Posts by Sara Barnes


September 23, 2017

Elegant Wind-Up Bird Toy Designed to Actually Fly When You Throw It

Toys of today are often loaded with a bevy of technological bells and whistles, but that’s not the only thing that makes them fun. Since the late 15th century, wind-up toys have entertained children and adults alike. Designer Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab is carrying on this rich tradition with her version of an ornithopter—a flying machine that makes a flapping wing motion and takes flight.

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September 21, 2017

Faces of Pioneering Female Scientists Are Projected on Grand Central’s Ceiling in New York

For three days, New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal is showcasing a dazzling display that celebrates brilliant women. In the busy train station’s Main Concourse, passersby can see the faces of 12 famous female scientists and the incredible accomplishments they’ve made. Called Unseen Stars, it’s part of GE’s Balance the Equation Initiative, which aims to bridge the STEM gender gap by 2020.

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September 20, 2017

Book Lovers Remodel Brooklyn Home as a Secret Playground for Their Two Shy Cats

People who live with cats know that their furry friends are the ones that truly rule the household—the humans are simply guests. Many folks are happy with this arrangement, and they go as far as to accommodate their favorite felines with elaborate scratchers and toys; however, one couple in Brooklyn took it a step further and made their abode into a true cat house.

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September 19, 2017

Students Allowed to Wear Costumes for High School IDs and They Do Not Disappoint

By the time your senior year of high school rolls around, you’re ready to graduate. But why not have some fun while you’re eagerly waiting to don your cap and gown? The senior class at the North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan starts the year off right with a quirky tradition; they're encouraged to dress up in costume for their school ID photos.

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