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Science, design and a nice cup of tea. Simply Heaven.

Via ianbrooks:

Tea Chemistry Set by Art Lebedev

Adorned with a traditional Gzhel pattern, this ceramic chemistry set has been repurposed as a Russian tea set. The best kind of science is the type you can drink.

(via: yankodesign)

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Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment

I recently read that the element Tantalum was named for Tantulus (no kidding, you say), by Anders Ekeberg, the Swede who discovered it.

The name tantalum was derived from the name of the mythological Tantalus, the father of Niobe in Greek mythology. In the story, he had been punished after death by being condemned to stand knee-deep in water with perfect fruit growing above his head, both of which eternally tantalized him. (If he bent to drink the water, it drained below the level he could reach, and if he reached for the fruit, the branches moved out of his grasp.)[14] Ekeberg wrote “This metal I call tantalum … partly in allusion to its incapacity, when immersed in acid, to absorb any and be saturated.”[15]” (Wikipedia)

Perhaps more interestingly, tantalum holds a charge well, and is a major component of coltan, known industrially as tantalite. Coltan is infamous for being required to make modern mobile phones, and for being at the centre of lethal disputes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment

From the maker of The Artist Is Present – Marina Abramovic – The Game, Pippen Barr continues to merge retro gaming with culture with the latest offering about Ancient Greek figures who were punished for their deeds:

You can do it Sisyphus! Be the boulder! Keep on rollin’! Don’t stop! Never give up! No retreat! No surrender! No end in sight! Just delicious Greek torment as far as the eye can see and as fast as the fingers can type!

Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment was written in ActionScript 3 using Adobe’s FlashBuilder 4.5 and the excellent Flixel library. It uses sound effects made in bfxr. The font in Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment is Commodore 64 Pixilized by Devin Cook 

Prepare for button-bashing … you can play the game here

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Move aside electrically conducting play-doh – here comes conductive paint!

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Bare Paint Conductive Paint

New product from ThinkGeek could potentially have more creative uses, certainly for artists – a material in paint form that is conductive:

Ok, no long stories or goofy anythings. Makers out there – you need to get some of this Bare Paint Conductive Paint right now. It’s that important. Why? Because it will revolutionize how you design circuits. Well, not how you design them, but what you put them on. Huh? We’ll explain. Read on.

Bare Paint Conductive Paint is just what the name implies: conductive paint. You can paint it onto walls, floors, any surface (except skin) and it will conduct electricity. From there, your imagination is the limit for what you can make. And get this: you can (once it’s dry) paint over Bare Paint Conductive Paint to help it blend in to the surface it’s on. AND, you can then add a new layer of Bare Paint Conductive Paint and the two layers won’t interact (giving you the power of overlapping circuits). Get some now and start creating. Just don’t forget to send us pictures, ‘cause we want to be proud of all you make with your Bare Paint Conductive Paint.

Bare Paint Conductive Paint

  • Electrically conductive paint for painting circuits onto things.
  • Yeah, you read that right: the paint becomes part of the circuit.
  • Water based, nontoxic, and dries at room temperature.
  • Perfect for painting onto any surface (except skin).
  • Repeat: Not for use on skin.
  • Washes off with water – for easy clean up and correction.
  • Includes an instruction/tip booklet on the top of the jar.
  • Net Wt.: 50ml

Product page on ThinkGeek can be found here

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Chemistry, obscured recursion, self-directed learning and retro design. How could I not reblog this?

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