Artist Vincent Tomczyk makes realistic objects almost entirely out of paper, like this chair, which you should probably just stare at and not sit on. Vincent Tomczyk via Colossal
May The Tiny Force Be With You
Paper chairs are kind of cool, but we’re far more partial to paper Star Wars art. San Jose-based artist David Canavese uses paper of different thicknesses, white glue and sheer willpower to make tiny Jedi fan art, presumably for when your apartment gets too cramped to showcase full-sized Star Wars collectables. You can check out his full body of work on his website.
War photographer Richard Mosse spent his time in the Democratic Republic of Congo shooting on Kodak Aerochrome film originally designed to help pilots spot camouflage, bathing surreal scenes of conflict in cotton-candy colors.
James Webb ‘Scope At SXSW
This full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope, which we’ve seen before, is as wide as a tennis court and tall as a four-story building. It showed up at South by Southwest this week, which isn’t quite as a cool as space, but is still pretty neat.
Photographer/unbelievable badass Martin Rietze caught this photo of the Sakurajima Valcano in Japan erupting. And yes, that is lightning. It’s not totally clear why lightning sometimes shows up during eruptions, but it is clear why we don’t have many up-close photos of it: that is terrifying.
A Japanese publishing company made this wee little 22-page book because … a very tiny person needed some reading material? Actually, there aren’t that many words printed on it, just flowers and descriptions of the flowers, so maybe it’s a big coffee table book for an even tinier person.
Stephen SetteDucati, a marketing director at MCM Management Corp. shot this photo of the demolition of Michigan’s Pontiac Plant. It made it into Engineering News-Record’s “Images of the Year in Construction” contest. Our friends over at io9 have a round up of more winners.
Chip Off The Block
This laser-blasted chip can still function, despite the gaping hole. Researchers at Caltech’s High-Speed Integrated Circuits laboratory have developed a self-healing microchip that can work around broken and damaged pathways. Because when the robot apocalypse occurs, we definitely want them to be indestructible.
Fabian Oefner, a Swiss artist, uses a high-speed camera and a drill coated with acrylic paint to capture centripetal force in colorful action. You can watch the whole messy, fun process here.
This is a design for a system of skyscrapers that could help mankind rebuild after the apocalypse. If they were built, the “Zero” skyscrapers would form a network where humans could store data and retrieve food and water. Here’s hoping we never have to see if it works. (The design received an honorable mention in the sci-fi-ish eVolo Magazine 2013 Skyscraper Competition. You can see a gallery of other images from that here.)