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Damien Hirst’s book of ABC for children

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By Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 9 October 2013

Controversial 1995 Turner Prizer winner Damien Hirst has turned to appealing to a whole new demographic: kids. His latest project is an ABC picture book containing his works (D is for that diamond skull; while L is for his 1994 work of a lamb soaked in a tank of formaldehyde). Does sound like an alphabet […]

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Quantum blink: Stop(ping) motion in photography

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By Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Artist Isabel M. Martinez is intrigued by perception and human experience ‘where the real, the known, and the imagined collide’. Makes sense then, that her photography-based series, Quantum Blink, captures the fluidity of time in its frozen moments, by blending two consecutive exposures of a moment in one striped frame. Magical.

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All the world’s 7 billion people on one single page

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By Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 8 October 2013

There are now 7 billion people in the world. If you can’t visualize that, check out the 7 Billion People on 1 Page site, where you can see every single person on the planet on the page. Created by online reference resource Worldometers, the design follows the original color convention of the 5 Olympic rings: […]

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New study to track altruism in vampire bats

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

This crowd-funded appeal to conduct non-invasive behaviorial experiments on vampire bats — which have been observed to be ‘extreme social cooperators’ — recently ended successfully. The research will use the vampire bat as a new model to answer questions such as ‘What social information do vampire bats use to decide whether to donate to others? […]

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Never mind the shutdown, White House’s telecommunications DCTO turns to bartending

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By Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Haha, how cool is this? With the US government shutdown in place, the White House’s deputy chief technology officer for telecommunications, Tom Power, has now taken to bartending at Gypsy Sally’s, a music venue in Georgetown. He wrote in an email invitation to friends that his bartending gig was given the go-ahead by the officials, […]

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The truth is out: Mice sing to warn rival mice

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Research recently published in The American Naturalist has shown that two tribes of mice — Alston’s singing mouse and Chiriqui singing mouse — who share their living spaces in the cloud forests between Costa Rica and Panama, sing whenever they detect intruders of the other species on their turf. What can we say? There must […]

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Now you can plonk away on your very own oil can guitar

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By Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Georgia-based company Bohemian Guitars offers these cool oil can guitars — inspired by the resourcefully sort of re-purposed musical instruments that started in South Africa — for sale. Even better, a percentage of guitar sales goes towards donating instruments to schools and youth organisations to promote music education.

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Poll shows 18% of Americans want a pet dinosaur

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

A public poll about animals and pets ran in June this year on 603 Americans, and now we are staring at this startling finding: asked to pick which animal they would like for an exotic pet, 18% went for a dinosaur. The extinct beast, however, found itself no match for at least two of its […]

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A swimming pool in the middle of the desert? Not a mirage

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By Lai Chow in Uncategorized on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio, reworked the plywood structure of one of its art installations, Talus Dome, to create a new art installation: Yucca Crater near Joshua Tree National Park. With the 30-ft earthwork and participatory installation, visitors were able to climb in and jump into 8 feet of glistening water. The pool is a reference […]

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