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Piamo: Your Espresso Maker for the Microwave

Piamo is an innovative design that creates a fresh cup of espresso within 30 seconds. All you need to do is to fill water into the water chamber and add a espresso pad or ground powder into the filter. Assemble it and place into the microwave and heat for 30 seconds at 800 watts. During the short 30 second, piamo takes advantage of heating to build up pressure and press water through the coffee. 30 seconds later, your fresh espresso is waiting for you. Right now, developed in partnership with design studio Lunar Europe, the Piamo has been through “several tiers of prototypes” and Meyl’s company gemodo coffee is currently raising money on the German crowd-funding website startnext to bring the product to market.

Don’t forget to take a look at the video at the bottom to see how Piamo actually works.

Piamo: Your Espresso Maker for the Microwave

Time Is Dancing: Creative Ballerina Poses Clock

In these days, wall clock is more like a decoration than a device which tells time. Many of us even don’t own a clock at all. Take a look at the interesting clock “Time Is Dancing” designed by German designer Meike Harde. Generally, it is a simple, round clock with a single ballerina on the front. The upper body and two legs are separate pieces that move and bend depending on the hour. As time ticks by, the minimalist design displays minutes and hours through the elegant movements of the dancer – jump, pirouettes or splits. Quite impressive right? I would love to have one at home.

Time Is Dancing: Creative Ballerina Poses Clock

Stunning Macro Photography of Bee by the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program is an organization that monitors the health and habitat of bees in the U.S. as well as creating archival reference catalogs that aid researchers in the identification of bee species in North America. To identify the species, extremely high resolution photography is needed, which gives us the opportunity to enjoy the incredible detail of these insect. These super clear and well executed photos are more than just documentary, they are kind of art actually. You can clearly see the beauty of insects’ arrangement and their natural color shades. If you like them, you can find more of these bee portraits on Flickr.

Stunning Macro Photography of Bee by the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Incredibly Intricate Scenery Cut Out from Rice Paper

Chinese artist Bovey Lee continues to amaze us by her incredible detailed paper cutting art. She meticulously cuts intricate scenes of plants, roads, people, and architecture on those arge thin sheets of Chinese rice paper. It is quite impressive to look at the detailed photos of Lee’s paper cut and make you wonder how she can create that intricate scenes on the easily broken paper. Bovey Lee’s work is rooted in her traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy training combined with modern computer technology and her own innovations. As Lee says “When I cut paper, it is a visceral reaction and natural response to my affection for precision, detail, and subtlety.”

Bovey Lee’s website

Incredibly Intricate Scenery Cut Out from Rice Paper

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