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The Ornate Bird Palaces of Ottoman-Era Turkey

An important element of Ottoman architecture in Turkey was the addition of birdhouses affixed to the outer walls of significant city structures, a safe space for regular avian guests to nest outside of mosques, inns, bridges, libraries, schools, and fountains. The birdhouses were … Continue reading

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The Dizzying Patterns of Movement at Athletic Events Captured in Composite Photographs by Pelle Cass

Photographer Pelle Cass documents the flurry of activity and movement that occurs at sporting events in a unique series of masterfully edited images titled ‘Crowded Fields.’ The Boston-area artist attends local college games, and takes upward of one thousand photographs … Continue reading

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New 360-Degree Immersive Drawing Created With 120 Marker Pens by Oscar Oiwa – Colossal

For his latest immersive installation, Oscar Oiwa (previously) created a 360-degree black and white drawing that fills the space of an inflatable vinyl balloon. The work, Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the Ephemeral, took Oiwa and his five assistants two weeks and … Continue reading

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Apple engineer killed in Tesla car operating in driverless mode

Electric car company Tesla has confirmed that a recent fatal crash involving one of its vehicles occurred while the car was in autopilot mode. Source: Apple engineer killed in Tesla car operating in driverless mode

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The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques – Big Think

A classic essay defines different ways to disagree, from the worst to the best, with lessons that ring true in our divisive times. Source: The hierarchy of disagreement: The best and worst argument techniques

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Finally, a Theremin for Rats – Atlas Obscura

With the help of human musician Dan Deacon, some rats have made a film soundtrack with it. Source: Finally, a Theremin for Rats

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Sculptural Mandalas Built From Found Organic Specimens by Shona Wilson

For the last twenty years Australia-based artist Shona Wilson has intimately collaborated with nature by building sculptural assemblages that incorporate a myriad of found organic specimens. In her 2016 body of work, Offering, she formed mandala-like pieces from objects such as seedpods, … Continue reading

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What are Smart Cities? | Larissa Suzuki | TEDxUCLWomen

Larissa Suzuki, PhD researcher in Software Systems Engineering with a special interest in ‘Smart Cities’, explains how such a concept is built around an emphasis on ‘connections’. Suzuki draws on examples such as Uber and Airbnb to demonstrate its potential … Continue reading

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A Project Aims to Create the World’s Largest Hanging Garden Since Babylon Within the Branches of a 114-Foot Tree

The French masterminds of mechanical delight,, Les Machines de L’ile,  have an ambitious new project underway. L’Arbre aux Hérons (The Heron’s Tree) is set to be the largest hanging garden built since ancient Babylon, spanning over 160 feet in diameter and reaching … Continue reading

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How Grandfather Clocks Got Their Name

On an interesting episode of Today I Found Out, host Simon Whistler explains how grandfather clocks originally got their name.Grandfather clocks- with their long cases, pendulums, echoing chimes, and Roman numerals- seem to belong to the world of courting parlors, … Continue reading

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