Scottish Distillery Sends Whisky Into Space to Study the Effects of Varying Gravity on the Maturation Process

Ardbeg Returns

In 2011, Ardbeg, the Scottish distilling company with a big taste for adventure, partnered up with the space research company NanoRacks LLC to launch hand-crafted organic compounds (terpenes) that mimicked the structure of their Single Malt Islay Scotch into space. The objective of the mission was to study the effects of varying gravity on the whisky maturation process. To celebrate the experiment, Ardbeg created an online “Space Tracker” and an amusing video game entitled, “Islay Invaders“. It recently made landfall somewhere in Kazakstan.

Since we launched Ardbeg’s first whisky experiment into space in 2011 – in the shape of vials of Ardbeg-crafted molecules – it has been orbiting the planet on the International Space Station at 17,227 miles per hour, 15 times a day. To re-cap, the vials contained a class of compounds known as ‘terpenes.’ Ardbeg was invited by US based space research company NanoRacks LLC to take part in testing these micro organic compounds in a maturation experiment (the interaction of these compounds with charred oak) between normal gravity on Earth and micro- gravity i.e. space…It will be the team’s task to proceed to unlock the mysteries of maturation, through the study of the interaction between Ardbeg-crafted molecules and charred oak, both in micro-gravity (in orbit) and normal gravity (in Ardbeg’s Warehouse 3). Dr. Bill [Lumsden] will be revealing the maturation secrets of the universe in a white paper to be unveiled at a later date after the exhaustive studies.

Islay Invaders

Space Tracker

images via Ardbeg

The Bigger Picture, Fanciful Depictions of the Area Outside the Margins of Iconic Album Covers

The Big Picture

In The Bigger Picture, web design company Aptitude imagines what exists just outside the margins of some of popular music’s most iconic covers, from Michael Jackson to Adele.

In this digital age, buying an album has become less about buying a physical package to buying a digital version out of convenience. So in honour of a once coveted industry standard, we take a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and put our own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture

images via Aptitude

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‘Releases: Extremadura’, A Remarkable Time-Lapse Film Composed of Blended Photos and Soundscapes

Photographer Pit_Er_A took over 7,000 photographs while simultaneously recording soundscapes of the Extremadura region of Spain, then stitched them together to create an awe-inducing time-lapse video. The artist emphasizes the importance of recognizing the aural aspect of nature.

It is very important to consider the acoustic side (not just visual) when we are in a natural, rural or urban setting. This can change the perception of any image that we are seeing, causing different emotional states.

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Photographer Celebrates Halloween by Dressing Her Daughter in Different Adorable Costumes for ‘Dress Up Willow Month’

Willow E.T.

Photographer Gina Lee celebrates Halloween by declaring the month of October “Dress Up Willow Month” and dressing her daughter Willow in a variety of fun and creative costumes. Willow has been dressed as everything from Elliott from E.T. to the Morton salt girl. Lee posts the photos to her website as well as to Facebook and her Instagram page.

Willow Morton Salt

Willow Frida

Willow Troll

Willow In and Out

photos via Gina Lee

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Ultron Gets Replaced by a Terrifying Robotic Pinocchio in a Parody of the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer

3D graphics artist Justin Younger replaced the character of Ultron with a terrifying robotic Pinocchio in his parody of the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron titled “Avengers 2 – Age of Ultronocchio.” The official trailer features Ultron reciting a line from the song “I’ve Got No Strings” from the classic Disney movie Pinocchio.

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Pibot, A Robotic Pilot Designed to Replace Humans in the Cockpits of Planes

Pibot is a robotic pilot created by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea to potentially replace human pilots in plane cockpits. The humanoid ‘bot was specifically crafted to sit in any type of plane, offering a much more diverse array of functionality than drones or autopilot programs designed for specific aircraft.

via Boing Boing