During his final episode of Late Show, host David Letterman shared a 1996 clip from the show that featured him working at the drive-through window of a Taco Bell. Letterman is widely accepted as one of the great talk show hosts of our time, but clearly would not have excelled in the fast food industry.
Colorado man Les Baugh lost both of his arms as a teenager, but has been participating in a study at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) that has given him the chance to test and help develop a set of advanced robotic prosthetic arms.
Baugh is the subject of a short documentary by The New York Times series Robitica titled “The Bionic Man” that also shows clinical prosthetist Courtney Moran working with Baugh to adjust and configure the arms. Once in place, Baugh attempts to control the arms to perform different tasks like picking up blocks. Moran says the development is a years-long process, so it will be some time before the arms are ready for Baugh to take home.
A video by the JHUAPL from 2014 shows Baugh working with different members of the team as he tests the arms.
Nikon Asia attached one of their Coolpix L31 cameras, using a case with a heart rate monitor, to an exuberant dog named Grizzler. As Grizzler moved about and became excited–thus increasing his heart rate–the camera snapped a number of photos. Nikon Asia calls this process “Heartography” and ties the project to emotions, though it seems more often than not that other animals are the cause more than just emotions.
photos via Nikon
The Electric Knife Orchestra, a team of knife-based robotic instruments built by artist Neil Mendoza, performs a dangerous-looking cover of the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive.” The orchestra features 16 knives and a meat cleaver built to produce a wide range of sounds including one knife-bot that plays the triangle.
For comparison, here is the original knife-free version of “Stayin’ Alive.”
In “Evolution of the Bikini” by design house Forge Apollo for Breathless Resorts, popular social media personality Amanda Cerny models her way through the history of women’s swimsuits. The video first features the dowdy swim dresses of the late 19th century and the one-piece suits of the early and mid-20th century before it moves on through present day. Cerny readily captures the mood of each era through hair, makeup, and dance along with each suit as chosen by costume designer Maranda Nichols Persico.
It’s interesting to note, however, that the first official bikini, ironically named after the nuclear testing site Bikini Atoll, was introduced by French engineer Louis Réard in 1946, but the design didn’t become popular until the 1960s.
Common misconceptions about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are debunked in an animated video companion to a TED-Ed lesson on the subject by Dr. Natascha M. Santos. The video explains how OCD is not just a set of meticulous grooming and cleaning quirks, but instead is a serious, debilitating psychiatric condition that plagues sufferers with intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors to soothe those worries. People affected by OCD often have little or no control over their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, both of which can get in the way of a patient’s social life, career, and schooling.
BeerMenus is a convenient and free iPhone app (an Android version is in the works) that allows users to be notified when their favorite beer (or a beer they want to try) is being served or sold nearby.
Find places selling beers you love or want to try, and browse up-to-date beer menus for bars, restaurants, and beer stores nearby.
• Follow beers to get notified when they become available nearby.
• Follow places to get notified when they change their beer menu.
• Log the beers you drink to keep track of and easily find your favorites.
• Find places selling beers you love or want to try.
• Browse up-to-date beer menus.
images via BeerMenus
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