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.

via Is Japan Cool?, The Kids Should See This

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.


‘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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image via Bleeker Street Media

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‘Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated’, Author Seeks Funding to Update Her ‘Doctor Who’ Recipe Book

Chris-Rachael Oseland, the author behind such nerdy books as An Unexpected Cookbook and Kitchen Overlord is currently raising funds through Kickstarter in order to publish her new book Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated, an updated version of her previous Doctor Who cookbook Dining With the Doctor.

Dining With the Doctor: Regenerated takes the best content from the first edition, doubles the total number of recipes with all new content, and packages it all in a handsome, professionally printed book any geek would be proud to display on their coffee table. …The revised & expanded 2nd edition includes:

  • 60 recipes from the 1st edition (87 episodes, stories #157-224)
  • 60+ brand new recipes (116 episodes, stories #157-253)
  • Brand new, high quality food photography
  • Interior artwork by Tom Gordon
  • Bonus chapters for both Cocktails and Fish Fingers & Custard
  • Index broken down by dietary restrictions & food allergies so you can easily feed all your friends



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images via Chris-Rachael Oseland

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Inbox by Google, The Company’s Enhanced Email Service, Is Now Available for All Users to Register

Inbox by Google, the company’s enhanced email service, is now available for all users to register without the previously required invitation. Inbox launched in October 2014 as an invite-only beta.

The service sorts incoming email into various categories and focuses on pushing the most relevant information to the user as conveniently as possible. Users can control what emails trigger a mobile notification so that they can be updated about important messages, but not constantly alerted to less useful emails. Inbox integrates with Google Now to pull information from emails and present them as cards with details about appointments, flights, or reservations. The mobile app also lets users set location-based reminders that trigger when the user arrives at a particular place. Google has also announced the Undo Send feature is now available on the mobile version of Inbox. The feature lets users stop an email immediately after pressing send.

Interested users can download the Inbox app for Android or iOS.

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