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Made in China is a recent piece by artist Joe Black depicting a portrait of Chinese soldier by photographer Robert Capa that appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1938. Black glued over 5,500 multi-colored toy soldiers to a vertical surface to achieve the pointillistic effect.
Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, surgeon Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.Follow @TrustUsOnline
“You are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.
The Seventh Day: God slips into a twenty-four hour depression nap after forgetting to create unicorns. He’s never quite as productive as he was before the self-described debacle. Biblical historians refer to horses as “God’s Pinkerton.”
50,000 BC: Throg, an early homo sapien, takes frequent breaks from inventing fire to see if any of his friends have painted on his cave wall.
1700 BC: Hammurabi, the sixth king of Babylon has trouble finishing “Hammurabi’s Code,” one of the world’s first codified systems of legal regulations. Ironically, his attention drifts to a public theatrical performance called “The Law and Order Marathon.”
1180 BC: Odysseus’s attempts to return home from the Trojan War are stalled by repeated pop-up quests and dangers, making his odyssey (as described by Homer) the original “epic fail.”
421 BC: Socrates gets really high and begins responding to fellow philosophers’ questions with an endless string of questions of his own. His students Plato and Xenophon refer to this as “Pulling a Socrates.” Historians kindly rename his habit “The Socratic Method.”
214 BC: Hannibal halts his trek over the Pyrenees Mountains during the Second Punic War to humorously caption sketches of his war elephants. The results were compiled in a long-lost folio rumored to be titled “LOL-ephants.”
36 AD: Jesus of Nazareth spends three days in a cave depressed over reader comments on the Old Testament. He emerges to issue the simple declaration “Haters gonna hate.”
1066 AD: William the Conqueror puts off his attack at the Battle of Hastings by ordering his soldiers to kick each other in the balls over and over for his entertainment.
1348 AD: Years of scholarship and invention postponed when the Black Death “goes viral.”
1403 AD: Production of Ming Vases slowed down an immeasurable amount by The Yongle Emperor’s tendency to stand behind the artisan and attempt to assist the pottery-making while singing “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers in an ear-splitting falsetto.
1492 AD: In search of India, Christopher Columbus accidentally leads his fleet to the Caribbean. Columbus’s only words offered in his defense are: “I could have sworn there was a Chick-Fil-A somewhere around here.”
1619 AD: In his free time, Galileo Galilei “edits” encyclopedia pages to read “Heliocentrism Rulz! Geocentrism Droolz!” Moderators from the Catholic Church arrest and imprison Galileo as a heretic.
1775 AD: For fun, Thomas “T. Paine” Paine croons long passages of his first draft of pamphlet “Common Sense” in what he refers to as a “funk-tending robotical intonation.” Many consider Paine to be the father of modern Autotune.
1776 AD: John Hancock signs his name in enormous letters to take up extra space on the Declaration of Independence after putting off ratifying it until the last minute. Rumor has it, the font Courier New is based on Hancock’s handwriting.
1897 AD: Marie Curie sidetracked during her research on new element “polonium” while reading the recent edition of popular pamphlet “Telegraphs From Last Night.”
1908 AD: Pablo Picasso, in the midst of his Rose Period, throws down a painting of a pink-clad acrobat in disgust. While attempting to masturbate to a distorted, crumpled up photograph of a former lover, he accidentally invents Cubism.
2005 AD: YouTube is invented, basically ending most productivity forever.
2011 AD: Progress on deficit reduction and universal healthcare forestalled by politicians spending the bulk of their time tweeting pictures of their genitals or criticizing one another for tweeting pictures of their genitals.Follow @TrustUsOnline
PlayStation: No SFX, no post production, no cuts, everything you see here is 100% for real.
Funded by the Video Store of PlayStation, Great Films Fill Rooms, made a series of movie related videos using ‘Immersive Imaging’ which takes 3D projection mapping as its starting point, but gives the viewer a supercharged experience with the help of the PlayStation Move controller.
In the past, projection mapping worked only from a single, static view point, and thus was very limited. By attaching the PlayStation Move to the camera, we can track projections to screens in real time, enhancing the effect of spatial deformation and false perspective on the projections and allowing viewers to look round (virtual) corners, bend walls, create a hole in the wall, or remove the walls altogether to reveal vast expanses of virtual worlds.Follow @TrustUsOnline
Using high-tech methods developed by LTDS to study the bracelet’s surface and micro-topographic features, the researchers have revealed the astounding technical expertise of craftsmen in the eighth millennium BCE.
Their skills were highly sophisticated for this period in late prehistory, and on a par with today’s polishing techniques. This work is published in the December 2011 issue of Journal of Archaeological Science, and sheds new light on Neolithic societies.
Dated to 7500 BCE, the obsidian bracelet studied by the researchers is unique. It is the earliest evidence of this kind of obsidian working, which only reached its peak in the seventh and sixth millennia BC with the production of all kinds of ornamental objects, including mirrors and vessels. It has a complex shape and a remarkable central annular ridge, and measures 10 cm in diameter and 3.3 cm wide.
Discovered in 1995 at the exceptional site of Asıklı Höyük in Turkey and displayed ever since at the Aksaray Archaeological Museum, the bracelet was studied in 2009, after Mihriban Özbasaran, Professor at the University of Istanbul’s Department of Prehistory, resumed excavations at the site.