Is there life on Proxima b? Is there extraterrestrial life anywhere?

Friday, 26 August, 2016

It’s official. Apparently. It wasn’t on Tuesday, though. The existence of an exoplanet, known as Proxima b, that is located within the habitable zone of the Proxima Centauri solar system, that is situated about four light years from Earth.

So, might there be life of some sort there? For that matter, might there be life anywhere, beyond our solar system? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI Research, discusses the possibility.

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Old computers made to look brand new thanks to photo retouching

Friday, 26 August, 2016

Photo by James Ball and INK

London based photographer James Ball, in collaboration with digital production studio INK, recently retouched vintage photos of early computers, to make them appear to look brand new.

Included in the collection of images, that is titled Guide To Computing, are the Pilot ACE, designed by Alan Turing, and the IBM 1401, that dates from 1959.

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The vinyl revival, not for me, but here’s how they make records

Friday, 26 August, 2016

Yes, I know we’re in the midst of a vinyl revival, but the format is just not for me. I know I’m not going to win much veneration from music purists, but the convenience of having my music collection on the hard drive of a laptop, far outweighs the hassles of hauling crates of records about the place. But that’s just me.

Still, the process of manufacturing a vinyl record is probably many times more fascinating than creating a music file, something that is plain to see from this look at how records are made.

Via Digg.

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Sushi mosaics, food styling that makes sushi look too good to eat

Friday, 26 August, 2016

Sushi mosaic, photo by arichin1024

I predict that next big food styling trend to hit Instagram will be sushi mosaics. It stands to reason. Not only are they easy on the eye, they also look delicious.

And if you wish to try your hand at making mosaics out of sushi, this short, and upbeat video, will give you a few pointers to get started.

Photo by arichin1024.

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A world dominated by books, illustrations by Jungho Lee

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

Illustration by Jungho Lee

Don’t write off books yet. The paper ones, that is. In the world of Jungho Lee, a Seoul based artist and illustrator, they are omnipresent. The books here have re-purposed themselves, and it will be a long time before they become obsolete…

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Grey Bull, a short film about the struggles of newly settled refugees

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

For refugees seeking safe haven in another country, and a chance to start over with their lives, finding a new home is sometimes only the beginning of the process. Coming to grips with a new environment, and culture, presents all manner of difficulties and challenges.

Some of these struggles are brought to the fore in Grey Bull, a short film by Eddy Bell, about Martin, a refugee from South Sudan, as he adjusts to life in a small town in South Australia.

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Sunga Park’s surreal watercolour paintings of European buildings

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

Painting by Sunga Park

Sunga Park, a Bangkok based illustrator and graphic designer, is also an accomplished watercolour painter. Inspired by her travels in Europe, she has produced a dreamlike collection of works depicting some of the buildings she has seen there.

More of her work can be seen on Behance, and Instagram.

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For fans of cutaway drawings, some cutaway drawings

Thursday, 25 August, 2016

1932 GeeBee racer cutaway, via Tony Dilworth

I’ve always enjoyed looking at cutaway drawings and plans, as they offer an insight into objects such as buildings, ships, cars, and aircraft, that otherwise may go unseen. If cutaways are your thing as well, here’s a collection put together by Tony Dilworth.

Via things magazine.

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Sailing down Sweden’s Klarälven River on a log raft

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

All I ask is a sturdy raft, and a star to steer by. A few creature comforts, plus a calm, meandering river, would be nice also. And a few warm summer days. Not much to ask, surely?

Sweden’s Klarälven River, is the waterway in question, and doesn’t the experience look idyllic?

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The top one hundred films of the twenty-first century

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

David Lynch’s 2001 feature Mulholland Drive, has taken out the number one spot in a poll of film critics, conducted by the BBC, of films made in the twenty-first century. In the Mood for Love, made a year earlier by Kar-Wai Wong, came in second place. I can’t argue with that.

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