Laser-Etchings

The Dillinger Escape Plan: Under The Running Board. Bronze and black merge 10" with laser etched back. 2016 reissue. Recorded in 1997. Limited to 1250. Relapse Records.

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Further proof that science is super awesome: two mesmerizing gifs and one beautiful photo of a special new metal, recently created by scientists at the University of Rochester, that’s so extraordinarily hydrophobic that water droplets actually bounce off its surface.

Previously layers of chemicals have been used create surfaces that repel water. This metal has been laser-etched creating a hydrophobic nanostructure on the metal itself. Because they’ve physically altered the actual surface of the metal, the water-repellent properties will not wear off, unlike those chemical coatings.

Their research paper says they made the metals using a “powerful and precise laser-patterning technique that creates an intricate pattern of micro- and nanoscale structures to give the metals their new properties.” According to Chunlei Guo, professor of optics at Rochester the effect is amazing:

“The material is so strongly water-repellent, the water actually gets bounced off. Then it lands on the surface again, gets bounced off again, and then it will just roll off from the surface.”

There are all sorts of possible applications for this awesome innovation, including making airplane surfaces that repel water, which means they’ll never get icy, non-stick pans, and waterproof just about anything.

“They are also thinking of applying the technique to create 100-percent efficient water recollection systems in underdeveloped countries and the creation of latrines in areas where water is not abundant enough to allow for effective cleaning.”

Click here to learn more about this amazing breakthrough, including videos demonstrating the laser etching technique and possible applications for the altered hydrophobic materials.

[via Sploid and the University of Rochester]

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Wim Delvoy  - Gothic Works

Wim Delvoye (born 1965 in Wervik, West Flanders)is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his inventive and often shocking projects. Much of his work is focused on the body. He repeatedly links the attractive with the repulsive, creating work that holds within it inherent contradictions- one does not know whether to stare, be seduced, or to look away. As Robert Enright wrote in Border Crossings, “Delvoye is involved in a way of making art that reorients our understanding of how beauty can be created”. Wim Delvoye has an eclectic oeuvre, exposing his interest in a range of themes, from bodily function, to the Catholic Church, and numerous subjects in between. He lives and works in Belgium, but recently moved to China after a court of law judged his pig tattoo art projects illegal.

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Woodlands: Custom Kanto Wooden Map

There is a new map in the excellent Woodlands series from Neutral Ground, the digital woodshop based out of New Orleans, Louisiana! Designed in collaboration with illustrator Daniel Mackey, this particular map details the the colorful Kanto region from the world of Pokemon which we all know and love. Check out the full map description and details here.

Every map is laser-etched on hand-selected maple ply that measures 18-½" wide by 14" tall, with a keyhole slot on the back for hanging, available for sale only at the Neutral Ground Shop. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook for more updates on this excellent series.

Part 1: Hyrule | Part 2: Dinosaur Land | Part 3: Tristram | Part 4 Hogwarts

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The Legend of Zelda strategy guide boxed set available for $79.99 at Best Buy.

This boxed set is on sale for $79.99 (50% off) in the USA right now at Best Buy, the set includes hardcover guides for:


Ocarina of Time 3D, Spirit Tracks, Phantom Hourglass, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword


Plus:
2-sided laser etched metallic bookmark with protective case, a chest box to store it all and a Individually numbered certificate of authenticity with a signature and message from Mr. Eiji Aonuma.

Get it at 

Best Buy
or Amazon

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Woodlands: Hyrule Laser-Etched Wood Map 

This beautiful wooden map is the first in a series of maps from Neutral Ground, a new ‘digital woodshop’ based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Designed in collaboration with Alex Griendling, this series pays tribute to classic maps from video games, and to the explorers who dedicated themselves to discovering everything in them.

Each map is laser-etched on pieces of hand-selected maple ply that measure 18-½" wide by 14" tall, with a keyhole slot in the rear for hanging. Check out the full details at the Neutral Ground Shop, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook for more updates on the series.

Watch Droplets Bounce Off Amazing New Water-Repellent Metal

Scientists have used lasers to create a water-repelling metal surface that acts like a trampoline for water droplets.

Researchers at the University of Rochester, who published an article in the Journal of Applied Physics this week, used lasers to etch micro- and nanoscale structures into a metal surface that make it almost completely water-repellent, or hydrophobic.”

See the full video at timemagazine.

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Woodlands: The World of Witchcraft & Wizardry Wooden Map

Another laser-etched wooden map in the exclusive series from Neutral Ground, a digital woodshop based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Designed in collaboration with Logan Faerber, an excellent illustrator based in Massachusetts. This particular map details the famous school of Hogwarts, and the places from the series we all know and love, essential for any witch or wizard studying the area.

Every map is laser-etched on hand-selected maple ply that measures 18-½" wide by 14" tall, with a keyhole slot on the back for hanging, available for sale only at the Neutral Ground Shop. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook for more updates on this excellent series.

Part 1: Hyrule | Part 2: Dinosaur Land | Part 3: Tristram