Artist encourages fly larvae to build themselves solid gold shells

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By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Closely related to Lepidoptera (that’s moths and butterflies), the caddis fly is a rather unremarkable insect with a remarkable talent for creativity. In its larval stage, a caddis fly creates an artificial carapace for itself using any materials to hand, normally bits of wood and stone. Using its specialised saliva that hardens into a strong mortar-like substance, the caddis larvae pieces together a hard outer shell to protect its soft body until it can metamorphose into its avian adult stage.

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Monopoly: The Godfather edition makes us an offer we can’t refuse

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Uh huh, Monopoly has ganged up with another fond childhood favorite of ours, The Godfather, to get us playing the board game again. In this special game edition of Monopoly of the Francis Ford Coppola film trilogy classic, you can now buy, sell and trade memorable locales from The Godfather trilogy like a mob boss […]

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More gore? Action-packed stationery piles on

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Hamburg-based executive creative director Jacques Pense has an imaginative body of commissioned work. For Australian television channel 13th Street, in line with the type of programmes it runs, he came up with these horrific paper stationary items The results are great, with blood and gore splashing about through punched holes and gushing out from torn […]

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This swing set is a musical lightshow where the riders are the musicians

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

At first glance, you might think this is your average swing set, but once you hop on, it turns into a whimsical performance of lights and sounds! Created by Canadian design collective, ‘Daily Tous Les Jours’, the interactive art installation, called ‘The Swings’, has seats that have illuminated panels at the bottom. Each swinging motion […]

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This can only be described as a domestic BEE-sturbance!

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By Milo Sumner in Uncategorized on Wednesday 30 July 2014

We all know how annoying it is having a fly buzzing around in the room you’re trying to work in, or while you’re trying to sleep. One Redditor was unlucky enough to experience this feeling to the power of 1 million. Underdog106 had been aware of bees in his apartment in South Carolina for several […]

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Be afraid, be very afraid: This man knows where your cat lives

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Associate art professor Owen Mundy has created a data map, I Know Where Your Cat Lives, which, true to its name, maps out cat photos from photo-sharing sites like Flickr and Instagram, thanks to some software he wrote to access API data with. It’s a thought-provoking project, though cat owners seem not quite as alarmed […]

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Wine and dine at the bottom of a waterfall? Sure!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Lunch is served… at the waterfalls? What? Well, not quite on the edge of one, but right at the bottom of it. The colonial-style Villa Escudero coconut plantation and resort in Laguna, Philippines, harbors a waterfalls restaurant where you can dine at a bamboo dining table just inches away from the falls, with crystalline spring […]

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Arresting street snapshots of San Franciscans

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 30 July 2014

On his website, Troy Holden describes himself as ‘Snapshot photographer from San Francisco, California’: brief, to the point, and exacting in what he does well. He documents mostly the people of the city in candid, yet elegant shots, in stark black and white. According to a post about his work on Konbini, he’ll literally walk […]

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Fur-turistic, avant garde pet furniture for cats and dogs

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 30 July 2014

All right, we’ve just had about enough of dowdy, ugly, plasticky pet furniture that feels cheap and falls apart as quickly as when they are bought. For pets with a discerning taste for the avant garde and eclectic, we’ve rounded up our top avant garde furniture choices for your pets to herald in the future […]

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Order in the voice of famous pop culture characters and you’ll get a discount at this restaurant

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Not A Burger Stand, a Los Angelese restaurant, has a weekly chalkboard promo that has one condition: order in the voice of the chosen character. If you’ve got a mean voice impression of popular characters like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Oberyn Martell, Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, Gandalf, and Nicolas Cage, then congratulations, you just got a discount!

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Yes, this app discreetly zaps out all traces of your ex digitally without the drama

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Breaking up in the digital age really sucks, so some kind soul in the world actually came up with an app to zap these digital remnants of your past love to smithereens. Well, sort of. Killswitch combs through your Facebook profile and removes traces your ex, whether it’s pictures, videos, wall posts or tagged status […]

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Set up this spherical pod as your office, why not?

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Wednesday 30 July 2014

The Archipod, we’ve got to say, must be the coolest garden office out there. The sphere-like design literally puts you in the centre of your immediate universe, the 2.9m-diameter space reaches up to a comfortable height of 2.5m, and it comes with a curved desk. The walls are double-insulated, the roof dome is made of […]

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These naughty necklaces have figurines diving into women’s cleavages

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Hate to break it to you but, these figurines get more action than you! In 2012, Japanese designer Takayuki Fukusawa started his own design firm, EkoD Works, with one goal in mind: to fill the world with humorous art and design. And with his series of provocative but hilarious necklaces, ‘Tanima Diver’, the world certainly […]

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Yolkpig: a little piggy that sucks up egg yolks

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Separating the yolk from the egg white is such a boar! Good thing there’s the YolkPig from Tel aviv-based design firm Peleg Design! A cousin of the YolkFish, the YolkPig also sucks egg yolks in a clean and efficient manner.

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We found him: The Iceberg that looks like Batman

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Mr. Freeze would have found this really cool. Software engineer and avid iceberg spotter, Mike Parsons, unknowingly captured this photo of what looks like a Batman iceberg off the Little Bay Islands in Newfoundland. He posted the photo on Facebook and thought nothing of it.

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