Heel-Less Heels


The heel-less shoe, a symptom of this trend, became a high-fashion favorite after Victoria Beckham was photographed in thigh-high, gravity-defying, heel-less boots by Antonio Berardi in 2009. And this is the problem. If even Gaga can’t wear them safely, what hope is there for the rest of us? But practicality does not feature in the minds of designers, whose only goal appears to be to make women look foolish. While any sane industry would have allowed this latest ‘advance’ to be quietly consigned to the great wardrobe in the sky, the fashion cognoscenti have let it flourish, alongside other, equally ridiculous designs.” w/ photos

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California Oil Spill Turns Out To Be A Massive Group Of Fishes


“Anchovies can typically be found in the world’s major oceans and on pizzas, where they are prized for their ability to completely ruin the flavor. But prior to fulfilling their pizza-sabotaging destinies, schools of anchovies typically keep their distance from the shore. Upon investigating, scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography “said it is unclear why the unusually large school moved into shallow waters off the coast,” which maybe defeats the purpose of having institutions of oceanography.” w/ photos + video

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Peanut-Shaped Building Designed By Algorithms


The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, looks like a peanut crossed with a honeycomb. This odd, organic-looking building would’ve never been made if not for the powers of computational design and robotic manufacturing… The project began with a simple question: How can you create a resilient timber structure with as little material as possible? The answer, it turned out, was going to take an integration of multiple digital processes.” w/ photos + video

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Drone Bartender Wants To Mix It Up For You


The flying appliance has all of the features you’d expect in a 21st Century drone, namely Wi-Fi, navigational capabilities, voice commands and the ability to hover. This could be especially important for that moment when your drink is nearly empty, but not quite. Also, coming from above reduces the chance for bumping into guests and causing unnecessary spillage. The little guy is energy efficient, too. He uses the kinetic energy to recharge his batteries.” w/ photos

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New LED-Farms Can Harvest 1.5x More Vegetables


The farm is believed to be one of the largest vegetable growing operations globally that relies solely on LED lighting. While there are vegetable farms that currently use LED lighting in Japan, most combine them with fluorescent lighting. While conventional light-emitting diodes tend to emit straight-line beams of light, the newly developed system can cover a large area at once. Thanks to the wavelength optimization offered by the new LED technology, greater control over the photosynthesis process can be attained and adjusted as needed, depending on the vegetable’s stage of growth.” w/ photos

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Giant Futuristic Tesla Tower In Abandoned Woods


“No, it’s not an alien colony, a time machine, or even a Russian version of America’s ionospheric HAARP program. But in a forest near Moscow, this Soviet-era ‘lightning machine’ has a capacity arguably equal to Russia’s entire electricity output. Bloggers flock to see this technical marvel, which has been dubbed the ‘High Voltage Marx and Tesla Generators Research Facility.’ The testing range, a branch of the Russian Electrical Engineering Institute, is in the sleepy town of Istra, 40 kilometers west of Moscow.” w/ photos + video

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Eye To Eye With A Manta Ray


“The manta ray has fascinated people for centuries. Yet we usually encounter them as they glide magnificently through the oceans. A luck few will get to see them break the surface and leap in to the air. For many people, however, the only time they will encounter a manta ray is in an aquarium. It is then that the inquisitive rays will show their faces, as it were. The result is quite extraordinary.” w/ photos

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Abandoned Mall Overtaken By Fish


There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.” w/ photos

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