The Lotus Building, A Massive Sculptural Building in China That Evokes 3 Stages of a Blooming Lotus Flower

Lotus Building Shape Like a Flower

The Lotus Building is a remarkable public building in China with a striking design inspired by a blooming lotus flower. The building is surrounded by steel “petal ribs” that evoke three stages of a lotus flower, from bud to fully-opened bloom. Inside the structure features cathedral-like ceilings, conference rooms, exhibition halls, and offices. A system of geothermal piles uses the surrounding lake to regulate the building’s temperature with minimal energy use. And a lighting system illuminates the building in multicolored lights at night for a most dramatic effect. The Lotus Building is located in the center of the Wujin District in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu. It was designed by Australian architecture firm studio505 and completed in 2013.

Lotus Building Shape Like a Flower

Lotus Building Shape Like a Flower

Lotus Building Shape Like a Flower

Lotus Building Shape Like a Flower

photos by John Gollings

via Hi-Fructose

The Comically Bizarre Fuzzy Tufts of Planthopper Nymphs

Fuzzy Butt Tufts of Planthopper Nymphs
photo by Ken-ichi Ueda

Planthoppers–small insects that feed on plants and hop like grasshoppers–are typically disguised as leaves or plants in their adult form, but as immature nymphs many species take on a much less subtle appearance. Planthopper nymphs are notorious for sprouting waxy filaments that variously resemble optical fibers, afterburners, and bizarre feathery tendrils. For added flair, the filaments oftentimes protrude from the hind end of the nymphs. They’re not simply decorative however: The filaments aid in concealment as well as gliding.

Fuzzy Butt Tufts of Planthopper Nymphs
photo by Karunakar Rayker

Fuzzy Butt Tufts of Planthopper Nymphs
photo by David Reed

Fuzzy Butt Tufts of Planthopper Nymphs
photo by Melvyn Yeo

Fuzzy Butt Tufts of Planthopper Nymphs
photo by Sabina Casalora

via Featured Creature, Mother Nature Network, Look At This…, The Presurfer

‘A Single Life’, An Animated Short About a Woman Who Travels Through Her Life by Spinning a Record on a Turntable

A Single Life” by Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, and Marieke Blaauw is a short animated film that features a woman named Pia who travels the path of her life by spinning a single record that plays on a turntable. The film had been recently nominated for an Oscar.

A Single Life is an animated short film in which Pia finds a vinyl single. When playing the mysterious single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life. If she spins the record forward, she becomes older. If she skips backwards, she gets younger.

‘Amazon Prime for Women’, An Amusingly Topical Parody That Addresses the Gender Pay Gap

Comedian Paul Gale (previously) has created a parody of the Amazon Prime service with “Amazon Prime for Women,” a brief but amusing and highly topical parody that directly addresses the gender pay gap.

For years, Amazon has led the online retail revolution by offering fast delivery of your favorite products at low prices, but we realized that some customers can afford more than others, so we’re introducing a new service that offers 78% of each item for 78% of the price. It’s perfect for the average working woman who earns 78% as much as a man with the exact same job.

Gale has also followed up with data from the American Association of University Women regarding the gender pay gap.

According to the American Association of University Women, White women take home 78% of white men’s earnings, Black women earn 64%, and Hispanic women earn 54%. Though there are a number of factors at play, these drastic differences illustrate that, even with those factors taken into account, a real gap does exist.

Highlights From the 15th Annual Edwardian Ball in San Francisco

Videographer Mark Day recently posted a video of highlights from the 2015 Edwardian Ball–the annual two-night celebration of writer and artist Edward Gorey–which took place in San Francisco back in January. The video includes backstage footage as well as some great shots of the ball’s elaborately costumed participants. This year’s event was hosted by the Vau de Vire Society with co-hosts Rosin Coven.

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Jonathan Banks of ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ Talks with Conan About the Educational Film He Made in 1974

“It goes under the category that no good deed goes unpunished.”

On last night’s episode of Conan, actor Jonathan Banks of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad begrudgingly spoke with host Conan O’Brien about the time he appeared in a 1974 educational PSA film entitled Linda’s Film On Menstruation.

My friend George Eichen who eventually became a lawyer at Warners and all that, back in the day he went, “my girlfriend wants to do a film for the New York Public School system, she’s gonna try to sell it to the administration. Will you do this for me?”

The entire film Linda’s Film On Menstruation in full is available on YouTube.