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Tsunami Enabled Hundreds of Aquatic Species To Raft Across Pacific | Newsdesk
"Much of the debris the scientists found rafted ashore was made of fiberglass or other plastic materials that do not decompose and could easily survive six or more years at sea."
plastic  water  transport 
7 weeks ago by kevan
BBC News - 3D printing failures shared online
"It's a scan of a person, but she was wearing high heels and had thin ankles. When the print got halfway, the legs broke off and this is what I woke up to."
plastic  art  mutation  via:sarah 
august 2013 by kevan
3D printing's forthcoming legal morass (Wired UK)
"Observers predict that in a few years we'll see printers that integrate scanning capability. [...] Once kids start merrily copying toys, manufacturers will push to hobble 3D printing with laws similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act."
plastic  games  design  law 
june 2012 by kevan
Filabot Personal Filament Maker for 3D Printers - Desktop Extruding System – Environmentally Friendly
"Filabot is a desktop extruding system, capable of grinding various types of plastics, to make spools of plastic filament for 3D printers. [...] The Filabot can process things such as: milk jugs, soda bottles, various other types of plastics, and bad prints, to make new filament for a future print."
plastic  construction  via:zarba 
april 2012 by kevan
The Free Universal Construction Kit | F.A.T.
"A matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys."
lego  toys  plastic 
march 2012 by kevan
Amazonian Rainforest Fungus Eats Polyurethane, Potentially Solving a Big Landfill Problem | Popular Science
"The fungus called Pestalotiopsis microspora can subsist on a diet of polyurethane alone, and do so in an anaerobic environment, according to the researchers who found it."
plastic  fungi  future 
february 2012 by kevan
Pirate Bay Hosts Physical Objects - And Is Accused Of Infringing Games Workshop Copyright?
"The model, an official version of which costs £28 from Games Workshop, has been previously listed on a 3D printing community website, but the plans were reportedly pulled after a takedown notice was issued."
plastic  crime  future 
january 2012 by kevan
Rubber Ducking
"Place a rubber duck on your monitor and describe your problems to it. [...] Once a problem is described in sufficient detail, its solution is obvious."
programming  psychology  plastic  birds 
march 2011 by kevan
Galleri Tom Christoffersen - Henrik Menne
"Their process is always silent, controlled and structured by repetitive movements as the machines transform a single material - plastic, wax, metal or stone - into peculiar objects."
art  emergence  plastic 
june 2009 by kevan
Monster Solar Powered Hot Air Balloon - Video
How to build a lighter-than-air sunlight-fuelled balloon from four bin liners and some sellotape.
plastic  air  todo  via:jref 
february 2009 by kevan
Peeling Scotch Tape Powers X-Ray Machine | 80beats | Discover Magazine
"Peeling a roll of ordinary sticky tape [in a vacuum] can generate 100 milliwatt pulses of X-rays, enough to capture a human finger on X-ray film, according to a new study by UCLA scientists."
science  light  plastic 
october 2008 by kevan
AFP: Paris' latest star is no damp squid
"France's National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday unveiled the world's first 'plastinated' squid -- a 6.5-metre-long (21.25-feet) deep-sea beast donated by New Zealand and named in honour of a creature featuring in Maori legend."
squid  plastic  paris 
march 2008 by kevan
My 46000 challenge
"I have resolved to 'save' one square mile of ocean by collecting 46,000 pieces of litter whilst walking on the beaches near my home." Fran Crowe's project is now complete, and archived with photos, catalogued and colour-coordinated.
plastic  litter  pollution  art 
november 2007 by kevan
Chris O'Leary - Forgotten Futures
"The top 100 terms for each year were categorized using the Dewey Decimal system, and mapped onto a grid. Holes were drilled into sheets of plexiglass whose sizes correspond to their frequency. For example, 'war' is the biggest hole in 1945."
art  future  history  libraries  plastic  via:infosthetics 
september 2007 by kevan
Cake Rental
Fake plastic wedding cakes with a single, real slice. "After the couple's 'feeding each other' act, the display cake is taken back into the kitchen and the guests are served regular sheet cakes from the local bakery or wholesale store."
food  plastic  love  illusions  lies  via:hoaxes 
june 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | World's tallest man saves dolphin
"Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China. Attempts to use instruments failed as the dolphins contracted their stomachs."
dolphins  china  plastic 
december 2006 by kevan
Sketch Furniture by FRONT
"Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture."
furniture  design  light  technology  art  plastic  via:venusberg 
november 2006 by kevan
Wooster Collective: How to Make a Plastic Bag Eating Giraffe
"Plastic bags that fly around in the wind are a lot of fun to watch but once they become lodged in tree branches, they don't do much. With this in mind, I made some tape giraffes to eat this debris."
plastic  litter  art  mammals  construction 
march 2006 by kevan
Hulger Products
Giant plastic phone handsets, with cables to plug them into your computer's microphone/speaker sockets, for making calls across the Internet. USB is on the way.
phones  plastic  nostalgia  technology 
october 2005 by kevan
Big Loader Teaching Toy
"Because Big Loader operates sequentially, it can be considered a real-world computer program. [...] Looping becomes very graphic with Big Loader." Excellent. I used to have one of these, hadn't thought what it might have taught me.
nostalgia  toys  education  programming  construction  plastic  via:jon 
july 2005 by kevan
Paul Kopeikin Gallery -- Current Exhibition
"I enjoy exploring [...] shipping ports and industrial junk yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed like eroded geological layers in the Grand Canyon. There I find evidence of a kind of slow-motion apocalypse in progress."
litter  art  plastic  phones  photos  apocalypse  metal  wood 
february 2005 by kevan
Baron Bob: Cocktail Squids
Inedible. "You'll make every cocktail an adventurous frolic to the depths of the sea when you have a colorful 1-1/2" plastic squid perched on the rim of your glass."
drinks  squid  plastic 
february 2005 by kevan
Christmas Triffid (front) on Flickr
Holly genetically re-engineers the remains of a dead Christmas tree. All it needs now are some blinding green fairy lights in the background.
art  photos  plastic  triffids 
december 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Giant squid to be 'plastinated' for posterity
Steve O'Shea and Gunther von Hagens collaborate: "They’re so heavy, they collapse under their own weight. You lose the lovely cylindrical mantle and arms."
art  plastic  squid 
december 2004 by kevan
NYC Garbage
Sealed and dated plastic cubes containing gathered New York litter.
art  litter  plastic 
november 2004 by kevan
Topobo
Interconnecting motor-feedback bright-plastic lumps. "[A] dog can be constructed and then taught to gesture and walk by twisting its body and legs. The dog will then repeat those movements and walk repeatedly."
limbs  plastic  robots  toys  walking 
october 2004 by kevan
Smartie Museum: UK Smartie Lids Page
In the style of Simon Quinlank. "Whilst many [...] collect lids without any particular reference to the letters printed on them or the colour of the lid itself, other collectors like to collect the whole alphabet in each colour, in each cap series."
food  lunacy  plastic 
october 2004 by kevan
smileplastics
Sheeting made from half-heartedly-recycled plastic, where its previous incarnations are still blurrily visible.
phones  plastic 
september 2004 by kevan
Fortified Food Wrap Is Good Enough To Eat
Amusingly edible food wrapping, made from egg-white protein and shellfish chitin.
crustaceans  food  plastic 
august 2004 by kevan
Reuters | Australian Town Joins Global War on Plastic Bags
"Thousands of turtles, birds and other marine animals are killed each year after mistaking the millions of bags in the world's oceans for squid and jellyfish."
birds  chelonians  illusions  litter  plastic  pollution  squid 
august 2004 by kevan
| insert credit | feature | Bead Sprites |
Translating pixel artwork into melty plastic. Not quite as impressive as it sounds.
art  games  plastic 
july 2004 by kevan
Lubic Kits
Strange plastic-Meccano, intended for building "either a computer case or anything that is not computer related".
construction  plastic 
june 2004 by kevan
The Hand Up Project - Idealised Plastic Shells for Hermit Crabs
"The intended viewer of The Hand Up Project is some one who happens to come upon a land hermit crab that is traversing a beach while wearing on its back a small, fabricated plastic house bearing a corporate logo."
advertising  crustaceans  plastic 
june 2004 by kevan
Twilight Creations Inc - Zombies!!! 4: The End
Another tedious sequel to "Zombies!!!", this time including 100 plastic zombie dogs.
board  dogs  games  plastic  zombies 
may 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Study finds oceans of old plastic
Microscopic polymer waste is everywhere. I still enjoy Ronald Wright's vision of 20th-century humanity laying down a polycarbon layer as a mineable fuel for distant-future earth species.
litter  plastic  pollution 
may 2004 by kevan

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