The Tempescope, A Physical Device That Simulates the Weather by Creating Rain or Clouds Inside a Box

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The Tempescope is a physical device designed and built by Ken Kawamoto that simulates the weather by creating rain or clouds inside a clear box. The device adds to the illusion with colored LEDs to match the outside light or simulate lightning flashes. By pairing the device to a computer or iOS device, users can get realistic representations of the weather outside just by looking at the Tempescope to see if it is raining or cloudy.

Curious makers can build their very own Tempescope using the schematics and CAD diagrams Kawamoto has uploaded to the device’s official page. Kawamoto has also announced that he will attempt to bring a commercial version of the Tempescope to market through a crowdfunding campaign some time in mid-2015.

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The 30-Minute Over-The-Top Action Comedy Film ‘Kung Fury’ Has Released in All of Its Awesome 1980s-Inspired Glory

Writer and director David Sandberg (a.k.a. “Laser Unicorns“) has released the finished 30-minute over-the-top short action comedy film, Kung Fury (previously) that follows a powerful kung fu cop (David Sandberg) who travels through time and teams up with vikings, dinosaurs, and more to take out the evil Hitler (Jorma Taccone from The Lonely Island). Digital copies of the awesome 1980s-inspired film are available to purchase online or watch it for free on YouTube. Behind-the-scenes photos and videos are available to browse through on Instagram, Facebook, and the official Kung Fury website.

‘Kung Fury’ takes place in a variety of exotic locations; 1980s Miami, Asgard and Germany in the 1940s, to name a few. With a limited budget to work with, we had to solve this by shooting most of the scenes against a greenscreen backdrop.

‘Kung Fury’ was funded mainly through a Kickstarter campaign, where people from all around the world showed their support for this crazy project. David worked on the film for a more than a year with almost no budget but a strong vision, with the help of friends and family. Most of the film has already been shot, but additional filming and lots of visual effects remain to be done.

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poster artwork by Andreas Bennwik

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Japanese Artist Handcrafts Candy Animals to Carry on the Tradition of Amezaiku

Japanese amezaiku artisan Takahiro Yoshihara crafts a menagerie of candy animals by molding, stretching, and cutting hot taffy made primarily from corn syrup. Amezaiku started in Japan as a way to give offerings at temples during the Heian period and became an art practiced by street merchants and storytellers. Yoshihara carries on this storyteller tradition with his rabbit character Amepyon, the mascot for his candy shop in the Sendagi district of Tokyo.

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A Series of Illustrations Featuring Popular United States City Maps Drawn Onto Different Types of Leaves

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Artist Andrew Martis was commissioned by Holstee to create “City Leaf Maps,” a series of illustrations that provide a unique view of several popular cities in the United States with their respective streets drawn onto different types of leaves. Prints are available for purchase at Holstee.

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MIT Scientists Train Their Four-Legged Cheetah Robot to Autonomously Sense and Jump Over Hurdles as It Runs

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently made another remarkable development in their four-legged cheetah robot with the development of an algorithm that allows them to train the cheetah to autonomously sense and jump over hurdles while running, both with and without a harness.

In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.

In September 2014, the cheetah made enormous strides in its development, when it was able to run untethered across a field.

‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores Whether We Live in the Future

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores whether we live in the future, er, now. Rugnetta also looks at what our concepts of “The Future” mean for the current time, and whether we’re missing out by documenting and preparing for it.

We spend a lot of time thinking about THE FUTURE. But spoilers, maybe the future is now! Forget hoverboards, flying cars, jetpacks, and structures made of bubbles — the future is here, and your notion of the one you were “promised” was probably a lie. Look around you! Computers the size of pennies, instant communication across the oceans. The Future is now! But why still do we defer to an idea of “The Future”? And what happens to Now when we’re living in the future?

Cole and Marmalade’s Human Shares Important Information About Detecting Cancer in Cats

Chris Poole, the wonderfully patient human to Cole and Marmalade, donned his best Sherlock Holmes outfit in order to share very important information about detecting the signs of cancer in cats. Poole also shared the very happy news that Marmalade continues to be in remission after his bout with the disease.

May is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Six million pets in the U.S. will get the big “C” diagnosis this year. It’s a shocking statistic but the odds of surviving increase with early detection. There are so many clues to cancer in cats, it helps to be a detective to zero in on early signs. MARMALADE UPDATE: He’s still in remission, eating like a champ and very active! …Fingers crossed our early detection caught the cancer early and it won’t be back anytime soon.

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‘Pawn Sacrifice’, An Upcoming Film About the Life of Chess Player Bobby Fischer Up to the 1972 World Championship

Pawn Sacrifice is an upcoming film starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber about the life of chess player Bobby Fischer (Maguire) leading up to his historic victory over Russian player Boris Spassky (Schreiber) in the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavík, Iceland. The film focuses on the match, but also Fischer’s increasing paranoia and battle with mental illness.

The film will is scheduled to release in select theaters on September 18, 2015.

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