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Who needs Christmas lights when you have glowing mammalian cells? This wreath, assembled from cells with proteins and structured stained different colours, was made by Dr. Donna Beer Stolz at the University of Pittsburgh. It won 19th place in the 2011 Nikon Photomicrography Competition — but top honours for holiday cheer. [Nikon]
We collectively use about a million plastic bags a minute, a figure that will peak during next week’s holiday rush. As you’re sitting around in a post-Christmas funk next week, consider following the lead of Japanese artist Yuken Teruya, who carves tiny, perfect trees out of the flimsy walls of old shopping bags.
In south Japan, Mie prefecture is rocking 7 million LED Christmas lights. Hence the awesome light tunnel above. “Illuminations” or Christmas light displays have been a big deal in Japan since the 1980s. But there’s something a lot more contemplative about these lights compared to some of the spectacles in the U.S..
Nothing helps put you in the holiday spirit like…spirits. We all know that person who believes truly, madly, deeply that alcohol makes everything better. (In moderation, of course.) Whether that person’s a liquor lover, a beer snob, or a wine connoisseur, I’ve distilled a fine selection of the choicest gifts, straight from the internet’s top shelf. And I wanna hear what you’ve got in mind for lovers of alCOOLhol, too!
Imagine you’re waiting around in a train station, munching on some Cinnabon, when all of a sudden the ornamental baby grand piano just starts playing music all by itself. Magic? Not quite, but definitely pure whimsy. See for yourself.
Google’s Auto-Awesome feature that’s baked into Google+ already does cool things, like make your pictures more balanced, auto-stitch panoramas, and even create animated GIFs. Today, it’s adding two new Holiday-ish Auto-Awesomes. It’s either the best new feature, or the cheesiest, worst new feature. You decide.
With so many people cooped up in a tiny cabin 10,000m in the air, it’s inevitable that at least one flight experience in your life is going to be less-than-stellar. But some experiences are much, much worse than others. So while you’re travelling home this holiday season and that baby next to you won’t stop screaming, just be glad you weren’t on any of these flights. And if you were, we are so, so sorry.