Design

The TAG Heuer 2017 Autavia will be presented in a 42mm stainless steel case, which is a little more imposing than the original reference, which measured 39mm. The movement is called the Calibre Heuer 02 (taking the place of the Valjoux 72 in the original model). The 2017 Autavia will be offered on a leather strap from €4,600 — via Hodinkee

Design

The Edward Killingsworth-designed Spaulding House in Oakland, California dates from 1965, the work of the one of the original Case Study architects (he designed six houses, of which four were built) and was prominent in southern California. This is a rare foray outside that area. It is on the market for $1,595,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The new Ahoi Neomatik watches are 36.3mm across and just 9.55mm thick, but the first think you’re probably going to notice is the pair of new dial colours. NOMOS is calling these Signalblau (Signal Blue) and Signalrot (Signal Red), and both really pop. The new Ahoi Neomatik is priced at $4,020 with the silver dial and at $4,120 for the new bright coloured dials — via Hodinkee

Design

Steffen Welsch Architects have designed a small home in Melbourne, Australia, that consists of five separate rooms designed specifically for living, working, sleeping, dining, and entertaining, as well as four courtyards that serve to both separate and connect the home, depending on the needs of who’s home — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

Hamilton is making a new version of their famous Insta-Matic chronograph, with a reverse panda dial, this year, although despite the name, it combines elements of the later Chrono-Matic as well as the original Intra-Matic. The new Insta-Matic 68 — a vintage-inspired, self-winding Valjoux 7753-powered chronograph, housed in a 42 mm diameter steel case.

The 2017 Hamilton Intra-Matic 68 (Ref. H38716731) will retail for $2,195 and be limited to 1968 pieces — via Professional Watches

Design

Designed to appreciate and take advantage of the beautiful Australian landscape, this home in Melbourne by Zen Architects, features large windows and natural wood elements. With a low profile and set back from the street, from the front of the house the home seems modest and compact. At the back however, the home takes on a much more grand appearance with large windows covering much of the back exterior — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

Haute horology Swiss watchmaker Christophe Claret has announced a new 8-piece limited series made in collaboration with New York-based high-end bracelet and jewellery maker StingHD.

Technically, the Xtrem-1 is the same as the original model that was launched in 2012, but with a new black PVD

coated titanium case, as well as skull mounted on the tourbillon. There is even a secret feature that consists of a special treatment on the sapphire crystal that reveals a toothy skull when breathed upon.

The X-Trem-1 StingHD comes with two straps designed by StingHD: one in black stingray leather, and the other personalized by its owner. Additionally, there is a presentation box that includes a hand crafted bracelet adorned with a black diamond encrusted skull with ruby eyes.

(Ref. MTR.FLY11.160-168) The retail price is 278,000 CHF — via Professional Watches

Design

This striking home in Westchester County, New York was designed in 1969 by Roy Johnson, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, according to the listing, and boasts a unique cut-out roof that appears to be his signature move.

Located at 543 Scarborough Road just an hour north of New York City, this special home is offered at $1,100,000 — via Curbed

Art

Megalodon 2016 / Nemo Gould

Fine artist and self-described master hoarder Nemo Gould conjures up fantastic sculptures made entirely of found objects. Rich wood and gleaming chrome catch the eye as they cycle through their kinetic loops, while tentacles and antennae extend in a playful fashion like a sci-fi comic book come to life.

The Megalodon is Gould’s latest work, a 16-foot-long salvaged fuel tank from an F-94 bomber plane’s wing. The shark has working propellers for fins, and a tail that glides back and forth ominously. A cutaway on the side reveals various boiler and control rooms, each with their own delicately installed moving parts. It’s packed full of tiny human figures and whimsical creatures alike, all in mid-task as they operate their predatory underwater vessel — via Make:

Craft

Transporting delicate electronic or photographic equipment is easy to do. Just embed it in squishy polyurethane foam inside a rigid case. The problem is achieving this without spending too much money — via Make:

Design

This gorgeous Hollywood Hills home — right by major studios — was designed by architect Harwell Hamilton Harris in 1939 as a residence and studio for Mary (artist and Disney animator) and Lee (an Olympic gold medallist artist) Blair.

The multi-story house, carefully updated and modernized and stacked like boxes, nestles into a lush, sloping site and features just two bedrooms and one bath spread over 116 square metres. Still, the interiors feel expansive, thanks to an open-plan living room, glass walls, and multiple cantilevering patios that open up to the surrounding cityscape.

Located at 3763 Fredonia Drive, the property even comes with a funicular and is offered at $1,895,000 — via Curbed

Science

Why is Greenland an Island and Australia a Continent? / Today I Found Out

There are several different ways of thinking about how many continents there are, with models ranging from 4 to 7 continents. However, in most English speaking countries, as well as other nations around the world, the 7-continent model is taught. Using this model, the continents of the world in order of size (descending) are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia — via Youtube

Design

This sweet little California mid century classic in La Quinta, a resort town in the Coachella Valley just 25 miles south-east of Palm Springs, boasts not only historical designation but also architectural pedigree.

The 77 square metre two-bedroom was designed in 1958 by architect and industrial designer Walter White, who was instrumental in shaping the aesthetics of the desert modernism movement in and around Palm Springs, in addition to creating the hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure, aka the saddle roof.

This particular residence, features a unique three-armed pinwheel floor plan and a low-slung, slightly butterflied roof that hangs over the entire footprint of the house. Clerestory windows and sliding glass doors bring natural light into the white interiors while also framing views of the surrounding desert landscape.

One of four bungalows designed by White in La Quinta Cove during the 1940s and ’50s, the property at 53965 Avenida Obregon includes a garden and a newly built, detached studio. It’s offered at $249,000 after a recent $31,000 price cut — via Curbed

Design

Completed by Dutch firm Atelier Space, this adaptive reuse project in Leiden, the Netherlands maintains the original structure of the circa-1925 nursery, turning the former gym into an airy living, dining, and kitchen area, and a spacious classroom has been divided into three bedrooms. The residence features 4m high ceilings throughout, with restored skylights and windows bringing in fantastic light — via Curbed

Science, Wildlife

How a simple implant could make native animals toxic to feral cats

A new approach to target and kill destructive feral cats is being developed in South Australia, in a bid to help save threatened native animals.

The task of reducing the feral cat population has been difficult due to the lack of effective and humane broad-scale control techniques.

In a lab at the University of South Australia, researchers have created a rice-sized implant that can be injected into native animals, making them toxic to feral cats.

Anton Blencowe, polymer chemistry expert at the university, said it was a unique approach that could help safeguard a range of endangered species.

It’s got a toxin in the middle, and then it’s got a special coating around the outside so that we can make the animals toxic to cats, he said.

But at the same time make sure the implant is not toxic to native animals.

The implant contains a natural poison from seeds of native plants and is covered by protective coating.

It remains inert until it comes into contact with the feral cat, and while it’s harmless to the native animal, to the predator it’s highly deadly once ingested — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Few brands have something as distinct as what sets HYT apart — it’s circular fluid-driven display. The H0 is the latest watch to make use of this interesting mechanism and its got a bold new look too. The foundational inspiration for the H0 was a pebble, worn smooth by water from a mountain stream, which is, if I may say so, sounds a little on the nose. However, when you see the watch, that actually comes through loud and clear, and the watch’s overall form appeals to me in a way that no other HYT to date has. The HYT H0 is available in three colourways — black, orange, and silver — and all three are priced the same at $39,000 — via Hodinkee

Craft

Mid-Century Modern Slatted Bench / Crafted Workshop

In this video, Johnny Brooke builds a mid-century modern slatted bench modelled after the iconic Nelson Platform Bench, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This is a timeless mid-century modern design that makes for a fairly simple yet rewarding woodworking project. The bench can be built from easily attainable materials, including a handful of 1×2 and 1×3 boards from any home centre — via Youtube

Design

Built in 1968, the 375-square-metre four-bed-four-bath was designed by local architect Charles J Winter and used as his home and studio. Winter also designed many residences in Rockland County in the Bauhaus style.

Combining multiple levels, double-height sections, mezzanines, floor-to-ceiling windows, an open floor plan, and Japanese elements like Shoji doors, the bright and dynamic space exists in harmony with the surrounding landscaping while framing views of the Hudson River. Dark beams contrast with the white ceilings, while red-painted geometric nooks call to mind a Mondrian painting.

Located at 16 Shadyside Avenue just 40km from New York City, the property is offered at $819,000 — via Curbed

Wildlife

A Mishmi Takin calf, named Nanook, was born on 19 February at Kolmården Wildlife Park. Mother to the handsome male calf is Aisha, and his father is Hobbit.

Nanook is the first successful Takin birth for the Swedish zoo. He was born in the early morning of a cold, snowy day. The name Nanook was chosen by the keepers, in honour of his day of birth, and means polar bear in Inuit. At birth, Nanook weighed-in at a healthy 7 kilos — via ZooBorns

Wildlife

Denver Zoo is excited to announce its first successful birth of a Fishing Cat. The cub, whose sex is not yet known, is named Miso-Chi and was born on 25 January — via ZooBorns

Design

Designed in the 1930s by noted architect William Kesling for another noted name, Academy Award winner Wallace Beery, the house is described as one of the finest examples of its type in Los Angeles, with much of its striking exterior detail still in place after a restoration. $1,750,000 if you want to live here — via WowHaus

Design

The MCT Dōdekal One, or D110, features a digital hours display — in the centre of the dial — powered by a mechanical, not electronic movement, of course. However, interestingly, the design was inspired by electronic watches from the 1970s. Available in titanium or titanium and 5N pink gold, the Dōdekal One — D110 is issued in a 25-piece limited series for each version — via Professional Watches

Design

Along with lead designer Gianluca the Stile Italiano team consists of his business partner Cristian Diana and skilled mechanic of 25 years, Loris Lessio. Moto Guzzi’s are a common platform for Stile Italiano’s cafe racer conversions and this bike was once an 850cc Moto Guzzi T3. Named the Moto Guzzi CR950 very little remains of the original bike. During a build which Gianluca describes as the most elegant one possible their donor was transformed into a 70’s style road racer with design cues taken from Honda’s legendary CR750 — via Return of the Cafe Racers

Entertainment, Politics

Obituary: John Clarke

Celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68. Your favourite Clarke and Dawe sketches

Iconic comedy duo John Clarke and Bryan Dawe entertained audiences with their political satire skits for over 25 years. We’ve collated some of their most loved segments and classic exchanges.

Clarke died from natural causes while bushwalking in Victoria over the weekend.

John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends. He is forever in our hearts, his family said in a statement issued by the ABC.

We are aware of what he has meant to so many for so many years, throughout the world but especially in Australia and New Zealand.

We are very grateful for all expressions of sympathy and love which John would have greatly appreciated — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Architecture firm MVRDV have recently completed Casa Kwantes, a house in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, that from the outside appears as a rectangular box, however the back of the house opens up to wrap around a mature olive tree — via CONTEMPORIST

Wildlife

Meet the designer cats with wild blood / Vox

Bengals, Savannahs, and Toygers, explained.

By breeding house cats with wild animals, humans developed hybrid cats that look like little leopards. Bengal cats are a breed that was developed by breeding domestic cats with Asian Leopard Cats. The first American Bengal breeder is a woman named Jean Mill, but her work has continued through other breeders. We met one of those breeders, Anthony Hutcherson, when we went to film the cats at the Westminster Dog Show. Besides Bengals, we also saw another hybrid breed: Savannahs. Instead of Asian Leopard Cats, Savannahs were developed by breeding house cats with Servals. Unlike the other two breeds, the last breed we met, Toygers, are not hybrid cats. Breeder Judy Sugden created the breed by carefully breeding domestic cats with qualities that resemble wild tigers — via Youtube

Technology

Google invests in new undersea cable from Australia to Southeast Asia

Google announced Wednesday that it’s investing in a new subsea cable system that will run between Australia and Asia. The investment is Google’s latest move to strengthen its ties to the APAC region.

Called Indigo, the cable will connect Perth, Sydney, and Singapore, with a branch to Jakarta. To build the cable, Google is partnering with AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra, while Alcatel Submarine Networks will construct the cable. Span approximately 9,000km, it’s expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Indigo will initially have two fibre pairs with a design capacity of around 18 terabits per second — enough capacity for people in Singapore and Sydney to join 8 million simultaneous high-definition Google Hangout video conference calls — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Art

Joshua Smith, a miniaturist and former stencil artist based in South Australia, constructs tiny, intricate worlds for a living. His work, which exhibits astonishing observational and representational skills, focuses on the overlooked aspects of the urban environment — such as grime, rust and decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti, all recreated at a scale of 1:20. Smith, who has been making model kits for around a decade, only recently chose to move away from a 16-year-long career creating stencil art — via ArchDaily

Design

Simon Fleetwood had to go deep to shake off the Moto Guzzi Breva 750’s commuter styling, so he started by stripping it down to just the frame, motor and running gear. The spindly conventional forks and single disc brake were the first to go — replaced by a full Kawasaki ZXR750 front end — via Bike EXIF

Design

If you’ve ever wanted to live high-in-the-sky in a home you shared with no other households (apartment towers don’t count, obviously), then this incredible falcon’s nest home in Prescott, Arizona by Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal may be for you. Built in 1994, the post-modernist residence is nothing to scoff at, either. With three, bedrooms, four baths, 10 stories, and 575 square metre of living space, it nestles against the area’s landmark 1,985-metre-tall Thumb Butte with the main floor radiating out on four sides. Located at 2365 Skyline Drive, the home can be yours for the making-over for $1,500,000, a significant cut since the last time it came on the market in 2015 for $2,800,000 — via Curbed

Design

Louis Vuitton unveils its Escale Spin Time Tourbillon Central Blue featuring a new automatic movement with a central flying tourbillon. The calibre LV 92 with Vuitton V-shaped carriage was developed by Louis Vuitton’s own movement specialist, La Fabrique du Temps (acquired 2012). And of course being spin time, it has 12 rotating cubes that tell the time. Price is about $125,000 — via Perpetuelle

Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t’dead to prevent reanimation

Archaeologists investigating human bones excavated from the deserted mediaeval village of Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire have suggested that the villagers burned and mutilated corpses to prevent the dead from rising from their graves to terrorise the living.

Although starvation cannibalism often accounts for the mutilation of corpses during the Middle Ages, when famines were common, researchers from Historic England and the University of Southampton have found that the ways in which the Wharram Perry remains had been dismembered suggested actions more significant of folk beliefs about preventing the dead from going walkabout.

Their paper, titled A multidisciplinary study of a burnt and mutilated assemblage of human remains from a deserted mediaeval village in England, is published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

ARRCC have recently completed the City Villa, a modern family house in South Africa, that was inspired by architects like Tadao Ando and the use of geometric forms to sculpt natural light. The house is made up of rectangular forms that are positioned on top of each other, with some cantilevering out — via CONTEMPORIST

Science

Fungi Fantastic / Steve Axford

Enter the magical miniature world of fungi in these time-lapses by fungi photographer Stephen Axford.

Two photographers, Steve Axford and Catherine Marciniak, only one intervalometer and a forecast of a stormy Sunday afternoon resulted in the story of a forest to go with the fabulous time-lapse photography Steve has been doing of fungi growing — via Youtube

Design

Terry & Terry Architecture designed this two-level family home in Oakland, California, that opens up to reveal spectacular uninterrupted views San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Located high on a mountain range, the original house was re-built after it was destroyed during a fire storm. The updated house features a wood tube that connects the garden with the main entrance of the home, and continues through to the living areas — via CONTEMPORIST