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Technology, Physical, Art
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When The Sun Comes Out, This Synthetic Cloud Self-Inflates  via fastcoexist
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A rare white rhino in Kenya with own armed bodyguards An extremely rare white rhino, of which there are only four left in the entire world, in the Kenyan Ol Pejeta reservation, roams about the plains flanked by armed bodyguards.
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Datastickies ‘post-it notes’ transfer files just by sticking them on to computer
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Left, photograph of an acoustic listening device developed for the Dutch army as part of air defense systems research between World Wars I and II. Via. More. Right, Walter Pichler, TV Helmet /Portable Living Room, 1957. Via.
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We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Carl Sagan. Via, fette
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"Natural fuse" is a micro-scale carbon dioxide overload protection framework that works locally and globally, harnessing the carbon-sinking capabilities of plants. Usman Haque
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via DIFFERENT MINDED WORLDS | Design Interactions at the RCA
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Sky Mining (Organic Alchemy) describes a system of profiting from pollution, created by small groups of bio-prospectors outside of usual large scale bio remediation operations. Synthesized Clouds collect precious metal particles from layers of smog above urban areas.
The result is a new organic growth,which is cultivated after the clouds have dispersed, and provides a sought after and valuable material.
by Nicholas Mortimer, Design Interactions, RCA.

via Sky Mining / Organic Alchemy, Design Interactions at the RCA
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Marine bioluminescent organisms produce a unique, powerful, and ancient living light. This refined light can travel over large distances in seawater and consequently, many of the sea’s inhabitants use this as a medium for communication.

via Exploring The Invisible A unique blend of art and science that reveals the hidden machinations of the natural world
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Extrapolation Factory will sell you the future | Dazed Digital A design studio predicts what you’ll be buying in 2050 – one neon-lit 99¢ store at a time.  Chris Woebken and Elliott P. Montgomery.
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The World’s Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin. The most powerful supercomputer in the world, Sequoia, can manage a mere 16 petaFLOPS, or just 1.6 percent of the power geeks around the world have brought to bear on mining Bitcoin. The world’s top 10 supercomputers can muster 5 percent of that total, and even the top 500 can only muster a mere 12.8 percent.
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(via Climate Graphics by Skeptical Science: Global warming at 4 Hiroshimas per second
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Buckminster Fuller’s Plans for the Dymaxion House, a 1600-square foot house which used tension suspension from a central column or mast, sold for the price of a Cadillac, and could be shipped worldwide in its own metal tube.
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Flexible Touchscreen Could Prompt Sleeker, Curvier Tablets, Smartphones via edgefx
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cuboino
cuboino by Felix Heibeck is a tangible, digital extension for the marble-game cuboro. It consists of a set of cubes that are seamlessly compatible with the cuboro cubes. In contrast to the passive cuboro cubes, cuboino modules are active parts of a digital system consisting of sensor cubes, actor cubes and supply cubes. By snapping them together, the playercan build a modular system that functions according to he individual functionalities of the cuboino cubes.
via creativeapplications, university of bremen
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Avoid Facial Detection Algorithms…With a T-Shirt
With Facebook recently changing its terms of service to use the algorithmic likeness of your face, and with the ongoing jubilee of NSA news, there’s been renewed interest in thwarting facial recognition algorithms. 
According to Wired, a Dutch artist and designer now claims to successfully confuse Facebook’s algorithms with a special kind of t-shirt.
But first, a history. In the past half decade, artists have experimented with computer vision dazzle camouflage, or “CV dazzle.” CV dazzle seeks to obstruct and confuse cameras or other computer sensors to keep them from detecting people. When they detect a face in a photo or search for a human heat signature, computers are looking for certain patterns; confuse those patterns, and they don’t know there was a human there.
Though William Gibson prophesied about “the ugly t-shirt,” a shirt so ridiculous its wearer would be invisible to surveillance cameras, the artist Adam Harvey invented the term “CV dazzle.” Harvey’s work is the best known. Tim Maly (a friend of ours here at The Atlantic tech channel) spoke to him in January for Wired about his anti-drone garments and shawls. My favorite work of his, though, may be his anti-facial recognition make-up and hair-dos.
Read more. [Image: SCN]
via theatlantic