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Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Made of Body-Painted Models

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To promote the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, a group of limber models were body-painted by artist Craig Tracy to look like the sporty new car.

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Skeleton Typogram, A Human Skeleton Illustration Made Using The Words For Each Bone

Skeleton Typogram by designer Aaron Kuehn is a gorgeous typographic artwork which depicts the human skeleton using the actual words for each bone.

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The McGurk Effect – Your Eyes Will Fool Your Ears

The McGurk effect is a compelling demonstration of how we all use visual speech information. The effect shows that we can’t help but integrate visual speech into what we ‘hear’.

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Man As A Machine By Henning Lederer

For thousands of years, human beings have used metaphors as ways of understanding the body. We talk about our ‘ear drums’, or our ‘mind’s eye’. When we are in love we say our hearts are ‘bursting’ or ‘broken’. When we are nervous we say we have ‘butterflies in our stomach’. When we are impatient we have ‘itchy feet’. These familiar images help to explain the unfamiliar and to comprehend the complexity of our bodies.

The visual crossover between industrialization and science in Fritz Kahn’s artwork demonstrates surprisingly accurately how human nature became culturally encoded by placing the knowledge in an industrial modernity of machine analogues. He produced lots of illustrations that drew a direct functional analogy between human physiology and the operation of contemporary technologies. Therefore, by illustrating the body as a factory, Kahn was able to relate the body’s complex organic interior to the industrialized space so common in society during that period of time (the poster was created in 1926).

From the moment that Henning Lederer got to know Kahn’s poster “Man as Industrial Palace” in 2006, he had the idea to animate this complex and strange way of explaining the functions of a body. He wanted to continue Fritz Kahn’s act of replacing a biological with a technological structure by transferring this depiction with the help of motion graphics and animation. In addition to the moving images, as a framework, Henning created a cabinet for his work including a mixture of old and new technology. This new version of the “Industrial Palace“ is an interactive installation for the audience to interact with – and by this to explore the different cycles of this human machinery.

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Here is an animated video created by Henning Lederer based on the poster by Fritz Kahn: Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace) from 1926.

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How To Blow Your Nose

Blowing your nose to alleviate stuffiness may be second nature, but some people argue it does no good, reversing the flow of mucus into the sinuses and slowing the drainage. Counterintuitive, perhaps, but research shows it to be true. To test the notion, Dr. J. Owen Hendley and other pediatric infectious disease researchers at the University of Virginia conducted CT scans and other measurements as subjects coughed, sneezed and blew their noses. In some cases, the subjects had an opaque dye dripped into their rear nasal cavities. Coughing and sneezing generated little if any pressure in the nasal cavities. But nose blowing generated enormous pressure — “equivalent to a person’s diastolic blood pressure reading,” Dr. Hendley said — and propelled mucus into the sinuses every time. Dr. Hendley said it was unclear whether this was harmful, but added that during sickness it could shoot viruses or bacteria into the sinuses, and possibly cause further infection. The proper method is to blow one nostril at a time and to take decongestants, said Dr. Anil Kumar Lalwani, chairman of the department of otolaryngology at the New York University Langone Medical Center. This prevents a buildup of excess pressure. (new York Times)

 

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The New York Times 8th Annual Year In Ideas

Please click HERE for the New York Times Year in Ideas issue. For the eighth year in a row, they have compiled an alphabetical digest of ideas, from A to Z (almost) that features a whole slew of essays about the interesting concepts that people have come up with during 2008.

 

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Jay Walker’s Amazing Library

Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.) That edition of Chaucer … is it a Kelmscott? Gee, that chandelier looks like the one in the James Bond flick Die Another Day. (Because it is.) No matter where you turn in this ziggurat, another treasure beckons you—a 1665 Bills of Mortality chronicle of London (you can track plague fatalities by week), the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket (which launched the Apollo 11 capsule to the moon), a framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II. In no time, your mind is stretched like hot taffy.

 

Read and see more HERE.

 

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The 25 Weirdest Things Eaten By A Human

We’ve all eaten something that other people think is strange, whether it’s an odd food combination or just plain gross. But the people in this collection take weird eating to a whole new level, swallowing items from diamond rings to hairballs. Click HERE to take a look at these items and how they got there.

 

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There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

 

An explanation of this phenomenon can be found here.

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