A recent episode of AsapSCIENCE explains the possible ramifications of bees going extinct. Bees have been suffering from a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder that some studies show may be linked to neonicotinoid pesticides. Bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of fruit and vegetable crops, and without them those crops could be in danger.
Brisbane, Australia-based artist Michael Palmer of Voodoo Delicious creates creepy sculptures from cast resin and teacups. Each teacup contains a darkly cute beast—a menacing octopus, a single foreboding tentacle, or a bathing imp—floating in tea made from resin. Each piece is hand-painted by the artist.
Please note the “tea” is hard and not drinkable (why anyone would actually want to drink it anyway after this little guy has been sloshing around in there is beyond me, but there you are).
More of Palmer’s work, including creepy plush toys, can be seen at his Etsy store.
images via Voodoo Delicious
Singer/songwriter Jonathan Mann, known for his ongoing “Song-A-Day” project, created today’s song, “Men In Shorts are Disgusting,” as a wry ode to author Fran Lebowitz and the opinionated fashion advice that she gave in a recent interview with Elle.
I have to say that one of the biggest changes in my lifetime, is the phenomenon of men wearing shorts. Men never wore shorts when I was young. There are few things I would rather see less, to tell you the truth. I’d just as soon see someone coming toward me with a hand grenade. This is one of the worst changes, by far. It’s disgusting. To have to sit next to grown men on the subway in the summer, and they’re wearing shorts? It’s repulsive. They look ridiculous, like children, and I can’t take them seriously.
I must admit that I took a bit of umbrage with her comments as well.
I call bullshit. If it's 90 degrees in NYC, men have a right to be comfortable. If you don't like it, don't look. http://t.co/rBoQdHgGdy
— Lori Dorn (@HRLori) March 25, 2015
After all, actor Zachary Quinto looks anything but ridiculous in his shorts.
image via Zachary Quinto
via Jonathan Mann
Are upvotes democratic? Supposedly, YikYak is a democratic social network, following the lead of forums like reddit that use upvoting as “community sourced decisions.” The IDEA behind both is that compelling, unique posts will float to the top, and weak ones will sink to the bottom. Reddit is a democracy! Much like The United States. HOWEVER, in both cases, the notion of true democracy may well be an illusion! Does seeing upvotes promote more upvotes? Does provocative content beget more provocative content? Is all content created equal?
AirPano (previously), the Russian not-for-profit project that’s “focused on high-resolution spherical panorama shots from a bird’s eye view” that they’ve captured from some of the most beautiful places on Earth, has made all their work available via their AirPano Travel Book 360° app, which is available for iPad and iPhone via the iTunes store.
AirPano Travel Book is a collection of unique spherical photo panoramas of the most amazing places in the world shot from a bird’s eye view. AirPano Travel Book takes you on exciting journey with a real-life presence at a photographic location. Unlike conventional photographs, spherical 360° photo panoramas allow viewers to rotate an image, change the field of view, and zoom in on a particular detail. You will see the most beautiful cities of the world, historical locations, beaches, night landscapes, witness volcanic eruptions, amazing lakes, mountaintops, and waterfalls. …The AirPano Travel Book application is now available on the iPhone! The first version of the app was released in the summer of 2014 and was suitable only for the iPad. Now, owners of iPhones can download this great application too.
images via AirPano
The Warp Zone (previously) has created an amusing rap battle between the Game of Thrones’ gentle Hodor and the tree-like Marvel superhero Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy that consists of very few words. Just when you think Groot has Hodor beat with his mind-blowing “I am Groot!” rhymes, Hodor fights back with his effortless “Hodor!” flow. The song (explicit and non-explicit) is available to purchase online via The Warp Zone’s iTunes store.
Hey Guys! Guess what?! After an hour of studying, we’ve managed to translate this rap into English! Turn on the “translation” subtitles to reveal all the sick rhymes and disses!? Hodor and Groot have it out in the ultimate rap battle to prove who is the true lyrical genius.
The main psychoactive ingredient in ‘shrooms is called psilocybin. When ingested, the body breaks it down into the active drug psilocin, which makes its way to the brain. And here, it begins to prevent the re-uptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin, increasing its activity.
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Grenoble, France-based Olivier C, who previously built a Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor starfighter drone, is back at it again with a new remote-controlled quadcopter drone that looks like an Imperial Star Destroyer from Star Wars.
photos via Olivier C