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This Stretchable Sculpture of The Notorious B.I.G. is Actually Made From Thousands of Sheets of Paper

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. Read More >>

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This Browser Extension Will Help You Read Science Papers for Free

Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re interested, either you shell out 35 bucks 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. Read More >>

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This Tiny Paper Organ Deserves Its Own Jam Band

A pipe organ can cost more than £150,000 and weigh thousands of pounds. Not this instrument. The paper organ built by master craftsman Aliaksei Zholner costs and weights only a fraction of that — and it works just like the real thing. Read More >>

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Mail Your Friends the Universe With an Envelope Full of Constellations

If you still believe that a handwritten 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. Read More >>

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The Art of Making an Impossibly Thin Gold Leaf from a Tiny Piece of Gold

Gold is so malleable that a single gram of it can be stretched into a strip nearly two miles long. A tiny little coin can be pressed into a 0.0001-millimetre-thin golden rectangle 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. Read More >>

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How Many Times Can You Fold a Piece of Aluminium Foil?

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 sticks at 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! Read More >>

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We’ve Hit ‘Peak Stuff’ Thanks to Technology

The next time anybody accuses you of being wasteful, pull this one out of the bag (and then change your ways). According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), use of ‘stuff’ has fallen by around a third in just over a decade, with the average Briton using 10.3 tonnes of material in 2013, as opposed to 15 tonnes in 2001. Read More >>

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These Remarkably Detailed Paper Airplanes Actually Fly

Despite what you may have learned in school behind your teacher’s back, paper airplanes 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. Read More >>

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Super Steady Hands Built This Working V8 Engine From Paper

The real thing can weigh upwards of 250 kilos, but the V8 engine built by Aliaksei Zholner 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. Read More >>

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Dropbox Wants to Take on Google Docs… Good Luck!

You probably know Dropbox for one thing, and one thing only: storing shit. Maybe you’ve used its acquired Mailbox app or even Carousel, 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. Read More >>

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A New Genre of Super-Strong Origami is Being Invented by These Engineers

A new generation of meta-materials are emerging from a 17th century source. Read More >>

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And Now Ikea is Making Sofas Out of Paper

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. Read More >>

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This Bridge is Made From Nothing but 22,000 Sheets of Paper

No glue. No cables. No steel reinforcements. The only thing keeping this bridge intact is, well, physics. Read More >>