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Breaking Wave is a kinetic sculpture designed by Plebian Design and Hypersonic for the biotechnology company Biogen-Idec’s new headquarters in Cambridge, MA.

About the project:

Breaking Wave tells the story of the search for patterns, and the surprising results that come by changing our point of view. 804 suspended spheres move in a wave-like formation. When the wave crests and breaks, the balls hover momentarily in a cloud. From almost anywhere in the room, this cloud is purely chaotic, but step into one of two hidden spots, and this apparent chaos shows a hidden pattern. From the first, a labyrinth hints at the search for knowledge, and from the second, a Fibonacci spiral inspired flower reminds us of the natural order and patterns found in nature.

Scientists search through billions of experimental data points in order to find patterns to develop new drugs, to treat Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, and other diseases. Without a particular framework or perspective, these are just 0’s and 1’s, with no form or information. But with the perspective of an understanding of molecular dynamics, these data points create a clear picture about the hidden dynamics within the body, and allow scientists to craft drugs to successfully treat these diseases.

Above the sculpture lies the mechanism that drives its motion. A motor drives a large rotating stainless steel cam. 36 rollers follow the contour of the cam, which traces out the overall waveform. Each roller slides on a linear track, pulling a cable that spins one of the 36 output shafts. Distributed along each shaft are different sized drums from which the wooden sphere (coated in zinc and steel, and then rusted chemically) are hung. As the shafts rotate, the drums pull the balls up and down – larger drums pull balls higher. In this way, the size of the 804 drums mechanically programs the images hidden in the cloud of balls.

See it in motion in this video:

Breaking Wave from PLEBIAN DESIGN on Vimeo.

(Source: Vice Magazine)

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The Central Nervous System, containing the brain and spinal cord.

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The Central Nervous System, containing the brain and spinal cord.

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In 19th-Century Italy, the brothers Calamai began collecting secondhand wool garments, shredding them into strips, and selling them to factories to be re-spun into yarn. But as the boys became men, they began amassing mechanical equipment that they could use to re-process the wool themselves, and eventually opened their own reprocessing factory. Decades before anyone even knew what environmentalism was, the Calamais were pioneering the art and science of reclaiming materials.

Here in 2014 the successful Figli di Michelangelo Calamai is now run by the fourth generation of Calamais, and while factory technology has advanced, they still stick to the old principles: They reclaim the wool from old garments and scraps mechanically, not chemically, and minimize the need to re-dye by carefully sorting colors.

More: Recycling Wool the Hard Way, Since the 19th Century - Core77

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Your shadow is a confirmation that light has traveled nearly 93 million miles unobstructed, only to be deprived of reaching the ground in the final few feet thanks to you.

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A water balloon full of mercury hitting the ground (X)

SCIENCE

this fucked me up

hank green pls explain

Mercury is a liquid, and it behaves almost exactly as water would in the situation. The main difference is that, since mercury is more dense (more mass per unit volume), it conserves its momentum a little better than water would. (Momentum is equal to mass times velocity). So you could see the same pancaking with water, the balloon would just need to be moving faster.
Basically, what’s happening is that the mercury in the balloon is moving at a certain speed when it hits the tupperware. Every individual atom of mercury wants to keep moving at that speed…so when suddenly they can’t keep going in the same direction, they somewhat knock into each other until they find a path that allows them to conserve that momentum…just as water dropped from a glass would splash all over. 
But it can’t splash all over because it’s bound by the balloon, which stretches out, capturing the momentum of the mercury with its elasticity.
The balloon doesn’t break simply because it isn’t very full and doesn’t experience enough stress to tear the rubber. 
Check out this slow-mo video of a dude being slammed in the face by a water balloon that doesn’t break…it’s behaves in a very similar way. And also is TOTALLY AWESOME.

edwardspoonhands:

best-of-tumblr:

the-dream-operator:

defeatingexistence:

clockmocker:

A water balloon full of mercury hitting the ground (X)

SCIENCE

this fucked me up

hank green pls explain

Mercury is a liquid, and it behaves almost exactly as water would in the situation. The main difference is that, since mercury is more dense (more mass per unit volume), it conserves its momentum a little better than water would. (Momentum is equal to mass times velocity). So you could see the same pancaking with water, the balloon would just need to be moving faster.

Basically, what’s happening is that the mercury in the balloon is moving at a certain speed when it hits the tupperware. Every individual atom of mercury wants to keep moving at that speed…so when suddenly they can’t keep going in the same direction, they somewhat knock into each other until they find a path that allows them to conserve that momentum…just as water dropped from a glass would splash all over. 

But it can’t splash all over because it’s bound by the balloon, which stretches out, capturing the momentum of the mercury with its elasticity.

The balloon doesn’t break simply because it isn’t very full and doesn’t experience enough stress to tear the rubber. 

Check out this slow-mo video of a dude being slammed in the face by a water balloon that doesn’t break…it’s behaves in a very similar way. And also is TOTALLY AWESOME.