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June 17, 2017
PUEBLA, Mexico (INTELLIHUB) — In March 2016, a team of spelunkers discovered the existence highly-sophisticated and detailed carvings on Jade tablets and large stones in one of three private caves.
News of the new discovery dubbed “the first meeting of the stones” spread quickly through the community after Cinco Radio’s Javier Lopez Diaz posted pictures of the advanced art on Twitter.
Shockingly, carvings found on the stones depict beings from other worlds along with what appear to be alien spacecraft.
The priceless tablets document previous interactions that took place between what appears to be advanced extraterrestrial life and the ancient Maya.
The artifacts are currently being analyzed by researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (NIAH) who will then decide whether the results will be later released publicly.
When you hear bad news, when you witness people treating each other and the planet poorly, it can be overwhelming. You feel angry, defeated, depressed. You may think that with one good deed, one motion to do the right thing, you can make a change, and then, everywhere you turn, it feels like more and more is coming in, working against you.
Others work actively to ignore some of society’s biggest flaws, refusing to listen to the news, to educate themselves on being a better environmental citizen, or to advocate against violence, racism, sexism, and so much more. But if we choose to turn a blind eye, we are choosing to be a part of the problem.
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
But to not lose faith means to not just be full of love. You cannot just be an innocent bystander when so many are suffering. You have to take action, both for your own health and for the health of all your human brethren. But where do you begin?
We begin with awareness.
And so while some people turn their heads, illustrator John Holocraft is looking at all the issues that devastate society right in the eye. Rather than just harping on all of these problems with words, however, he’s choosing to present them in a creative way.
Featuring a vintage feel reminiscent of 1950s advertising, Holocraft brings to light a variety of social issues and modern behaviour through his satirical illustrations that cover such issues as obesity, politics, society’s dependence on technology, the devaluation of the workforce, and more.
This brutally honest series will give you a lot to think about, and likely spark your desire to make a change.
May 23, 2017
Imagine clothing made with that stuff…
Vantablack is the blackest pigment known to man. So black, in fact, that it can make any three-dimensional object look like a flat two-dimensional surface.
People are freaking out over a series of photos of people holding something censored by what looks like a photoshopped black circle. Only that’s really just an object painted with Vantablack, the world’s blackest black.
Developed by UK-based Surrey NanoSystems three years ago, Vantablack has been fascinating both scientists and artists ever since. This amazing pigment is composed of a series of microscopic vertical tubes that deflect light between them, essentially trapping it. Vantablack apparently absorbs 99.96 percent of light that hits it, making any three-dimensional object coated with it look like a black two-dimensional flat surface. So the object in these photos could literally be anything and you could never tell unless looking it from an angle that reveals its texture and depth.
According to Artnet, the Vantablack-coated object showcased in these photos is a three-dimensional bowl, but thanks to the unique light-absorbing properties of this pigment, it just looks like a flat black circle, or, if you ask me, a creepy bottomless black hole.
“If you see it on a flat surface on its own, with no other black material to reference it against, it just looks like a black velvet surface,” Surrey NanoSystems chief technical officer Ben Jensen told ABC. “If you see it on a 3D object, like crinkled foil, the coated side still looks like a black two-dimensional flat surface. It’s only when you turn it around and you realise that it’s got a lot of dimensionality, that you grasp how different it is.”
When other conventional black surfaces are placed next to something coated with Vantablack, they allegedly look grey.
And even though the original Vantablack was black enough, Surrey NanoSystems has been hard at work trying to make it even darker. Last year, they unveiled an enhanced version of their pigment that is so black that it can’t even be measured with UV-VIS or MID-IR spectrometers. In a video, they run a high power laser pointer across a surface coated with Vantablack 2.0 and it just vanishes, as if no light is touching it.
crumpled tin foil coated with Vantablack
Surrey NanoSystems claims that their incredibly dark pigment is involved in a range of applications right now, “some of which are absolutely huge”, but Vantablack has been causing a lot of stir in the art world as well. Some artists would give anything to use Vantablack in their art, but right now one artist has exclusive rights over its artistic use.
English artist Anish Kapoor recognized the potential of Vantablack early on, and asked Surrey NanoSystems to work exclusively with him in an effort to discover artistic applications for the pigment. So right now, Kapoor is the only artist who has access to Vantablack, a fact that led to a very interesting feud with other fellow artists, including Stuart Temple, who recently created the world’s pinkest pink, and made it available to anyone except Anish Kapoor. He got his hands on it eventually, though.
Describing Vantablack, Kapoor told Artnet that it is “the blackest material in the universe after a black hole. It’s literally as if you could disappear into it.”
Photos: Surrey NanoSystems/Facebook
Three thieves cut a hole in a reinforced roof of a London warehouse, abseiled down 40ft, avoiding motion sensors en route, and stole 160 of the rarest books in the world valued at over £2 million, in possibly the most daring book heist in history.
The gang were filmed on CCTV which showed them ignoring everything else being stored in the warehouse located near London’s Heathrow airport, and throwing unwanted books away, checking the specific books stolen off a list as they went. Footage has not been released but the Metropolitan Police have confirmed the theft and are appealing for information from the public according to the Daily Mail.
The gang climbed back out, again avoiding detection, and made their getaway in a van that was waiting outside.
“It was clearly a robbery done to order. It was a specialized gang. They took only books, nothing else,” one collector told The Mail on Sunday.
One collector, Alessandro Meda Riquier, told SkyNews that he had lost 51 books, with several dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.
His second edition of Nicolaus Copernicus’ 1566 “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,” in which the scientific pioneer proposed that the Sun and not the Earth was the center of our solar system, is reportedly worth around £215,000.
“It’s impossible that these books will be on the regular market… Maybe you can go to someone and show him a book that has a value of £200,000 and ask him for £1,000 for that book.”
The heist is unprecedented in the antique book industry with The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers publishing a detailed list of the books taken on their website in the hopes that buyers come forward in the unlikely event that the thieves try to fence one of the stolen books.
Brian Lake, President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, told the Mirror: “Nothing like this has hit the rare books trade before.”
Other extremely rare works reportedly stolen in the raid include: Galileo’s 1656 “Opere di Galileo Galilei,” Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica” and an edition of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” dating from 1506.
Police investigating the crime have yet to confirm whether they have any leads on who the bold bookworms are.