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Los Angeles-based actress and comedian Lauren O’Brien has created a compilation video of hilarious celebrity and cartoon character impressions that she did in her car while stuck in traffic. How O’Brien dressed up for each impression and the spot-on facial expressions made it that much better. You can view more of her impressions on Vine and Instagram.
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“Average” doesn’t signify mediocrity. Average includes us all. And all of us are beautiful.
Lammily, the “average doll” that was created by Nickolay Lamm, a designer who wanted to create a realistic looking doll that would help young girls with their self-image, something that was lacking in the marketplace. Lammily Marks, reusable skin blemish stickers for the Lammily doll, takes that realism one step further.
Now your dolls can have freckles, acne, cellulite, the occasional booboo, and more! These clear vinyl stickers can be repositioned and reapplied to customize your doll. 38 reusable stickers on a sticker sheet. Doll not included. Includes:
Cellulite, Stretch marks, Freckles, Acne, Glasses, Blushing, Adhesive bandages, Moles, Temporary Tattoo, Stitches, Scrapes & Scratches, Bruises, Cast, Scars, Mosquito Bites, Grass and Dirt Stains.
Lammily Marks will begin shipping on January 18th, 2015.
Lammily had also recently received a Photoshop makeover that was immediately scrapped.
Nickolay Lamm talks about how the idea for the Lammily doll came about.
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Lunar Mission One is a private, crowdfunded mission that plans to send a robotic lander to the lunar south pole with the intent to drill further into the Moon’s surface than ever before. The mission then plans on depositing a “digital memory box” in the bore hole that will serve as a time capsule of 21st century Earth. Supporters who back the mission through its Kickstarter campaign will be the first to be able to reserve space in the time capsule, and over the next decade space will be available for sale as a way of funding the mission’s long-term goals.
The mission has uploaded a series of videos explaining their plan and reason for crowdfunding the mission, one of which they say is to help inspire people to want to explore space.
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photo by Dr. Wilfried Lagler
Researchers at the Coranica Project at the University of Tübingen have discovered that a manuscript of the Quran donated to the university in the 19th century was written sometime between 649 and 675 AD, only 20 to 40 years after the death of the prophet Muhammad. This makes the manuscript one of the oldest surviving copies of the Islamic holy book.
The manuscript, beautifully written in Kufic, was entirely digitized and is available free for the public to view on the university’s website. The Coranica Project’s research into this and other texts is ongoing.
The Coranica project gives priority to an empirical approach, contributing to the history of the Qur’anic text based primarily on material evidence, distributed chronologically, and less on the data of the Arabo-Islamic tradition. As part of its empirical approach, Coranica aims to take into account current developments and the latest discoveries. These include continuing and amplifying the research on older written witnesses of the Qur’an, a field of study that lay dormant until the 1980s and was revived by the discoveries of Sanaa, and other well known collections, such as those of St. Petersburg or Istanbul.
image via University of Tübingen
In the TED-Ed lesson “How does cancer spread through the body?,” animated by Andrew Foerster and narrated by Addison Anderson, educator Ivan Seah Yu Jun (previously) explains how cancer moves through the body by taking one of three common routes in order to metastasize and how certain organs become more susceptible to these malignant cells depending on the route the cancer takes.
Cancer usually begins with one tumor in a specific area of the body. But if the tumor is not removed, cancer has the ability to spread to nearby organs as well as places far away from the origin, like the brain. How does cancer move to these new areas and why are some organs more likely to get infected than others?