Tagged With mud

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Video: Mix a little dirt and mud, shape it with your hands and out pops a beautiful shiny mud ball that's actually the Japanese art of Hikaru Dorodango. It takes so much more work than that, of course, but it really looks like a person is just (skilfully) playing with mud. And then you see the finished product and see the uniqueness of each dorodango's surface and they look like their own little planets.

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For the last four years, the Dredge Research Collaborative has been looking at dredging and erosion control as a form of often unacknowledged landscape architecture. Part of their work is a series of festivals they're calling DredgeFest that celebrate and examine the role that dredging plays in landscaping. Their next event is in Louisiana. Gizmodo asked them to explain why.

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The place: a runway completely flooded with the thickest mud in Bodaybo, Irkutsk region, Russia (where else). The plane: an Antonov An-24. The situation: the An-24 starts take off but it seems it can't gain much speed because of the drag caused by the mud. It looks like it's going to fail big time.

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A homeless man's shopping cart for the beach? A laundry machine for the ocean? Maybe an all-in-one barbecue kit? Nope, it's actually a centuries old machine that requires extreme skill.

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This zany lamp created by Marieke Staps outdoes most lamps in more ways than one: the electricity is powered through the organisms contained in the mud. The mud is enclosed in cells that contain copper and zinc, which conducts the electricity in the LED. Besides doing wonders for your energy bill, Staps claims that the only thing the lamp needs is a "splash of water" every now and then. I wouldn't stand too close when you are doing it though, or the end result might be akin to sticking a live hair dryer in your bathwater.