Body atlas shows where we feel different emotions

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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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Brothers spend 95 hours sculpting a 16-foot snow shark

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 10 January 2014

Just for kicks, three brothers from Minnesota joined forces to sculpt a massive 16-foot tall shark from snow in their yard in New Brighton. Apparently they’ve made a puffer fish and a walrus in past years. Still, there are a lot more stupid things you can do with snow, and this is not one of them.

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Elaborate silk structures built by spiders in the Peruvian Amazon

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 10 January 2014

All right, what can possibly top the cool factor of a spider from the Peruvian Amazon that builds decoys in its likeness? Why, other spiders from the same hood building elaborate structures out of silk, that’s what. These structures comprise a central tower and a 6mm-wide circular fence, and appear to be spider nurseries of some kind. Impressive.

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A bed you can simply zip up and not make in the morning

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 10 January 2014

Okay, this is the only bed we all want now: the Zip Bed comes with a zipper that you can easily pull all around the sides to hide these messy bedsheets beneath. Even better, its minimalist design makes it quite the sleek stunner. Nobody ever needs to know we’re slobs.

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Crayons with the alphabet meticulously carved into it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 10 January 2014

US-based artist Diem Chau has been making waves with her intricately carved works, that’s for sure. Her Northwest Natives Alphabet Set takes 52 crayons, half representing all the 26 alphabet letters, and the other half of which stand for the corresponding word spelled with each letter. The Yuma myotis (or Vesper bat) is quite cute.

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Men who live out their fantasy female form by squeezing into latex body suits

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Thursday 9 January 2014

Secrets of the Living Dolls recently started airing on Channel 4. The documentary series offers viewers a look at the phenomenon of otherwise-ordinary men whose hobby is to don a full body rubber suit and mask to transform into their fantasy female alter-ego. Real life can be quite strange.

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London building turned upside down by Alex Chinneck

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in Architecture on Wednesday 8 January 2014

Alex Chinneck, a London-based artist and designer, has installed a fascinating piece on the street of Blackfriars Road in London. The building appears to have been turned on its head, but it’s actually an installation titled Miner on the Moon, and features windows, doors, and shop front signage all turned on their heads to create the upside down effect.

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At Stanford, a poetry slam took place with, er, programming code

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Tuesday 7 January 2014

The first-ever Stanford Code Poetry Slam recently took place in November last year, with participants presenting their flowing works of poems in computer code format. The slam was organized by German studies grad student Melissa Kagen and computer-based music theory and acoustics grad student Kurt James Werner, who intend to make the event a quarterly […]

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Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory album remade in Gangnam style

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Video on Friday 3 January 2014

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Gangnam Style more (ahem), YouTube user RosalinaSama decided to remake Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory completely out of Psy’s hip-hop masterpiece. You can even download the entire remake here, ya know, if you’re just that into it. But really, though, it took some serious dedication and determination to make […]

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