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Low Lai Chow travels light and is working on exercising demons from her past. Find out more about her at lowlaichow.com.

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*Hic!* Japanese whisky gets sent to space station

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 13 August 2015

Whisky, of all things, is going boldly where no booze has been before: outer space. And of all people, the Japanese had to do it. But before you coil in horror (or joy?) at the idea of drunk astronauts stumbling in mid-air, it’s anything but.

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Yes! You can now zip to places on this Roomba-like transporter

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 13 August 2015

Forget the Lexus hoverboard. The WalkCar is one strangely alluring Roomba-like skateboard you can pack away in your bag when not in use. Made of sleek aluminium, it’s set to launch on Kickstarter in the next few months in two versions: indoor and outdoor. And it will weigh just 2 to 3 kg. That’s certainly lighter […]

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Obsession of the day: Cats in Uniform

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 13 August 2015

Here’s an update on the Algonquin Hotel’s Cat Fashion Show since the last time we talked about it: it hasn’t stopped happening.

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Manspreading, as seen in classical paintings

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 13 August 2015

The somewhat uncouth phenomenon of manspreading certainly isn’t new – just last year, some wisecrack started photoshopping cute critters between these wide, wide legs in mock defense of the practice. But who knew that it’s always been this way? Trust the fun folks at Mashable to dig up some damning evidence of manspreading from way back when.

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Polar bears hate wasting food, use nature as their fridge

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Friday 10 July 2015

It seems that humans aren’t the only ones who freeze their food for later. Polar bears apparently do it too. A team from Norwegian Polar Institute have spotted how a polar bear solved the dilemma of having opportunistically killed two white-beaked dolphins but only working up enough space in its tummy for one: it stored […]

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Meet the bacteria that poops 24-carat gold

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 10 July 2015

Oh, bacteria. Micro-organisms get a bad reputation sometimes for wrecking havoc on our systems with infections, but these bacteria prove it’s not all doom and gloom… but glitter? A bunch of researchers from Michigan State University started feeding the Cupriavidus metallidurans bacteria massive amounts of the naturally-occurring toxic auric chloride, only to discover the bacteria […]

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Proof that cats are slightly crafty

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Thursday 9 July 2015

First of all, this video of a house cat whispering to a dog and giving it a head massage to get it to relax is just plain weird. But, oh, the voice dubbing certainly helps us make sense of it. That cat isn’t just going to get all the biscuits, the world is giving it […]

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How to be less socially awkward around the world, in cartoons

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Thursday 9 July 2015

Kiss? Hug? Or shake hands? Cartoon and illustrator Sarah Glidden, who professes to be often confused about how to greet the people in her life, has summed up her many musings and anecdotes in this excellent comic about the social awkwardness of greeting people in different places: “We somehow have a hard time keeping our signals straight.” Funny and true.

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Japan finally makes Godzilla its official Tokyo resident

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Wednesday 8 July 2015

Boy, all that enigmatic sneaking about in the waters of Tokyo Bay has to be tiring even for Godzilla, the King of Monsters. But Tokyo has finally relaxed its rules and gone ahead to announce Godzilla as an official resident of Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, citing Godzilla’s strong role in ‘watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood’ and […]

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True story: Astronauts had to go through customs after return from moon landing

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Saturday 4 July 2015

Coming back from that famous moon landing in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins had to sign a US Customs General Declaration form to declare the moon rock and moon dust samples from their moon landing mission.

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This Lego wedding cake really takes the cake

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 4 July 2015

What, a triple-tiered edible Lego cake? This stuff is for real. A family in London recently baked up a geeky Lego-inspired brick cake for a cousin’s wedding, and now they are inundated by numerous requests from complete strangers who all want a slice of that cake. The Lego cake isn’t the only geeky bake they’ve […]

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Hilarious illustrations of Sad Animal Facts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 4 July 2015

This whimsical series of drawings based on depressing facts about animals by writer and illustrator Brooke Barker — who wrote (duh) and illustrated (double duh) everything — has been causing quite a storm of shares online. And for good reason too. It’s ridiculously funny while being well-researched. Just so you know, jellyfish are heartless creatures.

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These designers want to give you Good Fucking Design Advice

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 3 July 2015

There is good advice, and then there is Good Fucking Design Advice. Described on its website as ’serving the working class designer since 2010’, this cool store comes with beautifully rendered objects of desire keeps things real among all designers.

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Stunning urban art at Montreal’s street art festival, MURAL

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 30 June 2015

Montreal’s street art festival MURAL returned this month on Saint-Laurent Boulevard with 20 new works of visual art created on its grounds – we mean, walls – over a span of 11 days, culminating in the grand completion on June 14. It was business as usual as the boulevard was closed off between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue for the annual spray painting update with the massive huge public art gathering and trigger-happy crowds snapping away everywhere.

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In China, a firefly-themed park just opened in Wuhan, Hubei

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Friday 19 June 2015

Firefly lovers now have a destination to go to for their illuminating fix: the world’s first firefly-themed park in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province.

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