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Getting a sense of perspective for our solar system is sometimes tricky. Planetary bodies and their satellites are in comprehensively huge, right? Well, maybe not with Mars, and it’s wee moons, Phobos and Deimos. Dinky by most measures, this cute and clever video infographic gives you a nice reference for their size and orbit. Well done. Via The Daily Beast:

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Compared to our own moon, they are quite rinky dink, though still the size of Mt. Everest or so.

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Their own gravity is weak enough that they don’t even form nice clean spheres.

Moons of Mars // Moss and Fog

Possibly formed from an asteroid belt

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If you ever want to freak out your neighbors, just hire architect Bernd Zimmerman, and let him take the reins. His project in Stuttgart literally clads a residential house with hundreds of funhouse mirrors. Meant to reflect the surroundings and make a statement, we think it’s fabulous, but wonder how blinded you’ll be when the sun hits it just right. Via UrDesign:

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Our friends at Grove have created a great line of wood products that protect your tech. Starting with bamboo phone cases, they’ve expanded to laptop cases, phone docks and the like. Now they launched a very cool laptop/tablet sleeve made from wood and wool. It’s a beauty.
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If you’ve ever been the Banff or the Jasper area, you know the jaw-dropping glacier views are pretty spectacular. The colors, the scale, the pristine and largely untouched beauty is second to none. But if you’ve ever asked yourself why there wasn’t an enormous glass skywalk jutting 90 feet out of the mountain, your prayers have been answered. The Glacier Skywalk, from Brewster Travel Canada is set to open this month, and it looks pretty great. Hope you’re not afraid of heights! Via DesignBoom:GSW_vertical_tallgkw glacier-skywalk-jasper-national-park-canada-designboom-02 glacier-skywalk-jasper-national-park-canada-designboom-03 glacier-skywalk-jasper-national-park-canada-designboom-04 glacier-skywalk-jasper-national-park-canada-designboom-05

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nick meek photographs flower petals in HD

I’m heading to Costa Rica this weekend for a vacation, so naturally this post about flower petals exploding all over the Costa Rican countryside caught my eye. Sony has a great video in their series of ‘colour’ ads that showcase the vibrancy, and in this case, great detail of their 4K tvs.

nick meek photographs costa rica covered in flower petals for sony

Via DesignBoom, the ad is created by creative agency McCann, and filmed by photographer Nick Meek.



nick meek photographs flower petals in HD

nick meek photographs flower petals in HD





Space is cool. Space is infinitely vast. But we’ve barely stuck a pinky into the vastness of space, visually. The Hubble space telescope was a major step forward for humanity, allowing for some incredible peering into the past, at galaxies and nebulas and quasars and all manner of amazingness.  Now comes the next giant in space telescope exploration, the Thirty Meter Telescope, also known as the TMT.  To be built on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, deep in the Pacific, the TMT is, as titled, thirty meters across, 14 stories tall, creating by far the largest mirror on the planet. This giant contraption will allow for up to six times the optical power of Hubble, even though its on earth, and not in the blackness of space. It should be astounding what the Thirty Meter Telescope can see, when it is operational in 2020.

Via DesignBoom:


A photo from Hubble. What will the Thirty Meter Telescope show us?

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TMT Overview from Thirty Meter Telescope on Vimeo.

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The first shot fired in the smart watch war was either the Pebble or the pseudo-smart iPod Nano in a watch band. Since then, a number of companies have attempted some very interesting and lame entrants, few of which have caught on with any kind of vigor.  Lately though, as rumors of a fully-fledged Apple iWatch heat up, the biggies of the tech world are starting to invest in their own ‘watches of the future.’ The latest, announced this week, is the Moto 360, utilizing the just-released Google Wear software.  Unlike nearly all of the competition, the Moto 360 is elegant, thoughtful, and actually looks like a watch you want to strap on.

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As a designer, I immediately gravitate toward the Moto 360’s form factor, which has been around for centuries, and looks classic on the wrist. Indeed, I imagine there are some designers at Apple this week that are pretty pissed that Motorola got here first.  Understated, versus the chunky, often ghastly industrial design of those other smart watches, the Moto 360 eschews things like cameras and visible sensors, which in 2014, takes some real restraint.

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The watch is too new to be reviewed, but it relies heavily on Google Now, which is entirely voice-driven, similar to Siri.  Part of me hates the idea of always barking commands at my wrist, but we’ll see how the watch operates, and how intuitive the software really is. I’m also very curious to know how a circular LCD is created.  Nice work, Motorola. You deserve a slap on the wrist…

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Ben Foster is a sculptor from New Zealand, making geometric animals that are larger than life. Via MyModernMet:

From Foster:  “My works are a culmination of the natural and the manmade – a careful balance of form and motion.”

Ben Foster website

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