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Realistic Wheat-Pasted Figures Playfully Interact with Parisian Streets

Artist Charles Leval, aka Levalet, continues to delight us with his wheat-pasted characters that cleverly interact with their surroundings. Using the streets of Paris as his playground, Levalet installs the realistically-rendered, life-sized figures on tattered buildings and boarded-up windows, sometimes combining his giant drawings with ornate fountains to create the illusion that these architectural elements have suddenly sprung to life.

Levalet’s pastings add an element of fun to the urban environment. They turn distressed locales into makeshift art galleries. Each location is suddenly yet seamlessly turned into the site of an atypical art venue featuring Levalet’s amusing works. These artworks include anything from the image of a young man riding an ostrich to a woman walking her menagerie along a bus stop. And in a nod to the city’s history, there’s even a person about to launch themselves out of a 17th-century style cannon. Each piece is unique and immerses itself into the landscape, making living in the city a more enriching experience. Via MMM

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Last year I posted a small series of images that...

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Last year I posted a small series of images that illustrated my experience with depression and anxiety. It resonated with quite a few people, so I felt that it was something I should continue to build upon. I worked on it all semester as part of a portfolio class, and while it was a ton of work, I’m glad I was able to do it.

Mental health disorders are such a taboo topic. If you ever bring it up in conversation, people awkwardly get silent, or try to tell you why it’s not a real problem. When I was in the worst parts of depression, the most helpful thing anyone could have done was to just listen to me - not judging, not trying to find a solution, just listen. I’m hoping that these images will help open up conversation about mental health issues. Everyone is or will be affected by them one way or another, and ignoring them doesn’t make things better.

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New Plastic Heals Itself When Cut A project...

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New Plastic Heals Itself When Cut

A project harnessing squid genetics to develop a plastic that reattaches after it has been cut in two could be a significant advance for self-healing materials, according to a study published this month.

The squid-based polymer, shown in the gifs above, displays mechanical strength that can be recovered after the material is cut. All it takes is a drop of water, low pressure and some heat, and two pieces fuse back into one. The multinational team behind the research says their material could potentially make self-healing fiber-optic cables and medical implants.

“What’s unique about this plastic is the ability to stick itself back together with a drop of water,” said Penn State engineer Melik Demirel. “There are other materials that are self-healing, but not with water.” Learn more and see images below.

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