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Researchers have developed the first material that is both sensitive to touch and can heal itself.

This is a huge step towards creating synthetic skin that could improve prosthetics and electronic devices. By combining a plastic polymer with super-conductive nickel, the scientists created a material that’s can detect the pressure of a handshake and heal cuts in 30 minutes.

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Urban Air: Los Angeles Artist Transforms Billboards Into Floating Gardens - Liz Dwyer

Imagine sitting in traffic during your daily commute and instead of seeing the clutter of countless billboard advertisements you see gardens floating in the sky. That’s the kind of green experience Los Angeles-based artist Stephen Glassman wants us to have as we travel through our urban landscape. His Urban Air project hopes to transform the steel and wood frames that hold billboard advertising into suspended bamboo gardens.

Glassman’s been creating large-scale bamboo installations across Los Angeles since the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. He came up with Urban Air because—like many of us who live in congested cities—he saw a need for more fresh, green space, and a greater connection to humanity. The idea won the 2011 London International Creativity Award and proved so inspiring that Summit Media, a billboard company based in Los Angeles actually offered to donate billboards along major streets and freeways.

As you can see in the video above, to create the garden billboards, Glassman and his team simply remove the commercial facade and modify the existing structure by installing planters, filling them with live bamboo, hooking up a water misting system and connecting them to a wifi network that monitors the environment. Then, says Glassman, “when people are stuck in traffic” on the 10 Freeway instead of seeing advertisements, they “look up and they see an open space of fresh air.”

The project’s hoping to raise $100,000 through Kickstarter to structurally retrofit the first prototype billboard, secure licenses, permits, and insurance, and pay for cranes to help install everything. They hope to spread the idea across the globe so they’re also producing “a system ‘kit’ that enables any standard billboard to be easily transformed to a green, linked, urban forest.” While it can be argued that that’s a hefty sum for just one billboard and a toolkit, seeing a beautiful garden suspended in air sure beats having to look at another advertisement, right?

This would be amazing!

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Yuken Teruya - Green Economy

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Intense Internet Infographic of the Day: A staggering glimpse at the Internet, by the minute.




Where the colors of fireworks come from

Happy 4th of July, American friends! Here’s a little chemistry lesson on where the colors in fireworks come from.

Is that not enough for your sponge of a brain? Then here’s a more detailed video on explosive chemistry from Byte Size Science!

( Boing Boing)

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Around And Around It Goes.  Where It Stops Nobody Knows.

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The Ocean Conservancy, which organizes an annual International Coastal Clean-Up, has published its results in the 2012 Trash Index. You’re not imagining it: as the global population swells, tankers continue to leak oil, and plastic water bottles continue to be our favorite way to drink tap water, the world’s beaches are getting dirtier.

Nearly 600,000 volunteers worked in multiple countries to pick up and record the over nine million pounds of trash listed in this report. Check out their trashy findings, download a helpful pocket guide to recycling and if you’re inclined, donate to help their efforts. And for the love of all things oceanic, if you smoke, find a better place than the ocean or ground to throw your cigarette butts (the number one piece of trash found on beaches)!

Image: Ocean Conservancy



Listen to the conversations around you — colleagues at the office, customers in the coffeehouse line, those who serve you, those you serve, the people you meet each day. “Give me a tall latte.” “Hand me that hammer.” “Have a good one.”

Notice anything missing? The traditional magic words “please” and “thank you” that many people learn as children appear to be disappearing.

I was just talking about this with my coworkers.. when did common manners become so obsolete?


SOTU: Word cloud created using the transcript of President Obama’s State of the Union address, “An America Built to Last.”

American, Jobs.

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This is incredible. A wonderful example of stop motion. — Savy


Just the loveliest little video we have seen in a good while. For anyone who has ever loved a book or a bookstore.


Chris Jordan, Running the Numbers

“…2.4 million plastic bottles, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour

All of the plastic used to compose this work was collected from the Pacific Ocean.”


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Holly Golightly’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” House For Sale…

The Manhattan townhouse made famous by the iconic Audrey Hepburn flick Breakfast at Tiffany’s has again come up for sale. Listed for $5.85M, the 15-foot-wide Upper East Side house served as the backdrop for the exterior shots, but, disappointingly, it seems most of the interiors were shot on a sound stage.

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Compare: http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/12/shepard_fairey_time_person_of_the_year_occupy_la_protester.php


Person Of The Year of the Day: TIME picks “The Protester” as its Person of the Year for 2011.

No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent. In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints; they changed the world.

Runners-Up: Admiral William McRaven; Ai Weiwei; Rep. Paul Ryan; Kate Middleton.

See Also: People Who Mattered; TIME’s Person of the Year 1927-2010; 10 Times TIME’s Person of the Year Wasn’t Really a Person.

(Cover Art: Shepard Fairey.)


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