On The Atlantic, a fascinating look into the life of Jeannie Peeper, diagnosed with an incredibly rare disease, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, and how her and other people with extremely rare diseases help each other out online.
Peepers diagnosis meant that, over her lifetime, she would essentially develop a second skeleton. Within a few years, she would begin to grow new bones that would stretch across her body, some fusing to her original skeleton. Bone by bone, the disease would lock her into stillness. The Mayo doctors didnt tell Peepers parents that. All they did say was that Peeper would not live long.
Basically, my parents were told there was nothing that could be done, Peeper told me in October. They should just take me home and enjoy their time with me, because I would probably not live to be a teenager. We were in Oviedo, Florida, in an office with a long, narrow sign that read The International Fibrodysplasia
Fabulous TED video starring Jay Silver, one of the creators behind MaKey MaKey, explaining how to turn regular, everyday objects into functional computer interfaces.
Jay Silver is the founder/director of JoyLabz and a Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs. With Eric Rosenbaum, he's the co-inventor of MaKey MaKey. He also runs digital prototyping workshops for many companies such as IDEO and youth centers such as Computer Clubhouses.
Silver studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, where he was named Engineer of the Year. He was awarded a Gates Scholarship to earn a masters in Internet Technology from Cambridge University. He also holds a masters in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab where he was an NSF Fellow. At MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten, he won a Lemelson Student Prize.
I love this idea by CineFix: create short 60 second renditions of popular movies done entirely like an old 8-bit videogame. Above, Iron Man, their first short.
Welcome to 8-bit Cinema!
No quarters required, just 60 seconds.
We present for your enjoyment: the original Iron Man movie retold in 60 seconds via old-school 8-bit technology.
What do you think? What movie should we do next?
"So you survived the apocalypse. Here's what would it take to rebuild the world." Bootstrapping Civilization
Lengthy but excellent read by Kevin Kelly on what it would take to rebuild the world from scratch -- in other words, in order to get back to where we are, we'd need to build everything that came before it in order to get there in the first place. Kevin uses Dave Gingery as an example: "The late Dave Gingery was a midnight machinist in Springfield, Missouri who enjoyed the challenge of making something from nothing, or perhaps it is more accurate to say, making very much by leveraging the power of very little. Over years of tinkering, Gingery was able to bootstrap a full-bore machine shop from alley scraps. He made rough tools that made better tools, which then made tools good enough to make real stuff."
Lets take a very sophisticated item: one web page. A web page relies on perhaps a hundred thousand other inventions, all needed for its birth and continued existence. There is no web page anywhere without the inventions of HTML code, without computer programming, without
Incredibly creative and talented Diego Stocco took ordinary leaves and played them on a turntable to make a pretty funky little beat.
Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn't turn out as I was expecting.
Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else.
For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).
Vandeyk's Machine for Riding is not only a beautiful racing bike, but clearly German from its engineering all the way down to the carbon fibre components. The bike's light weight, a meagre 870 grams, doesn't come cheap: it costs as much as a car.
VANDEYK goes Composite. Were thrilled to present this asphalt machine. Engineered by our Formula 1 proven engineer Ralf Brand and fully manufactured in Germany by ax-lightness, this bike delivers the very finest in carbon fibre technology. Its a pure and balanced connection between rider and road - its the MACHINE FOR RIDING.
The visual language is reduced to a code, going as far as the downtube logo. No interruption, just a unity of machine hieroglyphic language and pure bicycle form
Very amusing video by Andy & Lisa featuring the various types of runs people engage in -- all in slowmotion of course -- when trying to catch their train. I'm that guy above.
On Gawker, incredible cellphone footage showing the Oklahoma tornado forming out of thin air and rapidly becoming a destructive force that pulverized everything in its path.
"He was worried it was going to come back at him and was searching for a way to scoot out it's way once he was able to gauge how insanely close it was to him," says his son, who posted the video on Reddit. "He hung in there, though. Unbelievable."
Why go to school when you can get all your medicine training through the Medical School Tumblr blog. I can do heart surgery now.
"Watchmaking, as I see is more than just a time measuring mechanism. It is the main male jewellery and should reflect the personality and strenght of its owner. I chose concrete, a noble, modern, honest and robust material, the stuff our megapolis are made of. My watches tell the story of an alliance of French creativity and Swiss technical performance, innovating in a field that has never been explored in watchmaking before.My designs are sophisticated in their simplicity and plainly contemporary..." Dzmitry Samal
Unsurprising for China, there's a thriving kidnapping business of young boys 76,000 last year alone to families looking for a son. Once such victim used Google Maps to locate the only landmark he remembered two bridges to find his real parents 23 years after he was taken.
Luo says he never gave up hope that he would one day be reunited with his biological parents. "Every day before I went to bed, I forced myself to relive the life spent in my old home," he told Fujian’s Strait News.
"Memories of home, in front of a small river...I am wearing a red sweater embroidered with a white swan that mother knit me," he recalled. Luo saved that sweater for many years, but when he was 13 years old, his home collapsed, erasing the only tangible memory he had of his family.
Throughout his adulthood, one particular memory stuck with Luo - his hometown had two bridges. Lucky for him, that was all the information he needed.
The deliciously culinary blog Fine Dining Lovers brings to attention the cheese grating business card. It's quite literally a tiny little cheese grater the size and packed with the info you'd expect on a regular business card. And probably more durable.
The Bon Vivant cheese shop have developed a range of business cards that double as mini cheese graters.
According to New York Magazine's Dan P. Lee, the real space age will begin next year when a spaceport in the middle of New Mexico, home to rocket planes that can take you to space for a meagre $200,000, will open.
Very far away, still sheathed in its massive launch-apparatus exoskeleton, one could make out Launchpad 39A, site of the historic Apollo 11 moonwalking blastoff, where Atlantis had also taken off to orbit the Earth, once more and finally, in 2011, marking the last in NASAs 30-year-old shuttle program. The other surviving orbiters, Discovery and Endeavor, had already completed their extraordinary processionals to museums in northern Virginia and Los Angeles (the latter requiring hundreds of trees cut and roadways reconfigured to accommodate its size). A throng of personnel was on hand, those who had built and maintained and flown her, including some of the 7,000 whose jobs were ending with the program. With signs and T-shirts that read WE LOVE YOU
To determine how the Earth went from a lifeless rock to one teeming with life, Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology "have found one crucial clue: iron and RNA."
The team managed to re-create conditions of life on Earth 3 billion years ago and"revived" a function of RNA that may have subsided after the rise of DNA.
Life as we know it depends on the precise interplay of DNA, the double-helix molecular structure that safeguards genetic code, with RNA and proteins. But many scientists -- among them Francis Crick, who, with James Watson, discovered DNA -- have theorized that early life could have relied on RNA alone. The debate has been a chicken-and-egg affair for decades.
Researchers swayed by the RNA-first theory are intrigued by ribozymes, a type of RNA, discovered in the 1980s, that acts as an enzyme -- a role once thought to be exclusive to proteins. Its discovery was the beginning of a shift in the view that RNA was mostly a temporary replica of DNA that acted