Making use of the awesome Leap Motion, Scopis Medical has developed the first hands-off surgical navigation system for use in the operating rooms of the future. The system has a standard mouse-emulation mode for point and clicking, as well as a 3D gesture system for manipulating images like CT scans and MRIs.
Currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: the work of artist Chris Shaw, who re-imagines historical depictions of the Virgin Mary swaddling not wee baby Jesus, but a Higgs particle, an armillary sphere, and a red, writhing squid…. The Madonnas of Science.
A research team led by Mark Pagel at the University of Reading in England has identified 23 “ultraconserved words” that have remained largely unchanged for 15,000 years. Words that sound and mean the same thing in different languages are called “cognates”. These are five words that have cognates in at least four of the seven Eurasiatic language families. Those languages, about 700 in all, are spoken in an area extending from the British Isles to western China and from the Arctic to southern India. Only one word, “thou” (the singular form of “you”), has a cognate in all seven families.
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Epipheo created this lovely little animation describing the thoughts of Nicholas Carr, author of ‘The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains’. It is killing your attention span, it is making us lazy and it is making us use less of our brains. There is so much information and yet we retain so little of it. Ah, the Internet. I can’t quit you.
A figure evolves through a frenetic series of transformations in the incredible hand-drawn animation “Raw Data” byJake Fried. The Boston-based animator uses an unusual technique to make his animations: rather than draw each frame on its own sheet of paper, Fried uses white out, paint, ink, and coffee to layer the frames on top of a single sheet of paper. By the time the final frame has been added, the sheet of paper is covered with a couple of inches of material. For more animations by Jake Fried, see our posts on “The Deep End” and a selection of Fried’s earlier works.
Ben Frost is a highly talented Australian artist that is meshing a unique blend of iconography, art, politics and advertising into McDonald’s pop art. His paintings on McDonald’s fry packages are layered with images that are surprisingly refreshing, political and humorous. Frost uses his canvas to pop shots at western norms of consumption, pop culture and art.
Manchester-based designer and illustrator Si Scott has certainly evoked the beauty of the insect world with the recent illustrations from his Airborn series. Just look at those incredible segmented bodies and near geometric wings!
Working as a full-time artist, designer and creative consultant out of the UK, he has done work for Matthew Williamson, Vogue, Nike, Tiffany & Co and Sony. A trip to his Behance and Facebook pages are a must, were you will see his work with animal and human subjects. Find out more at siscottstudio.com.
San Francisco artist Scott Hove has been making unusual cake based sculptures as part of his Cakeland series since back in 2005. From high heels to taxidermy, he has given the fantastic frosting-coated treatment to a diverse range of subjects – even including entire art spaces. Now, for his show “Guns and Ecstasy,” Hove has turned his talents toward firearms and in particular assault rifles. It’s an appropriate topic as the debate on gun legality continues to rage in the US after a shocking amount of recent school shootings.
A new study says all your friends’ food ‘grams might be more than a cruel jab at those of us who are shackled to a nightly mac ‘n cheese regimen; instead, they could indicate the photographer’s unhealthy obsession with food.
P.S. - I am one of those who Instagrammed all my foods. No longer.
Researchers from the Institute of Archaeology and Art History and the Cluj National History Museum discovered the pair while excavating the courtyard of the Sigismund Toduta Music High School, originally a 15th century Dominican monastery. According to senior researcher Adrian Rusu, the couple probably lived sometime between 1450 and 1550.