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  • 24h of Le Mans
    It is a right decision to congratulate the 24h of Le Mans with the title of the most famous car race of the world. For this French circuit (which route is a common road in the rest of the year) passed the most fabulous bolides conducted by the best pilots -- some of them found there the death. At this racetrack happened the most...
  • Caricature - Michelle Obama
    Illustrations by Henrique Monteiro, text by Priscilla Santos In August 2008, Radar Magazine put a picture of the new American First Lady on the cover with the following headline: "What's so frightening about Michelle Obama?”. At the beginning of the month, unfavourable impressions hovered over the wife of the democratic candidate; it was said she was sarcastic and that, during the few times se...
  • John Buscema - the last Marvel master
    When I was little, I had a passion for drawings with impacient, quick lines. The artists never called my attention in particular, but rather the drawing situations. My first praise to art was over a logo for a cement factory of a muscular figure in an Herculean pose where its simple and precise lines stood out....
  • Old drugs and home medicines
    If you think some of the today's medicines, such as Prozac or Vicodin, are too strong and you are afraid to take them, perhaps you are right. Only a specialist can prescribe them, under very specific conditions, as each pacient is a different case. However, our ancestors took other kinds of medicine that were more aggressive, without a care in the world, trustingly. The...
  • LHC - the end of the world machine
    It seems like, this time, the largest particle accelerator in the world, the LHC - Large Hadron Collider will actually start working. With a budget of 4 billion euros, it is the largest machine on the planet, with a perimetre of almost 27km and a total of 9 300 superconducting magnets in its interior....
  • Stunning wine-cellars
    Those who appreciate wine know that you can't just take the cork off a bottle and drink it. Everything has to have a certain magic. From the choice of the kind of grape to the harvest, from opening the bottle to the glasses used, the aromas, the waiting for a special occasion, the people gathered together, the place chosen. In short, drinking wine is,...
  • Glastonbury - one of the biggest UK festivals
    During festival season in Europe, Glastonbury is one of the biggest, or biggest outdoors, gigs. One hundred and ninety people attended the 2009 edition of this event (virtually a Woodstock), that was wrapped-up last 28th of July. Among the hundreds of attractions, some of the best were Neil Young, Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, Bruce Springsteen, Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal, Spinal Tap, Blur, Prodigy, Bon Iver,...
  • The evolution of Michael Jackson´s face
    Until recently, Michael Jackson was considered eccentric, demented and, even, a pedophile. Now that he has passed away, the "king of Pop" title was finally given back to him. Personal opinions aside, one thing is for sure, the American singer has always been controversial and, apparently, enjoyed it. He thrived on eccentricities and obsessions. One of his most apparent and baffling compulsions was the...
  • Undemocratic pins
    Truth be told, there was a lot of creativity behind this sad invention. Using pins or needles placed on the shirt collar was a pretty creative technique found to ensure that the pompous Chinese military parades were flawless. After all, who would (literally) want to risk their neck during the Olympic Games' year? All for those perfect, syncronized movements. Like the old animal trainers,...
  • Kalinin K-7 - a massive aircraft
    During the early 1930s, a team of scientists led by Konstantin Kalinin tried to solve some of the most complex problems in aviation design. Thus the idea to create the Kalinin K-7 was born. It would be a plane of huge proportions, especially designed for overseas flights....
  • Literary destinations
    Paris Yes, books are able to help us travel through many places, be they real or not; but what would it be like to extrapolate fiction and get to know the senses of the places where the stories, as imagined by the writers, are set? What was, not so long ago, an adventure exclusive to intelectuals, avid literature lovers, has become a new area...
  • The hearts of the Earth
    Mangal em Voh, New Caledonia (photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand) This pictured travelled the world. It hasn't been airbrushed and it isn't a digital manipulation. The heart shape of this clearing was not designed by men, but is rather a natural process of vegetation elimination due to the water's salinity in the region. It became one of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's most famous pictures and served as...
  • Nereus - submersible watercraft
    Nereus is an innovative concept by designer Mathias Koehler, which combines a water bike with a paper kite. The control of the vehicle is assured by two pedals, while the handlebars allow the Nereus to perform its most notable feature: its ability to submerge. The immersion, however, is short-lasting, as the vessel's light structure impels it to the surface....
  • a bird`s sight - a never-before-seen Russia
    From up there, it seems splendid. And it is. The economical problems, the social wounds, the dirt, alas, everything that doesn't matter and ends up disappearing when you watch the a place in this way. Just like a big bird that looks down while it flies, the helicopter flew over thousands of kilometres. Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Rostov, Novosibirsk, along with several other cities,...
  • Michel Tcherevkoff: Shoes made from plants
    Artists share with the insane the uncontrollable urge to always see something beyond what is seen. That's how they transform objects, nature and bodies into new objects, with new natures and new shapes. It's in this category that French photographer Michel Tcherevkoff's productions fit in: photographing things that are simply there doesn't interest me. In this way, from manipulation to manipulation of what he...
  • Geography of music: Fiona Apple, books to put away, wood sounds
    When I don't like a musician or a writer that everyone tells me I might like, I keep my mouth shut and/ or keep myself in the security of indifference, more or less polite, although, I admit, I may be forced into speaking nonsense. Or I may take the initiative myself. Inside, when I think about it, I defend myself with silly arguments. But...
  • The colours of the Nudibranch
    The nudibranch are small marine mollusks, about 2 to 6 cm long, similar to "sea slugs". They live wherever there's salt water, so their variety is huge, reaching the 3000 different species. Their main trait is the richness of their colour, that covers their body and allows an effective camouflage in coral reefs, their main habitat. The nudibranch are as graceful as they are...
  • Feist and the lyricism of the senses jumping off the window
    Leslie Feist, the name of the girl with a peculiarly velvety voice with unpredictable tones who was born in Canada, 32 years ago, doesn't have a career that is easy to describe; none of that playing in a band, being discovered and going straight up in the Billboard charts. Somewhere between wanting to be a writer and walking in her socks through the dressing...
  • Land Rover sculpture
    It was unveiled in the middle of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is the biggest event about vehicles in the world, nowadays and takes place in England. In 2006, it recieved more than 150 000 visitors during 3 days of celebrations that displayed from common cars to F1 cars. Now, imagine placing a giant sculpture with 5 dangling Land Rover cars in the...
  • BMW GINA concept
    The acronym GINA stands for Geometry and Functions In ‘N’ Adaptions and its concept is simple: make a car body out of fabric. However, its advantages are not only its lightness, the car can also change its shape thanks to its "skin"....
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