In Imogen Heap’s new video for her song Me the Machine she’s using Mi.Mu (Kickstarter project) gesture control gloves to translate her gestures into awesome graphics and set. Cool stuff. Plus it’s Imogen singing.  (More on this project from Dezeen here and at Heap’s website).

(thanks/via: Dezeen)

Bravo President Obama for plugging good reads to kids.
From the New York Times article Bucket List Item: White House Easter Egg Roll about the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.  And….KidPresident was there too (see far right in photo in front of the Easter Bunny)!

(thanks/via: NYTimes.com)

Bravo President Obama for plugging good reads to kids.

From the New York Times article Bucket List Item: White House Easter Egg Roll about the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.  And….KidPresident was there too (see far right in photo in front of the Easter Bunny)!

(thanks/via: NYTimes.com)

London Grammar - Sights (Official Audio) (by London Grammar)

London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years (Official Video) (by London Grammar)

Leftover Star Wars Sets - Tozeur, Tunisia

While much of George Lucas’ mythic Star Wars films were filmed in studio lots or in preexisting structures, a number of their exterior sets, especially for the desert planet Tatooine, were purpose built for the films and simply abandoned to the sands and the fans when filming was over. 

While the most famous left over Star Wars set may be the Hotel Sidi Driss, a Tunisian hotel which was used as the interior of the Lars moisture farm, Luke Skywalker’s teenage home, many more structures were built just for the production such as the Lars farm exterior and most of the city of Mos Espa.

In Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace the spaceport of Mos Espa is shown as a bustling frontier town where young Anakin Skywalker lives and works as a slave. Many of the bulbous structures were filled in using CGI, but much of the first stories of the buildings were built practically and still stand as a squat beige town square that looks as though it was shaved cleanly off at the top. The facades are not actually buildings, but fronts built for filming, yet visitors can still mill about the exteriors as though they were on that far flung desert planet. There are also some iconic “moisture vaperators” also left on the site.

But Tatooine is in trouble! Find out how on Atlas Obscura…

(thanks/via: atlasobscura)

the remote and little known rice terraces of yuanyang county in china’s yunnan province were built by the hani people along the contours of ailao mountain range during the ming dynasty five hundred years ago. the terraces, once planted during the early spring season, are then irrigated with spring water from the forest above, which reflect sunlight to create the images seen here.

photos by jialiang gao, javarman, isabelle chauvel and thierry bornier
(previous posts on the rice terraces of the philippines and vietnam)

(thanks/via: awkwardsituationist)

Glass Organs Sigga Heimis/GlassLab

Images by The Corning Museum of Glass

(thanks/via: archatlas)

(via washingtonpost)


Mu Cang Chai - Yen Bai Province - Vietnam (von tu_geo)

(thanks/via: breathtakingdestinations)

Mu Cang Chai - Yen Bai Province - Vietnam (von tu_geo)

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When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.
From the TED-Ed Lesson How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena
Animation by STK Films

(thanks/via: teded)

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

Animation by STK Films

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Bibo, wonderful animated short film about a lonely robot, a year in the making – a sort of modern-day, sadder version of Pixar’s groundbreaking 1986 classic Luxo Jr.

(thanks/via: explore-blog)

Slow Life (by Daniel Stoupin)

Incredible Slo-Mo Video Of The Underwater Creatures You Never See

Coral is actually a living creature, but the human eye rarely catches it moving. This incredibly slow-motion video lets you see the ocean life you don’t notice, before it’s destroyed by climate change.

This is an amazing deep dive into the psychedelic world of fluorescent coral from marine biologist and photographer Daniel Stoupin.

Coral are not dead skeletons or rocky statues. They are living structures that move, swell, and slurp daily, just not on time scales that we can recognize with our eyes. Thankfully, Stoupin and his timelapse morphs our perception of time so we can.

This work of ocean art leaves one question unanswered. Why would a coral be fluorescent in the first place? They have no ability to “see”, at least as far as we know. What evolutionary gift could glowing give?

Luckily, this isn’t the first time that Daniel Stoupin has landed on IOTBS, and we might be able to shed some (wavelength filtered) light on that question.Check out this previous gallery of his fluorescent photography to discover the fishy reason why these coral might glow.

But then there’s the sad fact that coral is currently dying pretty rapidly  because of global warming…

(thanks/via: jtotheizzoe and fastcompany)

Florida’s legislature is working on a bunch of bills (here, here, and here)  to increase guns in civil society.  That’s going to solve a lot of these mass shootings, right? 
(thanks/via: liberalsarecool)

Florida’s legislature is working on a bunch of bills (here, here, and here)  to increase guns in civil society.  That’s going to solve a lot of these mass shootings, right? 

(thanks/via: liberalsarecool)

Really cool artwork!!! Not new news to you, right?

Step Inside an Interactive M.C. Escher Drawing with Monument Valley

(thanks/via: itscolossal [watch trailer at this link])