Sep 29, 2016

Japanese brewery makes beer that tells you when to drink it

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Just as certain beers are best enjoyed during certain seasons, there are some beers that taste best at a particular time. Light beers like pale lagers are great for day drinking, while darker and hoppier beers are best saved for the evening. Brewing company Suntory Japan decided to take these unwritten rules and make them official: They now sell beers meant to be consumed at very specific times. 
via Mental Floss

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Sep 29, 2016

3D printed acoustic holograms: Totally cool, not totally useless

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If you wave your hand under the water’s surface, you get a pattern of ripples on the surface shortly thereafter. Now imagine working that backwards: you want to produce particular ripples on the surface, so how do you wiggle around the water molecules underneath?

That’s the project that a crew from the University of Navarre in Spain undertook. Working backwards from the desired surface waves to the excitation underwater is “just” a matter of math and physics. The question is then how to produce the right, incredibly irregular, wavefront. The researchers’ answer was 3D printing.
via Hack a Day

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Sep 28, 2016

This 3D-printed jewelry is created from NASA’s elevation mapping data

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Oregon-based design studio Waaypoint has a new way of showing tribute to America's landscapes. Using digital elevation mapping data from NASA, the company creates jewelry pieces that are accurate recreations of mountainous areas, My Modern Met reports.

The jewelry features 3D-printed tiny mountains that are then cast in silver, plated rose gold, or plated 18k gold. The rings and pendants are then engraved with the geographic coordinates of where the mountain is located.
via Mental Floss

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Sep 28, 2016

Elaborate bronze memorial dedicated to Staten Island Ferry Octopus Attack tricks tourists

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Monuments and vaguely descriptive plaques are commonplace around cities and heavily trafficked tourist areas, giving just enough insight into an historic event or landmark. The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial blends in with these weathered monuments, except for the fact that all details on the work are completely false. The monument, which is located in Battery Park, Manhattan, was created by artist Joe Reginella and honors the 400 victims who perished during a giant octopus attack of a Staten Island ferry named the Cornelius G. Kolff on November 22, 1963, the same day as the assassination of JFK.
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Sep 28, 2016

Infant is world's first to have three biological parents

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It sounds like the setup of a wacky science fiction comedy, but this is actually real life. A five-month old baby boy was just revealed to be the first kid in the world with three biological parents, according to New Scientist. The infant was created by a technique that has only been legally approved in the UK, and it lets parents with genetic disorders have healthy babies. The study is believed to fast track progress in the field, and is the latest in a series of advances in genetic science we've seen recently.
via Engadget

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Sep 27, 2016

A massive clock made by circling truck drivers

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Swedish automotive company Scania has created a massive 750,000 square foot clock made entirely of moving trucks, Engadget reports. Replacing gears and motors with massive engines, and clock hands with the latest line of Scania trucks, the company successfully created a functional timepiece that ran for 24 hours.
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Sep 27, 2016

World's oldest computer music recording restored

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The world's oldest known recording of computer-generated music has been restored to its former glory by a team from the British Library. Taken from an acetate cut recording made by the BBC in 1951, the selection of three songs generated by the University of Manchester's Computing Machine Laboratory's Ferranti Mark I computer was recently restored with the help of a programming manual written by Alan Turing.
via New Atlas

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