In 2014, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant contacted conceptual design studioÂ Lernert & Sander to create a piece for a special documentary photography issue about food. Lernert & Sander responded with this somewhat miraculous photo of 98 unprocessed foods cut into extremely precise 2.5cm cubes aligned on a staggered grid.
The times, they are a changin’ — and with that, so are our diets.
A new infographic from Vox writer Danielle Kurtzleben examines the food patterns of Americans from 1972 to 2012, and the results are eye-opening to say the least. Using data from Department of Agriculture records that track the per capita availability of various food items, Kurtzleben was able to illustrate how American diets have shifted over the past 40 years. As Kurtzleban writes, the USDA data below “doesn’t show exact consumption levels — rather, it shows the total supply divided by the number of Americans.”
Forty years ago, American diets were stocked with whole milk, canned cabbage and frozen plums. Now, Americans have more fresh fruits and vegetables available than in years past. Some items, like avocados, saw a 1,000 percent increase in availability since 1972. Mangoes saw a 2,800 percent increase.
Danish geophysicist Inge Lehmann was born on this day in 1888. Lehmann first proposed the idea that Earthâ€™s core was not a mass of molten metal, but in fact was solid in the middle, subject to such immense pressure that it forced the super-hot iron and nickel back into a denser state.
Austrian director and visual artist Clemens Wirth created this gorgeous visual feast of gravitational experiments called Gravity. With the exception of a segment depicting digital black fabric, all the visuals were made with practical effects inside a special rig that can be rotated 360Â° with or without the camera. Wirth says he found inspiration both from the film Inception, and a similar project from a few years ago by Feedme Design.
Combining elements of IKEA ingenuity and their own classic line of modular toys, Meccano (makers of Erector Sets) is now offering a new type of do-it-yourself furniture modeled on their own miniature for-kids equivalents.
Several years ago, Russian graphic designer Ruslan Khasanov was cooking with oil and soy sauce when he stopped to appreciate the strange relationship between the two fluids as the pooled and mixed in unexpected ways. The observation lead to his creation of Pacific Light, a sort of experimental music video meets science project that captures the up-close interactions of ink, oil, and soap. Khasanov just released a follow-up videoâ€”now with glitter!â€”calledOdyssey. Music by Ilya Beshevli.