Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Revealing Banksy's indentity, NASA's new invention, the darkest pigment in the world and more in our look at the web

1. Banksy’s True Identity

Using a technique called “geographic profiling”—which is mostly used to catch serial criminals—scientists at Queen Mary University of London claim to have discovered the true identity of the infamous street artist Banksy. After building a geoprofile from the locations of 140 of Bansky’s suspected artworks, the team was able to pinpoint different “hot spots” all strongly linked to one individual: Robin Gunningham, the person previously outed as Banksy back in 2008.

2. Instant Learning is Close to Becoming a Reality

Anyone who’s ever studied for a test, prepared for a job interview, or watched The Matrix has probably wished they could instantly download information to their brain. It sounds completely sci-fi, but scientists are on the brink of making it a reality. Researchers at HRL Laboratories have successfully proven that using transcranial direct current stimulation on pilot trainees can rapidly advance their flying skills. The technology could one day be used for driver’s training, SAT prep or even language learning.

3. How a Team of Brave Pilots are Delivering Aid to Isolated Areas

The people who most urgently need medical supplies, food and other aid are oftentimes located in the most isolated areas. The Mission Aviation Fellow (MAF) is dedicated to delivering these life-saving supplies—thanks to their fleet of “bush planes” and a crew of highly trained pilots who can fly in and out of almost any terrain. In his latest video, Dustin of SmarterEveryDay paid a visit to MAF for a look at their specially designed planes and to learn how they’re able to complete such treacherous take-offs and landings.

4. The World of Sex Doll Manufacturing

For his photo series “Sex Dolls,” photographer Robert Benson ventured into a sex doll factory to capture their unusual manufacturing process. Inside, he discovered a slightly bizarre set-up, with plastic bodies hanging from the ceiling, a line-up of mouths awaiting assembly, and a chart of nipple sizes for workers to choose from. His resulting images depict the dolls in an environment completely opposite of their erotic nature.

5. Seven Tiny, Instagram-able Hotels Across the World

More than just a place to sleep, hotels are sometimes the sole reason for travel. With that in mind, Interior Design Magazine has rounded up seven tiny hotels across the world—from France to Malaysia to Mexico—that astound guests with their dreamy interiors. Some offer immersive, art-filled spaces while others utilize unique construction and design methods that are perfect for Instagramming.

6. The Darkest Pigment in the World

British artist Anish Kapoor is currently the only person in the world with the rights to use Vantablack—a pigment so dark, it traps 99.96% of incoming light. Vantablack was first created by British company NanoSystems and is made up of microscopic tubes that capture light and bounce it around internally—allowing just a fraction to escape. It was originally developed for military use, but Kapoor plans to use the paint for his artworks.

7. Lunchtime Photos of Everyday Citizens During the ’70s

Throughout the late ‘70s, photographer Charles H Traub traveled around Chicago, New York City and several European cities to capture everyday citizens during lunch time. His impromptu shots show his subjects—all dressed in the charismatic outfits of the time—as they pose for the camera—some clearly a bit perplexed by the situation. Click through to see more from the photo series, titled “Lunch Time.”

8. NASA Begins Working on the Concorde Jet’s Successor

NASA has hired aerospace company Lockheed Martin to design a “low-boom” supersonic passenger plane that could become the successor to the famous Concorde jet. The “low-boom” specification of the design would require it to break the sound barrier with a “soft thump” rather than the boisterous boom supersonic flight is known for. It will be the first X-plane in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative.

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