Story Pod: the Open Story Library in Toronto

Designed by Architecture studio AKB, as its name suggested, “Story Pod” is a pod for stories. Located near Main Street in the town of Newmarket, the compact construction serves its purpose as a book exchange where visitors can take a book, leave a book, or lounge on the built-in seating for a relaxing reading session. The artistically designed structure is mainly made with a series of vertical slats. When the slats are closer together, they look like an opaque wall. But when it is open, it becomes a little heaven for book lover. To invite readers into the space, Story Pod’s doors pivot open in the morning to mimic the covers of a book. Once nighttime falls and the doors are locked to protect the books, energy efficient LED lights (which are powered by the roof’s solar panels) make the structure look like a lantern. Such a cool idea, and I hope there is one besides my home.

Story Pod: the Open Story Library in Toronto
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Super Realistic Wooden Food Sculpture

How would you feel if you find some food look like real but actually made of wood when you are quite hungry. That is pretty much how I feel when I saw Seiji Kawasaki’s wooden food. The Japanese wood carving artist creates some ultra-realistic looking food made out of wood, such as shrimp, fish, potato chips, croissants, toast and chocolate. Of course, only carving can’t make food sculpture look like below. The other reason of why those wooden food are so realistic is because of Kawasaki’s painting skill. He took quite time to paint his wood work with such details and make them looks like real food.

Super Realistic Wooden Food Sculpture
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Would You Become Something You Eat Most? Elysia chlorotica, The First Animal-Plant Hybrid Creator

Would You Become Something You Eat Most? It sounds like a silly question, but apparently, the brilliant emerald green sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, manages to do that. Although this green little guy does have a lot in common with the green leaves, they are totally different from their nature. And according to some scientist, “There is no way on earth that genes from an alga should work inside an animal cell.” But in fact, it seems like the green sea slug has hijacked enough plant genes to become the first animal who is able to produce chlorophyll just like a plant – rely on sunshine for its nutrition. It still a complete mystery how it manages to do that, but it won’t stop making this little emerald animal a super star – who is known as the only example of functional gene transfer from one multi-cellular species to another. Such an amazing world!

Would You Become Something You Eat Most? Elysia chlorotica, The First Animal-Plant Hybrid Creator
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