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July 5, 2016

Time Machine — "Stunning 'Paleoart' Will Beam You Back Into A Ferocious Prehistoric World"

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Wrote Macrina Cooper-White in the Huffington Post:

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Ever wish you could jump in a time machine and travel back to the age of dinosaurs? What were terrifying prehistoric beasts like megalodon and T. rex really like? And what happened when these creatures battled each other to the death?

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While we may not have time machines, a Canadian paleoartist, Julius Csotonyi, provides us with the next best thing. Check out a selection of illustrations above and below from his new book, "The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi."

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"I became interested in drawing dinosaurs as a kid, as do many kids. I never grew out of my 'dinophile' phase," Csotonyi wrote in an artist's statement on his website.

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"Dinosaurs are members of a world that is alien to us, and my fascination with the unexplored and unknown led me to both my interest in illustrating dinosaurs and my current career path in science."

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[via RealityCarnival]

July 5, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Got Insomnia? Sleep Shepherd Hat

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Reviewed as follows by Patricia Marx in the New Yorker:

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It's 2:49 a.m., more or less my bedtime, and I'm about to put on my Sleep Shepherd hat, a device designed to help the wearer go gentle into unconsciousness.

The hat is a stretchy black beanie, but where you might normally find a pompom there's a plastic box the size of a Triscuit.

If I were an alien, this would be the port through which I'd receive my instructions from the mother ship. The box has an on-off switch, and I'm going to turn it on so that the mechanism can commune with my head.

The hat measures activity in my cerebral cortex through three sensors sewn into the fabric — one covering each ear and a third handling the forehead.

There are also built-in speakers that emit pulsing tones mimicking the frequencies of my brain waves.

Gradually, the rhythm will slow down and, supposedly, so will my brain, entrained as if by a hypnotist.

The noise sounds like the tone you'd expect to hear before a nuclear disaster. It's supposed to be soothing, and, truth be told, I don't mind it.

The hat was invented by Michael Larson, a mechanical engineer at the University of Colorado.

Larson told me, over the phone, that he came up with it to treat his daughter, who had an autoimmune disease that prevented her from getting enough deep sleep.

The contraption apparently did the trick.

In my case, it's hard to say whether it was the hat or causes non-millinery that ushered me into dreamland each of the nights I wore it: I always woke up to find the hat on the floor.

But I don't really have insomnia.

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$149.99.

July 5, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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