Design

This 1920-built centre hall colonial beauty in Baltimore has serious curb appeal. Its façade boasts lovely architectural details and window dressings that beckon immediately from the street, creating an enticing set up for what lies beyond the glass-paned door. Once inside, you are not disappointed. A bright and deep foyer greets you, with French doors enclosing a formal dining hall that features ornate moulding and built-in cupboard on one side of the house, and a sitting room with fireplace on the other. From here you will find a sun room and a connection to the spacious kitchen, which could really shine with an update. There’s an even an exercise room on this floor. It will set you back $665,000 — via Curbed

Design

Stefano’s bikes always remain true to their original purpose — but they do it a little bit better, and with a lot more style. This thoughtfully upgraded Kawasaki KZ 1000 LTD runs true to the Venier Customs form, replacing the fripperies of a typical early-80s cruiser with a sleek and timeless silhouette. The KZ1000 is called Giappone (Japan) and was commissioned by San Francisco-based angel investor and entrepreneur Brett Seyler, a man with a passion for the analogue pleasures of riding — via Bike EXIF

Design

Designed by Hampshire, UK-based Ström Architects for a retired couple, The Quest is a single-story replacement dwelling in the coastal town of Swanage in Dorset situated on a sloping, wooded site that features an open floor plan, minimalist interiors, and walls of sliding glass doors — via Curbed

Design

Most builders like to treat a bike as a blank canvas when it arrives in the shop. But when a Confederate arrives — well, that’s like trying to paint over a Rothko artwork. The X132 Hellcat has a brutal style you can see from a mile off.

But this Hellcat turned up at Revival’s Texas workshop with crash damage, due to a brake failure. And rather than just get the bike repaired, the owner wanted a change. He asked Revival for a transformation — via Bike EXIF

Science

Boaty McBoatface submarine set for first voyage

The yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface is set to leave for Antarctica this week on its first science expedition.

The robot is going to map the movement of deep waters that play a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate.

Boaty carries the name that a public poll had suggested be given to the UK’s future £200m polar research vessel.

The government felt this would be inappropriate and directed the humorous moniker go on a submersible instead.

But what many people may not realise is that there is actually more than one Boaty. The name covers a trio of vehicles in the new Autosub Long Range class of underwater robots developed at Southampton’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

These machines can all be configured slightly differently depending on the science tasks they are given.

The one that will initiate the adventures of Boaty will head out of Punta Arenas, Chile, on Friday aboard Britain’s current polar ship, the RRS James Clark Ross.

The JCR will drop the sub into a narrow, jagged, 3,500m-deep gap in an underwater ridge that extends northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Referred to as the Orkney Passage, this is the gateway into the Atlantic for much of the bottom-water that is created as sea-ice grows on the margins of the White Continent — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ annual toast to mid century modern architecture and design, is in full swing, and this time around, the desert city so filled with mid century gems already has got a fresh pair of houses for visitors to tour. One of the them is designed by none other than Al Beadle, the Phoenix architect who brought his trademark steel-and-glass style to desert modernism.

The new Beadle House, realised by local architect Lance O’Donnell in collaboration with the Beadle Archives and Beadle collaborators, was created based on never-before-built plans of a ‘70s Beadle design originally intended for Paradise Valley, Arizona. Located at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, the structure comprises a compact base with a second level that cantilevers 4m out in every direction. Expansive glass walls, of course, frame stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape — via Curbed

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The bike was literally a pile of broken bolts and bent metal, Brooklyn resident Tim Harney tells us. Hidden inside its warped cases, however, beat the heart of a 1951 BSA C11.

Tim gutted the BSA from top to bottom, and rebuilt it with a few tasteful upgrades. He’s also spent time on the engine, which has been re-sleeved, balanced, shimmed, tightened and polished.

There’s all-new, handcrafted aluminium bodywork too, but Tim avoided doing anything wacky. I wanted to stay within the vocabulary of the original bike, he explained — via Bike EXIF

Design

This charming, light-filled four-bedroom in Beaverton, Oregon was built by Robert Rummer, a renowned developer who erected some 750 homes in the Portland metro area between 1959 and 1970, according to The Oregonian.

Built in 1964, the four-bedroom-two-bath post-and-beam measures 190 square metres, and boasts a large, central atrium with glazed walls, a feature often found in Rummer’s homes. The bright and airy space sets the tone for the rest of the house, which is equally open and cheery.

A great room with a soaring tongue-and-groove panelled ceiling, portions of floor-to-ceiling windows, and brick fireplace flows into a dining room and updated eat-in kitchen, all with views set toward the backyard. Each spacious room has plenty of natural light flooding into it, and the bathrooms have all been updated.

The property, located at 7155 SW 105th Avenue, comes with a new membrane roof and high efficiency furnace and air conditioning unit as well as fresh landscaping. With a few more upgrades, this classic house could really be something. Get it for $569,900 — via Curbed

Technology

Google Has Finally Killed the CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA’s are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had to evolve because machines were getting better at reading the text than humans. With its latest iteration, Google says you’ll no longer have to input anything at all.

Invisible CAPTCHA’s are the latest development in the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Google acquired reCaptcha back in 2009. It updated the system in 2013 to allow for the ubiquitous I’m not a robot checkbox that’s all over the internet. That version worked by determining the user’s humanity through their clicking style. If the click seemed fishy, a more elaborate test would be offered. But the Invisible CAPTCHA is able to recognize that a user is not a bot simply by analysing their browsing behaviour — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

BIO-architects have designed this rustic modern house for a young family that wanted to live next to Pirogovo lake, in the suburbs of Moscow, Russia. Due to the clients requirements, the house was custom designed by expanding the architects modular design, DublDom — via CONTEMPORIST

Science

Planet Earth II showcases the fungi photography of Steve Axford

Planet Earth II, possibly the most lavish nature documentary ever made, has catapulted the images taken by fungi photographer Steve Axford from the forest floor to the world.

Axford started photographing rainforests around Lismore, on the NSW North Coast, about 10 years ago, and in retirement the hobby became an obsession.

The next step for Axford was to find a way to create time lapses of his fungi beauties showing the life cycles of the mushrooms.

I had a spare shower which I thought the fungus would grow quite well in so I could bring logs in and put them in the shower and the fungus could grow and I could take time lapse, Axford said.

Well I did that and it worked brilliantly and things have just grown from there.

Time lapse footage of Axford’s fungi photography have gone viral online, and people around the world started to notice that he was discovering plants never seen before.

One of them was a fungus which is now called a blue truffle.

It’s a completely new thing — never seen before — and he’s found that on the forest floor, Dr Tom May from the Herbarium of Victoria said — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

PAR Arquitectos were commissioned to design this modern pool house next to an already existing swimming pool at a home in Santiago, Chile — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

Built back in 1956, this John Porter Clark-designed property in Palm Springs, California has been home to the likes of William Holden, Stephanie Powers, Audrey Hepburn and Tippi Hedren in the past. That is some pedigree and a definite conversation starter.

Yes, it looks fairly contemporary inside. But that’s really all about the deco and finish. According to the agent, the house has been returned to its original footprint and with the post and beam construction plus tongue and groove ceilings maintained.

Just on the market, this place is up for $3,700,000 — via WowHaus

Design

The story starts in Turkey on the computer of designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem. Nearly two years ago, Mehmet posted his BMW Alpha concept online: An arresting, shark-nosed land speed racer.

Word was spreading of Mehmet’s amazing designs, and bike builder Mark Makr Atkinson became a fan. I’d seen a couple of his designs online, Mark tells us. Then my father posted a picture of the Alpha concept on my Facebook page. It was good timing: Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats had been canceled again, and I needed a winter project — via Bike EXIF

History

Discovery of Rare Bronze Age Weapon Hoard

GUARD Archaeologists have recently recovered a very rare and internationally significant hoard of metalwork that is a major addition to Scottish Late Bronze Age archaeology.

A bronze spearhead decorated with gold was found alongside a bronze sword, pin and scabbard fittings in a pit close to a Bronze Age settlement excavated by a team of GUARD Archaeologists led by Alan Hunter Blair, on behalf of Angus Council in advance of their development of two football pitches at Carnoustie.

Each individual object in the hoard is significant but the presence of gold ornament on the spearhead makes this an exceptional group. Within Britain and Ireland, only a handful of such spearheads are known — among them a weapon hoard found in 1963 at Pyotdykes Farm to the west of Dundee. These two weapon hoards from Angus — found only a few kilometres apart — hint at the wealth of the local warrior society during the centuries around 1000-800 BC — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Wildlife

There is exciting news from Uganda’s Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch. On 26 December 2016, their fourth Rhino of 2016 was born. The young male Southern White Rhino was named Noel and is becoming a valuable member of the ranch’s Rhino herd — via ZooBorns

Craft, Entertainment

Weta Workshop Sculptor’s Labyrinth Model / Tested

On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room — via Youtube

Wildlife

3 Malayan Tiger Cubs in the Nursery / Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Three Malayan tiger cubs were born on Friday, 3 February, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and are now being cared for in the Zoo’s nursery. First-time mum Cinta’s maternal instincts did not kick in and vets, concerned that the cubs’ body temperatures would dip too low without the warmth of mom’s body, made the call to remove them from the den. The cubs will be cared for in the nursery for now and will move to Cat Canyon when they’re weaned and no longer require constant care. Visitors should be able to see them playing and running around in their outdoor habitat in early spring — via Youtube

Design, Entertainment

Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.

Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.

It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture

Science

25 Airbag Rainbow Explosion in 4K / The Slow Mo Guys

Gav and Dan, the Slow-Mo Guys, are always looking for something to film with their high-speed cameras. Something that people will find interesting, but more important, things that will look good in a video. Explosions? Yeah! Pretty colors? Yeah! So they gathered bags of paint powder and vehicle airbag devices and headed out to a quarry, far from anyone who would be bothered — via Youtube

Weird

Religious fanatics charged over damage to Toowong war memorial

Charges have been laid against religious fanatics who confessed to vandalising an Australian war memorial at Toowong, over what they said were its blasphemous overtones.

The attack on the Cross of Sacrifice, which has stood since 1924, has outraged Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and led to the Catholic Worker movement member Jim Dowling being charged by police on Thursday afternoon.

The RSL, meanwhile, described the perpetrators as the lowest of the low.

Mr Dowling’s wife, Anne Rampa, defended the actions of her husband, who removed the sword, and 22-year-old Greenslopes man Tim Webb, who placed the sword in an anvil to reshape it into a garden hoe.

When asked what the difference between their actions and the actions of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where the ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan were destroyed, and Islamic State’s more recent destruction of blasphemous artefacts in Palmyra, Syria, Ms Rampa said: We’re Christian — via redwolf.newsvine.com

Design

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-founded architectural practice best known for its iconic designs for Apple stores in New York City, France, and Japan, has completed four new dwellings at High Meadow, the Fallingwater Institute’s home base for its summer residency program.

The architecture, artist, and design residency to study the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece quickly outgrew the its original structure, a 1960s cabin with four bedrooms located on a historic farm adjacent to Fallingwater. The resulting plan, designed by the firm’s Pittsburgh studio, doubled the property’s capacity by way of simple wooden cabin-like “portals” that frame views of the surrounding landscape — via Curbed

Design

A lighter take on high horology, the Romain Jerome generational icons series of watches have drawn largely from the video game realm, with dials paying homage to classic hits such as Tetris, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Super Mario, and now cult classic Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong, conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, is the series of video games featuring the adventures of a gorilla character called Donkey Kong and a man known as Jumpman who traversed obstacles and ladders to rescue his girlfriend.  Die hard fans of course already know that Jumpman went on to be known as Mario, brother of Luigi, and star of Miyamoto’s all time greatest hit, Super Mario Bros. Another hallmark of the Donkey Kong series are barrels, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture, and lodging.  All these character are elements feature prominently on the dial of this watch. At $16,500, the retail price on this watch feels hard to justify unless you’ve really got the play money — via Perpétuelle

Wildlife

Striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Don’t know if this guy snuck in the front door or hitch-hiked in on one of the dogs. The dogs displayed zero interest in him, but he did manage to pick up quite a bit of dog hair as he trekked through the house before being relocated to the back yard

Design

As with most motorcycles built down to a budget, looks and performance aren’t the Harley Davidson Street’s strong suit. But this almost road-legal flat tracker from See See Motorcycles is one of the best-looking Harleys we’ve ever seen. Period.

The man to thank is for this transformation is See See’s Thor Drake, a hugely accomplished bike builder and racer, and he likes the XG750 — as it’s known to Harley’s bean counters — via Bike EXIF

Design

Located just outside Madrid in Las Rozas, Spain, this 70-square-metre, two-story structure, called the Hidden Pavilion, is the work of Spanish firm Penelas Architects. The pavilion—which sits on a thickly wooded site—also has some serious architectural heft, with an angular, weathered-steel frame, glass façades, and cherrywood interiors — via Curbed

Design

This 1966 home might as well be a time capsule, even if stands empty. Designed by California modernist architect Stan Sackley for his parents, the 1,959-square-foot three bedroom post-and-beam stayed in the family for over 40 years, according to the listing, and appears to be on the market for the first time ever. Located at 1300 South Sagebrush Road, the residence is yours for $800,000 — via Curbed

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Architecture firm Olson Kundig have designed this home in Ketchum, Idaho, for their clients that wanted a modern house that would feel authentic to the high desert mountain landscape — via CONTEMPORIST

Design

Marking ten years since the launch of the Innovision 1 — which boasted ten horological innovations — the Innovision 2, a halo/concept timepiece, was unveiled at SIHH 2017, with ten new innovations — via Professional Watches

Design

Lane Williams Architects have designed this contemporary home in Bellevue, Washington, that’s conforms to the community design guidelines of the surrounding neighbourhood that’s filled with mid-century homes — via CONTEMPORIST