A Million Lines of Code

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To help the non-code-savvy perceive the size (and potential) of a million lines of code, “Information is Beautiful” author David McCandless designed a simple infographic that includes software programs, print books, history and even organisms to compare relative total lines of code. A million lines of code is equivalent to “War and Peace” 14 times over; Facebook has more code than the Large Hadron collider …

The Pixelstick

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Light painting—the art of capturing a moving light source via long exposure photography—has a surprisingly extensive history. For over 100 years, artists have been cranking down camera shutter speeds and getting creative with light, but the greatest advancement in the field may be in the Pixelstick. Developed by Brooklyn-based tech design house Bitbanger Labs, the Pixelstick allows light painters to import images onto the stick …

Air Pollution Vacuum

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Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed a “vacuum cleaner” which uses copper coils to generate an electromagnetic field which would pull airborne particles in smog down to earth for cleaning and disposal. The device is not a cure-all answer however, as Roosegaarde says he designed the tool to help draw attention to air pollution in general, and to encourage others to think creatively …