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The Social Media Vest
Social media can be a powerful tool, but could it save your life? Probably not. But that’s not what this social media life-vest is for. It’s linked to Facebook, and whenever a friend “likes” something of yours, it inflates, giving you a little hug.
For a public art commission in France, duo Berdaguer & Péjus built on a spot that had been both a prison and a burial chamber. With that history, they created this bad-acid-trip of a building that’s still somehow beckoning.
To create this lovely photo of rivers running through Iceland’s volcanic ash, photographer Andre Ermolaev took to the skies. See more from this series at at 500 px.
The engineers of ETH Zurich have already produced a slew of amazing robots, but this concept for a turtle is another story. It could be easier to build than other aquatic ‘bots, and even carry a bigger payload. Read more about it here.
The Dragon Capsule
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch this Sunday. Here technicians attach the “dragon capsule” portion to the rocket.
The day after a plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal, Reuters staff photographer Navesh Chitrakar snapped this image. See more great photojournalism at [American Photo](
Several small satellites drift away after being released from the Kibo Laboratory at the International Space Station. Some of the Station’s solar panel arrays are visible in the background.
Pegomastax africanus, a dinosaur identified for the first time this week, was smaller than a housecat but not nearly as likable–especially with all those porcupine-like quills. Read about it here.
For his new exhibit, Six Tables on Water, Italian designer Gaetano Pesce created expanses of water on tabletops by using polyurethane foam, PVC, and epoxy resin. See more of the tables at It’s Nice That.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) caught this image of a star after death–specifically, it’s known as the Helix Nebula. The purple in the image comes from the UV rays at its core.
Culled by Retronaut from declassified images, this eerie photo shows Plastic Man, a sort of mascot for the Hanford Site, where the plutonium used in the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki was created. See more here.