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Design Should Be Everywhere

By Anya Ow / July 9, 2015 / Comments Off on Design Should Be Everywhere

In Japan, manhole cover lids are quite often feats of urban design: intricate and beautiful. For more photographs, check out photographer S. Morita’s flickr page. Why are the lids so intricate and beautiful? Amusing Planet explains: The trend started in the 1980s when Japan wanted to standardize their sewer system. Until then, Japan used regular […]

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Drones Are Changing the Face of Photography

By Anya Ow / July 8, 2015 / Comments Off on Drones Are Changing the Face of Photography

Not convinced about drones? Check out these winning photographs from the 2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest. Sponsored by heavy-hitters like National Geographic, Adobe and GoPro, the contest received over 5,000 entries from drone photography enthusiasts. Some of our favourites: A well deserved 1st Prize Winner – Above the Mist (Category: Places) by Ricardo Matiello: See […]

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Life Imitates Fiction… in Giant Robot Fights

By Anya Ow / July 7, 2015 / Comments Off on Life Imitates Fiction… in Giant Robot Fights

Last week, US inventors Megabots Inc challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a giant robot duel, in a dramatically patriotic video with helpful Japanese subtitles. Because: “[Y]ou have a giant robot, we have a giant robot. Let’s fight.” Yesterday, Suidobashi Heavy Industries accepted their challenge, raising the ante by suggesting that the fight be melee combat, […]

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2015 Cannes Lions Winners

By Anya Ow / July 6, 2015 / Comments Off on 2015 Cannes Lions Winners

The 2015 Cannes Lions is over, and here are the Film and Film Craft winners: effectively the best ads of 2014 and 2015. Which are your favourites? Our favourites of the set are Geico’s brilliant ‘unskippable’ ads. Congratulations on a Grand Prix in Film! About the Cannes Lions The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity […]

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Is that Yoda?

By Anya Ow / July 3, 2015 / Comments Off on Is that Yoda?

Sadly no, it’s not Yoda, but a great illustration from a 14th Century medieval manuscript, the Smithfield Decretals. See more medieval monsters at the British Library’s blog. (Also, that beautiful blackletter calligraphy!) From the Telegraph: Stuart Freeman, the British make-up artist who first created the look of the character Yoda for the 1980 Star Wars’ […]

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Urban Explorer Finds The Sad Remains Of The Soviet Space Shuttle Program

By Gavel Markowski / June 30, 2015 / Comments Off on Urban Explorer Finds The Sad Remains Of The Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Ralph Mirebs, an urban explorer and photographer in Russia, has revealed extraordinary photos of Soviet space shuttle prototypes gathering dust in an abandoned hangar in Kazakhstan. The abandoned hangar is located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, which is still in operation today (with the close of NASA’s shuttle program, Russian Soyuz shuttles are the […]

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Comic Con – A Weekend of (Plastic) Swords and (Branded) Sorcery

By Gavel Markowski / June 29, 2015 / Comments Off on Comic Con – A Weekend of (Plastic) Swords and (Branded) Sorcery

Oz Comic Con was held this weekend in Melbourne at MCEC, on Saturday and Sunday, an event that typically attracts tens of thousands of people who love comics, pop culture, films and dressing up. Although nowhere on the scale as the USA’s San Diego Comic Con, guests this year included Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo: Game of […]

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Synthetic fossils could make it possible to store data on DNA for millions of years

By Gavel Markowski / June 26, 2015 / Comments Off on Synthetic fossils could make it possible to store data on DNA for millions of years

Scientists have created synthetic fossils, which can store data by encoding it in DNA: DNA has huge potential as a data storage medium, with just one gram able to hold nearly half a zettabyte (almost 500 billion gigabytes) of data. Given that DNA fragments recovered from fossilized boneshave been used to reconstruct the genome of […]

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