How To Make Translucent Potato Chips That Look Like Shards of Glass
These might look like they can cut your mouth open, but they are, apparently, perfectly decent potato chips. Created by Hamid Salimian, Diva at the Met chef, these are perhaps the most curiously normal snacks you will ever see.Read on...
MIT Makes Anti-Fogging, Glare-Free, Self-Cleaning Glass
Researchers at MIT have developed a new surface texture that, when applied to glass, produces a kind of glass that removes reflections, is free of glare, doesn't fog, and has a surface that causes water droplets to bounce off like rubber balls, as pictured to the left and featured in a video below.Read on...
Kiva Ford and the Art of Scientific Glassmaking [Video]
Kiva Ford makes his living in the centuries-old art of glassblowing, but with a modern twist, working with the American Scientific Glassblowers Society. As a member of the ASGS, Ford creates the custom glassware that scientists need for their experiments. Unusual shapes, and yards of glass piping are no stranger to Ford who masterfully manipulates them with super-hot blue flames. Though he clearly cares a lot about his work, Ford is under no illusions and freely acknowledges the decline of the ASGS in the face of new plastics and the changing ways of modern science. And because the above documentary is made for Etsy, its a perfect segue into his artistic work, much of which echoes his interest in science. In his Etsy store, you can find a tiny anatomically correct model of a heart in a jar, or a chemistry set the size of pocket change. He also claims to have the world's smallest Klein Bottle, a curious creation that has no clearly defined inside or outside. Look on below for some pictures of from this amazing and dedicated craftsman.Read on...
Pour Smoke From a Glass [Video]
YouTube user noncents shows us a neat little trick that makes smoke blown into a glass able to sit at the bottom of the glass and be poured from said glass like a liquid. His instructions:
Don't inhale the smoke just pull it into your cheeks and let it fall out your mouth along the inside of the tilted glass. Do not breath as you do this or it will blow it all away!
It's all just science: The unfiltered cigarette creates denser smoke, and as the smoke hits the cold glass, it cools, causing it to react in the mesmerizing way seen in the video.
(via reddit)Read on...
Glass Doorknob Lets You Peer into the Next Room
From the mind of architect Hideyuki Nakayama comes "A Room in the Glass Globe," a doorknob that offers a glimpse into the next room over. What appears to be a reflection is in fact a funhouse vision of what's behind the door.
Got glass door knobs, doors are one piece. And to exert a hand to the knob, such as snow globes as if the room is trapped somewhere. Small furniture, small windows, a closer look There is also a small figure. When you knock on the door, stood a figure approaching. Oh! moment I thought, is enclosed inside a glass ball the whole hand now in front of the light. open Beyond the door, people were standing inside the glass.Read on...
UV Glass Coating Keeps Birds from Crashing into Windows
Between 100 million and 1 billion birds die from crashing into glass every year in North America alone, according to Audubon Magazine; they are either confused by the reflections in windows or simply can't see the glass, and fly into it at full speed.
German company Arnold Glas has come up with an innovative approach to saving birds and windows alike. Their Ornilux glass features an ultraviolet coating which is almost invisible to people, but which appears as a spidery criss-cross of lines to birds: In addition to the red, green, and blue cone cells that humans have in their eyes, most birds have special UV-sensitive cones. According to Arnold Glas, Ornilux glass reduces bird collisions by 75%.Read on...