NASA makes beautiful travel posters for exoplanets

Travel posters are so retro, but also so very futuristic when NASA makes some of them, for exoplanets. The freshly released set includes three exoplanets, the Kepler-186f, HD 40307g, and the Kepler-16b. Of the set, Kepler-186f is remarkable because it falls within the habitable zone of its star, which is redder and cooler than our sun. Speaking of cool, the Kepler-16b is located in a binary star system, where you could see two suns in the sky at once, much like Tattooine in Star Wars. Enjoy these posters here, or if you would like one for your room, head on to the NASA website to download (much) higher resolution versions that would be totally awesome as posters.

Creative nut feeder makes Cybermen out of squirrels

Squirrels have now been upgraded to Cybermen, it’s a whole new challenging world for the Doctor now. The Cyberman head used to be a shower radio, but once that gave way, Doctor Who fan Emma Young very creatively converted it into a nut feeder. The mask is packed with nuts and hangs a small distance above the ground. Scavenging squirrels inevitably must stand to reach those nuts, and inadvertently become Cybermen. That’s so much more efficient than the usual tricks Cybermen employ. Watch a video of the mask in action.

Video games as pulp fiction covers

Pulp fiction covers are at their nostalgic best, and so are a number of Nintendo games. Artist Ástor Alexander put together those two greats and created a set of images of pulp fiction covers for Nintendo games, and a few more, but we’ll go with the majority of the set. They are pretty darn cool, and I’m pretty sure I want to read a Nintendo game inspired pulp fiction novel.

Ah! What a nice, plaid group of humans

Chinese photographer Zhang Bojun has a nice collection of plaid designs in his portfolio. These “designs” are digital manipulations created from overhead images from the vast sea of humans that are Beijing’s streets. The artist photographs the swarms of people that throng the streets of Beijing and repeats observed patterns, while reducing the actual image to a bird’s eye view. These images take the form of interlocking designs that are usually seen in plaid fabric.

Powerlace sneakers auto-lace without the pesky batteries and motors

It’s about time the prophecy of Back to the Future came true. Well, it’s 2015, and the hoverboard seems far away, but thankfully, we do have those sweet auto-lace shoes from Nike. As much as Nike’s idea does look like that in the movie, it’s more desirable to do that auto-lacing thing better. That’s exactly what the Powerlace sneakers intend to do. It looks like a regular shoe, and has a solid auto-lace mechanism that does not depend on motors, batteries, and springs.