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Making Shiny Balls Of Mud Is A Surprisingly Beautiful Art Form

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.

The Mississippi River Is A Land-Making Machine: Dredgefest 2014

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.

How Was This Plane Even Able To Take Off In This Sea Of Mud?

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.

Every Baseball Is Rubbed With This Special Mud Before It's Used

Baseball is a pretty quirky game with quirkier players and quirkiest traditions. Chew tobacco! Sunflower seeds! Rally caps! Seventh Inning Stretch! And even a “special mud” that gets rubbed onto every single baseball in the major and minor leagues. Huh?

This Monster Multicorer Grabs Ocean Mud With Delicate Precision

This may look like a giant robot spider, but it’s actually a very delicate scientific instrument used to take undisturbed samples of the ocean floor.

What Is This?

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.

Mud Computer: Even Your Keyboard Isn't This Dirty

Tom Gerdhardt’s computer is disgusting. I found it by following the squishing noises at NYU’s ITP spring show. The entire UI and display is basically a giant pile of wet dirt. That’s right. Mud.

Mud-Powered 'Soil Lamp' Proves Water and Electricity Go Together Well

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. [Marieke Staps via MAKE]

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