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The Cosmic Butterfly: Butterfly Nebula

The Cosmic Butterfly: Butterfly Nebula

The Butterfly nebula, aka NGC 6302 has to be the biggest butterfly in the universe. At the center of this nebula is one of the hottest stars ever discovered, with a temperature greater than 250,000 Kelvin. The star is at the center of the nebula, covered in dense dust and very neatly creating the body of the butterfly. Butterfly Nebula is at a distance of nearly 6000 light years from us, in the Scorpion (Scorpius) constellation. The image was taken by the Hubble Telescope soon after its upgrade in 2009.

Via NASA, io9

No Cutting Corners At The Corner House

No Cutting Corners At The Corner House

Located in a residential/industrial area of Youkaichi, Japan, the Corner House is sharp example of architecture. Built by Kyoto-based architecture firm Eastern Design Office, “On The Corner” house is a seven unit rental complex with a severely triangular shape. It was this shape of the land that put several developers off the idea of constructing something there.

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Surfboard Coffin

Surfboard Coffin

These coffin surfboards are made to order, which probably makes sense because we doubt people would be clamoring to ride a coffin on the waves. And a coffin worth $850 at that. Each of these is hand shaped by artist Brian Hilbers upon request.

Flirt, And Thy Dress Shall Turn Transparent

Flirt, And Thy Dress Shall Turn Transparent

Us men aren’t quite known for picking up subtle hints and cues, but something like this electronic cocktail dress could probably make life a lot more easier. The dress itself is racy enough with a plunging neckline and few parts inside the fabric, but that apparently doesn’t work as desired. Hell, that hasn’t worked for decades, so maybe we do need something that is more of a direct approach.

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Couture Art

Couture Art

It is not quite rare to see models in ludicrous dresses that are far away from any actual use. The point here is that those dresses aren’t made for conventional use either, they are projections of the creativity and talent of the designer. Couture Art by Iris van Herpen takes us to the same platform with dresses that you aren’t likely to see anyone wearing aside from those on the ramp. It’s about the art and the style.

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Steve Jobs [biography]

Steve Jobs [biography]

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Priced at $17.88.