Video: Artist Felix Semper's latest work, a bust of Notorious B.I.G. he calls Big Poppa, looks like it was carved from a giant chunk of heavy stone. But it's actually made from thousands of sheets of paper that have been all glued together — allowing the sculpture to be stretched and elongated, but still able to return to its original form.
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Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can't read the research yourself. If it isn't open access and you're interested, either you shell out $46 for a pdf, email someone asking for it, or settle with listening to some dummy like me interpret the results peppered with quotes and my biases.
If you still believe that a hand-written letter carries more emotional weight than an auto-generated response to a text message, these star-filled envelopes will even let you send an entire galaxy to your friends and loved ones — if they peer inside.
Video: Gold is so malleable that a single gram of it can be stretched into a strip around 3km long. A tiny little coin can be pressed into a 0.0001mm-thin golden rectangular sheet the size of a tatami mat. So leave it to the talented artisans of Japan to transform a tiny bit of gold into shimmering gold leaf that's so thin, it's almost translucent.
Video: Everyone knows you can't fold a piece of paper more than seven or eight times (even though the world record is 12). It's just one of those silly things that stick from primary school and become law. But what if you were folding aluminium foil? And what if you had the assistance of the almighty hydraulic press? You can fold pretty much forever!
Video: After seeing these paper versions of classic video games, I kind of wish I could play them all. Mystery Guitar Man used stop-motion animation and paper cutouts of stock images to recreate games like Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Kart, and more. It's fun to see the video games of our childhood done over in paper, as if it adds another layer of nostalgia to them.
Video: A book is a very simple thing, right? It's just a bunch of paper with some scribbles. But if you wanted to make a book from scratch, it's basically an impossible task. Watch as Andy George from How to Make Everything chops wood, strips papyrus, makes glue from hide, carves out a pencil from a stick and makes a brush from horse hair. It's a really intensive process to get paper from natural materials.
Despite what you may have learned in school behind your teacher's back, paper aeroplanes don't have to be completely featureless and boring. With the right materials, or these kits from Huntly's Paper Warplanes, they can actually look like real-life aircraft and still be able to glide across a room.
Video: The real thing can weigh upwards of 272kg, but the V8 engine Aliaksei Zholner built would barely register on a scale because it's only slightly larger than a ping-pong ball and made from nothing but paper and glue.
Video: Reams of paper make for pretty good bullet proof material. It's just layers and layers of protection! But what happens when it's a 50 cal machine gun that's shooting at paper? How many reams does it take to stop that ridiculously giant and powerful bullet? About 7! Which is like, 3500 sheets of paper.
Video: This is supposedly the 'perfect sketchbook'. Why? Because it's made from the highest quality watercolor paper there is, Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper (a paper mill with a lot of history and a lot of famous users like Leonardo da Vinci!), but also because it's painstakingly made. Check out how they put together the prototype in the video below.
You probably know Dropbox for one thing, and one thing only: storing shit. Maybe you've used its acquired Mailbox app, but storing photos, videos, spreadsheets, or other digital ephemera is what Dropbox is known for. Now the company wants to expand — into Google Docs territory.
Video: I don't know exactly what's going on, but you see trees get chopped down and stripped and cooked and boiled and drained and dried and flattened and then transformed into pieces of paper that were all delicately made by hand. It's a lovely process to watch, especially since it's so damn soothing.
The words "some assembly required" often strike fear into parents when they have bought their kid a new toy, but that's half the fun with Phil Conigliaro's new book called Colossal Paper Machines. The 128 pages of the massive tome are filled with pre-cut, punch-out paper parts that can be folded, glued and assembled into 10 different toy models.
This is about as IKEA as it gets. The Swedish flatpack furniture giant is in the late stages of developing a line of furniture that's made out of paper. That's right: paper. Not cardboard. This durable stuff is a fascinating composite of repurposed pulp that can be moulded into any shape. The craziest thing? It looks great.