Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Lego Simpsons, Earth's new twin planet, a 13-year-old eagle huntress and more in our weekly look at the web

1. Vein$ Fingerprints aren’t the most secure passwordas any decent crime film shows, you leave them everywhere. Vein geometry, however, has been shown to be just as unique as fingerprintseven differing in twinsand could be a safer alternative. Palm-vein scanners have already been produced, and even integrated in laptops; the future has already arrived at Sweden’s Lund University, where a student has developed a vein …

Mandela’s Lithographs

Vibrating panties, Nendo's chopsticks, ancient brewers and more in our look at the web this week

“That window, you know, was actually a window to the world, because I could see quite a lot. I could see my mental horizons expand.” So explained Nelson Mandela to two British curators, who met with the utterly prolific world leader after he completed a series of colorful lithographs depicting his time spent imprisoned on Robben Island. Mandela’s surprising series of sketches, which include unseen …

T Burnett’s Analog Aspirations

Vibrating panties, Nendo's chopsticks, ancient brewers and more in our look at the web this week

With 50 years of professional experience and 13 Grammy awards (among countless others) on his shelf, T Burnett knows a thing or two about producing music. His recent collaboration, composing the soundtrack for the Coen brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” has once again put him in the limelight and in an interview with Variety, the creative force speaks about the “sonic realities of the day” …