MIT Engineers Design Responsive 3D-Printed Structures Remotely Controlled by Magnets – Colossal

A new concept for 3D printed structures designed by engineers at MIT can be remotely controlled with magnets. The innovative gadgets include a smooth ring that wrinkles up, a long tube that squeezes shut, and a sheet that folds itself. The most impressive structure is a spider-like “grabber” that can crawl, roll, jump, and snap together fast enough to catch a passing ball or wrap up and carry small objects. Each piece is created using 3D printable ink infused with tiny magnetic particles that are directed into a uniform orientation via printer nozzle retrofitted with a electromagnet.

Researches believe these magnetic concepts could one day find applications in the realm of medicine similar to implanted stents or pacemakers. “We think in biomedicine this technique will find promising applications,” explains Xuanhe Zhao, the Noyce Career Development Professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering […]

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Before Sushi, There Was Funazushi

The type of sushi you’re probably most familiar with is haya-nare, a quick form of sushi made and consumed within a day using vinegared rice and raw fish. But there’s a second type of sushi that takes a little longer to prepare—try three years longer. Served with rice and fermented fish, funazushi is a traditional Japanese dish dating back over 400 years. And while traditional sushi can be made using a variety of fish, funazushi is made only using fish unique to Japan’s Lake Biwa. No one understands the process better than Mariko Kitamura. She’s the 18th generation to run her family’s shop in Takashima City. Together with her husband, she’s keeping the legacy and traditional methods of funazushi alive.

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Ready To Crumble


It’s very sad to see these huge mills go down built to last forever! Acrington bricks and solid steel or iron supports inside. If money was in my hand the roof would have a football pitch, and there would be apartments on two floors, with swimming pool shops and cinema! That’s how big these mills are. You can go have a look by tram. Freehold is the stop, you can’t miss it.


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President Dilma Rousseff visits Manchester University

John Gledhill, anthropologist

Yesterday Manchester University’s Global Development Institute hosted a meeting in which staff and postgraduate students had an opportunity to meet and talk with former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

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Elected for a second term in 2014, and the first woman to become president of her country, Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party was removed from office by a “constitutional” coup d’état in 2016. The charges of administrative impropriety used to justify her ouster were, in fact, unfounded, yet in practice they proved virtually irrelevant to the grounds on which members of the congress declared their support for votes in favour of the president’s impeachment.  It was a political lynching by politicians willing to do the bidding of an economic elite determined to make working people pay for the economic downturn provoked by reduced Chinese demand for export commodities.

In the light of the abysmal record in office of her now deeply…

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The Mind Reimagined in Paper Brains by Elsa Mora

Paper artist Elsa Mora (previously) contemplates the brain in a new series titled Mindscapes. The collection of eight paper works show birds-eye views of the brain, rendered in different techniques. Carefully layered grey dots, intricate nets of delicate floral designs, embossed squiggles, and colorful stripes that leap off the page all offer a different interpretation of the heady world that is our mind.[…]

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Why you should love gross science

What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of “gross stuff” and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to important sources of knowledge about our health and the world. “When we explore the gross side of life, we find insights that we never would have thought we’d find, and we even often reveal beauty that we didn’t think was there,” Rothschild says.

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New Prismatic Murals by Xomatok Cover the Streets of Lima With Bursts of Color – Colossal

Visual artist and art director Xomatok (previously) has been busy in Lima, Peru, where he’s outfitted several walls, building facades, and random rock piles with his signature full-spectrum color gradients. The vivid interventions are in the district of Lima called Villa el Salvador, Xomatok shares with Colossal. And although the artist is often commissioned to add his color pops to outdoor areas, the pieces seen here are part of his personal work[…]

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Toy Stories: Portraits of Children and their Toys Around the World – Colossal

Gabriele Galimberti spent more than two years traveling the world, visiting over fifty countries to photograph young children with their toys. The Italian photographer shares in a statement on Toy Stories, “I recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or a single stuffed monkey, the pride that they have is moving, funny, and thought provoking.”

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The Graceful Movement of Dancing Tulips Showcased by Carl Kleiner – Colossal

Carl Kleiner  creates sleek editorial content for fashion and lifestyle brands, and that sensibility shows in his photo and video series Postures which features artfully arranged tulips. Using minimal metal rods, bent at strategic ends and angles, Kleiner showcases the graceful curves of the flowers’ long necks and gently ruffled petals and leaves. A further sense of movement is instilled through the stop-motion video, which combines still photos of the blossoms’ subtle changes into a dramatic dance.[…]

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Around the world, people have surprisingly modest notions of the ‘ideal’ life –

It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether it’s the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits, according to findingspublished in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Our research shows that people’s sense of perfection is surprisingly modest,” says psychological scientist Matthew J. Hornsey of the University of Queensland, first author on the research. “People wanted to have positive qualities, such as health and happiness, but not to the exclusion of other darker experiences – they wanted about 75% of a good thing.”

Furthermore, people said, on average, that they ideally wanted to live until they were 90 years old, which is only slightly higher than the current average life expectancy. Even when participants imagined that they could take a magic pill guaranteeing eternal youth, their ideal life expectancy increased by only a few decades, to a median of 120 years old. And when people were invited to choose their ideal IQ, the median score was about 130 – a score that would classify someone as smart, but not a genius.

The data also revealed that participants from holistic cultures – those that value notions of contradiction, change, and context – chose ideal levels of traits that were consistently lower than those reported by participants from nonholistic cultures.

“Interestingly, the ratings of perfection were more modest in countries that had traditions of Buddhism and Confucianism,” says Hornsey. “This makes sense — these Eastern philosophies and religions tend to place more emphasis on the notion that seemingly contradictory forces coexist in a complementary, interrelated state, such that one cannot exist without the other.”

In one study, Hornsey and colleagues analyzed data from a total of 2,392 participants in Australia, Chile, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Peru, Russia, and the United States. The researchers classified China, Hong Kong, India, and Japan as holistic cultures, predominantly influenced by religions or philosophies (such as Buddhism, Hinduism, or Taoism) that emphasize a more holistic worldview. They classified the other five regions – Australia, Chile, Peru, Russia, and the United States – as nonholistic cultures.[…]

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