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Happy Batman Day!

Continuing the Batman Day tradition, DC Entertainment has combined forces with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country to bring fans exciting festivities. There will be Batman and Harley Quinn masks, free comic book giveaways, talent signings and more-all to honor Gotham’s Dark Knight and its most beloved supervillain.
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3D Collages in Layers of Glass External Link

Art created by Dustin Yellin.
Dustin Yellin's website: http://www.dustinyellin.com/
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That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

On July 20th, 1969 Apollo 11 lands on the Moon on the Sea of Tranquillity and transmits the message, “Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed." Six and a half hours later, astronaut Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon, followed by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. As Armstrong steps onto the lunar surface he proclaims, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Across the globe, nearly 700 million television viewers witness the event as it happens.
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Dino Pet by Biopop

Dino Pet, the New Living, Interactive, Bioluminescent Pet

Dino Pet gives "Man's Best Friend" a whole new meaning with this new illuminated pet for tons of fun and less cleanup.Have you ever wanted an interactive pet that uses naturally occurring bioluminescence to glow brilliantly when you play with it at night? Then the Dino Pet by BioPop is just for you! It's cleaner than dogs, eats less than a baby, and smells better than anyone. Anyone.

The Dino Pet magically lights up like a meteor show and is triggered with constant movement. It's small enough to carry with one hand, is powered by sunlight, water, and nutrients, and requires no batteries or charging to operate.

So how does it work? This new illuminated pet was created by a group of scientists who constructed a way to sustain biological light using bioluminescent, single-celled plankton called dinoflagellates as a possible light source. Specifically, they are a marine species of unicellular non-toxic phytoplankton known as Pyrocystis fusiformis.

How is everything held together? The outer shell of the Dino Pet is made from an ABS plastic to ensure durability and safe keeping of the liquid inside.

To operate, the Dino Pet requires moderate lighting 8-14 hours per day, temperatures around 69 degrees Fahrenheit, or a range from 62 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit will do, and small weekly feedings of BioPop Dino Food that you can get through the company's website.

Your Dino Pet will lose light relatively quickly, but a gentle rocking back and forth or good, solid movement will light it back up again. The phytoplankton only respond during the night, so if you notice it's not working during the day, don't worry! Just give it plenty of sunlight at the right temperature and amount of food and you'll be able to enjoy the breathtaking light show provided by your Dino Pet.

Dino Pet would make a great gift for friends, family, and kids. It's cool to see technology used for new concepts, especially in fun and entertaining ways.

BioPop has a limited sale going on for the Dino Pet, but you can get it now on their website for a great price.
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fluid art

What is Fluid Art?

California-based artist Crystal Ma has discovered a captivating way of creating art on canvas. The technique is called "Fluid Art" and the results are mesmerizing.The process starts by diluting the paint with pouring medium, water, and a tiny bit of silicon to trigger a chemical reaction. The contents will either be poured directly onto a canvas or turned upside onto the canvas and released for a more sudden and dramatic reaction.

Ma has always been fascinated by different styles of art, reminiscing on a moment when she would take crayons and melt them with the heat of a lightbulb to create drip sculptures when she was only eight years old.

Crystal Ma's Instagram page has received over 15,000 followers and admirers of her fluid art. Check it out to see the breathtaking results of her work.

You can also view her YouTube Channel here.
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Moneypenny illustration

James Bond's Moneypenny Gets Her Own Comic

We all know Moneypenny as M's secretary from the hit James Bond movies, but her character is about to take on a major role.Dynamite Comics wants to alter the character's perception by creating a single issue comic book where Moneypenny portrays an action hero rather than the secretary that James Bond flirts with before he goes out on a major mission. The comic will be titled James Bond: Moneypenny, where she'll be re-imagined into a personal bodyguard, every bit as kickass as 007 himself, and where we'll get to dive deeper into the character's back story beyond M's office.

This isn't the first time Ian Fleming's estate approved a Moneypenny adventure. The character starred in a trilogy of novels that was released between 2005 and 2008. The novels were written by Samantha Weinberg, writing under the name Kate Westbrook.

James Bond: Moneypenny is scheduled to hit shelves, August 30.
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Woman on bed

People Are Getting Married to Themselves

It's hard to find the perfect person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Today, some people, particularly women, are participating in a new self-love practice called "sologamy".Erika Anderson, whose self-marriage ceremony helped this trend go viral, said it's more than just the dress:

"I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves. It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else."

Anderson, 37 years old, said she grew frustrated after being asked so many times why she hadn't settled down with anyone so she decided to take matters into her own hands. Anderson was accompanied at her ceremony by many friends and family.

This isn't a process that you no longer have to go through alone, it's now becoming an industry. With small businesses like IMarriedMe.com and husband-and-wife team Jeffrey Levin and Bonnie Powers, you can accomplish your goal of self-marriage with a wedding band, vows, and daily affirmation cards for about $200.

One [small] unfortunate side is that self-marriage is not legally recognized, so don't expect any additional tax breaks.

So is sologamy going to be the next "big thing" in commitment? Jonathan Bennett, counselor and co-founder of The Popular Man isn't convinced, stating:

"Formalizing the single life through marriage to oneself is rare. I don't see it catching on. Humans, hardwired by evolution, possess a basic need for companionship and completely writing off romantic relationships won't be appealing to most men and women."

What do you think of sologamy? Do you think it's something that will catch on in the near or distant future, or at all? Is it something that you would do? Let us know what you think below in the comments.
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Wannabe by the Spice Girls

Women across the world give new meaning to

The Global Goals, an organization created to help put an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change, has put together this video of women dancing their hearts out to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls. The video was created to establish awareness of women's rights and how you can be part of a movement to help obtain those rights.

In 2015 world leaders promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and tackle inequalities.
Girls and women are disproportionately affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them. This movement has one goal in mind: to ensure World Leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations listen to the voices of girls and women and put them first in policies and plans.

You can use the #WhatIReallyReallyWant hashtag on social media to share a photo of yourself holding up what YOU really, really want for girls and women.

Join The Global Goals movement
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3D Pixar-style character

Artist Creates 3D Pixar-Style Characters Using Stranger's Faces

There are so many talented artists and designers out there today and one of them that really stood out is Lance Phan, 3D CGI animator and designer known for creating Pixar-esque animated characters of complete strangers.

Phan uses software like Blender, Marvelous Designer, and Photoshop to create these impressive artworks. Photoshop is used to apply a few color and sharpen filters. Marvelous designer is used to provide the character with some basic clothing. And most of the heavy lifting is done with Blender, including sculpting the character, object generation, rendering and more.

A full character render takes between one to two hours due to the high quality render settings and amount of detail applied to the design.

Here a few of Phan's finished designs that I simply find breathtaking:

brunette female with glasses

female blue hair

female Marvel cap

female plaid shirt

female blonde with beanie

cute couple

And a bit of his artist process explained here:

3D editing in Blender

You can view more of Phan's artwork and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
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3D printed faces from DNA code

Artist Creates Faces From DNA Left In Public

We leave DNA everywhere we go. From the strand of hair that drifted off our head taking a walk to the lick of saliva left on a glass at your favorite cafe. No matter where you go, your DNA was left somewhere at some point in time.

New York artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg takes advantage of these opportunities by swiping your DNA from the scene and creating a realistic 3D face. Her project, Stranger Visions, is dedicated to just that!

"The idea for the project came from this fascination with a single hair. This turned into a research project for me exploring exactly what I could discover about someone from an artifact they left behind."

Her process starts with finding an object that contains human DNA out in the public, ranging from anything including a piece of gum to a cigarette butt. She then takes a sample of the DNA to Genspace, a community biotechnology laboratory in Brooklyn where she extracts the DNA, purifies it, and uses it polymerase chain reactions.

Once the DNA is extracted, she uses a computer to create a 3D generated model of the face. The results generally do not create an exact likeness to the person the DNA belongs to since the data provided only describes general traits. Using the code, she takes certain pieces of data to create multiple versions of the face to enhance or decrease certain features based on what she finds in the DNA.

It takes about eight hours to print one of the faces. Once printed, the result looks like a block of powder that's then dug out then baked and hardened with a superglue-like substance.

Reactions to the project have been mostly positive while there has also been uncertainty regarding people's intrusion of privacy.

"If people find it to be a little creepy, that's OK. It's meant to make you aware of these issues and make you aware that this is possible."

A full technical write-up of the DNA process is available on her blog.
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