Photo Of The Day: The World’s Lightest Material Balances On A Cherry Blossom

Graphene Aerogel On Flower

Image Source: 9GAG

Created in 2013 by a research team from China’s Zhejiang University, grapheme aerogel (featured atop a cherry blossom in the photo above) is considered the world’s lightest material — so much so that it is seven times lighter than air.

That’s not to say it’s incredibly fragile or useless: the material can recover completely after more than 90 percent compression, and absorb up to 900 times its own weight in oil at a rate of 68.8 grams per second. In fact, it’s these properties that has led researcher Gao Chao to hope that the material can be used to mop up oil spills, squeezed to reclaim the oil, and then thrown back in the ocean to mop up more oil, Extreme Tech reported.

Five Of The World’s Weirdest Monuments

Apart from space travel, art is the most uniquely human creation in the world. Alone among animals, humans express themselves artistically by creating representations of themselves and the world around them. We do this with paint, clay, and – if the artist is an undergraduate in the humanities – menstrual blood.

For sheer impact, however, it’s difficult to beat monumental art. While any teenager can splatter paint on canvas and pretend she’s doing it bad on purpose, the sheer will involved in hoisting hundreds of tons of stone or bronze virtually guarantees that the artist has something important to share with the world. Some of these sculptures, though, are flat-out bizarre:

Georgia’s Stonehenge


Image Source: Julia World

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Video Of The Day: Ingenious Tiny Homes Move From City To City

Mobile tiny homes

These ingenious tiny homes move with you from city to city.

Posted by Tech Insider on Friday, October 9, 2015

The tiny home movement has gone global. As more people choose to embrace the simple, DIY lifestyle, one innovative company is hoping to scale it, creating 208 square-foot tiny homes with 10-foot ceilings, all of which are designed to slide into larger structures in different cities.

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Vintage Vogue Covers: When Fashion Lacked Photoshop

Vintage Vogue Covers Shadow Lead

Source: Miss Moss

High fashion of course existed before the camera, which means that illustrations graced the covers of Vogue magazine well before airbrushed models and celebrities did. While the 1894-founded magazine was one of fashion photography’s primary points of origin, in the days preceding the fashion photo, Vogue relied on expertly-crafted illustrations to promote Vogue founder Arthur Turnure’s goal: celebrating and encouraging the “ceremonial side of life” in a country that did not value class or ceremony as much as its Western European counterparts.

Given the magazine’s lofty goals, the illustrated covers had to be as technically immaculate as they were artistically inspired: each hand-drawn Vogue cover was a masterful art nouveau and deco piece in its own right, and featured a technical precision as impressive as the fashions and lifestyles that the illustrations promoted. What’s more, where today’s Vogue can be recognized by its unyielding all-caps title, back in the day the magazine’s typeface changed with almost every cover to fit each different illustration.

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