My name is Thomas Dambo, I’m a Danish artist who works with recycled materials. Over the last 3 years I made 25 big recycled sculptures around the world. Recently I made 6 hidden giants in my hometown of Copenhagen.
The sculptures are found in some of my favorite places around the city, places where people don’t go to often, because it’s off the beaten track. The sculptures can only be found by using a treasure map, or a poem engraved into a stone near each sculpture. These give hints on how to find the different giants.
I’ve made all the sculptures from recycled wood. Mainly from 600 old pallets, an old wooden shed, a fence and what ever else I was able to scavenge. Every sculpture was made with the help from local volunteers, and each of the sculptures was named after one of the volunteers.
I hope my art will inspire people to see the big potential in recycling and taking better care of our planet.
A researcher has observed female dragonflies doing something that many human women have probably considered when confronted with unwanted male attention: faking death.
The University of Zurich’s Rassim Khelifa, who has studied dragonflies for the past decade, told New Scientist that he was collecting moorland hawker dragonfly larva in the Swiss Alps when he first saw the phenomenon. A male was pursuing a female, at which point she dove to the ground and lay motionless on her back until the male left.
He’d never seen this behavior before, he told New Scientist. But it turns out it wasn’t an isolated incident.
Khelifa’s study on the behavior, titled “Faking death to avoid male coercion” extreme sexual conflict resolution in a dragonfly,” was published in the science journal Ecology this week. He observed 27 out of 31 female dragonflies attempting to avoid males in this way, and in most cases playing dead appeared to be successful.
So why might a female dragonfly be so desperate to avoid males? Khelifa told Gizmodo that sex can be hazardous for the female, and that sex with a male can remove the sperm left inside the female by a previous mate.
“In fact, males have evolved a sophisticated penis structure that sweeps sperm out of the reproductive tract of the female,” he said. “Therefore, since one copulation is enough to fertilize all eggs, it is disadvantageous to carry out extra-copulations…given the potential survival costs.”
While the situation for humans isn’t quite the same, a lot of women have been inspired by the idea.
Fans of freaky paranormal stories, buckle up. The dark Japanese demon story Ajin is being adapted into a live-action film, and the first teaser makes it look awesome.
Gamon Sakurai’s Ajin: Demi Human manga follows a societal eruption when Japan discovers that half-demon, half-human creatures live among them. Demi-humans, as they’re called, don’t know what they are until they’re killed — they respawn horrifically at the scene of their deaths, and after a while, they’re able to produce black, ghostly creatures out of their souls. These creatures, called IBM (Invisible Black Matter), are only visible to other demi-humans, but they can kill anyone.
When teen Kei Nagai is hit by a bus, he comes back to life in the middle of the crowd mourning him, and he has to escape into the woods to evade government capture. Kei is the third known Ajin (demi-human) in Japan, and he suddenly becomes a wanted criminal. He soon learns that demi-humans, like full humans, are cruel, and will stop at nothing to protect themselves.
Director Katsuhiro Motohira’s live-action film has aged Kei (Takeru Sato) up quite a bit, making him a twenty-something medical intern, rather than a high school student. Other than that change, however, it appears the film will stay faithful to both the manga and the popular anime series.
The film’s first teaser depicts a couple of Season 1’s most thrilling scenes, including Kei’s transformation (0:01 – 0:07), Kei being experimented on when he’s captured (0:07), Sato’s press junket in which he tells the public that Japan is cruelly experimenting on Ajins (0:14 – 0:16), and Kei and Sato shooting themselves in order to respawn with full health (0:18 – 0:20). What we don’t get is a full shot of an IBM, but perhaps those will come in time.
After 78 traffic-choked years, the Thaddeus Kosciuszko Bridge, which daily conveys nearly 200,000 cars and trucks over Newtown Creek and adjacent industrial areas, is ceasing operations around midnight on Thursday.
The pre-World War II span is getting a 21st Century replacement with the same difficult-to-pronounce name. It is the city’s first cable-stayed bridge, deploying a modern engineering technique that has spread across the country and the world over the last 20 years.
“I believe that Queens and Brooklyn deserve a beautiful bridge and a bridge that graces the Queens and Brooklyn skyline,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “And that is exactly what this bridge is going to do.”
Cuomo was joined by marching bands, dignitaries and construction workers, all gathering to open the city’s first major span since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge went up in 1964, connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn. A representative from the Polish consul spoke, and a community group from Greenpoint, all decked out in traditional Polish garb, took a photo with the governor.
Cuomo arrived at the ceremony in an antique car — the 1932 Packard that belonged to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Cuomo, an automobile hobbyist, interrupted budget negotiations in March to see the car off from a museum display in Albany to a repair shop, so he could trot it out for occasions like this one.
“I brought it today to commemorate today and to bring the spirit of FDR to this bridge,” he said.
Cuomo is a self-professed admirer of FDR, mentioning New York’s governor-turned-president every chance he gets.
He also acknowledged the Revolutionary War military engineer for whom the bridge is named. Kosciuszko was responsible for fortifications at West Point and throughout the north and south.
There’s widespread disagreement among New Yorkers about how to say his name, with some insisting it’s “kah-SHOO-sko,” and others equally adamant that it’s “kah-skee-YOU-sko.” Modern Poles seem to favor the first. Second-and third-generation Polish-Americans apparently lean toward the latter.
The other main thing the bridge is known for is legendary traffic jams, at all hours of day and night.
Cuomo, a Queens native, recounted crossing it constantly in his youth to visit his mother’s family in Brooklyn. His father, future governor Mario Cuomo, tried fruitlessly to outsmart traffic patterns.
“The first time I heard my father use expletives was on this bridge,” the younger Cuomo said Thursday.
The new six-lane span is a one-for-one replacement of the old one. Transportation planners make no promises that by itself, it will decrease bottlenecks and expletives. But this is just Phase I. When the old bridge is removed and a second span replaces it, doubling the total lanes to 12, planners say traffic will accelerate 65 percent.
“I think even before that you’ll see traffic improve,” said Larry Gillman, project manager for Skanska USA, which holds the $555 million construction contract with New York. “The new bridge is much lower and flatter, and you don’t have that steep incline that slowed so many trucks down.”
The second span is expected to be completed in 2020. Then, one will carry Brooklyn-bound cars and trucks, and the other will carry Queens-bound traffic.
The total cost for both spans is projected to be $825 million.
Before Trump became President, they were the enemy of the resistance against Globalism.
Now, they are the enemy of the American people as they attempt daily to discredit the White House agenda.
A new poll sponsored by the University of Virginia Center for Politics finds that an overwhelming number of Trump voters agree with his statement that the press is the enemy of the American people.
The Center for Politics, founded by UVA’s Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, Larry Sabato, recently sponsored a poll by Glen Bolger’s Public Opinion Strategies conducted between April 17 and 19 of 1,000 voters who admitted to voting for Trump in last year’s election.
The poll featured a long list of questions for participants. The president’s supporters have what the survey called a “jaundiced eye on the media.”
Participants were asked, “When you hear the media being critical of Donald Trump, does their criticism make you question your support for him, or does it reinforce that he’s on the right track in terms of shaking things up in Washington, D.C.?”
A whopping 88 percent said that the media’s attacks on Trump actually reinforce their feeling that he is on the right track. In contrast, a mere 12 percent said that the media’s criticism makes them question their support for the president.
One female Trump supporter told the pollsters that the media is not being a “voice of the people,” while a male voter who said he also voted for Obama in the past said that the media spends too much time “blowing things out of proportion.”
Another female Trump voter who also claimed she voted for Obama told the poll takers that she thinks the media is “creating a lot of the racism that’s out there.”
Meanwhile, the poll also found that a huge number of Trump voters either strongly or somewhat agree that the media is the enemy.
When the pollsters asked, “Do you agree or disagree with Donald Trump’s statement that the press ‘is the enemy of the American people,’” another 88 percent said that they agree with Trump.
The 88 percent was closely split, with 42 percent saying they “strongly agree” with Trump’s heavily used stump speech claim, while 45 percent said they “somewhat agree” with the statement.
Only nine percent said they “somewhat disagree,” while a tiny four percent said they “strongly disagree” with Trump’s accusation, for a total of only 12 percent.
Ten Democratic lawmakers are backing a bill that would Introduce a new authorization for using military force against ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban without geographical restrictions.
The new Authorization for Use of Military (AUMF) would replace the 2001 and 2001 war powers immediately, and usher in a single authorization that would sunset in three years.
It would put in place new reporting requirements to Congress and the public as to how the authority is used and against which groups.
“For far too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional responsibility to authorize military action abroad, effectively ceding the war-making power to the executive branch,” said Congressman Adam Schiff (D-California) in a statement about the bill on Thursday. “More than 15 years later, our operations against group as diverse as the Taliban in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda in Yemen, and ISIS in Syria are authorized under a 60 word authorization passed days after the attacks [on 9/11].”
President George W. Bush was granted an AUMF to attack Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the days after the September 11 2001 terrorist attack and then later authority to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq. The so-called ‘war on terror’ has expanded to include Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and other countries and the focus has shifted from Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Some members of Congress and legal scholars contend the two original authorizations are outdated.
Republicans have for years pestered Obama to revoke the previous AUMFs and come up with a new version. Obama finally complied in 2015, sending a severely limited proposal to Capitol Hill where both Democrats and Republicans shelved it saying they couldn’t come to a conclusion. Some wanted to broaden power to commit troops while others said Obama’s limited proposal went too far.
Schiff argues that as deployments to Iraq and Syria increase, complicated by the use of a cruise missile strike against Syria, Congress has to “debate and vote on any new war.”
“Congress must demand of this Administration and future Administrations the legal justifications for any military action, and hold them accountable for those actions.”
House Republicans introduced their own measure in March, with a companion bill in the Senate.
The measure, introduced by House Representative Jim Banks (R-Indiana) would include the fight against IS in the resolution. The Senate version was introduced by Senator Todd Young (R-Indiana).
Banks’ proposal would allow the US to detain members of terrorist groups. It would also require President Trump to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan to defeat IS within 30 days of signing the bill into law – a requirement that mirrors an order the president issued at the end of January, tasking military and security leaders to create a plan to defeat IS within 30 days.
Without Republican and Democratic co-sponsors, the measures have little chance of passing, but if they do pick up support, it could pave the way for future legislation.
Schiff and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) in a joint letter to President Trump this week, also sought the basis of his legal authority for the missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat Air Base earlier this month.
“While the administration provided a notification to Congress, consistent with the requirements for the War Powers Resolution, that notice simply asserted that the strike was ordered… and you might order ‘additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further important national interests,’” wrote Schiff and Kaine.
The lawmakers said the assertion didn’t provide Congress with the information it needed to “exercise our constitutional responsibilities,” and the justification for bombing shouldn’t be an afterthought.
They argued the lack of justification does not “provide comfort to a public that fears deeper involvement in a horrific civil war at a time with the US troop presence in the region is already increasing.”
Schiff and Kaine stressed this was all the more important because of increasing tensions in the North Korean Peninsula.
Even without a new AUMF, the US military has been expanding its fight against IS.
In March it was reported the Pentagon was planning on deploying 1,000 more troops to Syria to help in the offensive against the IS stronghold of Raqqa.
Officially, there are 503 US troops in Syria, according to the Pentagon, largely Special Forces operators who have been training local opposition troops.
President Trump wants South Korea to foot the bill for a $1 billion U.S. missile defense system and is threatening to kill the free trade deal between the two countries.
His comments aren’t sitting well with officials in South Korea, a key American ally in Asia. One foreign policy expert called the remarks “shameless.”
“I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they pay,” Trump said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday. “That’s a billion dollar system.”
He was talking about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which is being deployed in South Korea in an effort to reduce the threat from North Korean missiles.
The THAAD deployment has already caused tensions inside South Korea and hurt the country’s relations with China. Trump’s comments are likely to further complicate the situation.
“It’s collateral damage to the [U.S.-South Korea] alliance,” said Euan Graham, director of the Lowy Institute’s international security program.
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo has repeatedly said his country won’t bear the cost of the system. His ministry stuck to that stance following Trump’s remarks.
“There has been no change in our basic position that the South Korean government provides the site and infrastructure for THAAD … and the U.S. side shoulders the cost of its deployment, operation and maintenance,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement Friday.
Washington and Seoul first announced plans for the deployment of the THAAD system in July, before Trump’s election. The two countries have a mutual defense treaty, and more than 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
“We’re going to protect them,” Trump told Reuters. “But they should pay for that, and they understand that.”
On the campaign trail, Trump frequently said South Korea and other key U.S. allies should pay more for the defense provided by the U.S.
THAAD is unpopular among a significant portion of the South Korea public and has become a key issue ahead of the country’s presidential election on May 9. Parts of the system arrived at the deployment site this week, with officials saying it would be operational “in the coming days.”
The current frontrunner in the election, Moon Jae-in, has taken a lukewarm stance on THAAD and argued the system should not be installed until a new administration is elected.
“It is shameless for the U.S. to ask South Korea to pay for THAAD given that they are deploying it not only to protect South Koreans but also Americans in South Korea, American territory and for the security” of the region, said Kim Ki-jung, a foreign policy adviser to Moon and a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul.
The THAAD battery in Asia is part of a broader network of defense systems in East Asia. None of them would be able to protect Seoul, South Korea’s biggest city that lies only about 35 miles from the border with North Korea. That distance means it’s vulnerable to shorter-range rockets and artillery.
China has made clear its opposition to THAAD, which it says is a threat to its security and destabilizing for the region, by putting pressure on South Korean companies and the country’s tourism industry.Trump also caused confusion in South Korea by telling Reuters he intends to renegotiate or terminate the free trade pact between the U.S. and South Korea, describing it as a “horrible” deal. The agreement will be targeted for renegotiation after his government finishes an overhaul of NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, he said.
His comments were more combative than those of his Vice President Mike Pence, who earlier this month told business leaders in South Korea that the U.S. government would work with them to “reform” the trade deal.
South Korea has yet to receive an official request to negotiate the trade deal, a senior official of the country’s Trade Ministry told CNN. The ministry is trying to figure out why Trump made his latest remarks about the agreement, said the official, who declined to be identified by name.
There’s something to be said about brotherly love, and the strength of a sibling bond. My 13 year old son Anthony struggles with depression. It has been a battle for him for some time now, and it isn’t always easy for him to be light and joyful… Enter Belle. Anabel, more lovingly referred to as Belle (yes, like the princess) is Anthony’s 5 year old sister. She is a carefree, effervescent, bouncing ball of sunshine. She has a fairy like quality about her, and makes friends wherever she goes. However, her best friend is Anthony. They have an unshakable sibling bond that stems from the light that she bring to him when he finds himself in dark places.
Anthony and Belle are the closest among all 7 of my children. He watches movies with her, he takes her skateboarding, and at night he tucks her into bed. They have a little ritual to ward off her bad dreams at bedtime, where he pretends to sprinkle “magic salt” on her head to protect her from nightmares.
The inspiration behind the photo shoot came about after the birth of my 7th child, I was looking online at princess gowns for myself (I’m a shameless Disneyphile and thought maybe buying myself a princess gown would motivate me to lose the weight left over from my recent pregnancy) when Anthony spied a Prince Charming costume. That’s when he took over the search. He looked at me and asked if I would buy him one of the prince costumes. He said he would like to dress up and plan a photo shoot for Belle, since we had recently celebrated her birthday. As both their mom, and a photographer, I was all about it! We set to work putting together the Prince Charming costume right down to the white gloves and the black shoes that he shined himself the old fashioned way, with solid polish and an old rag. Then he chose a Snow White dress to match the blue and red costume he had chosen for himself.
I can’t explain the joy on her face when her “favorite boy in the world” came into the room just before the photo shoot dressed as a prince, and gave her a brand new gown. I told her we were going to take princess pictures for her birthday, dressed her quickly and then we drove to a local garden to take the photos.
The photo shoot was probably the most heart warming thing I’ve experienced as a mother. He carried her from one spot to the next so she didn’t trip on her dress, and she would giggle and hug him between every shot. She felt like a real princess, and her happiness is easy to see in her face in every photo.
Anthony would spin her around and laugh at how happy she was… And that’s what it is all about to me as a mother… as HIS mother. When you have a child who battles with themselves day after day, there is nothing you wouldn’t pay to see them smile. Belle brings that out in him. He gave her an incredible gift and in return she made him genuinely happy. That was a gift she gave in return to both Anthony and myself.
I could hardly finish the photos through the tears of pride and happiness. When they were done, they were perfect to me. I am so proud of my son, his warm heart, and the spot in it that is reserved for his little sister. He amazes me and I am so proud of him.
My 13-year-old son Anthony surprised his 5-year old sister Anabel, more lovingly referred to as Belle, with a magical Disney-themed photo shoot
It all started when Anthony said he would like to dress up and plan a photo shoot, since we had recently celebrated Belle’s birthday.
We put together the Prince Charming costume and then he chose a Snow White dress to match the blue and red costume he had chosen for himself
I can’t explain the joy on Anabel’s face when her “favorite boy in the world” came into the room just before the photo shoot dressed as a prince, and gave her a brand new gown
The photo shoot was probably the most heart warming thing I’ve experienced as a mother. I could hardly finish the photos through the tears of pride and happiness
In a rather shocking experiment, Chinese researchers grafted the head of a smaller rat onto a bigger one while keeping the brain safe from possible damage due to blood loss. Their technique could one day be useful for human head transplants.
No Brain-Damaging Blood Loss
Okay, so it’s not every day you hear about a real life head transplant, but there is such a thing. In fact, research into transplanting heads has been around for a while now, with the first known two-headed animal experiments dating as far back as the 1900s and the 1950s.
Now, scientists from China have made a remarkable breakthrough in transplanting the head of one organism onto that of another.
For their work, they took the head of a smaller rat and attached it to a bigger one, creating what is effectively a two-headed rat. It is important to note that the rat did not survive long-term, but that was never the goal. The team knew the rat would not live long, as there are still a lot of technical and scientific issues that need to be resolved before we can successfully perform head transplants on living organisms and have them survive.
It also provides the possibility of long-term survival.
However, this is an astonishing step forward in performing viable head transplants in that the doctors were able to avoid any brain-damaging blood loss while the donor’s head was being attached.
The goal of this particular experiment was simple: the scientists wanted to know if they could successfully transplant a head without damaging the brain due to excessive blood loss. And they did. To do this, they had to keep the blood circulation going during the transplant by attaching the donor rat’s blood vessels to the other rat.
A Real Head Turner
While the idea is a real head turner — and maybe a head shaker, for some — scientists assert that head transplants are worth exploring, as it could help millions of people worldwide who are suffering from muscle or nerve problems. It could also allow us to take the head of a person suffering from fatal cancer and transplant it onto a healthy human body.
Understandably, there are a number of issues that have to be resolved before it would be possible to transplant human heads. For example, apart from making sure the brain isn’t damaged by blood loss during the transplant process, there are a number of other concerns, such as rejection by the immune system.
Still, grafting a head onto another while keeping the brain safe from the damage associated with blood loss is certainly a positive step forward as far as developing a viable means of conducting human head transplants.
However, some experts assert that the problems associated with transplanting human heads extend beyond scientific and technical concerns and touch upon the fundamental nature of human psychology.
Arthur Caplan, founding director of NYULMC’s Division of Medical Ethics, previously told Futurism that, in such a procedure, a person could suffer from unprecedented levels of insanity. He ultimately stated that this would likely result from things such as “novel chemistry flooding the brain, unfamiliar input coming in from the nervous system of the body, etc.”
While some claim to have already successfully performed the procedure, there’s no clear evidence to support such claims.
In any case, if we are to ever successfully complete such a procedure in the future, this most recent study provides an important piece of the puzzle. As the researchers note in their abstract, “The application of vascular grafting can also provide the possibility of long-term survival of the model.”