For the newborn who has everything, a $16.3 million gold bassinet

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 11 April 2014

Labour might bring a tear to your eye, but what about these overly indulgent baby cribs. Brought to you by (the outrageous) Baby Suommo, now new parents can buy up big when their baby arrives. And ‘big’ means in the millions. This luxury line of baby accessories and furniture is offering a solid gold bassinet […]

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This giant beagle is actually a bed & breakfast in Idaho

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 11 April 2014

Your dreams of sleeping deep inside the belly of a giant Beagle is now within reach. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse, which if you haven’t noticed by now, is a giant beagle. The owners of this unique guesthouse are Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, who […]

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Squirrels that look like Radiohead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Sorry Radiohead, you might be one of the world’s best living bands, but we have found some damning evidence that shows how much you look like squirrels. If this all seems pretty outrageous, let it be known that we wished nobody ever had it in their heads to make chipmunk versions of your music — […]

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Here’s how Honey Maid responded to anti-gay backlash

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Honey Maid has been in the news lately for their ‘This is wholesome’ ad campaign that featured all sorts of families. One of those families just happened to be a gay couple with children. Another was a military family, a rocker family, a single dad family and an interracial family unit. It’s a pretty heartwarming ad but as always, people will always have something to say when it comes to seeing a gay family on the TV. In this case, the things they said were not the nicest: ‘horrible, NOT ‘WHOLESOME,’ ‘DO NOT APPROVE!’ and ‘Disgusting’.

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Photographer shoots wild meerkats, gets climbed on and used as lookout post instead

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, New Photography on Friday 11 April 2014

Tree-climbing goats, move over now. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas was minding his own business in the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and shooting away at meerkats, when, one day, the meerkats — including a three-week-old litter of babies — decided he could be trusted and would make quite a decent vantage point.

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Diamonds that are made of human remains

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 11 April 2014

‘Family heirloom’ takes on a literal meaning when grandma becomes the actual diamonds she’s passing on. Swiss startup ‘Algordanza’ turns cremated human remains into prized diamonds via the same way actual diamonds are created, through heat and pressure. But instead of having to wait thousands or millions of years, clients of the company only have to wait three months. You might believe the concept is cooky, but it’s actually not too farfetched.

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Full-body virtual reality is finally here (for those who can stomach it)

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 11 April 2014

There’s tons of great gadgets and gizmos coming out of CES 2014 in Las Vegas and Virtuix might just have the coolest on display. Why? Well, just take a look at what they’ve designed: a harness and custom sneakers to play your favorite video games in virtual reality. Forty ‘capacitive sensors’ are located in the base […]

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When everyday meals get a colourful makeover

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 10 April 2014

Purple turkey, green corn, blue crackers? Looks delicious. Or not. California-based photographer Lawrie Brown highlights the effects of food colouring on our eating preferences and perspectives through her unappetizing ‘Colored Food Series’. She takes regular meals like pasta, toast, and cereal, and dabs them with vibrant, unnatural colours using latex house paint, presenting us with […]

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Celebrities are placed in vintage ads by David Redon

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 10 April 2014

We all love a great vintage ad, but Paris-based art director David Redon has taken it a step further. What he’s done is taken modern day celebs and placed them into clever vintage ads. Stars such as Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Rihanna, and even Beyonce are used in his project. Redon says of his work: […]

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Try not to get lost! The BIG Maze comes to Washington, D.C.

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 10 April 2014

Think you’re a whizz at mazes? Try this BIG maze, a 61×61 foot maze that’s going to be housed at Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum this July. The labyrinth’s ‘Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze’s periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center’. Bjarke Ingels of BIG […]

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The Avengers and Spider-Man also take selfies

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Thursday 10 April 2014

‘Let’s save the world, but first, let me take a #selfie’. A Marvel selfie, that is. Brazilian designer and pop culture aficionado Butcher Billy illustrates our favourite superheroes all taking self-portraits in his series ‘Marvel #Selfies: Avengers Project’.

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Don’t worry, those Harvard library books aren’t bound in human flesh after all

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 10 April 2014

Harvard University just discovered that their infamous human flesh books aren’t bound from flayed human skin after all. But it’s still bound in skin, but rather sheepskin. Yes, it’s a let down, especially since we’ve believed in those human flesh books since 2006 when the discovery was published in The Harvard Crimson. Apparently though, the […]

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Freaky! Emma Watson unmasks to reveal Sofia Vergara

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By David Gaz in Video on Thursday 10 April 2014

Stop. Just watch this right now. Simultaneously terrifying, baffling and thankfully, not real – ‘Emma Watson’ is unmasked to reveal… Sofia Vergara. What? The clue to this not being real is the hair kinda melting away. But that’s probably enough Internet for me for awhile.

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Is 3D printing the answer to sustaining life on the Moon?

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By Jacob Paul Cherniayeff in Architecture on Thursday 10 April 2014

A consortium consisting of Italian space engineering firm Alta SpA, Pisa-based engineering university Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and design firm Foster + Partners has been busy exploring the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as […]

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The beauty of quantum mechanics in photographs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 10 April 2014

Forget about your aversion towards anything scientific – these chalkboards are simply beautiful! London- and Madrid-based photographer Alejandro Guijarro spent three years traveling from one quantum mechanics institute to another, ‘exploring the scientific havens that serve as home to some of the world’s greatest thinkers’. His series is titled Momentum (clever!) and each chalkboard appears […]

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