Most colleges try to have some impressively beautiful buildings, but if there's one department that really needs a stunning home, it's the architecture department -and the new design at Bond University of Queensland, Australia is truly impressive.
From the wide open coridor to the tiny nooks made into meeting spaces, the the Abedian School of Architecture is a fantastic place for students to not only learn and meet, but also to find inspiration in their craft.
When you take a flight your life is in the hands of the airline, the pilots and the onboard staff, and normally you trust that they are going to get you where you need to go safe and sound.
Safety videos are created so passengers feel better about flying and don't freak out every time the plane hits a bit of turbulence, but this strange video by Israeli airline El Al entitled "UP" will just plain make folks feel better about life! Have a nice trip!
The fastest elevator in the world is in Taipei. It moves at 38 miles per hour. But it looks like that record will be blown away in 2016. Hitachi plans to build an advanced passenger elevator in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a skyscraper in Guangzhou, China that is 580 yards tall. Hitachi, which has been building high-speed elevators since 1968, promises that this one will move 45 miles per hour.
The Major League Baseball team of Houston, Texas is the Astros. Before that team adopted its space-themed name, it was known as the Colt .45s. On April 23, 1964, pitcher Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. That's a game in which the opposing team is unable to land a single hit from the pitcher.
It's quite an accomplishment for a pitcher. But Ken Johnson did not take pride in it because the Colt .45s lost anyway. In a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson explained how an error that he made secured a loss:
"It wasn't until a few years later that it set in that I had pitched a no-hitter. I was proud to have pitched it.
"For a pitcher, a no-hitter is the ultimate."
Johnson's frustration at the time is understandable. His ninth-inning error contributed to the loss.
With one out, Pete Rose bunted down the third-base line, and Johnson's throw to first was wide, enabling Rose to go to second. He went to third on a groundout and scored on an error by second baseman Nellie Fox.
"After the game, I saw Nellie sitting there with his head down and went over and told him, 'Hey, it was my fault. It was my error that cost us the game.'
"Runnels overheard me, and that's when he pointed out that at least they'd be talking about this for 20 or 30 years.
It's not miniature golf. Far from it--you play on regular golf courses. But Big Hole Golf, as the sport is called, uses holes that are 15-inches across. That's much bigger than the 4 and 6-inch regulation hole diameters.
Hack Golf developed the game as part of an effort to lure more people into a sport that is declining in popularity in the United States. John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal explains that much of a round of golf is spent waiting on other players to finish their times on putting greens. By making putting easier, a game goes quicker, often shaving 30-45 minutes off an 18-hole round.
Western Sahara, a territory currently ruled by Morocco, looks like a desolate place. There's little vegetation, but there are substantial phosphate resources. Bou Craa, a mining town in the interior, extracts phosphate ore and ships it to the coast.
Phosphate is one of Morocco's largest exports and Bou Craa is the crown jewel of that country's phosphate industry. Spanish colonial officials discovered it in the late 1940s and began exploiting what geologists estimate is 146 million tons of extractable ore.
Rather than trucking the ore to the coast, the mining company found an inventive way to convey the ore a great distance. It built a conveyor belt to do the job. It caries the ore 61-62 miles across the desert to the port of El-Aaiun. This conveyor belt is the longest in the world. The wind blows some of the phosphate off of it, creating a white streak across the desert that is easily visible from space.
Once again, we peer into the wonderful world of Russian dashboard camera video. Many Russian drivers keep them to protect themselves from insurance fraud, but we've also seen footage that shows the crazy antics that take place on Russian roads.
In this video, a driver runs into a dog crossing a road. She gets out to check on him. She thinks that the dog is dead.
If you love the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competitions (featured many times previously on Neatorama), where scientists around the world submit their best and most intriguing micrographs, then you'll love this!
The Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography 2014 is open for submission, and while we wait for this year's batch of super awesome entries, let's feast our eyes on the winners of the 2013 competition, which have just been announced:
Subject matter: Quail embroy at 10 day incubation (3D reconstruction) 1x
Optical tomography, illuminated with a blue LED light (green fluorescence)
Captured by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of The Instituto Gulbelkian de Ciencia, this video shows a sequence of "virtual" slices through a quail embryo at 10 day incubation:
This 3D reconstruction of a quail embryo – comprised of more than 1,000 separate images – shows in startling clarity and detail the anatomy of the specimen. The winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo with 10 days of (in egg) gestation. With this technique, studying the whole anatomy of large specimens like this embryo (23mm long) is possible.
Rome was one heck of a civilization and there's no denying that they had great style. Unfortunately, most of us can't really go buy a real antiquity and the knock offs just look cheap. If you want something with style, class and a little modern touch though,Jaime Hayon has you covered with his New Rome series.
The designs are all based on classic Roman styles, but with modern materials that give the pieces a clean, eye-catching look that fans of ancient and new styles can agree on.
Getting kidnapped by a giant fire breathing turtle with a spiked shell can turn you into a bit of a lush, and when your moustachioed beau spends days leaping through the levels to save your royal behind you have a lot of time to drink peach wine and think about how your life is one big game.
You're not as think as you drunk you are unless you're wearing this To The Bar Princess t-shirt by Retro Review, perfect for late night gaming sessions or pub crawling until last call.
It may seem like a strange idea to use stacks of shipping containers as hotel rooms or temporary housing, but this isn’t an idea conceived for the luxury set.
Hong Kong based OVA Studio came up with the idea of using modular containers as a quick and easy way to provide shelter for people displaced by natural disasters, for use as mobile hospital units, offices, basically whenever a situation arises where a lot of people need some temporary housing.
The recycled shipping containers are slotted together to create a multi-level structure OVA calls the Hive-Inn, which can grow or decrease in size as needed and is ready at a moment's notice.
This project reminds me of the trailer park "stacks" which are home to the main character in the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.
Unless you're a diehard fan of both basketball and Bugs Bunny chances are Space Jam didn’t make its way onto your top ten movie list.
However, those who grew up in the 90s consider this composited animated feature to be a fun bit of nostalgia from their childhood, and the rest of us are left wondering why the heck they made such a ridiculous movie.
It turns out the reason they made Space Jam is so a bunch of hilarious comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Seth Green could resurrect the film’s script nearly twenty years later for a hilarious table read! Now that’s a Space Jam I can get behind!
Artist and music lover Natalie Sharp discovered the Unknown Pleasures of painting her face to look like various album covers, and now she must Remain In The Light lest she be mistaken for a Veckatimest and elicit some Screamadeica from those who catch sight of her in public.
Natalie came up with this fun face painting concept as a way to pay homage to Record Store Day, which took place on April 19th, and she cites the albums painted on her face as inspirational to her art.
I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a day. Three days later with a bleeding face and being accused of racism after posting my progress on Facebook, I had to stop. These are not my top eight albums, I don’t believe in that crap, but they are eight very inspiring and spectacular albums that I keep returning to. Each face took between 3 – 6 hours to paint. I cried after finishing grizzly bear, I thought it had broken me. I don’t use any stencils its all freehand.
This wonder is the PH Grand Piano, a wood and chromed steel instrument edged in brown leather. Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), a Danish furniture designer, developed it in 1931. Andreas Christensen, a piano manufacturer, built this one in the 1950s. It's currently up for sale in Denmark with a price tag of $140,000.
You can see photos of other PH Pianos here. They're amazing.
It took me several months, off and on, but my latest carpentry project is finally complete! It's a hanging cupboard that looks like Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
The door is made of 0.25 inch birch plywood. The body is made of 0.5 inch birch plywood. The box has exterior measurements of 12.5 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep. The door is, at its furthest extent, 20 inches across and 19 inches tall.
The box is held together with 16 0-gauge wood biscuits. The door is attached to the box by hinges to a 1x1 inch strip of pine which is glued to the door. The door is held in place with a magnetic clasp.
I used this image by DeviantART member Vexorb as a template for Pinkie Pie’s head. I painted it on with acrylic craft paint, then applied a clear matte spray paint as a protective coating. I used a latex house paint for the back of the door and the box.
Overall, I am pleased with the results. But there were some difficulties. For one, the box fitting is imprecise. Although I've used my plate joiner on 3 other projects, this is the first time that I've used it on anything other than 0.75 inch wood. It's built to slice evenly into this thickness, so I had to improvise to cut into 0.5 inch wood.
I select my carpentry projects in order to teach myself new skills. This is the most demanding painting job that I've had and the only artistic work that I've done since high school.
The door turned out well. A bandsaw would have been ideal, but I have only a jigsaw. It was surprisingly adequate. The hardest sawing task was the eyelashes. I managed to smooth out the spaces between the eyelashes (where the jigsaw couldn't reach) by slicing narrow strips of sandpaper (about 0.25 inches across) and flossing them back and forth until the eyelashes were shaped properly. I was worried that the eyelashes would break off, but they're actually quite sturdy.
This and my other carpentry projects are a part of an ongoing, deliberate effort to teach myself practical building and repair skills. I live in an apartment, so there is a limit to what I can do. I've mostly built wood furniture. As a result, I've learned a lot about carpentry that is applicable beyond cabinetmaking.
Now it's time for me to tackle an electrical project. I have almost no experience with electrical work, so it's a skill void that I should fill. I haven't settled on a firm idea, but I'm thinking about building from scratch an 8-way variable lamp. Since I'm a fanboy, I may design it to reflect the art of my favorite comic book series, Ninja High School.
With the help of her Fairy Godchef, Cinderella’s dress turns into a marvel of cheese and pepperoni. The result is much tastier than the fabric original. Just make sure that it’s delivered before midnight or the next dress is free.
Yarnbombers add color and crocheted warmth to gray and sooty cityscapes, and their creations are the warmest and fuzziest works in the street art scene.
Yarn enthusiasts Jill and Lorna Watt brought a bit of monstrous fun to San Francisco’s Embarcadero by turning two benches outside the Ferry Building into colorful yarnbombed monsters.
These monster benches weren’t created solely for aesthetic value or to further yarnbombing as a valid art form- the yarn art installation was created for an upcoming episode of CCTV America’s Full Frame which will focus on these innovative yarn artists who also happen to be sisters.
What was once something kids did while sitting around bored in class has now become a thing kids do while bored in class, while hanging out with friends, and also to impress people online.
Whether you call it twiddling, spinning or twirling a pen the two smug young men in this video are really good at making writing instruments fly around their fingers, flip across their legs and generally flit around like they have a mind of their own.
Ian Jenson and PPM are bringing epic pen spinning to the masses, but no matter how hard they try it will never be as cool as being part of the color guard!
It’s safe to say that Spongebob Squarepants is not a scientifically accurate cartoon show, despite the fact that the squirrel wears a diving suit and the squid is a bit of a jerk.
Toon heads don’t tune in to see science, they watch to see zany antics and colorful characters, so making a scientifically accurate version of Spongebob would totally ruin the show.
Well, that’s exactly what the folks from Animation Domination High-Def have done with their short Scientifically Accurate Spongebob Squarepants, and once you watch it you may not be able to watch Spongebob ever again without wondering about the dark truths ADHD has revealed about life in Bikini Bottom.
Jack White is a musical mastermind who puts a lot of mental energy into the songs he creates, but there’s a whole ‘nother level of deep thought going on in his latest video for his song High Ball Stepper.
This visually mesmerizing video has a whole lotta science goin’ on, including a non-newtonian fluid dynamically dancing on a vibrating speaker cone in a most appealing manner, and the awesome look of sand forming patterns on top of a vibrating Chladni plate.
Albero means "tree" in Italian, so it's only fitting that this tree-like bookcase bears the name of the very thing that inspired it. The central post serves as a trunk and like a real tree, it can expand and grow to fit any space -although this particular tree only grows to 11 feet tall. Similarly, the branches can be spread out in any given pattern although these boughs are better suited for holding books and knickknacks than leaves.
Caffeine--it's nature's wonder drug! And it's best consumed with coffee, often by spooning the grounds directly from the can into your mouth at 3 AM as a deadline nears.
It also makes you more honest. Well, kind of. Michael Christian, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of North Carolina, studied 171 sleep deprived nurses. Those who had some sweet, sweet caffeine flowing through their veins tended to be more honest than those who didn't. Anne Fisher of Forbes reports:
For this study -- which, by the way, wasn't sponsored by Starbucks -- volunteers who had been kept awake all night were divided into two groups. All were asked to chew gum in the morning, but one group got a plain wintergreen placebo, while the other chomped on gum laced with 200 milligrams of caffeine, or about the same amount that's in two cups of black coffee.
The participants were then put in situations where researchers "encouraged them to go along with a lie in order to earn some extra money," Christian says. "We tried to replicate a situation where a boss or a peer was pressuring them to cut ethical corners at work."
The results: Those who got the extra boost of caffeine consistently balked when researchers urged them to cheat, while those who were just exhausted -- and had chewed the non-caffeinated gum -- showed a marked willingness to cast conscience aside and go along with the deception.
Employers who want to reduce the likelihood of misbehavior should make sure people aren't putting in too many long hours without a break and "avoid scheduling tasks that require a great deal of self-control when looming deadlines make long hours unavoidable," the study concludes. Two other suggestions: Put in nap rooms at the office and don't skimp on the free coffee.
Between 1997 and 2001, she committed several acts of arson on behalf of environmental causes. US District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Rubin to 5 years in prison, so she'll have plenty of time to get through the book. Judge Aiken hopes that by reading the Gladwell book, "Rubin could learn non-violent means to protesting systems she perceives as unjust."
What books do you think would serve as effective criminal punishments?
Old pagers and brick-sized cell phones are relics to you and me, but they're music to the ears of these guys from South Korea's telephone network SK Telecom.
In this advertising video clip put together to celebrate 30 years of mobile phones, they've arranged about three dozens of old mobile phones (including the Motorola DynaTAC phones - does anyone remember that?) so their ringtones play an electronic, mobile orchestra of sort.
Dontcha think that the composition has a, uh, ring to it?
This beautiful looking (and probably tasting) dish is a skinned 5-foot alligator filled with a crawfish-based stuffing. It's the creation of the BBQ Pit Boys, a barbecuing federation that teaches members how to cook food properly. The alligator was the centerpiece of a full Cajun gourmet meal that also included poboys, stuffed red snapper, and deep fried oysters.
I've had barbecued pork, chicken, turkey, and beef, but never alligator. The narrator says that it has the consistency of pork and the taste of chicken. That squares with my experience of baked alligator.
Creating highly detailed sculptures, with realistic fluid shapes and organic contours, out of wood is a feat in itself, but when you create each individual work out of one single piece of wood you’ve got some serious wood carving skills!
Stefanie Rocknak is one of these extremely talented wood carvers, and the beauty of her single block sculpture is not just in the execution, but the elegant simplicity and retention of the basswood's natural grain pattern as well.
The figure looks like he’s really splashing through a wooden wave, with face turned in mid-breath and a hand so realistic it even has creases in the palms.
You don’t have to be a good speller to bust a move on the dance floor, and those who enjoy shakin' their thang spell their favorite style of dance out one step at a time.
Diesel clothing, in association with i-D Magazine, decided to explore dancing from A to Z for their unique project, and even if you weren’t impressed with my attempt to correlate the alphabet with the world of dance you’re sure to be blown away by dancers Lil Buck, Nicole the Pole and the Soul Step team as they get down in this lively video.
Star Trek fans who have always wanted to snuggle up in bed with Captain James T. Kirk or that pointy eared stud Spock can now make their nerdy dreams come true…sort of.
These full sized body pillows, featuring sexy silkscreened images of Kirk on one side and Spock on the other, were created by Etsy seller IdentityProductions, makers of fine body pillows featuring all kinds of hunkified characters from Solid Snake to the guys from Teen Wolf.
With these pillows heating up your bedspread you now have an excuse to let loose the geekiest pillow talk ever, and phrases like “you can beam me up Spock!” and “set phasers to meow!” will seem totally appropriate when you’re staring into their silkscreened eyes.