Cyrus, The Backstreet Boys, and Will Smith. You can read all of his greatest hits at Pop Sonnets, a blog updated weekly by Erik Didriksen.
The size 12 slacks are too small but you can't squeeze into the size 8 jeans? That's only because you don't understand how dress sizes work. There's a peculiar science to the fit, as Sarah Andersen explains.
After looking at these pictures, my daughters asked me to make Frozen pancakes. I should be able to do that by just downloading Nathan Shields's stencils, then applying powdered sugar and cocoa. The stencils come in pairs so that you shade light and dark portions separately.
Shields is a famous pancake artist whose work we've featured extensively. I can't wait to see what he can create when he combines stencil work with his sculptural pancakes!
It's interesting that the Raiders are still popular in Los Angeles, though they are now in Oakland. There's also a big swath of Cowboy country in Nevada. One county in central Missouri also has a lot of fans of the Dallas Cowboys. That looks like Pulaski County, if I'm reading the map correctly.
I would like to note that the depiction of Alabama is misleading. The state doesn't belong to the New Orleans Saints, but the Crimson Tide and the Tigers--college football teams.
It's like the plot of a movie, but it's also a true story.
Though he was Jewish, Hildebrand Gurlitt was an art dealer approved by the government of Nazi Germany. During World War II, he collected and privately hoarded approximately 1,280 works of art, most of them looted from Nazi-occupied nations. This was a huge number. For comparison, consider that the National Gallery in London has only 2,000 pieces.
Hildebrand Gurlitt survived the war and kept his collection a secret. As he was dying in 1956, he gave his 24-year old son Cornelius Gurlitt the duty of maintaining this collection. The younger Gurlitt did so. He never married and was a recluse after his parents and sister died. He was devoted to one task: keeping the huge art collection a secret inside his apartment in Munich.
Cornelius Gurlitt kept everyone out of his dingy apartment, cramped with great works of art, until 2012. Then police searched his home after he was caught trying to bring a large amount of cash into Switzerland. Gurlitt agreed to help government investigators find the owners of the artworks in his collection.
George the dog loves sports with a great passion. He's not particular about which ones. So as long as humans are running around with a ball, he's game. We've previously seen him bouncing off the walls with joy while watching the World Cup. He's also a fan of tennis. Now he's all worked up over the opening of the football season.
George's owner toys with his emotions by switching the television to watch The King of Queens. A suggestion for George: when he steps away from his chair, steal the remote control.
And gentlemen on Coruscant now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here. Therefore do not miss the conclusion to William Shakespeare's magnum opus, Star Wars. His third play in the series, The Jedi Doth Return, is now available from Quirk Books.
We have previously seen the Bard's first two plays: Verily, A New Hope and The Empire Striketh Back. Now in this thrilling conclusion inscribed by Ian Doescher, Lord Vader and Master Luke engage in one last battle. You haven't lived until you've read Elizabethan Ewokese.
In the past few years, food contamination scandals have alarmed people in China. In response, the company Baidu has developed chopsticks that test for purity food touched on the tips. When the chopsticks are linked to a smartphone app, they provide data about the oils detected in foods. The chopsticks can determine whether the oil is fresh or recycled--the latter of which may be toxic.
Baidu says that its chopsticks will be also be able to determine the PH levels in food and the calorie values. At a recent exhibiton at a technology conference, Baidu CEO Robin Li referred to his chopsticks as "a new way to sense the world."
This is Sir Jarlsberg. Like chap-hop rapper Mr.B, he's a man out of time. Sir Jarlsberg is from the European Middle Ages and he's here to lay some class on us. He has style, grace, and a mastery of the musical genre known as hark hop. Women adore him and men envy him.
So heed his words in this song "Teach Thee How to Curtsy" from his album Hark Thou. He'll show you how to curtsy in a way that will mark you out as a person of sophistication. Afterward "all thy maidens [will] love thee."
A couple in Australia owned a piece of land on the southwestern coast of Australia. They wanted a unique vacation home design for it, so they approached Modscape, an architectural firm near Melbourne. Modscape produced this design concept: a house that's hanging off the edge of the cliff, giving a panoramic and perhaps terrifying view of the ocean.
Modscape proposes anchoring the house to the cliff with steel pins driven into the cliff face. Prefabricated modules would hang off the pins. Residents would enter the home through the carport, which is at surface level. An elevator provides access to lower levels which offer an unobstructed view of the raging seas below.
All of this sounds really expensive. Perhaps the owners should try to find a builder who's willing to improvise and user cheaper materials.
Professional photo shoots of babies are cute. Leaving them naked for the shoot gives the images a natural ambience. That's probably what Al Ferguson was looking for when Kirsty Grant photographed him with his newborn son Ted.
The Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is well-known for his enormous public sculptures of animals, such as ducks, rabbits, snails, and toads. This particular rabbit is in Taoyuan, Taiwan. He's napping on an airport hangar at a defunct naval base. Hofman's plastic and wood bunny would stand 82 feet tall if he stood up.
Taiwan's government commissioned the sculpture for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, an event focusing on the cycle of moon. Moon Rabbit, a figure in folklore throughout East Asia, is a central part during the festival. He is a traditional symbol of kindness and generosity. The Wall Street Journal shares two tales of this rabbit:
Of the many folktales associated with the festival that celebrates the brightest full moon of the year, one involves three fairies who disguise themselves as miserable old men and ask some animals for food. When they approach the rabbit, it has nothing to offer the “old men” but instead leaps into a blazing fire and cooks itself for them. The fairies are so moved by the rabbit’s sacrificial spirit that they grant it immortal residence in the “moon palace.”
Another tale says the rabbit was a pet to Chang Er, who was forced to leave her husband on earth after accidentally swallowing a pill of immortality and became a goddess on the moon.
What time is it? If you're at this skate park in Lugano, Switzerland, you don't have to check your watch or phone. Just look down into the pipe and see where the shadow is. The architects at the Moscow-based Zuk Club designed it like a sundial. As the shadow moves across the park, it notes the hour on an array of vibrant colors. You can see more photos at Web Urbanist.
It's like a chocolate-chip cookie shot, except with a lot more caffeine. In fact, I don't see why espresso couldn't be served in chocolate chip cookie shots, preferably ones dipped in chocolate, then wrapped in a waffle ice cream cones, then dipped in chocolate again.
There's a common proverb on the internet: "Don't read the comments." Often online comments may make you despair for humanity.* This is especially true for recipe blogs, where comments commonly demonstrate an inability to follow instructions or general objections to the concept of food. Mallory Ortberg of The Toast has helpfully listed all of them so that you need no longer gaze into the abyss. Here is a sampling:
“I didn’t have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible.”
“Could you please give the metric weight measurements, and sometime in the next twenty minutes; I’m making this for a dinner party and my guests are already here.”
“Have you thought about making a sugar-free version of this?”
“Can you give us a calorie breakdown for this?”
“a warning that if you cook this at 275°F for three hours instead of at 400°F for twenty-five minutes its completely ruined. do you have any suggestions?”
“I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.”
“If you use olive oil for any recipe that’s cooked over 450°F, the oil will denature and you will get cancer. This post is irresponsible. You should only use grapeseed oil you’ve pressed yourself in a very cold room.”
“I just started Paleo yesterday, and I’m wondering if there’s a way to make this without the ingredients.”
“Have you considered making a version of this margherita pizza for your readers who are trying to avoid gluten, dairy and nightshades? What if I shoved a roll of basil leaves in my mouth, do you think that would taste good?”
“If you don’t soak the seeds for at least fourteen hours before using, the phytic acid will give you cancer. Just thought you should know.”
Jessica Siskin, an artist in New York City, creates Rice Krispie treats that will make you pause and stare in wonder before gobbling them up. They're not just desserts, but works of art. From her studio dubbed "Mister Krisp," she takes custom orders, making special treats for birthdays and other celebrations.
This talented pooch is ready for the circus! He remains perfectly still with a treat on his nose and another one precariously balanced on the end of a straw. When he is released, he immediately leaps into action. Good dog!
Aaron Seldomridge, 22, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, has autism. It's very difficult for him to communicate verbally--especially with strangers. When his mother takes him to restaurants to interact with people, Seldomridge generally uses a picture menu rather than speaking.
The baristas at his local Starbucks have a picture menu, but were willing to go further. They worked with him to develop his social skills so that he could order his chai independently. Seldomridge began by coming in with his mother and using a picture menu to get chai. Now he comes in by himself and speaks his order out loud.
Aaron’s regular chai runs take just minutes, but they leave a lasting impact: He gets a chance to practice new skills and feel connected to a green-aproned community committed to helping him grow.
Aaron’s parents, Janiece and Jeffrey, of Narvon, especially appreciate seeing their son treated like a “regular” by people who don’t look at him strangely if he flaps his arms or shrieks with excitement.
Chris Hallbeck has excellent advice. Eat a full meal before heading to the dealership lest you accidentally purchase an ice cream truck as soon as you see one. And avoid the free samples offered by the salesman. Just because a side view mirror feels good in your hand isn't a good reason to buy an entire sports car.
We've seen some amazing children's hospital rooms before. But this elephant-shaped MRI machine isn't in a children's hospital. The Edogawa Hospital in Tokyo is for adults, too, and handles a full range of medical services, including surgery. The design, but inside and out, pops with fun illustrations, shapes, and textures. The purpose of these features is to make a hospital visit fun, rather than dreary and depressing.
Illarion Gordon, an artist in Russia, creates "melancholic and existentialist designs that would never exist in real life from real coffee brands." That's a real shame because I can definitely see an Adventure Time-brand coffee succeeding. It would be ideal for rising in the morning and eating with bacon pancakes for breakfast.
We shall never know for sure what happened to Princess Coffeebean. But we know that she would want us to enjoy these rich, delicious coffee grounds that we found on her throne.