‘Your Life’ project shows how Earth has changed


Your Life on EarthThe BBC has launched a personalised dashboard showing how the world has changed since you were born.

As part of the new BBC Earth digital offering, the ‘Your Life on Earth’ dashboard visualises data on how humanity and the planet have changed since the user’s birth.

The graphics can be shared individually or as a whole across social media.

BBC Earth editor, Matt Walker, described the new site as ‘an incredibly rich destination for natural history and everyone with a curious mind and an interest in the world around them’.

Find out more about the new platform here and tell us if you’ll be trying it out.

Fashion brand creates selfies with balloon machine


SelfiebrationAn American fashion brand is celebrating its 20th birthday with a ‘#Selfiebration Machine’.

Old Navy is encouraging tweeters to tweet a selfie and a birthday wish with #Selfiebration.

The company will be displaying the machine in New York and Los Angeles, where tweeters can see their pictures blown up with balloons.

Watch the machine in action below and tell us what you think of the concept.

Mountain lodge designed as a silver cube


Kežmarské HutArchitects have devised a futuristic lodge in the shape of a cube balancing in the mountains.

Atelier 8000 has entered its design, which would be built in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia, to an international competition.

The silver cube would be almost camouflaged in the winter months, thanks to its reflective tiles (which are made of aluminium, glass, and photovoltaics).

The design, called the ‘Kežmarské Hut’, would be completely off the grid and could be occupied throughout the year.

Find out more about the lodge here and tell us if you would like to stay in the ethereal cube.

Eerie dioramas produced by 3D printing glitches


DioramaAn artist produces eerie dioramas by deliberately glitching the 3D printing process.

Mathieu Schmitt creates dark, snowy scenes with objects, such as benches, lampposts, and cars, which are intentionally imperfect.

The objects are the result of corrupted 3D model data, giving them misshapen or distorted features.

Schmitt then places the objects into black cubes, which block nearly all natural light, and then illuminates the odd features for a beautiful, yet unsettling, effect.

See more of his work here and tells us what you think of it.

Nestle develops natural edible ink


SmartiesNestle has developed an edible ink suitable for inkjet printing.

The ink, produced by Nestec (the brand’s R&D arm), could be used in the food and medical industry, with applications including logo printing, decorative messaging, and labelling.

Nestle’s ink is based on familiar and natural ingredients, as opposed to the artificial materials often used in edible inkjet printing, and has been tested on Smarties.

Read more about the innovation here and tell us what you think.

How does multi-screening affect advertising?


AdvertisingNew research reveals that television viewers pay more attention to advertising if they multi-screen during ad breaks.

The study, by Thinkbox, showed that multi-screeners could recall two ads from the previous fifteen minutes of viewing, compared to the average of 1.9 ads by other viewers.

The research also revealed that the longer someone watches television, the more ads they can remember, with 66% of viewers able to recall an ad after watching for two hours or longer, compared to just 58% watching for less than half an hour.

Find out more about the research, which also looked at the importance of social TV, here.

The Architecture of Cocktails


Architecture of CocktailsA technologist has created a handy chart for all budding mixologists, revealing the architecture of cocktails.

Shaan Hurley used AutoCAD, ‘the architect’s software of choice’, to create ‘CAD Drinks’, a collection of cocktails broken down into its key components.

The cocktails are drawn to scale, have a colour key at the side, and include extra details and ingredients, such as ice cubes and fruit slices.

See the whole chart here and let us know if it inspires you to get mixing.

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