physical

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Regulations.

Doug Mills, reporting for The New York Times: Echoing his days as a real estate developer with the flair of a groundbreaking, Mr. Trump used an oversize pair of scissors to cut a ribbon his staff had set up in front of two piles of paper, representing government regulations in 1960 (20,000 pages, he said), and today — a pile that was about six feet tall (said to be 185,000...

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Looking for patterns and structures from the sky

Photographer Bernhard Lang takes pictures in small planes and helicopters, pointing his camera towards the ground. In the ongoing project Aerial Views, he focuses on patterns and structures, which makes for interesting visuals that you’d miss on the ground. Tags: photography, physical

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Catching a real ball in virtual reality

Man wears virtual reality headset. Another man throws a ball to headset-wearing man. Headset-wearing man catches actual ball displayed in virtual reality. There’s something magical about the quick data processing going on here. Tags: Disney, physical, VR

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Watch bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotic

Scientists at Harvard University setup the MEGA-plate, essentially a giant petri dish, with varying levels of antibiotic. Then they let the bacteria have a go, and you can see the bacteria actually evolve. Ed Yong for the Atlantic: What you’re seeing in the movie is a vivid depiction of a very real problem. Disease-causing bacteria and other microbes are increasingly evolving to resist our drugs; by 2050, these impervious infections...

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Pythagorean theorem water demo

x This is years old, but it still tickles the neurons every time. It's a straightforward demonstration of the Pythagorean theorem, also known as With a right triangle, the hypotenuse squared is equal to the sum of squares of the other two sides. It will now be referred to as glub, glub, glub. Tags: physical, Pythagorean theorem

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Fun in exchange for personal data

Sensible Data by Martin Hertig is an installation that asks what personal data is worth to you. Using a photo of you and an email, it gives you a self-portrait sketch and guess at your mood, age, gender, and beauty based on your words. In the last step, the user presses a button for a nice stamp. There's a catch though. This project allowed me to explore the issues of...

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Gravity visualized in physics demo

Dan Burns explains some properties of time and space using marbles and two large pieces of spandex sewn together in a classroom demonstration. x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTY1Kje0yLg Physics and me never got along in high school and college, but I did always enjoy the low-budget demonstrations. It's one thing to see calculations on paper. It's another when the professor sets up a stuffed monkey on one side of the room and then...

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Turn a two-way mirror into an information display

Here's a fun project to try over the weekend. Hannah Mitt and Andrew Morrison came up with a neat hack using an old Android device and a two-way mirror to make a future-y information display. It shows date, time, and weather, reminders, and the most recent xkcd. Just import their project to your device, mount it to the mirror, and mount the whole thing to the wall. Done. Tags: Android,...

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3-D paper model of a shrinking sea

The Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, formerly one of the largest lakes in the world, has been drying up since the 1960s and is currently 10% its original size. Peter Vojtek made a 3-D paper model that shows the shrinkage — from 1957 on top, down to 2007. Each layer represents the surface outline during the corresponding year on the right. Vojtek also provides his paper template in case you want...

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Entire English Wikipedia in physical print

The exhibit From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! opened last week with a hit of the start button. Michael Mandiberg wrote a script to upload the Wikipedia corpus to print-on-demand service Lulu over the course of a couple of weeks. The work comes from his larger project Print Wikipedia. Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the futility of...

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