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This may look like a crazy event frozen in time, or a scene from a disaster flick, but it's actually an art installation created for the VIA Advertising Agency by artist Wary Meyers. Called "The Basement Stacks", its name is derived from the fact that the building now utilized by VIA used to be home to the Portland Public Library. Books have never seemed so dangerous!
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It fuels your party, your buzz and your hangover the next day, but believe it or not tequila may soon be fueling your car. That's because the agave plant extract used to make liquor can also be used to make an ethanol like alcohol which can serve as vehicle fuel, won't interfere with food crops, and can even be grown in the desert. Someday, our cars may hit the bottle more often than we do, but at least it won't be hitting our wallets very hard.
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Behold, the first military vehicle created via crowdsourced design! Called the FLYPmode, it was developed in part by an ex-marine, who knows what advancements need to be made to help save lives on the modern battlefield. Built to withstand explosive blasts, the likes of which account for most of the recent deaths in the Middle East, FLYPmode was made in less than four months and represents the future of military tech: innovative vehicle designs that can be built quickly with modern combat needs in mind. If you're interested, you can see the fascinating designs that led to this concept vehicle at the Local Motors link below. Will bloated defense budgets become a thing of the past, when we design the vehicles of the future for ourselves?
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Video games have come a long way from the days of Pac people chomping pellets and being chased by ghosts. Nowadays, games rely on well crafted storylines and character development to satisfy rabid gamers, which is why they would make awesome novels! A.J. Hateley agrees, and she has designed these really cool book covers to prove it. With compelling titles like "The Wonderful End Of The World" and "The Secret Life Of Headcrabs" it may take all but the more hardcore gamers a few guesses to figure out which game goes with which cover. But, whether or not you care about the games, the wonderful illustrations are worth a gander, so follow the link and see them all in their full-sized glory!
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Do you or someone you know have an addiction to Warcrack? Are you spending so much time farming and battling monsters that your life is passing you by? Well, at least you haven't sold your kids to pay for your MMO habits! One couple in China, however, have sold three of their children just to pay for their online gaming obsession, and they see nothing wrong with what they have done. They are so honest, in fact, that they admit to not wanting to raise the children, and that their intention from day one was to have children in order to sell them for cold hard cash. Thankfully the two are now in custody, and here's hoping that the kids don't follow in their parents footsteps and end up in a gold farming camp!
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Football is definitely back this fall, but will the players show up after seeing this insightful video about what playing in the NFL does to your brain? Former player Dave Duerson donated his brain to the NFL Brain Bank so researchers can clearly see what happens when you knock your head around for a living, and the results aren't very pretty. But did anyone really think being a professional football player would be good for your mental health? I think not.
Have you ever wondered what Disneyland had to offer before it began getting massive, modernizing facelifts? Then take a look at this old map of the magical kingdom from 1962, scanned and uploaded in full size by Wishbook, with lots of classic Disney character heads surrounding a detailed, Imagineer drawn map! Look for the view all sizes button on Flickr and choose original size if you want to read the tiny text, and see all the pretty little drawings up close.
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There's a fuzzy new exhibit coming to a museum near you that showcases the works of puppet messiah Jim Henson. The Fantastic Voyage is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and showcases some of Henson's most beloved and well known characters, like Bert and Ernie, Kermit, and Rowlf the piano playing dog, so you can see your Muppet pals up close and personal. Plus there's lots of concept art, sketches and photographs spanning the entire career of the world's most beloved puppeteer. Jim Henson fanatics unite and show the puppet master some love when the exhibit comes to your town!
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At the Make-A-Wish Foundation, they're used to granting some of the strangest wishes one could ever imagine, but nobody has ever asked for their own video game. That is until Owain Weinert, a 9 year old who has been living with Leukemia for nearly two years, told the miracle workers that he had an idea for a video game that he wanted so see produced. The result is a tower defense game called Allied Star Police made and distributed by PopCap Games, and as if it isn't cool enough that a kid so young came up with his own game, it's free on iTunes right now. We wish little Owain all the best, and can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
Do you want to become a better photographer? Just find images with the EXIF data intact and study what the pros used to make their shots look so darn pretty. Find out more about the process at Lifehacker.
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These paper sculptures are so delicate they’d probably fall apart in your hands if you tried to hold them, and they definitely won’t hold any of your favorite beverages, but the appreciation of form and iconography of the classic soda can are what make these paper cans worth the while. See more intricate paper art by Yoshio Hasegawa at the link.
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In this amazing month of stem cell research advancement, we have seen a replacement trachea grown from scratch, clues that may use stem cells to cure blindness, and now mice have grown transplantable molars. For those of you that are missing teeth, like me, this means that you’ll soon be able to grow your own set of choppers, your own teeth that can be easily implanted and readily accepted by your body.
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Have you ever thought to yourself “Gee, I wonder what Bomberman would look like if he were a real person, and cast in a cheesy cop drama?” Well, your geeky prayers have been answered! Just don’t expect Oscar worthy performances, or high budget special effects, and you will definitely enjoy this tongue in cheek take on the classic console game. Take a gander at this kooky little YouTube video and revel in the ridiculousness.
If you think crime is bad in your neighborhood these days, ask yourself this: are people stealing bricks from houses on your street? If the answer is no, then your hood’s got nothing on St. Louis, Missouri, where things have gotten so bad people are literally stripping houses to the ground for a few extra bucks. There's a video all about it at Laughing Squid.
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Genesis Medical Imaging, Inc. has allowed scientists from Chicago's The Field Museum use of a mobile CT scanner to scan their ancient discoveries, and the results have been surprising. In one mummy they found nothing but straw under the wraps, in another only a skull and legs, and although some of their findings have been disappointing overall the Field Museum has been happy to know exactly what they have in their collection. Read more about it at Art Daily.
Philips aims to make our lives quite a bit brighter in the future, and their latest creation is like something out of a science fiction movie. They, along with Kvadrat Soft Cells, are in the process of making luminous textile, essentially mini LED lights embedded into material that can be hung on walls like regular wallpaper, or hung up like glowing works of art. Read more about it, and watch a short commercial style video with a shot of the ghostly wallpaper in action, over at PopSci.
Engineers at MIT have been busy creating all sorts of solar powered fun, but their latest innovation promises to make the solar panel manufacturing process easier than ever before. They have discovered a process in which solar panels can be printed on an average sheet of paper, and what's more this solar cell is foldable, bendable and manufactured with a simpler vapor deposition process, a process MIT brains claim most manufacturing facilities can handle with ease. Read more about this fascinating development over at PopSci,
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