Echo Yang explores the current popularity of generative design processes, where computer software iterates endless variations, by turning old school analog devices like tin windup toys, a Walkman, an alarm clock and other machines into instruments of self-generated output.
The health hazards of sitting
“We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.” Via Washington Post
NASA spent nearly 20 years developing a form of space ice cream that astronauts found palatable. Meanwhile, the Soviet space program was working on stuff like this:
That’s the NAZ-3 survival kit. It was designed in 1968 for the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft, the reliable workhorse of space flight which is still in use today. As outlined on this interesting site about the Russian space program, the kit contained the following from top left to bottom right:
- Makarov pistol and ammunition
- wrist compass
- 18 waterproof matches with striker
- machete; fishing kit
- strobe light with spare battery
- 8 fire starters
- folding knife
- 3-pair wool gloves
- signal mirror
- NAZ-7M type medical kit
- R-855-YM or R-855-A1 radio
- two “Priboy 2S”, ПРИБОЙ-2С radio batteries
- three wool balaclava hoods.
The pistol was intended to scare off “wolves, bears, tigers, etc.” on the event of a crash landing.
Via The Appendix
Inspired by the project “ten songs that saved your life” and encouraged by my good friend Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción (artist/curator/provocateur/head of Cranium Devices (Facebook)), I chose a selection of 10 songs that “saved my life.” These musical pieces are some of the most significative songs of my life to this day. Each one of these following tracks was responsible for changing my mindset in some way, rescuing from (or comforting me during) dark moments, inspiring creative change, provoking goosebumps, changing my perception of the world, or how I move through it (dancing). In one way or another, I always find myself returning to them.
(…in the order they were heard)
01. Silvio Rodríguez – Testamento
02. Fela Kuti – Alu Jon Jonki Jon
03. Sergio Mendes – Tiro Cruzado
04. Pink Floyd – Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict
05. Michel Camilo – Suite Sandrine I
06. Steve Reich – Drumming (Parts I-IV)
07. Björk – Possibly Maybe (Lucy Mix)
08. Yma Sumac – Chuncho
09. Stereolab – Come and Play in the Milky Night
10. To Rococo Rot – A Little Asphalt Here and There
There are much more, but the deal was 10.
Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees – Apis mellifera – have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odors, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.