Human or Machine? Life-Like Android Robots from Japan Show Glimpses of the Future

A new exhibition entitled “Android: What is Human?” showing at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo will showcase some of the most realistic humanoid robots ever seen.

The three android robots include Otonaroid, an adult female android robot; Kodomorid, a human female child robot and Telenoid, a minimally designed robot. The robots are the brainchild of Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University’s Department of Systems Innovation who has been developing robots for over 20 years.
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Eye Heart Spleen: Human Organs Made from Flowers and Plants by Camila Carlow


This delicate series of sculpted plants is part of a project by artist Camila Carlow titled Eye Heart Spleen. The photographic project is comprised of 13 images representing human organs constructed from plants and flowers.
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The Human Predators: Innovative Camo Patterns Inspired by Nature

A hunter has created a new range of camouflage gear which is so effective the wearer blends perfectly into the scenery, just like a real-life Predator from the Hollywood films. In terrifying news for unsuspecting fauna, American company Realtree has launched the latest in a line of state-of-the-art clothing which enables hunters to blend seamlessly into their surroundings. The patterns, which help to disrupt the wearer’s silhouette, have been inspired by naturally occurring flora and fauna. Continue reading »

A Life-size Human Skull out of Cocaine

A Dutch artist has fashioned a human skull out of cocaine by moulding the street-sourced class A drug mixed with gelatin.

The piece, entitled Ecce Animal, is the work of mysterious artist Diddo who says he was commissioned to make the artwork, although is prohibited from disclosing further details. Diddo says he did not personally test the cocaine but employed a laboratory to analyse the drug bought from a street dealer. They found it was between 15 per cent to 20 per cent pure and had been cut with caffeine, paracetamol and sugar.

Diddo studied Media Design at the School of Arts Utrecht, NL and acquired a Masters Degree in European Media Design from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2001. Continue reading »

Human Billboard

Billy Gibby is a boxer, and frankly he has no chance of ever becoming world star in the sport. That’s why Billy Gibby decided to earn some $$ by branding his body. He turned his skin into a billboard where everyone is welcome to advertise their website. GoldenPalace paid $21,000 to put a tattoo of their website on his back. Billy Gibby has gone even further recently and changed his name to Hostgator dot com. Continue reading »

The Human Body Parts Performance

A girl cries as a massive hand approaches her during the Human Body Parts performance in the streets of Seoul, South Korea. The performance is part of the Hi Seoul Festival which runs through October 7. (Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)

New Species of Monkey with Unusual Coloring, ‘Human Like’ Eyes Found in Congo

Scientists have identified a new species of African monkey with distinct coloring that differentiates it from other species. The new primate species, now scientifically named Cercopithecus lomamiensis, was first found by a research team during their field surveys in a remote area of the middle Lomami Basin between Tshuapa, Lomami and Lualaba Rivers in the central Democratic Republic of Congo.

The species is locally known as “Lesula” and was first seen by researchers in captivity in 2007 with a schoolgirl in the town of Opala who had it as a pet. The Lesula monkeys live in the remote forests of central Congo and are well-known to local hunters. They are hunted upon by humans and also wild animals and big birds of prey such as eagles.

The Lesula monkeys are considered “vulnerable” as the locals hunt them for food or to sell to the bush-meat trade, thereby endangering their existence. The husband-wife team is now raising funds to launch a conservation project to protect the newly found species. (Reuters / Terese Hart / Continue reading »

Anthropocene Mapping: The Human Influence On Earth

Defined according to Wikipedia it is “a recent and informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. The term was coined by ecologist Eugene Stoermer but has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen.”

The images here where created by Felix Pharand-Deschenes depicting how various human influences, from road and rail, to internet cables and airlines create significant patterns covering the Earth. What can we learn from these patterns in how they are influencing the environment

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Human Bone Art by Francois Robert

Francois Robert bought a skeleton from a school in the mid-90s, and started to creat this series of art works named “Stop the Violence” since 2007 after conceived a long time. Continue reading »

Life-Like Human Sculptures in a Mexico Museum Amaze Visitors

Sculptures by Ron Mueck, the Australilan sculptor, have been startling visitors at the San Ildefonso Museum in Mexico City. The sculptures of men, women and children in different pensive moods look no less than real. Some of the famous works of Mueck that are currently on display at the Mexican museum include Mother and Child, Pregnant Woman, Man in a Boat and Swaddled Bab.

Visitors look at a sculpture entitled “Man in a Boat” by Australian sculptor Ron Mueck at the San Ildefonso Museum in Mexico City September 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Henry Romero) Continue reading »

Japanese Researchers Grow Mouse Sperm To Help With Human Infertility

Baby mice born from sperm produced from stem cells are seen in this handout photo taken by Kyoto University professor Michinori Saito on November 8, 2010, and released to Reuters on August 5, 2011. (Mitinori Saitou-Kyoto University via Reuters)

A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame

A Comparative View of the Human and Animal Frame by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins was published in 1860. This work fits into the second category of materials on the History of Science and Technology Web site, that is, unique or valuable titles in science and technology held by the UW-Madison Libraries. Hawkins’ intent was “to give a comparative view of the variation in form of the bony skeleton or framework of those animals most frequently required by the artist, designer, or ornamentist.” The animals represented are some of the most familiar and important, such as the lion, the horse, the bear, the gorilla, and others. The textual explanations of variation in animal form did not yet reflect the influence of Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory, but the detailed illustrations added much to the understanding of mammalian anatomy.

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