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Touch Effects

If you’re still off work for the holidays and need to kill some time, the web toy Touch Effects may just eat up more of your day than you thought possible! Once you get tired of just dragging the colors around, you can adjust the parameters for an even stranger effect. Link -via mental_floss

New Trampled Snow Art from Simon Beck

Simon Beck makes art by stepping in snow. Even with sturdy snowshoes, it’s hard work, and takes a special talent to get it right. Beck (previously on Neatorama) has been busy the past few weeks tramping out new designs in the snow at Les Arcs ski resort in France. You can see some of the [...]

Your Assumptions Are Wrong

(Video Link) Richard Wiseman, whose work we’ve featured extensively at Neatorama, knows how perform slight of hand tricks and create optical illusions because, as a trained psychologist, he understands how the mind works. The room in this video changes as Wiseman strips away the assumptions that you’ve made. Wiseman’s Website -via The Presurfer

My Little Lady Gaga

This pony wasn’t born this way, but subjected to the work of master ponysmith Mari Kasurinen. Here’s a ponified Lady Gaga wearing her famous meat dress. Link | Artist’s Website

The Working Dead: The Posthumous Career of Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. All signs point to the author holding the same place in the 21st century, despite the fact that he died April 11, 2007. The late Vonnegut has accomplished more dead than most of us will alive, from social media celebrity to [...]

Why the First Laptop Didn’t Catch On

In 1979, designer Bill Moggridge built the first laptop computer. In 1982, it was introduced to the public as the GRiD Compass. It was heavy, and expensive, but the real reason businessmen didn’t want it was something most computer users wouldn’t guess today. It was the keyboard.  At that time, 1982, business people, who were in [...]

The Stem-Cell Breakthroughs That Won the Nobel Prize

Two scientists who each made a major discovery — four decades apart — share the science world’s prestigious award. KYODO/Reuters/Landov On Monday, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to two biologists for their breakthroughs in the field of stem-cell research — two discoveries that happened 44 years apart. The honors go to Britain’s Sir John B. [...]

Klimt Tattoo

This classy tattoo by David Mushaney features Gustav Klimt’s seminal work The Kiss. It’s every bit as radiantly golden as the original painting. Link | Artist’s Website

Your Favorite Authors Are Frauds: 6 Famous Ghostwriters

It’s almost like learning the truth about Santa Claus: Once you know, it’s so obvious, but you’re still a little heartbroken when you discover that your favorite author didn’t really pen most of the work with his or her name on the cover. Take comfort, though, in the knowledge that many of those ghostwriters [...]

Machine Animals

Nicolas Lampert, whose work Meatscape was featured on Neatorama a while ago, is back with a series of artwork called machine-animals. My favorite is easily the Turtle Tank above! Take a look: Link