A beer flavor wheel designed for non-expert drinkers. I like how some of the items flow into each other.
The mobile animal MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] unit scours the countryside looking for the most beautiful examples of cows, pigs, chickens and other livestock. Once located, the creature is scanned from head to toe, creating accurate cross-sectional images of its inner organs. The most interesting and aesthetically pleasing examples of anatomy are used as templates to create moulds for the in-vitro meat (we wouldn’t choose to eat the same old boring parts that we eat today). The result is a satisfyingly complicated and authentic form of food. (via Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow < James King)
Cat cafes are a familiar phenomenon for those keeping track of Japan’s many quirks. But this falconer cafe takes intra-species fraternization to a whole new level.
(Originally found via Chris Heathcote.)
Design studio Superflux has made edible christmas cards using something called fruit leather. Most are modeled after animals of various kinds.
Low income housing spreads into the hills on the outskirts of Kabul, photographed on October 4, 2012. According to the World Bank more than a third of the population of Afghanistan lives below the poverty line, and more than half are vulnerable and at serious risk of falling into poverty. (via Afghanistan: October 2012 — In Focus — The Atlantic)
The final ball, which will produced by replicating the same techniques used to create artificial human organs, encourages us to consider the role life sciences will have in our daily lives today and in the future. It is also a reference to the colliding worlds of human enhancement, the bio-technology industry and the global capitalization of sport, which have become highly contested areas.
A service aimed at teasing out “meaningful stories” from its users. The main tool for this seems to be an ever-growing list of categorized questions, such as this, from the category Life: “What life lessons would you tell your 13 year old self if you had the opportunity?”
When it was taken, the photo would have been a funny and unusual picture of three terrified girls and a doofy-looking stingray. Today, the photo can be labelled a photobomb, which implies a narrative of surreptitious sabotage, connects the stingray to a whole tribe of obnoxious pranksters, and makes the ray look like his smile might contain a hint of frat-boyish dissolution. We’ve come so far.
Artists messing with animals – it seems like a never ending theme. The commentary in this blog post is worth browsing through. Julian Charriere and Julius von Bismarck have died pigeons in Venice so that people don’t consider them flying rats anymore…
The blog post notes they’ve painted these animals without harming them. Some of the commenters say painting these animals is harmful in itself. Reasons given include: camouflage and procreation. Other commenters are offended by artists seeking fame by exploiting these animals. I find the image striking and would like to learn more about the actual process the artists uses to achieve this effect. I’m also curious about the scientific basis for some of the claims made by those commenters taking offense.
Not an actual game but a simulation — nonetheless interesting. Scientist study predatory behavior in fish using computer-controlled colored dots. They use the word “immersive”. I wonder if the pun was intended.