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Here’s another rat story but with a positive spin instead of the ending up at the wrong end of a pitch fork. In thailand rats have been train to hunt land mines. Particularly on the border with burma where humans and elephants have had a lot casualties. In Tanzania they have been very successful so thailand is trying the same.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
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What is it that some music is a hit while other tunes make us cringe?

A new exhibit at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City tries to help us answer the question by looking at the science of music and biology. The free show, “Biorhythm: Music and the Body,” launched earlier this month and includes exhibits that let people interact with sound and participate in research on the human body’s response to music.

Below, a few of the exhibits:

 


from:Atlantic Monthly

Lockheed Martin wanted to sell F-16 fighter jets to the Thai government

The Problem: Lockheed Martin was competing with Russia’s Sukhoi and Sweden’s Saab. Also the Thai government didn’t want to pay in cash, so it proposed paying with 80,000 tons of frozen chickens.

 
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Quanta Resources Superfund, Bergen County, NJ

In 2007 Brooke Singer produced an online data visualization site, Superfund365 (www.superfund365.org), exhibited at Eyebeam in 2008 as part of the Feedback exhibition.  The project and web site highlighted a different Superfund site or the worst contaminated sites as designated by the EPA each day for a year. Currently she is working on a photography and book project drawing from that large online archive and her experiences visiting communities across the nation affected by Superfund. She is choosing which sites to photograph with her large format camera for a variety of reasons: the site has a fascinating history, a site’s stakeholders are in contention over its future use, a site’s history is exemplary of how places become contaminated or a site appears anything but toxic. Sometimes an eloquent user contribution to the online archive compels a visit.

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December 2010
 


Jerko, the Water Vaccuum is a converted house boat that is outfitted with a floating wetland to clean the toxic gowanus canal which was recently designed as a super fund site.

from Columbia Water Center:
According to the EPA, the Gowanus Canal was “the repository of untreated industrial wastes, raw sewage, and surface water runoff for decades, causing it to become one of New York’s most polluted waterways” and that

 
People: Jon Cohrs
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Last weekend I heard Agnes Denes talk the Creative Time Summit, on her project Wheatfield — A Confrontation (1982). It’s really a classic project but one that I hadn’t heard of. Quite simply she pulled off the unimaginable, she planted and harvested a two-acre wheat field on a landfill in lower Manhattan blocks away from the financial district. The photos of the project are stunning as is the determination and follow through to see it harvest and planted by hand.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
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This is the paste that is half way through the process of turning chickens into chicken nuggets.

“Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. it comes out looking like this.

 
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In May of 2010 I saw this dark blue-green bike at Flatbush and St. Marks Place in Brooklyn. The design is stripped down to just three bands on the fork, top tube, and seat stays; one band is 1 inch, two are 1/2 inch. I was excited by seeing retroreflective vinyl on a bike in the wild. It seemed like it had to be related to the Bright Bike project.

Bright Bike mod in Brooklyn

 


Here’s a sticker I found on a lamp post in manhattan.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
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Iceburgs: multipurpose architectural placeholders until developers resurrect their projects.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
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