August 15, 2011
"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Mappiness"
Wrote Kelly Johnston of the University of Virginia Scholars' Lab, "In the Scholars' Lab, we're all about spatial goodness. We set about converting the qualities of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness into quantities we could visualize through maps. Brainstorming commenced on how best to measure the unmeasurable. Mappiness ensued."
"We calculated a score for Life, for Liberty, and for the Pursuit of Happiness for each county in the continental U.S. and mapped how each county's score deviated from the mean. So our maps highlight extremes, both high and low."
"Life [top] mapped combined male and female Life Expectancy At Birth data for 1999."
"Liberty [above] mapped US Census datasets for 2000 to measure the institutionalized population as a percent of the total population."
"Pursuit of Happiness [below]
mapped the ratio of arts, entertainment, and recreation establishments to the total population from the 2002 US Economic Census."
From the website:
Just charge them up in the light (can be natural sunlight or artificial bulb light) and then shut the lights and watch 'em glow. The jeans will also glow intensely under UV light (aka black light), so if you wear the jeans in a club with a black light, your pants will appear neon green. Even the selvedge edges glow
so flip up your cuff to flip people out.
The jeans work because we apply a phosphorescent coating to the fabric in Japan. This coating is baked into the fabric and will absorb light and slowly release that light with an emanating green glow, just like those glow-in-the-dark stickers we had on our ceiling as a kid. Another fun aspect of the jeans is after you beat them up a bit the wear patterns will cause the coating to fade in certain parts of the jean and will create a unique piece of glowing art.
We have done five wash tests and the jeans still glow nicely. If you want the glow to last as long as possible, wash your jeans as little as possible, (we know you do that anyways) or just dry clean them.
Available at Barneys New York and Barneys COOP nationwide (soon to be available online as well).
[via Bem Legaus!]
Rorschach Test PsychoPlates
From the website:
PsychoPlates are inspired by the Rorschach test.
The porcelain dinner plates with inkblots discourage getting depressed from the routine of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Set includes four different patterns.
[via Bem Legaus!]
Social issue: Diamond = Graphite
Above, experiment no. 18 by i3LaB.
Subtitle: "The Graphite Ring."
Full Moon Floor Mattress
BehindTheMedspeak: "Functioning Anal Sphincter Grown in a Petri Dish"
From USA Today:
In an upcoming report in the journal Gastroenterology, researchers relate that they have successfully mixed human muscle cells with mouse nerves, and then grown them on a circular mold to make replacement sphincter rings.
After implanting the lab-grown circles into eight mice, the new structures were successfully colonized by blood vessels and performed their intended function, says the study.
"In essence, we have built a replacement sphincter that we hope can one day benefit human patients. This is the first bioengineered sphincter made with both muscle and nerve cells, making it 'pre-wired' for placement in the body," said senior author Khalil Bitar of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Caption for photo up top: "Cells are added to sphincter scaffold to create cellurized anal sphincter."
[via Richard Kashdan]
Morse Code Kit
"Pair of hand-held Morse code flashers and two conversion charts allows you and a partner to communicate anywhere."
"No WiFi/batteries/electricity/cell towers required."
Includes history of Morse code.