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Made in China is a recent piece by artist Joe Black depicting a portrait of Chinese soldier by photographer Robert Capa that appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1938. Black glued over 5,500 multi-colored toy soldiers to a vertical surface to achieve the pointillistic effect.

Made in China: A Portrait Using 5,500 Toy Soldiers toys sculpture art

Made in China: A Portrait Using 5,500 Toy Soldiers toys sculpture art

Made in China: A Portrait Using 5,500 Toy Soldiers toys sculpture art

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“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.”

  • Your brain consists of about 100 billion neurons.
  • Your brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body’s energy.
  • Because your brain shuts off the visual cortex signal very briefly every time your eyes move, you’re blind for 2 hours a day.
  • 70,000 is the number of thoughts that it is estimated the human brain produces on an average day.
  • The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consists of at least 60% fat.
  • The brain is made up of about 75% water.
  • 3 = the weight of your brain in pounds.
  • 4 to 6 = the number of minutes your brain can survive without oxygen before it starts to die.
  • 8 to 10 = the number of seconds you have before losing consciousness due to blood loss.
  • 10 to 23 = the number of watts of power your grain generates when you’re awake (that’s enough to turn on a light bulb!)
  • 20 = the percentages of oxygen and blood flow going to the brain
  • 100,000 = the number of miles of blood vessels in your brain
  • 1,000 to 10,000 = the number of synapses for each neuron in your brain
  • Each person has about the same number of brain cells at birth as in adulthood, but those cells grow, reaching maximum size at about age six.
  • A newborn’s brain triples its size in the first year of life (no wonder babies have such big heads!).
  • The sense of touch is the first sense to develop in a fetus, with the lips and cheeks experiencing this sensation at eight weeks.
  • Keep exercising your brain, because mental activity stimulates the creation of new neurons throughout your whole life.
  • Think positive because when you do, you’ll keep the doctor away: Studies show that 50-70% of visits to the doctor for physical ailments can be traced to psychological reasons.
  • Eat well, and it’ll have positive effects on your brain, because a study of one million New York students showed that those who ate lunches without additives such as artificial flavours, preservatives and dyes performed 14% better in IQ tests.
  • New connections are created each and every time you remember something or have a new thought.
  • Stronger, more intense emotional connections are linked to memories prompted by scent.
  • Memories triggered by scent (like cologne) have a stronger emotional connection, and therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.
  • Cherish your sleep because that’s probably the best time for your brain to file away all the memories of the day.
  • It’s not your brain that’s hurting when you get a headache – without pain receptors, your brain can’t feel any pain.
  • Your brain knows when you tickle yourself, which is why you don’t bend over laughing.
  • Supertasters have a super power that enables them to sometimes taste flavours that others can’t detect; they have more taste buds and a brain that’s more sensitive to tastes of foods and drinks.
  • When you sleep, you’re virtually paralyzed because your brain creates a hormone to prevent you from acting out your dreams.
  • About 12% of people dream in black and white.
  • It’s not true that humans only use 10% of their brains; each part of the brain has a purpose.

Imagine having a surgery with no knives involved. At TEDMED, surgeon Yoav Medan shares a technique that uses MRI to find trouble spots and focused ultrasound to treat such issues as brain lesions, uterine fibroids and several kinds of cancerous growths.


“You are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.
Emilie Autumn


The Seventh Day: God slips into a twenty-four hour depression nap after forgetting to create unicorns. He’s never quite as productive as he was before the self-described debacle. Biblical historians refer to horses as “God’s Pinkerton.”

50,000 BC: Throg, an early homo sapien, takes frequent breaks from inventing fire to see if any of his friends have painted on his cave wall.

1700 BC: Hammurabi, the sixth king of Babylon has trouble finishing “Hammurabi’s Code,” one of the world’s first codified systems of legal regulations. Ironically, his attention drifts to a public theatrical performance called “The Law and Order Marathon.”

1180 BC: Odysseus’s attempts to return home from the Trojan War are stalled by repeated pop-up quests and dangers, making his odyssey (as described by Homer) the original “epic fail.”

421 BC: Socrates gets really high and begins responding to fellow philosophers’ questions with an endless string of questions of his own. His students Plato and Xenophon refer to this as “Pulling a Socrates.” Historians kindly rename his habit “The Socratic Method.”

214 BC: Hannibal halts his trek over the Pyrenees Mountains during the Second Punic War to humorously caption sketches of his war elephants. The results were compiled in a long-lost folio rumored to be titled “LOL-ephants.”

36 AD: Jesus of Nazareth spends three days in a cave depressed over reader comments on the Old Testament. He emerges to issue the simple declaration “Haters gonna hate.”

1066 AD: William the Conqueror puts off his attack at the Battle of Hastings by ordering his soldiers to kick each other in the balls over and over for his entertainment.

1348 AD: Years of scholarship and invention postponed when the Black Death “goes viral.”

1403 AD: Production of Ming Vases slowed down an immeasurable amount by The Yongle Emperor’s tendency to stand behind the artisan and attempt to assist the pottery-making while singing “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers in an ear-splitting falsetto.

1492 AD: In search of India, Christopher Columbus accidentally leads his fleet to the Caribbean. Columbus’s only words offered in his defense are: “I could have sworn there was a Chick-Fil-A somewhere around here.”

1619 AD: In his free time, Galileo Galilei “edits” encyclopedia pages to read “Heliocentrism Rulz! Geocentrism Droolz!” Moderators from the Catholic Church arrest and imprison Galileo as a heretic.

1775 AD: For fun, Thomas “T. Paine” Paine croons long passages of his first draft of pamphlet “Common Sense” in what he refers to as a “funk-tending robotical intonation.” Many consider Paine to be the father of modern Autotune.

1776 AD: John Hancock signs his name in enormous letters to take up extra space on the Declaration of Independence after putting off ratifying it until the last minute. Rumor has it, the font Courier New is based on Hancock’s handwriting.

1897 AD: Marie Curie sidetracked during her research on new element “polonium” while reading the recent edition of popular pamphlet “Telegraphs From Last Night.”

1908 AD: Pablo Picasso, in the midst of his Rose Period, throws down a painting of a pink-clad acrobat in disgust. While attempting to masturbate to a distorted, crumpled up photograph of a former lover, he accidentally invents Cubism.

2005 AD: YouTube is invented, basically ending most productivity forever.

2011 AD: Progress on deficit reduction and universal healthcare forestalled by politicians spending the bulk of their time tweeting pictures of their genitals or criticizing one another for tweeting pictures of their genitals.

PlayStation: No SFX, no post production, no cuts, everything you see here is 100% for real.

Funded by the Video Store of PlayStation, Great Films Fill Rooms, made a series of movie related videos using ‘Immersive Imaging’ which takes 3D projection mapping as its starting point, but gives the viewer a supercharged experience with the help of the PlayStation Move controller.

In the past, projection mapping worked only from a single, static view point, and thus was very limited. By attaching the PlayStation Move to the camera, we can track projections to screens in real time, enhancing the effect of spatial deformation and false perspective on the projections and allowing viewers to look round (virtual) corners, bend walls, create a hole in the wall, or remove the walls altogether to reveal vast expanses of virtual worlds.

The Known Universe

Using high-tech methods developed by LTDS to study the bracelet’s surface and micro-topographic features, the researchers have revealed the astounding technical expertise of craftsmen in the eighth millennium BCE.

Digital reconstruction of the bracelet proposed by Mohamed Ben Tkaya (LTDS)Digital reconstruction of the bracelet proposed by Mohamed Ben Tkaya (LTDS)

Their skills were highly sophisticated for this period in late prehistory, and on a par with today’s polishing techniques. This work is published in the December 2011 issue of Journal of Archaeological Science, and sheds new light on Neolithic societies.

Dated to 7500 BCE, the obsidian bracelet studied by the researchers is unique. It is the earliest evidence of this kind of obsidian working, which only reached its peak in the seventh and sixth millennia BC with the production of all kinds of ornamental objects, including mirrors and vessels. It has a complex shape and a remarkable central annular ridge, and measures 10 cm in diameter and 3.3 cm wide.

Discovered in 1995 at the exceptional site of Asıklı Höyük in Turkey and displayed ever since at the Aksaray Archaeological Museum, the bracelet was studied in 2009, after Mihriban Özbasaran, Professor at the University of Istanbul’s Department of Prehistory, resumed excavations at the site.

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