Implanted Nature: 50 tiny art ecosystems for Madrid city

Latest urban art intervention by Luzinterruptus created 50 small ecosystems that are “living in the harshest and greyest areas of Madrid city center.” Miffed at the lack of usable green spaces in Madrid, Luzinterruptus created these tiny installations as a symbolic intervention. These small greenhouses were protected from pollution by umbrella-like tops and the greenery within was accompanied by a flock of animals. Each of these “ecosystems” had its own lights to add to their presentation.

Giant life-sized slingshot controls Angry Birds

You could play Angry Birds in real life, and if that doesn’t quite cut ice, you could probably have the fun of using a real slingshot to hurl the birdies. It may sound like a very Wiimote-like accessory, but there is fun in having a giant slingshot as a controller. A project by students at the University of Queensland (Australia) the slingshot communicates with the game, albeit with a slight lag.

Via: Nowhere Else, Engadget

Chinese boy sells his kidney to buy an iPad

Reports say a 17-year old Chinese boy sold his kidney to raise money to buy an iPad for himself. The teen wanted an iPad 2, but couldn’t afford to buy one. While surfing the web, Zheng found an advertisement by an agent, claiming that they were willing to pay RMB20,000 for a kidney. He snuck out of his home, went to Chenzhou in Hunan Province and had his kidney removed at a local hospital there. After being hospitalized for three days, the kid managed to buy an iPad 2, iPhone and MacBook from the money he had received.

How closely do you resemble the photograph in your passport?

Project Passport and Reality brings to light something we have rarely thought of, the difference between the looks of the person in the passport, and our own appearance. Artists took a look at images in valid passports and put them along with photographs of the passport holders. Intriguing examples, and quite surprisingly true for most of us.