Kris Reniers runs Deep Creek Cycleworks, based in the small town of Deepenbeek, near the Dutch border in Belgium. You could technically call his customised Ducati a Frankenbike, bitsa or parts-bin special. But none of those seem fair, when you consider how beautifully coherent it is — via Bike EXIF


Black rhino calf Moyo / Saint Louis Zoo

Tough guy Moyo doesn’t have his horns yet, but that doesn’t stop him practicing his charge. The 2-week-old black rhinoceros calf is very active and zookeepers provide him with a variety of toys and enrichment throughout the day. Play is important for baby animals — it’s how they learn the skills they will need as adults.

A male black rhinoceros calf was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on 17 May 2017. The little male is nursing well and being cared for by his mother, according to the Zoo’s rhino care team. The pair is bonding in their barn behind the scenes in River’s Edge. A date has not yet been set for their public debut — via Youtube


I gravitate towards minimalism in my design work so the Husqvarna TE 570 made sense, says Dave Mucci of Moto Mucci in Portland. It was Husqvarna’s no-frills platform; one of the most stripped down modern bikes that’s still street legal. One cylinder with no starter, battery, key, centre stand or steering lock — via Bike EXIF

History, Science

Scientists uncover Ancient Roman recipe for world’s most durable concrete

Ancient Roman concrete marine structures built thousands of years ago are stronger now than when they were first built.

So how has Roman concrete outlasted the empire, while modern concrete mixtures erode within decades of being exposed to seawater?

Scientists have uncovered the chemistry behind how Roman sea walls and harbour piers resisted the elements, and what modern engineers could learn from it.

Romans built their sea walls from a mixture of lime (calcium oxide), volcanic rocks and volcanic ash, a study, published in the journal American Mineralogist, found.

Elements within the volcanic material reacted with sea water to strengthen the concrete structure and prevent cracks from growing over time.

It’s the most durable building material in human history, and I say that as an engineer not prone to hyperbole, Roman monument expert Phillip Brune told the Washington Post — via


Fashion model and embroidery artist Sheena Liam hand sews images of women whose hair seems to gracefully dangle from each of her 2D surfaces, Liam using black thread as a substitute for her subjects’ long locks. The works are all completed and displayed on embroidery hoops, with hair styles extending from the women in french braids, messy buns, and long ponytails. In one particular design, tiny pieces of thread are seen attached to the wall below the hoop, creating the illusion that the embroidered woman above is messily trimming her fringe. Liam creates relatable, solitary moments within each hand sewn hoop. You can see more of her elegant designs, as well as snapshots from her travels, on her Instagram — via Colossal


Australian firm Clare Cousins Architects, were asked to design an extension / garden pavilion to the rear of an Edwardian cottage, that would maximize the exposure of a small sculptural garden — via CONTEMPORIST


Architectural designer Artur Dabrowsk produces rings, cuffs, necklaces and bracelets that revolve around the concept of depth in terms of formal language (shadow lines, composition, depth of field) as well as in meaning (details, storytelling).

Whether he is crafting mysterious staircases to nowhere or endlessly looped brick arches, each piece involves careful attention architectural detail (including theoretical structural load calculations) and is available in brass, bronze or silver — via Urbanist


Casting pixellated patterns into day-lit rooms, these shades swap boring views (or overly bright days) for iconic scenes of metropolises at night. This particular set by HoleRole features famous structures from cities like Manhattan (the Chrysler Building) and London (the Gherken) — via Urbanist


George Pell, Catholic Cardinal, charged with historical sexual assault offences

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with historical sexual assault offences and ordered to appear in a Melbourne court.

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric has been ordered to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 18, after Victoria Police served charges on his legal representatives.

Cardinal Pell will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors, who will also advise on his travel arrangements, a statement released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said.

He has again strenuously denied all allegations — via


This one is all about the curves. Dating back to 1970, the Don Price-designed modernist property in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been updated, but there is only so far you can go with a design this bold. Ultimately, you buy a house like this because you want it, not because you want to change it. If this one appeals, it is on the market for $925,000 — via WowHaus


Renard Speed Shop front man Andres Uibomae is an industrial designer who over the past few years has been working to launch his own motorcycle named the Renard GT. Powered by a Quattrovalvole Moto Guzzi engine and featuring a carbon fibre monocoque frame, the GT resembles something you’d expect to see on the set of Blade Runner rather than on the streets of a medieval city. Along with developing his own motorcycle Andres and his team build outstanding custom motorcycles and their latest creation is as unique as their GT. Unlike the GT though, the Renard Martini Racer took inspiration from classic race bikes and beneath its fairing lies an Italian engine that most people are unlikely to recognise; an Italian SWM RZ 124 — via Return of the Cafe Racers


The inside is just as cool as the outside of this Renaat Braem-designed property in Ranst, Antwerp, Belgium. If you fancy this as your next home, the asking price is €698,000 — via WowHaus


The Astronomia family of tourbillons are Jacob & Co’s own unique take on creating an astronomical complication. Typically, they’re not intended to be highly accurate representations of actual astronomical cycles. Rather, they’re a kind of kinetic sculpture for the wrist, being based around a four-armed carrier system that supports a variety of additional displays or representations of heavenly objects. In the case of the Astronomia Sky, there is a very precise indication of sidereal time, as well as of the stars overhead. Limited edition of 18 pieces worldwide; $580,000 — via Hodinkee


This Joseph Eichler house in Concord, California dates back to 1965, with the key feature of this place being the atrium and its glass ceiling. Of course, that’s alongside the beams, the open plan living space and the walls of glass, not to mention the access to the outside entertaining area. If you fancy it, the asking price is $810,000 — via WowHaus


The Farer GMT Automatic collection consists of three watches, all of which start with the same bones. Just like the earlier automatics, these watches have 39.5mm stainless steel cases and come in at just 10mm thick. The flat polished bezel gives the dial plenty of room and the polished case and brushed lugs offer a little contrast. There’s also still that bronze crown too. The Farer Automatic GMT watches are all priced at $1,425 and are available exclusively on Each is individually numbered 1-100 and you can choose your number when you order — via Hodinkee


In showroom form the Yamaha SR400 has a retro (if slightly dowdy) appeal. But the Australian company Ellaspede is about to give owners a second option, with two very slick kits that add a tracker vibe to the plucky little single.

There’s a basic seat conversion kit and a more extensive Complete kit. They don’t require any specialist tools, welders or your own private mechanic to fit up, says Ellaspede’s Hughan Seary. A basic set of hand tools will see you unbolting the standard parts and replacing them in a matter of hours.

The kits are designed for EFI SR400s but can also be retrofitted to any SR400, going right back to the first models from 1978.

The kits are in production now and will start shipping in August. Pricing is likely to be around AU$2,000 for the seat kit and just under $4,000 for the complete kit — via Bike EXIF


Baby Rhino Born Thanks to Science / San Diego Zoo Safari Park

A female southern white rhino calf, born 30 April to first-time mother Kiazi and father Maoto, curiously checked out her surroundings 18 May at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, under the watchful eye of her attentive mother.

Kiazi’s pregnancy was very exciting for researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She arrived at the Safari Park in 2008 and, despite breeding regularly since her arrival, she had never before conceived. At 16 years old, she is past the average age that most female southern white rhinos have their first calf.

The birth of Kiazi’s calf gives us a great deal of hope that by feeding low phytoestrogens at our institution and others, we can once again have a healthy, self-sustaining captive southern white rhinoceros population, said Christopher Tubbs, PhD, a senior scientist in Reproductive Sciences at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. With the high level of poaching currently happening in Africa, having a healthy ex situ population of rhinos is as important as ever. This calf is an example of how we are using cutting-edge laboratory science to lead the fight against extinction.

Tubbs and his colleagues have been working for nine years to determine why southern white rhino females born in zoos tend not to bear offspring as often as their wild relatives. This problem is not found in other species of rhinos living in zoos. Through extensive research, it was discovered that the animals may be sensitive to compounds called phytoestrogens found in soy and alfalfa, which are a component of the animals’ diets in zoos. During their 16-month gestation, female calves could be exposed to the compounds through their mother’s diet, resulting in infertility issues later in their life.

On the basis of these findings, the nutritional services team at San Diego Zoo Global changed the diet for southern white rhinos in 2014. First, they reduced the amount of pellets rich with soy and alfalfa that are fed to the rhinos. Next, they developed a grass-based pellet for the rhinos that is low in phytoestrogen and supplies nutrients to support reproduction. Approximately two years after the diet changes, two females became pregnant. Since then, there have been three pregnancies in females that had not successfully reproduced before, which resulted in the birth of two healthy calves.

Although Tubbs and his team have only focused on the potential effects of dietary phytoestrogens in white rhinos, it is likely that a number of species living in zoo settings receive diets containing levels of phytoestrogens capable of affecting reproduction. Therefore, future research efforts will focus on identifying species that are possibly affected, evaluating their sensitivity to phytoestrogens and, if warranted, developing new diets and feeding practices aimed at enhancing fertility.

The research project has reached a real point of urgency, due to the increase in poaching in recent years that has dramatically affected rhino populations in the wild. When the project began in 2007, 13 rhinos were poached (that year). In 2016, 1,054 southern white rhinos were poached in South Africa—with an average of three rhinos killed every day. There are five species of rhinos, with three of those species—black, Javan and Sumatran—listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The greater one-horned rhino is listed as Vulnerable and the southern white rhino is listed as Near Threatened.

Kiazi’s calf is the 96th southern white rhino calf born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since 1972. Estimated to weigh around 125 pounds at birth, the calf will nurse from her mother for up to 14 months—and she is expected to gain about 100 pounds a month in her first year. When full grown, at around 3 years of age, she could weigh 4,000 to 5,000 pounds. The rhino calf and her mum can best be seen roaming their habitat from the Park’s Africa Tram Safari or a Caravan Safari — via Youtube

Art, History, Science

History’s deadliest colours / JV Maranto

When radium was first discovered, its luminous green colour inspired people to add it into beauty products and jewelry. It wasn’t until much later that we realized that radium’s harmful effects outweighed its visual benefits. Unfortunately, radium isn’t the only pigment that historically seemed harmless or useful but turned out to be deadly. JV Maranto details history’s deadliest colours — via Youtube


Pan 70th anniversary: Classic paperbacks gets a retro makeover

If you want to catch up with some classics, then you might want to check out the books reissued as part of the Pan 70th anniversary. The iconic publisher is celebrating 70 years of paperback fiction and as such, has seen plenty of notable releases over the decades. Some of those are returning as part of this anniversary series. The literature, as you would expect, is unchanged. But the new covers are bold and striking, oozing retro cool. For a label known for its cover art, that’s obviously the idea. Titles include The Time Machine by HG Wells, Jaws by Peter Benchley, The Pan Book Of Horror Stories, The Dam Busters by Paul Brickhill and The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan to name a few. All are available from September and available to pre-order now, selling for £7 each — via Retro to Go


Utah’s Hogle Zoo is pleased to introduce their new Amur Leopard cubs, Rafferty and Roman. The cubs were born 17 February and have been bonding with mum, Zeya, behind the scenes, learning all the basics of being an Amur Leopard. Rafferty’s name means one who possess prosperity, and Roman means strong, powerful — via ZooBorns


The Master Matador Tailor / Great Big Story

If you find yourself in the direct path of a charging 590kg bull, you had better be well dressed. That’s Antonio Lopez Fuentes’ philosophy. The Madrid-based tailor and owner of the Fermin Tailor Shop creates custom suits, or trajes de luces (literally dresses of light) for matadors. Fuentes’ is a family business that boasts 55 years of expertise in fashioning the finest handmade matador costumes. As you can imagine, each suit requires months of preparation, loads of material and no small amount of hard work. It’s a tough job, but only the finest will do for the brave few in this death-defying profession — via Youtube


This is a natural house for natural people in which to be natural, said architect John Randal McDonald, who designed this house in 1953 for his expanding family, after they outgrew the first McDonald residence that he built in 1949. Located in Racine, Wisconsin, the three-bedroom has two bathrooms and measures 240 square metres over three stacked levels to create a dynamic home that surprises at every turn — via Curbed


With its seemingly floating accordion style roof, this 1965 beauty in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a real showstopper. Designed by Larry J Rowsell, the three-bed-three-bath time capsule abounds with period details that feel just as relevant today. Located at 2738 East Pebble Glen Circle, it’s offered at $649,000 — via Curbed


The Memphis 1950s-style gas barbecue is back, offering a bold 1950s look in red, matched up with some chromed detailing. Basically it looks good, cooking or not. But when you do cook, it has all the features, including a vaporiser bar flavouring system for an authentic char grilled taste, variable heat control, warming rack, storage inside the cabinet and stainless steel side shelves. One thing has changed since we last featured it — the price. This now retails for £329.99 — via Retro to Go


Located in the village of Grayswood village in Surrey, England, is this Grade II-listed Bauhaus residence. Known as Pollard at the time, the five-bedroom was built in 1932 by New Zealand-born Amyas Connell for accountant Sir Arthur Lowes Dickinson and is considered one of British architecture’s most admired buildings. It occupies over four acres of land and features a unique layout comprising rectilinear volumes placed at surprising angles that incorporate Crittal windows that allow sunlight to pour in. It’s offered at £1.55 million, or approximately $2 million — via Curbed


Unveiled at Baselworld 2017 in March, the Longines Heritage 1945 is presented in a 40 mm stainless steel case, up from the original 38 mm. One unique element that was maintained from the 1945 version is the vertically brushed coppery dial, which has a luxurious texture and is curved like the original. Contrasting the straight brushing is an unusually petite small seconds sub dial, with a snailed finish, again, like its predecessor. The retail price is approximately $2,000. (Ref. L2.813.4.66.0-2) — via Professional Watches


Robert Puksand of Australian architecture & interior design practice Gray Puksand, has designed a modern house for himself and his family, located in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton — via CONTEMPORIST


Tomoto is an official project supported by the Mandello del Lario factory: It’s a fascinating one-off prototype Moto Guzzi V7 from British designer Tom Dixon and Italian American bike builder Stefano Venier that is not for sale, and will not be replicated — via Bike EXIF