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Poisonous Alien Caterpillar Threatens To Invade London Olympics

The Oak Processionary Moth is a nasty little beast. It’s native to Europe but didn’t show up in the United Kingdom until 2006, when a few eggs hitched a ride on oak trees transplanted to London. Since then, it’s been causing environmental chaos. Now it’s threatening to seriously screw up this year’s Olympics.

Change The Shape Of This Lamp With The Pull Of A String

Overhead lighting is possibly the least flexible way to illuminate a room. Flip a switch, the bulb goes on, and cleansing light shines down. End of story. It you want to switch up the lighting for, say, a little more mood, you’re out of luck. Unless you’ve chosen the impossibly clever Greta pendant lamp, which can throw light onto your ceiling with the pull of a drawstring.

Would You Let A Bouncer Check Your Facebook To Get Into A Club?

The stakes are high for bouncers — letting even one underage person into a bar or club could mean a hefty fine. That’s why they have so many tricks to suss out fake IDs. They’ll ask what your sign is, or what the address on the card is, or when your appearance radically changed.

Is This The World's Most Expensive Bookmark?

You should never save your place in a book by laying it face down. When it’s bookmarked that way, its spine breaks and the binding will never be the same again. But if you’re reading next to this beautiful book table, you can probably get away with it.

Why Waste An Entire Plate On A Single Slice Of Pizza?

Although part of the beauty of a slice of pizza is that eating it requires neither silverware, nor plates, there are still plenty of people who wouldn’t think of eating a meal without the proper tableware. They should consider serving their slices on three-sided Pizza Plates that — surprise — are divided into slice-shaped wedges

This Desk-Shelf Hybrid Harmoniously Combines Form And Function

People in cramped apartments have had to choose between tables or shelves for ages. Without a desk, it’s difficult to get real, substantial work done. Without shelves, crap simply piles up around your apartment. But with the Deskbox desk-shelf hybrid, you get both, and it doesn’t take up any extra space.

Watch Saturn And Its Moons Dance In This Video Made Entirely Of Stills

Video artist Sander van cen Berg created this winsome video entirely out of still images from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions. Because the video is constructed like a flipbook, it also has a retro feel that’s hard to beat.

Watch This Balloon Kite Hover Forward By Turning Itself Inside Out

This beautiful floating object isn’t quite a kite or balloon, but rather a flying demonstration of a completely new method of moving through the air. As opposed to rotational or linear propulsion, this floating band moves through the air by inversion-driven propulsion. Basically, it turns itself inside out to generate thrust.

Current Windows Phones May Not Be Getting Upgraded After All

Earlier this week, a Microsoft spokesman announced that all Windows Phone 7 devices would be getting the upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Today, developer evangelist Nino Silva acknowledged that he, uh, misspoke. Apparently he confusing was application compatibility with device upgrades and cleared things up on his blog today.

Bubbles: The Future Of The Lightbulb?

Although there are many lightbulb options open to the smart consumer, they all share one important trait: they’re all solid and don’t pop, unlike this bubble light.