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Annie Churdar

Annie is a graphic design ace who has designed and manufactured handmade jeans, tried her hand as a barber, and even masqueraded as a concert level pianist. Don’t be shy. Say hello!

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Adaptable 4D-printed material might not be far away

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Thursday 14 November 2013

What if all solid objects could adapt their forms to outside stimuli? Imaging having a car wreck where both automobiles adapt their shape upon impact in order to cause less damage. Or imagine uniforms for soldiers, police, and firemen that modified their structure when rubble, bullets, or fire threatened the wearer. It’s an interesting concept […]

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Perpetual Ocean by NASA: a natural psychedelic music visualizer

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By Annie Churdar in Video on Thursday 14 November 2013

This time lapse video feels like an animated music visualizer. The imagery is quietly stunning and peaceful. I guess the earth always seems more serene when viewed from outer space. Thanks to NASA for capturing loads of videos displaying the oceans currents, we can combine them all to create a psychedelic music visualizer video straight from […]

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Terrafugia’s Transition flying cars

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Thursday 14 November 2013

This is the most practical design for a flying car I’ve ever seen. The Transition flying car is essentially a street legal airplane. So what does that mean for all you flyboys out there? You now have the flexibility to take to the skies and fly around bad traffic or decide to use the road […]

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Do baboons really raise dogs as pets? Really? Really?

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Thursday 14 November 2013

This video bothered me so much when that big, stupid baboon stole a helpless puppy from its family. I gradually felt better as the video continued and the poor pup wasn’t made into its dinner. The narrator claims that baboons actually steal puppies to keep as pets, just like humans. I’m not sure I buy […]

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Disturbing video of Jellyfish hunting robot chopping up jellies

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Wednesday 13 November 2013

Apparently South Koreans are amassing a large army of jellyfish chopping robots to swim in Masan Bay. I guess they have way too many jellyfish because this is a fairly extreme measure. They even built a whole new breed of killer underwater robot creatures. Who has time to be afraid of Jaws anymore with this […]

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Japanese colour woodcuts by Kitagawa Utamaro

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 13 November 2013

These stunning woodcuts from 18th and 19th century Japan are a beautiful testament of everyday life during that time. Housed online in the NYPL Digital Gallery, the series was made in the Ukiyo-e school, which means ‘pictures of the floating world’ in English. The series depicts characters from all walks of life. Everything from celebrities, sumo wrestlers, […]

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Kids can learn the alphabet from vintage cigarette ads

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 13 November 2013

According to these cute vintage cards, everyone from A to Z can use a smoke from time to time. The funny thing about them is the fact that, back then, children would probably be learning their alphabet from A to Z cards like these. So when they learn the alphabet, they also learn that everyone […]

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Extreme Measure: mind-blowing works by Chris Burden

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 13 November 2013

Extreme Measures marks the first major exhibit of Chris Burden’s bold artwork in the past 25 years. The exhibit spans 40 years of performance and sculpture art that have been consistently knocking the public’s socks off. His art is sometimes bizarre, often extreme, and always influential. Do you remember hearing about his performance piece Shoot, which involved […]

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Want a photographic memory? There’s an app for that

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Tuesday 12 November 2013

Memory is faulty. We get mixed up, forget things, and add events that never actually took place. Most of us wish for a photographic memory to relive the most important moments or recall precious details concerning our loved ones. Narrative is the first app to offer help in this area. It’s a tiny weather-proof, wearable camera […]

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What’s In Your Bedroom?: a blog all about people’s bedrooms, of course

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Tuesday 12 November 2013

Your bedroom says a lot about your personality, way of life, and history. The bedroom is your own little universe. You make the rules, you decide the decorations, and you choose who may enter. What’s In Your Bedroom? is a blog that tells stories through personal portraits of the subject’s bedroom.

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Injured tortoise gets a LEGO wheel prosthetic

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 11 November 2013

This is Schildi the bionic tortoise. He was found abandoned and helpless in Germany. The poor little guy was missing a leg and very scared, so some kind veterinarians patched him up and equipped him with a prosthetic wheel. Now he’s probably the speediest tortoise around. This story renewed my hope in humanity.

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Is this the most famous Amazon book review ever written?

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Monday 11 November 2013

The Everything Store, a biography of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, was recently released to glowing reviews. But one review in particular stood out. Jeff Bezos’ wife, MacKenzie Bezos, wrote a 922-word review tearing the book to pieces. She claims that the author, Brad Stone, fabricated much of the story despite his assertion that every fact was meticulously […]

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What if the solar system went on a road trip?

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By Annie Churdar in New Illustration on Monday 11 November 2013

Here’s some nerdy science humour from The Gentleman’s Armchair. What if the entire solar system went on a road trip together? What would the planet siblings complain about? Well, we all know that Uranus would get picked on a lot.

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Toys Loved To Bits: photos by Mark Nixon

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Saturday 9 November 2013

These plush animals sure wear their history proudly. Photographed by Dublin-based Mark Nixon, this series of well-loved, thread-bare creatures are both haunting and sweet. Their missing eyes and limbs send shivers down my spine, but when I stop to think about the child that loved the creature to pieces, the carnage makes sense.

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Carnivorous caterpillars: terrifying larvae in Hawaii

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Saturday 9 November 2013

These carnivorous caterpillars are some of the most terrifying little creatures around. Found in Hawaii, these ravenous larvae hang on the underside of leaves where unsuspecting prey can’t see them. As soon as bug comes in reach, the creepy caterpillar swings its long body around and grabs the prey with its terrifying claws. I’m just […]

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