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This nail polish changes colour when it detects date rape drugs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Tech on Tuesday 2 September 2014

Four graduates from North Carolina State University’s Materials Science & Engineering department have found one way women could avoid date rapes: Get a manicure. Odd? Yes. Effective? Could be. Their product, a nail polish called ‘Undercover Colors’, could detect date rape drugs like GHB, Xanax, and Rohypnol. The wearer just has to swirl her drink with her finger, and if the nail changes colour, she better find help immediately.

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Finally, a colouring book for grown-ups to ease the pain of … growing up

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 1 September 2014

Let’s face it-life isn’t half as good as we thought it’d be when we were kids. We don’t get to play all day. Nobody makes our meals and cuts off the crusts of our sandwiches (right?). And most of us have to work tedious jobs just to survive. All those magical nursery books we read as children were rubbish.

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This incredible 99 year-old woman sews a new dress every day for needy children

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Video on Sunday 31 August 2014

Lillian Weber, from Iowa, is one big-hearted 99-year-old who spends every single day making a dress for Little Dresses for Africa, an organization that distributes clothes to impoverished little girls in Africa. Since 2011, she has diligently sewn over 840 dresses. Lillian starts on a new dress every morning, takes a break at midday, and completes the dress before the sun sets.

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Pit bulls in a New York dog home are given a makeover to change stereotypes

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Sunday 31 August 2014

Some breeds of dog are unfairly stereotyped, and none more so that the pit bull. We look at a greyhound and think racing, associate a chihuahua with socialites and the west highland terrier with monopoly. None of these associations are negative and, more importantly, unlikely to affect the decision of a potential adopter.

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Where do airline workers sleep during long haul flights? These images reveal all

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 August 2014

If, like me, you always thought airline staff were living it up on long-haul flights when they went to ‘rest’, you’ll be surprised to find out there’s actually no special treatment given to these hard workers. Crew Rest Compartments, or CRCs, are designed with such tight spaces in mind that some airplanes have crew member […]

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Female photographer imagines how different her life could have been with dozens of different male partners

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By Feature Shoot in New Photography on Friday 29 August 2014

Who do you want to be? Or, more accurately, who could you have been? Czech photographer Dita Pepe takes these musings quite literally, re-imaging her life in a hundred different scenarios in her series Self Portraits with Men. Pepe’s photographs are disarming in their nonchalant subtly, the artist possessing an uncanny ability to become a seamless member of each family. [This post originally ran on Feature Shoot]

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This lamp disguises itself as a giant pencil

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 29 August 2014

At first glance you might be fooled into thinking that there’s a giant pencil scribbling away at the room’s flooring. But at the flick of a switch, it immediately reveals its true nature: it’s just a lamp! The HB Lamp creates the illusion of a giant pencil with its power cord posing as the lines […]

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Once a week this hairdresser from New York does something heartwarming

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Trends on Friday 29 August 2014

Every Sunday in the Big Apple one man is doing what he can to make the world a brighter and more compassionate place. Mark Bustos is a young stylist at a fashionable hair salon in New York City, but once a week he takes to the streets and provides free haircuts to the homeless.

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What a four-year-old diner really thinks of fancy shmancy food at a Michelin starred restaurant

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 August 2014

Some parents wouldn’t be caught dead taking their kids out to a family-friendly restaurant, let alone a Michelin-starred one. But The Bold Italic have flipped the tables and introduced a very interesting (and funny) series where they take kids to fine dining restaurants to get incredibly real reviews of the food served to high-paying customers. In […]

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These are the most beautifully disgusting jewelry pieces you can ever wear

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Fashion on Friday 29 August 2014

Get her to say the ultimate ‘Yes’ by popping the question and revealing to her a ring adorned with an eyeball! There’s no better way to express true love more than that! Dental laboratory technician and artist Morgan Loebel of Morgans Mutations makes the most disgusting, blood-curdling, sculptures you will every lay your eyes on. Using polymer clay, he molds mutants with hyper-realistic eyes, wrinkles, and teeth.

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This video shows the drastic difference between the lungs of a healthy person and those of a smoker

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Video on Friday 29 August 2014

Newsflash. Smoking is bad for you. Ok, we all knew that smoking isn’t exactly a great part of a healthy lifestyle, but many people are guilty of deceiving themselves about quite HOW badly it affects your body. The truth is that, in the long term, there are few things more likely to put you in the ground before your time than smoking.

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Babies have it so hard, day spas have been created to ease the daily stress and tension

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Being born is stressful business. Not only for Mum but for baby, too. And to ease all that stress of being born and the tension of everyday life outside of the womb, babies are now being taken to day spas. One particular spa in Houston, Texas, is called Float Baby and this place offers everything […]

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First it was the ice bucket challenge for ALS, now it’s the rice bucket challenge for hunger

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lost count of how many friends have been dared to take the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, I have. And though the ALS Association has raised close to $US80 million since July 29 (woah), I’m looking forward to my social media feeds going back to news where people aren’t dunked in icy water.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: an office you can take anywhere you go

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 28 August 2014

This is the Kruikantoor, a light-weight foam structure that was created by Tim Vinke, a Dutch designer. The name ‘Kruikantoor’ is actually a combination of the two words ‘wheelbarrow’ and ‘office’, and like the name suggests, you can pick this workspace in a few seconds and easily move it to wherever you like.

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This adorable video of a beluga playing with kids has sad implications

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 28 August 2014

You might have already seen this adorable video of a beluga whale in the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut ‘playing’ peek-a-boo with two kids. It’s understandable if you had a good laugh and some ‘awwww’ moments. We did too. But according to experts, the animal was definitely not playing, but rather, being aggressive. ‘The open mouth and posturing are typical of the way cetaceans express aggression and I’ve seen a lot in captivity in the very same circumstances. This poor animal is telling the kids: ‘Get away’. It’s a threat’, Dr. Marino, a beluga behavior specialist at the Kimmela Center, told The Dodo.

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Cerbero is a 14-year-old poodle that’s travelled more than the rest of us

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lately we’ve seen a slew of dog bucket list photos and videos making the rounds on the Internet. But what if a dog’s owner simply took their beloved pooch travelling just for the sake of good times? Ety Fefer took her 14-year-old poodle all around the world and documented every moment with a cute but hilarious blog titled Cerbero on the Road. So, where has Cerbero been in his 14 years?

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An Unstealable Bicycle: the answer to all our problems!

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Design on Thursday 28 August 2014

There are so many positive aspects to cycling: it’s a great way to combine travel and exercise, you can avoid being crammed up with other people during your morning commute, less cars mean less emissions and also it’s simply pretty cool.

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Finger condoms protect you from the messiness of eating fried chicken and sticky donuts

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 28 August 2014

You know what really bites? Eating fried chicken and getting all that grease over your fingers and not having a napkin in sight. Or biting into a donut and forgetting to protect your fingers from the stickiness of that delicious icing. It’s the little things in life that can ruin our days. But our days are about to get a whole lot more tasty and OCD-free, thanks to these finger condoms.

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Just six months after the winter Olympics, Sochi is now virtually a ghost town

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 28 August 2014

Just six months ago, this place was brimming with visitors from around the world as it hosted the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Today, the streets are empty, the shops and hotels are closed, and the structures are left unfinished. The neighborhood of Rosa Khutor is now virtually a ghost town.

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Sleepy chick: probably the cutest hedge we’ve ever laid our eyes on

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Strolling along the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, France, you might come across a rather unusual sight: a giant, green bird taking a lazy afternoon nap. ‘Poussin endormi’, which means ‘Sleepy Chick’, is a charming topiary sculpture of a napping bird by French artist Claude Ponti.

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