COOL SH*T

Volume 227

I heart science.

I thought aorta tell you about this cool science development. Scientists and researchers in Israel have created an entire 3D-printed heart consisting of human cells, blood vessels, chambers and other structures a heart needs to function normally. Currently the heart doesn’t beat and is the size of a rabbit’s heart, but this is a huge advancement in the ongoing effort to find new treatments to tackle heart disease. It gives a glimmer of hope that one day we will be able to heal hearts or engineer new ones for transplants. The scientists in charge of the project now plan on exploring the feasibility of 3D-printing larger hearts, with the ultimate goal of building functional human hearts.

Light up your life.

Welcome to the future of your home furnishings!!! Designer Kazuhiro Yamanaka has presented his latest project, the flying drone lamp. A combination of drone technology and traditional lighting – basically an object that follows you around at home, illuminating the space you are in. The product has two components, a table/launchpad and then the separate drone light object tracking your movements and providing the appropriate light. I hope flying beds are designed next so my bed can follow me to work.

Crocs are cool.

Picture this – one of the most well-known artists in the world and an exhibition in Tokyo exploring the significance and potential of Japanese traditional culture in a globalised world. The main talking point? A bright yellow croc-like shoe. This week, Tom Sachs launched his latest exhibition ‘Tea Ceremony’ in Tokyo, with a surprising Nike hybrid. The yellow shoe is rumoured to be part of Sachs NikeCraft project – “a combination of things only Nike can produce and things only Sachs can produce. It is 50/50. It is an aesthetic of transparency.” But it just looks like a canary yellow blinged-up Croc if you ask me.

What’s your creative type?

If you’re looking for a cool way to procrastinate, then try this quiz from Adobe. The Creative Types quiz is based on psychological research; assessing your basic habits and tendencies – how you think, act and see the world, allowing you to better understand who you are as a creative. There are 15 questions which are binary and quite quirky (are you a ruler or a spring?). Your answers are then used to place you into 1 of 8 creative types: the Artist, the Adventurer, the Maker, the Thinker, the Producer, the Dreamer, the Innovator and the Visionary. Although it’s only a bit of fun, it provides some insight into the way you work. Enjoy!

Not all superheroes wear capes.

I can’t do this week’s COOL SH*T without mentioning Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old noble peace prize nominee who is passionate about changing the world’s climate predictions. After a week of protests in London, Greta travelled by train from Rome to address the Extinction Rebellion demonstration on Sunday, going on to discuss issues with members of the UK Parliament. Over the past year Greta has inspired an international youth movement and strikes for environmental action, addressing political parties across the world with powerful statements that present honest opinions from the voice of a generation – “If your house is on fire you don’t sit down at the table talking about how nice you’ll build it afterwards. This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.” I’ll leave you with that.

Long live monotype.

If you’re currently searching for a job, then this may be the perfect opportunity for you. As he approaches his 81st birthday, Stanley Lane, owner of Gloucester Typesetting workshop, is looking for an apprentice to take over his ‘monotyping’ business. He is hoping to pass on his typesetting knowledge in an effort to revive the fortunes of the letterpress printing trade. Stanley works 5 days a week and is aware that his craft could be lost forever if he does not find someone to train up. The selected apprentice will be taught exactly what to do, with Stanley vowing to stay with them until they understand the system of the complicated craft. It’s understandable that monotyping won’t be for everyone, so if this doesn’t tickle your fancy you could consider other endangered heritage crafts such as clog-making and leather-working which have just launched apprenticeships too!

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