The Float table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables. It’s classical physics applied to modern design. Each handcrafted table is precisely tuned to seem rigid and stable, yet a touch reveals the secret to Float’s dynamic character.
iflscience: Biotech startup Pembient is planning to deploy the forces of DNA technology and economics to save the rhino. It's risky plan, that could undermine other efforts, but with poaching out of control and subpopulations on the verge of extinction Pembient argue this is the best bet for the survival of the rhinoceroses in the wild.
The problem is familiar. The belief that rhino horn treats fevers or beautifies the skin, has stoked a global industry with prices soaring to $65,000 per kilogram ($30,000 /pound). With prices higher than cocaine, organised crime cartels have inevitably got involved. While the poachers taking the risks on the ground are often desperately poor, those running the show have the wealth and power to circumvent attempts to control the trade.
As a result, the world's last male northern white rhino is under permanent armed guard, (paid for in part by cricket matches) even though part of his horn has been removed to make him a less attractive target.
So if there are not enough armed guards in the world to protect the surviving rhinos, and if appeals to reason or ethics fail to stem the demand, what else can we do? Flood the market, Pembient argues.
Rhino horn is just keratin, the same fibrous protein you have in your finger nails and hair. No one is ransacking your house to steal your nailclippings because human keratin is not in short supply. So Pembient wants to take keratin, add some rhino DNA and 3D print the resulting product into a horn indistinguishable from one taken from a living rhino.
The product will sell for an eighth of the market rate for horns mutilated from previously living rhinos, which Pembient believes will force poachers out of business. "We're like the universal cutting agent," Pembient CEO Matthew Markus told Fast Company. "In the drug trade, usually a cutting agent is something that's cheaper and inferior to the product being cut. But if we can offer something as good as the product being cut but vastly cheaper, then anyone in the trade will naturally gravitate to using our product."
Indeed, Pembient argue their product is superior to wild rhino horn, since it has not been affected by pollution.
One of the entirely unscientific properties credited to rhino horn is as a hangover cure, so Pembient are partnering with a Beijing brewery to add their fake horn to beer.
Not everyone is convinced however. Marketing of Pembient horns could legitimize the pseudoscientific beliefs in rhino horn properties, the International Rhino Foundation warned Quartz. Moreover, authorities trying to catch poachers may have trouble telling Pembient horns from the illegal product, although DNA fingerprinting may resolve that problem.
Another question that can probably only be answered by trying it is whether, if rhino poachers are forced out of business, they will shift their attention to other endangered species, or shift to less destructive industries. Meanwhile, Pembient are already turning their thinking to the much larger trade in ivory.
Tactum is an augmented modeling tool that lets you design 3D printed wearables directly on your body. It uses depth sensing and projection mapping to detect and display touch gestures on the skin. A person can simply touch, poke, rub, or pinch the geometry projected onto their arm to customize ready-to-print, ready-to-wear forms. Technical Details: In its current iteration, Tactum uses computer vision and projection mapping to detect interactions with the body. Tracking and gesture recognition is done with a Leap Motion Controller, and visual feedback is projected onto the forearm using a Casio XJA251 projector. We extract a user's natural gestures – gestures that don't require specific training – to drive a body-based 3D modeling environment. A person can touch, poke, rub, pinch, grab, and twist the digital geometry projected onto their body.
Fabrication & Ergonomic Fit: Since this base geometry is generated from 3D data of the arm, any design created through Tactum is inherently built to fit each individual user's body. Additionally, technical 3D printing constraints are also embedded within the geometry; this means that no matter how much you manipulate the digital geometry, every design generated through Tactum is guaranteed to be 3D printable. For more information, see the full project page at madlab.cc/tactum
"Police Story: Lockdown" Official TRAILER (2015) Jackie Chan Action Movie Police Captain Zhong Wen (Jackie Chan) knows all about sacrifice. He's always been too busy chasing bad guys to be a father to his daughter Miao (Jing Tian). Tonight, he's seeing her for the first time in years - and meeting her fiance, club owner Wu Jiang (Liu Ye).
A new road safety PSA from agency BBDO Russia manipulates our impatience with a video promising the "MOST TERRIBLE FATAL CAR CRASH EVER" that only shows a car crash in the video, and in the thumbnails on the video timeline, if you're caught skipping ahead to see what happens. If you watch the video without fast-forwarding, it's a safe uneventful drive (albeit one with some odd editing). Y'know, the kind where nobody gets hurt.
This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called "Politicians discussing global warming."
There's an Android Mascot Urinating on the Apple Logo in Google Maps somewhere in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. But too bad Google says they are working to fix it.
Quiksilver Japan have launched a revolutionary new product that enables Japan's over-working businessmen to regain their work/surf balance. A connected business suit that you can surf in.
Pentagram Designs Climate Change Posters Made Completely Out of Emojis
The popular social-media symbols found their way onto protest signs (made of what isn't clear) at the recent People's Climate March in London, thanks to design firm Pentagram, which created and handed out the placards.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall of Sound is an acoustic reconstruction of the Berlin Wall.
Its duration of 7:32 minutes reflects the time sound needs to travel the
155 kilometres length of the Berlin Wall. Its sound wave’s shape mirrors
the wall of concrete and its watchtowers. There are no comments –
the tags depict the victims and mark where they were killed.
The Wall of Sound is not easy to bear. But 27 years locked behind
the concrete Berlin Wall were unbearable.
Back in 1989, SoundCloud’s headquarters would have been part of
the Death Zone next to the Berlin Wall. We dedicate the Wall of Sound
to the 120 women, men and children, who lost their lives in their
attempt to live in freedom. We will not forget.
Major original quotes used:
Walter Ulbricht (former leader of the GDR and responsible for the construction) saying a few days before the construction started: „Nobody has the intention to raise a wall“
Heinz Hoffmann (former GDR secretary of defense): „To those, who don’t respect our border – they will feel the bullet.“
Erich Honecker (longtime and most powerful leader of the GDR) celebrating
40 Years of the GDR in 1989: „The German Democratic Republic will exist another 40 years and beyond.“