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A cauliflower gets an MRI scan at GE’s Global Research Center in Munich, Germany. Image sequenced using 5mm slices. 


Back in the day, IBMers were known for their crisp dark suits, button-down white shirts and “sincere ties.” How quaint. Meet Lysa, one of our hard-riding, earring-wearing, DIY-loving, female shining stars.

This animated documentary celebrates the 17th-century citizen scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discovery of microbes would change our view of the biological world.


Color Loads

The health rave is a sign that any leisure time is increasingly threatened by the looming specter of productivity. It is an a propos outlet for the urban creative class, who are always and never working. Even when off the clock, they are overloaded on all fronts, whether it’s the affective labor of keeping up an online persona, the social labor of networking, or the spiritual labor of self-improvement. Historian Nikil Saval calls it “boundaryless labor,” arguing that the rise of micromanaging tools for day-to-day processes stems from a need to reclaim leisure time from the “fragmented attention and overwork” that plagues this generation.

Still thinking about this paragraph from The New Inquiry article “Work It" on the labor politics of health raves and our over-optimized lives.  (via juliakaganskiy)

TBT GIF from experiments in motion:

Stop Everything and Figure this Out

Whole Earth Catalog: The Counterculture Catalogue, Bible and Encyclopedia 

The Whole Earth Catalog, founded in 1968 by Stewart Brand, was a breed of its own: an encyclopedic, grass-roots meeting-place in print where a variety of tools were made accessible to newly dispersed counterculture communities and innovators in the fields of technology, design, and architecture.


Estranged Fruit

The Dumpster Project: Creating One of the Most Sustainable Tiny Homes

Jeff Wilson, an environmental professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a dumpster on campus for the past four months. The 33-sq-ft space, only 1% the size of the average American home, is in the first phase of a project to test the possibilities of sustainable and “tiny” living. Currently outfitted to match the poor energy performance of a typical American house, it will soon be retrofitted with all sustainable features, including solar panels and a “cutting-edge eco toilet.” The project is currently seeking additional funding through Kickstarter

Chanel’s Eco-Couture: Wind Turbines and Solar Panels at the Grand Palais

The Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week, anticipated as much for its extravagant runway sets as its clothing, made an unusual nod to sustainability for its spring/summer 2013 collection. Rotating wind turbines lined a runway covered with a solar panel-like grid under the airy, glass-vaulted Grand Palais. Models, dressed in gossamer shifts, brightly-hued tweeds, and oversized fake pearls, weaved between the giant white columns. According to Chanel’s creative director and head designer Karl Lagerfeld, the show was meant to capture a certain optimism, freedom, and buoyancy. By associating renewables with luxury, fashion, and aspirational glamour—not to mention the famed Chanel label—Lagerfeld placed a powerful cultural stake in sustainability. Though the excess of high fashion has historically been at odds with this sentiment, the Chanel show still contributed a significant cultural message. Indeed, even the so-called tsar of the fashion world noted that “energy is the most important thing in life—the rest comes later.” If Lagerfeld takes his statement to heart, perhaps the next Chanel collection will be produced sustainably as well. 


How to compost a building. Read more.

@natgeo has been sharing photos that never made the magazine, and like any great album, the b-sides rival the cuts that made the grade. 


delightful future predicted by @crfashionbook:


Let this weekend be only about fun!



Sanquan Headquarters: China’s Frozen Food Mega-Complex

100,000 dumplings are produced ever hour at the headquarters of Sanquan in Zhengzhou, one of the largest frozen food companies in China. According to Edible Geography's Nicola Twilley, its founder, Chen Zemin, is the “official Father of Frozen Food” in the rapidly modernizing country. In fact, thanks to Zemin, Zhenghou has become China’s frozen food capital and is home to five of the 10 biggest Chinese-owned companies in the industry. Sales in frozen food have doubled in the past five years and are expected to double again within the next five. In a country where only 7 percent of families owned refrigerators in 1995, the industry has grown with shocking speed. By 2007, domestic refrigerator-ownership had jumped to 95 percent, and refrigerated storage capacity had ballooned to 250 million cubic feet. The country is on track to have 20 times that by 2017—and the Chinese refrigeration boom is still only just beginning. Given that cooling already accounts for 15 percent of global electricity consumption, the transformation is increasingly becoming an alarming new factor in climate change. As Twilley notes, “Of all the shifts in lifestyle that threaten the planet right now, perhaps not one is as important as the changing way that Chinese people eat.”


Don’t miss a special segment on Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday this week on NYC-ARTS. The segment will air on Thirteen Thursday, July 31 at 8 pm, and again Sunday, August 3 at noon.

Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday is on view through August 10th at the Neuberger Museum of Art.

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