Laura Facci is an artist from Caracas, Venezuela (she graduated from Design Institute of Caracas – Illustration Degree – in 2012). She created this anatomical alphabet for a school project, the assignment was simple — create an illustration for each letter of the alphabet, choosing a specific theme.
As you can tell, Laura chose the human body as her inspiration, and it turned out really well. You may notice that the alphabet follows the Spanish language instead of English. B for Boca = Mouth. P for Piernas = Legs. O for Orejas = Ears… and so on. It might be a good Spanish test to see if you can name all of the words that match the drawings.
Behold the psychedelic, shape-shifting paintings of Bruce Riley. The organic artwork is constructed by layering paint and resin in abstract shapes on the canvas. The process (captured by video) looks just as intriguing as the final pieces.
“Bruce Riley is an alchemist. It’s an overused term in abstract painting but in this case, it’s true. Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting’s progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It’s just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that’s of the moment.”
I believe so much of art takes place in these happy accidents… an altered brush stroke, an unforeseen spill of paint, a surprising crooked edge. Most artists start out with a very specific plan in mind, but with these “mistakes,” something exciting and original can emerge.
Lucia Giacani is a fashion photographer hailing from Milan, Italy. Seen here is an editorial photo shoot for Vogue Italia called “Under My Skin.” I especially appreciate how the model’s glistening red hair matches the animal’s striated muscles.
Stylist: Dinalva Barros
Make-up: Elena Pivetta
Hair stylist: Ana Rodriguez
Manicurist: Rossella Galvani
Model: Kristina Sheiter
Special thanks: Maxwell Goodway
No animals were harmed in the making of these photographs.
Milos Rajkovic is an anti-war Serbian artist who makes animated GIFs showing the inner-working of authority figures like generals and politicians. The busts are filled with ridiculous characters (clowns, machines, birds, etc.) which poke fun at the ruling class. It’s all rather mesmerizing…
A word from the artist:
“I think that satirical humor is the best form of criticism and thats the reason why I use it so much in my work. The interesting thing is that people who don’t understand that kind of humor always thinks that my art is scary and disturbing.”
The first image taken from the Philae Spacecraft on the surface of the comet
The European Space Agency succeeded in putting a spacecraft on the surface of a comet yesterday! This is a wonderful achievement for mankind! The robotic probe, Philae, reached 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (what a name?!) on the back of the Rosetta satellite on a 10-year, 6.4 billion-km journey. The descent to the surface took approximately 7 hours, and it wasn’t without its fair share of suspense. The 2 harpoons which were meant to stabilize the probe failed to launch, and the spacecraft actually bounced a few times on the surface before reaching its final resting place.
The main problem with the current position is that the lander is suffering from a lack of sunlight to power all of its tools. Philae is only receiving about 1.5 hours of illumination during every 12-hour rotation of the comet (much less than the agency had hoped for). The Europeans would love to power up Philae’s on-board drill and analyze the comet’s composition, but at the moment, they are worried that the drill’s rotational forces will destablize the probe and send it off into space. Regardless of future plans, this is already a tremendous achievement. Any time you accomplish something that has never happened in the history of humanity, I’d say it was success!
Why did they attempt this mission?
Many scientists believe that comets brought organic molecules to Earth, helping give rise to our oceans and atmosphere, and maybe even the seeds of life. So, learning more about comets’ materials in space could help us discover how life began at home.
A little known fact is that here at RobotSpaceBrain, we actually launched a manned-mission to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko around the same time, and we are HAPPY TO REPORT, THE MISSION WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS! We even stuck the landing:
Needless to say, this is one of those really exciting moments in space exploration!
The Karate Kid Robot was designed by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google) and programmed by the robotics lab at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). The robot stands at 6 ft 2 in tall and weighs in at 330 lbs! And now that we’re teaching it how to do karate, this robot is truly becoming a fighting machine.
Here’s a bio from Boston Dynamics:
“Atlas (the trade name) is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.
Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso.
An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.
Several copies of the Atlas robot are being provided as Government Furnished Equipment for the DARPA Robotics Challenge program with delivery scheduled in the summer of 2013.”
Ian competed in the US Government’s Robot Olympics, and was apparently able to walk, carry a fire hose, and get in a car and drive it. I’m impressed! The robot only came in second, so I was terribly curious to find out who won!?
It was SCHAFT, from Japan (no surprise). Here’s the Shaft “highlight reel,” so to speak:
Now, we just need to see Atlas and SCHAFT fight in a death match.