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May 3, 2011

How hummingbirds feed

Mesmerizing.

The video above is part of a paper by Alejandro Rico Guevara and Margaret A. Rubega entitled "The hummingbird tongue is a fluid trap, not a capillary tube," published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Video caption: "Using these first-ever high-speed high-defiinition videos of hummingbird feeding, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate student Alejandro Rico-Guevara discovered that the 180-year-old theory of how hummingbirds drink nectar is actually false."

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Caption for the photo above: "A picture taken under a dissecting microscope to study the tongue-fluid interaction. The fringed tip opens as soon as it contacts the nectar, and closes when it is back in the air. The hummingbird is a Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina) from the Andes mountains of Colombia."

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Caption for the photo above: "Close-up views of a hummingbird's tongue. The tongue's two forks uncurl in nectar (top), but curl back up to trap the sugary fluid when leaving it (bottom).

More on this research here.

[via Dave Mosher and Wired]

May 3, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Phillips Screw Push Pins

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"Looks like a screw, acts like a tack."

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0.3"Ø x 0.75"H.

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Pack of 12: $4.99.

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[via Fancy and 1 Design Per Day]

May 3, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda" — Ira Cohen (February 3, 1935—April 25, 2011)

Wrote Douglas Martin in yesterday's New York Times obituary of Cohen, "In the late 1960s, he... perfected his technique of photographing reflections on the surface of a polyester film with the trade name Mylar. Jimi Hendrix, of whom Mr. Cohen made a famous picture, likened the effect to "looking through butterfly wings."

"In 1968, Mr. Cohen made a 20-minute film using the Mylar technique, "The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda" [excerpts above and below] which has steadily risen in popularity. The original drummer of the Velvet Underground, Angus MacLise, improvised the score, a smorgasbord of Tibetan, Moroccan and Druidic trance music. A Village Voice reviewer said one left the film "perched full-lotus on a cloud of incense, chatting with a white rabbit and smoking a banana."

Interview with Cohen here.

R.I.P.

May 3, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Heartpot" — Maria Volokhova

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The Ukraine-born, Berlin-based artist exhibited her strange and beautiful porcelain creations, among them the piece above — a teapot that sprouts human legs — at the "Poetry Happens" exhibition in Ventura Lambrate, part of Milan's Design Week last month.

Wrote Pilar Viladas in Sunday's New York Times, "The teapot, with its heart shape, aorta-like handles and charmingly incongruous human legs, typifies Ms. Volokhova's preoccupation with making things that are neither 'functional' nor 'art,' and with exploring our perceptions of the human body."

The artist's Facebook page is here.

May 3, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Google Time Machine — "Browse through time and space"

"With Time Machine, watching paint dry or grass grow is actually pretty cool."

That's different.

Free, the way we like it.

Back story here.

[via Richard Kashdan]

May 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Human Tooth Rings

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That's different.

From WTFoodge: "Have you ever wanted to wear teeth around your fingers? Maybe you wanted to bite someone AND punch them at the same time? Now you can."

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From the website of their creator, Melbourne-based silversmith Polly van der Glas:

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All works are handmade with sterling silver and human teeth.

Teeth are locally donated and sterilized.

Teeth are particularly difficult to come by, so any donations are gratefully accepted.

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Her Etsy shop is here.

It seems to me that the market for custom-made pieces like this, along with earrings and pendants made from baby teeth, to be worn by mothers, sisters, aunts, grandparents, and the original owners of the teeth, is unlimited.

May 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What's the hardest language to learn for an English speaker?

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[via Milena, 22 words and Voxy]

May 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

Pillow Remote Control

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"Never again will you have to ask, 'Where's the remote?'"

From the website:

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You'll never lose this remote in between the cushions.

Because it is a cushion— with a built-in 6-in-1 universal remote control.

Fast, easy set-up with pre-programmed automatic code searching.

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The Pillow Remote Control has databases containing codes for over 500 remote control devices.

Its easy-to-click fabric buttons make changing channels a breeze.

Power-saving auto-shutoff feature shuts off remote functions after 60 seconds of inactivity.

Remote has a wide-range transmitter with infrared LED built in.

Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included).

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"I said be careful his pillow is really a remote" — but I digress.

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$34.95.

[via Fancy]

May 3, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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