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Low Lai Chow

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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Venn Diagram pie chart… in a pie

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Sometime in June last year, Reddit user Rvenn, whose real name is Venn, had a friend bake him an actual venn diagram pie made up of, well, two intersecting pies. A fellow Redditor stole and reposted his picture of the pie a few days ago, which, ironically, was how we found out about it.

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IKEA uses stores in SIngapore to find new homes for homeless animals

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Swedish furniture chain giant IKEA has been recently experimenting with putting life-sized cardboard cutouts of actual homeless cats and dogs on its showroom pieces — such as couches and rugs — in Singapore, to get customers thinking about bringing a potential pet home. The cutouts come with unique barcodes that can be scanned with a mobile device to get instant information about the actual animal pictured.

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Crazy paper sculptures that stretch, collapse and twist like fluid

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 28 July 2014

Beijing-based artist, designer and book editor Li Hong’s collapsible paper sculptures are shockingly good. He loves paper, collects it, and also experiments with forms to crazy, unpredictable effect. As he once explained to White Rabbit, ‘Paper — you can never predict what it will become in the end’. Looking at his works, we can’t quite […]

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Dad builds epic playground for kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 28 July 2014

A NASA scientist working as a research engineer in his day job took a couple of weeks and some metal, wood and cement to build for his kids a real-life MadCat straight out of Mech Commander in his own backyard. Actually, we’re not sure if it’s really for him or the kids. Then again, with […]

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Look, it’s Loch Ness hiding on your notice board

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Monday 28 July 2014

We have a special place in our hearts for sea monsters. And now we’ve found that Loch Ness, the king of all peekaboo sea monsters, may or may not be lurking in some dark lake in Scotland, but is definitely popping its bright green head up on cork notice boards everywhere.

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Hungry? May these Star Wars pancakes be with you

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Monday 28 July 2014

Pancakes. Mmmm. Star Wars. These nonstick steel Star Wars pancake molds make it easy for geeks to get their daily dose of galactic greatness every morning. You can choose to gobble down Yoda, Darth Vader or a stormtrooper.

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Behold, an app that cares for your cat using cat-face recognition

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 28 July 2014

42ARK founder Mu-Chi was prompted to build smart pet feeder, Bistro, when one of his cats was diagnosed with pancreatitis — something he could have known earlier if he had access to her eating habits. The intelligent feeding management tool helps cat owners monitor and control their cats’ eating portions. It even comes with cat-facial […]

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The majestic and billowing icebergs of Antarctica

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 28 July 2014

Martin Bailey, who is based in Tokyo but works across all seven continents, is the nature photographer behind these statuesque shots of Antarctica icebergs. These are so, so beautiful we wish Antarctica was more accessible to us.

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Cats as famous fonts

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 26 July 2014

Buzzfeed reimagined cats as famous fonts a couple of years ago and while we’re only getting our paws on these photos now, it’s quite a marvellous collection. Of course, only the daftest feline expression would suffice for Comic Sans. Of course.

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This vineyard in Tuscany doubles up as an Italian prison

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 July 2014

We never knew this before, but it makes sense: a penal colony located on the island of Gorgona in the Tuscan Archipelago, is home to 50 or so detainees who work on a vineyard owned by one of Italy’s oldest winemaking families, Frescobaldi. There they produce Gorgona, a white wine blend of vermentino and ansonica […]

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Finally, a donut camera you can use for all your Instagram shots

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 26 July 2014

Life is too short not to shoot pictures with a donut, right? This donut cam comes with a hole in the middle that appears to act as a viewfinder of some sort, while the lightweight camera (just 62g), coated with faux sugar or chocolate on one side, and five Instagram-like color filters within, promises to […]

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Frozen freshwater lake glows magnificently in turquoise

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 July 2014

Looking at the frozen wonder that is Lake Baikal, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were rich. The freshwater lake, located in Southern Siberia in Russia, is a sagely 20 to 25 million years old that, according to My Modern Met, during March every year, causes ice to form unevenly in pressure and temperature. Which […]

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Remembering George Harrison: Beetles ate tribute tree for Beatles guitarist

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 25 July 2014

Beetles have killed a pine tree that once stood in memory of the late Beatle, George Harrison. According to a city councillor, the tree in Griffith Park towered at over three meters before its sad bug-ridden demise. In the meantime, let it be known that even Harrison found the allure of fisheye selfies irresistible during […]

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Scary lightning streaks strike awe over Sardinia

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 25 July 2014

Oh, nature puts on some scary light shows all right. Photographer Stefano Garau shot a series of pictures of a giant storm cell lit up from the inside by lightning, straight from the balcony where he lives in South Sardinia. He went on to merge and show the most visible lightning in the post production […]

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Behold! The hamster wheel has been reinvented for house cats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 25 July 2014

Gotta admit it: this cat wheel invention from California-based Sean Farlay and his company based in Camarillo, CA is giving us the chuckles. Branded as One Fast Cat, this self-assembled cat wheel with 48” diameter and 10” running tread is made from light recycled plastic material, while the special foam run surface ensures a safe […]

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