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Miniature Power Line Towers Sprout from the Bristles of Toothbrushes by Takahiro Iwasaki

Miniature Power Line Towers Sprout from the Bristles of Toothbrushes by Takahiro Iwasaki

April 17, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki (previously) works with the finest bristles of toothbrushes and brooms to construct architectural structures as part of his ongoing series titled Out of Disorder (Brushes of World). Inspired by the industrial history of Japan, Iwasaki builds fragile radio towers, power lines, and other buildings by gluing tiny cut piece of brush filament cut from the objects open which they rest. More



Design History

The Timeless Beauty of Vintage Aerolux Light Bulbs Containing Floral Filaments

The Timeless Beauty of Vintage Aerolux Light Bulbs Containing Floral Filaments

Dec.6.16

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Christopher

From the 1930s through the 1970s, Aerolux Light Corporation produced these amazing novelty light bulbs that contained sculptural filaments in the shape of flowers, birds, and myriad other designs that would illuminate in different colors. The bulbs contained a mixture of neon or argon (or both) and some of the components were coated with phosphors to achieve different color effects. Via Wikipedia:

Aerolux gas discharge light bulbs contained low pressure gas, either neon or argon, or a mixture of the two.

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Photography

A Sea of Glistening Solar Mirrors Photographed at the Nevada SolarReserve by Reuben Wu

A Sea of Glistening Solar Mirrors Photographed at the Nevada SolarReserve by Reuben Wu

Sep.2.16

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Kate

Chicago-based photographer Reuben Wu (previously here and here) recently photographed the Nevada SolarReserve, a grouping over 10,000 mirrors which power nearly 75,000 homes both day and night during its peak season. Wu photographed the mass of reflective panels during nightfall, allowing the brilliant colors of the sunset to be doubled into the shining surfaces below. Wu likens the energy facility to a topographic ocean, considering it one of the greatest land art installations ever built. More



Design Science

This Portable Salt-Powered Lamp Stays Illuminated for 8 Hours on a Glass of Seawater

This Portable Salt-Powered Lamp Stays Illuminated for 8 Hours on a Glass of Seawater

Jul.27.15

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Johnny

First the sea gave birth to life. Now, thanks to a trio of Philippine-based inventors, it is giving birth to light as well. Led by engineer Lipa Aisa Mijena, the team has developed a lamp that’s capable emitting light for 8 hours on just 1 cup of saltwater. Not only are the Philippines prone to natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes but the country is made up of over 7,000 islands, most of which do not have access to electricity, says the team. More



Photography Science

Tesla Sparks and Miniature Thunderstorms Photographed by Marc Simon Frei

Tesla Sparks and Miniature Thunderstorms Photographed by Marc Simon Frei

Jun.18.15

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Christopher

Photographer Marc Simon Frei snapped these interesting photos by arcing objects to a Tesla coil. He’s also been experimenting with different kinds of LED-illuminated clouds (not unlike what we’ve seen from Richard Clarkson), and some fun shots of wool clouds sprouting tiny lighting storms. You can see more over on his Google+ page. (via The Awesomer) More



Design Science

How to Build the World’s Simplest Electric Train

How to Build the World’s Simplest Electric Train

Dec.1.14

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Christopher

The AmazingScience YouTube channel demonstrates how to build a ridiculously simple electric “train” with the help of a few magnets, a battery, and a copper coil. You can also use the same materials to build a little spinning motor-like contraption. (via Twisted Sifter) More



Art Photography

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long-Exposure Photographs

Back to Light: Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long-Exposure Photographs

Jan.27.14

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Christopher

Fruit Battery Solar System, 2014

Battery with Hanging Apples, 2013

Limes and Lemons, 2013

Electricity From a Ring of Apples, 2013

Vinegar Batteries with Glassware and Shelf, 2013

Grapefruit and Pomelo Battery, 2013

Apple Lamp, 2014

Apple Tree with Chandelier, Nettie Fox Farm, Newburgh, Maine 2013
Artist Caleb Charland (previously here and here) just unveiled several new images from his Back to Light series, where the artist uses nails inside fruit connected with copper wire to create functional batteries. More



Art

High Voltage Erosion: 15,000 Volts Travels Through Wood

High Voltage Erosion: 15,000 Volts Travels Through Wood

Mar.2.13

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Christopher

Pratt student Melanie Hoff connected cables carrying 15,000 volts of electricity to a large plank of wood and then documented the results. Surprisingly the areas around each contact point don’t simply catch on fire or burn in a circle, but rather traverse outward in a fractal-like pattern, like lighting in slow motion. Watch it all unfold above. (via colossal submissions) More



Food Photography

The Energy Generated from A Single Orange: A Citric Acid Battery by Caleb Charland

The Energy Generated from A Single Orange: A Citric Acid Battery by Caleb Charland

Nov.15.12

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Christopher

This orange battery was built by photographer Caleb Charland (previously) as part of his ongoing alternative energy photographs using fruit, vegetables, and other objects to create light for his long-exposure photographs. The electricity powering the lightbulb inside the orange is generated through a chemical reaction between citric acid and the zinc nails inserted into each wedge. I think this is by far the most lovely piece he’s done in the series, but before you start work on a bunch of orange lights to keep on the nightstand, the light generated was so dim this particular photograph required a 14 hour exposure. More



Photography

Photographer Caleb Charland Wires Apple Trees, Fruit Baskets and Stacked Coins to Create Alternative Batteries

Photographer Caleb Charland Wires Apple Trees, Fruit Baskets and Stacked Coins to Create Alternative Batteries

Aug.20.12

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Christopher

Lamp powered by 300 live apples, 2012

Vinegar Battery, 2011

Fruit Battery Still Life (Citrus), 2012

Coin Battery, 2010
Portland, Maine-based photographer Caleb Charland frequently merges art and science with his photographic experiments involving electricity, fire, and magnetism. One of his ongoing projects involves a series of alternative power sources created using fruit, coins, and even vinegar to power the lights in his long exposure photographs. The apple photograph above involved a nearly 11-hour setup as he carefully hammered 300 zinc-coated galvanized nails into apples (zinc reacts with acid in the apples creating electricity, science!) and used copper wiring to transfer the current to a standard living room lamp. More



Photography

Andreas Gefeller

Andreas Gefeller

Jan.6.11

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Christopher

The Japan Series by German photographer Andreas Gefeller is surprisingly beautiful. Much like Yojiro Imasaka, Gefeller makes extraordinary pictures from things that pass unnoticed above us every day. (via triangulation) More

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