Realistically Proportioned Barbie: we interviewed the artist who created it!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 1 March 2014

Finally, someone had the guts to stand up to that faker, Barbie. Pennsylvania-based artist, Nickolay Lamm, not only voiced out his opinion against Barbie-maker, Mattel, but also created a realistic and properly proportioned version of the doll. In this exclusive interview with the artist, we ask him why he created a ‘Real Barbie’ and how the move has affected the public’s perception. [read our original post about this Barbie here]

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Hipster nerd glasses tamed by cats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 24 February 2014

Nobody, absolutely nobody, is immune to the power of cats. Our feline overlords hold such authority, they don’t just make nerd glasses ironic, they make them iconic. Guess there’s a reason why people with swag get upgraded to being labelled as cool cats.

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Somewhat important movies tamed by alternative film titles

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By Low Lai Chow in New Film on Thursday 20 February 2014

Well, just because all movies in the world deserve a reality check. These alternative textual takes on these movie posters have the type of honest-to-goodness spin that we all know is far more true. They are priceless.

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You can re-live the good ol’ days with the Tamagotchi app

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Don’t lie, you know that Tamagotchi was the best thing that happened in 1997. Now you can re-live the glory days on your iPhone or Android, thanks to the free Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app. You can play in old-school black and white pixel mode, or you can try out the full colour hi-res App mode. Just […]

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This is what the inside of an Amazon warehouse looks like

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Wednesday 12 February 2014

We’ve all bought things on Amazon, but how many of us know exactly goes on inside these ‘fulfillment centers’ otherwise known as Amazon’s warehouses? These photos show us what it looks like inside this particular warehouse in Arizona, so we can understand the mystery just a little bit better.

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All-in-one coffee machine lets you make your own brew from scratch, including roasting the beans

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 5 February 2014

A two-man team from Berlin is aiming to empower coffee farmers around the world by helping them trade the good stuff – that’s green raw coffee beans – to consumers directly. Obviously, they also built a machine so the latter can actually brew some good stuff from the raw beans. Now, after 135 prototypes, Bonaverde […]

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Possibly the coolest RFID secure device we’ve ever seen, and it’s functional

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 1 February 2014

We must admit: the HuMn Wallet really caught our eye with its sleek periodic table-like design. Beyond the minimalist design (the standard wallet comes with two plates, one flat elastic shock strap and one microfiber bag), the RFID secure device carries quite some clout against skimming theft as the aluminum and carbon fiber material act […]

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You can buy these epic movie props on eBay right now

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Trends on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Let’s face it, you’ve gotta love eBay. It’s got something for everyone, particularly movie lovers. If you’re into that sort of thing, you can find props from all kinds of films, both iconic and lesser-known. Here are just a few interesting examples of movie props you can find on Ebay right now. The internet is […]

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Body atlas shows where we feel different emotions

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Friday 24 January 2014

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers proved that emotions have direct physiological connections to the parts of our body. So if you’re feeling angry or happy, chances are a part of your body is reacting to it, so it’s not just Lust that’s get a bodily reaction […]

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Attention, all cat owners: Your cat thinks you are just an oversized cat

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

As if it wasn’t depressing enough to know that our feline pals aren’t really that attached to us, biologist Dr. John Bradshaw, who has over 30 years of experience in domesticated animal behavior, has revealed in his book Cat Sense that cats really think of their owners as a ‘larger, non-hostile’ cat. In other words, […]

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Brushing badly? This smart toothbrush will tell you that over your mobile

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 20 January 2014

French startup Kolibree recently unveiled a smart toothbrush at the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. By hooking up to the Internet, the device can monitor the dental habits of its user and connect to a mobile app via the local Bluetooth network to tittle-tattle on how much brushing he’s getting, how often […]

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Now you can sleep at Bauhaus, have a Modernist rendezvous

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau has reopened the design school’s accommodation block to anyone who’s willing to fork out US$48 (€35) for one of the 28 1920s-style rooms. If you’d rather not spend a night with the modern architectural icon, you can still check out the Bauhaus Building which opens in broad daylight from 9am-6pm. […]

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This guy outsourced his job to China so he could watch cat videos all day

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 14 January 2014

What is this? An enterprising code developer working for a US infrastructure firm actually outsourced his entire job to a Chinese company so all he had to do every day was to turn up in office at 9am, go on Reddit, watch cat videos, take a lunch break, go on Ebay, check Facebook and LinkedIn updates, hand in a work report for the day, then knock off at 5pm sharp.

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Casting furniture out of a mobile foundry and trash from the streets

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 14 January 2014

How brilliant! Two designers have found a way to recycle discarded cans from the streets of Brazil’s São Paulo as swanky furniture. A mobile furnace, powered by waste vegetable oil, melts down the cans; while the melted aluminum is then poured into molds and casted as new furniture anywhere on the spot. In a trial […]

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Dads recreating their wives’ best pregnancy moments

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 13 January 2014

Oh, daddies. A bunch of dads volunteered to recreate their wives’ most memorable pregnancy moments in this hilarious photo series by Katie Hall that has them playing pregnant instead. The photos were used for a calendar, with a tenth of profits going towards the Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes (GRC4HBO), which works to […]

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