Monthly Archives: May 2014

Scientists claim to have successfully teleported data

It ain’t the Star Trek Transporter Room, but it’s a start. John Markoff in the NYT:

“Scientists in the Netherlands have moved a step closer to overriding one of Albert Einstein’s most famous objections to the implications of quantum mechanics, which he described as ‘spooky action at a distance.'”

“In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet.”

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By: Boing Boing
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Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City New York island history abandoned

How does an island in New York City’s East River go from being notoriously feared, almost 100 years ago, to being completely forgotten about today? That’s the story behind North Brother Island, the subject of photographer Christopher Payne’s new photo book.

A 10-minute boat ride from the Bronx’s Barretto Point Park, North Brother Island originally housed Riverside Hospital between the 1880s and 1930s. While in operation, the hospital served hundreds of patients who suffered from extremely communicable diseases, including smallpox, typhus, scarlet fever and even leprosy. It was also where “Typhoid Mary” was quarantined, and where she eventually died. In a 1935 profile for the New Yorker, the editor Stanley Walker described the island as “…a dismal spot. Sitting there, one may see, as the best view, the gas tanks on the Bronx shore. Now and then a ferryboat glides past. At night the dirty water of the East River laps against the rocks, making a messy, ghostly noise.”

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Calligraphy Animals by Andrew Fox

Calligraphy Animals by Andrew Fox illustration calligraphy animals

Calligraphy Animals by Andrew Fox illustration calligraphy animals

With just a few strokes of his calligraphy pen, London-based designer and illustrator Andrew Fox created this fun series of minimalistic animals. What a great exercise in the constraints of line and color, perhaps most famously illustrated by Picasso back in the 1940s. See more over on Behance.

By: Colossal
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Source: http://j.mp/1oxLptJ

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, 13′ x 26′ (400cm x 800cm), Epson Ultragiclee print on Epson fine art paper

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

From the New World: A Sprawling Digital Collage of a Dystopian Future by Yang Yongliang landscapes digital collage China
From the New World, detail

In his largest artwork to date, Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously here and here) just unveiled From the New World, a sprawling digital collage depicting an overpopulated, futuristic landscape completely overrun with construction, debris, and high-rise skyscrapers. The new artwork is a continuation of Yongliang’s ongoing commentary about the devastating effects of unchecked development and industrialization through the use of dense, photography-based collage. From the New World measures almost 26 feet wide (800cm) by 13 feet tall, and while it’s impossible to truly appreciate it online, you can see many more detail shots over on his website.

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My 20-year-obsession with DragonStrike’s instructional videotape

“Not only have I watched the instructional VHS that came with the DragonStrike board game at least once a month since I was ten,” says Don Jolly, “I’ve pulled this tape out at parties. I’ve inflicting this tape on friends. God help me, I’ve shown this thing to girls. Then, I met the video’s creator.” Read the rest

By: Boing Boing
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Source: http://j.mp/1rk5hT2