Swarovski “crystalise” the sun, make it 1 billion times smaller

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Coke continue their Christmas reign

Coca-Cola has released fun new packaging in the UK that allows consumers to transform its label into a festive bow. The limited edition “bow bottles” are available from major supermarkets across its 1.75 litre range of drinks. This is the third year Coke has released a variation of what they used to call the ‘gift bottle’ in Europe, but we’re yet to see any love at home just yet. The design is simple and giftable but above all, it’s videoable. This fan video alone has racked up more than 400,000 views in 4 days:

Swarovski “crystalise” the sun, make it 1 billion times smaller

Swarovski and Design Miami designed a spherical structure 1 billionth the size of the sun. True story. The incredible El Sol installation is made of 2,880 custom Swarovski crystals, and the team invested 3 months of design and development work and 350 hours of engineering in the project. The structure also contains a sphere of LEDs that change colour in response to a video stream of the sun provided by NASA. The general consensus is that this design is pretty out of this world.

TV Ratings

X Factor final not enough to take over Block’s lead

The Block: Winner Announced – Wed Ch 9 1,818,000
Third Test – Australia V NZ Session 3 – Sun Ch 9 1,614,000
The Block: Grand Final – Wed Ch 9 1,576,000
The X Factor Grand Final: Winner Announced – Tues Ch 7 1,259,000
Third Test – Australia V NZ Session 3 – Sun Ch 9 1,219,000
The Block – Mon Ch 9 1,156,000
The X Factor Grand Final – Tues Ch 7 1,072,000
Third Test – Australia V NZ Session 3 – Fri Ch 9 1,057,000
Third Test – Australia V NZ Session 3 – Sat Ch 9 1,040,000
The X Factor – Mon Ch 7 1,034,000

The Band-Aid of the future has special healing powers

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has invented “the Band-Aid of the future”. The bandage is made of stretchy hydrogel embedded with electronics like LED lights, temperature sensors and drug delivery channels that act depending on the person’s skin temperature, to aid wound healing. The two guys behind the design went with using hydrogel (material made of water) that can easily bond to the skin, allowing it to attach to hard-to-stick areas. Science aside, Band-Aids are used to dress wounds or cover up wounds. MIT takes it a few steps further by incorporating the healing concept within it too. Here’s a demo:


Target Australia’s catalogue receives a global applause

It’s been a contentious topic for years and finally, Target Australia have answered the cries of many by breaking away from tradition this Christmas and shining a light on ‘real women’. The retail giant’s latest catalogue features a diverse pool of beautiful women varying in sizes, body shapes and ages, much to the delight of the masses following the story on social media. Target’s Facebook page has been inundated with comments, applauding their decision. As Target spokeswoman Kristene Reynolds says it’s a small but vital step “in continuing Target’s promise to make quality style and fashion not only more affordable but also more accessible and relevant for women.” Cheers Target!

Uber cars will stick out like a sore thumb

Uber cars are coming out. San Francisco company Wrapify envisage a decal decked out future for Uber in the US, similar to what we’ve seen on the boot and back of taxis for decades. The San Francisco based company can also go one step further by including insights and metrics through GPS tracking to monitor the number of impressions made on surrounding vehicles. Understandably, drivers will receive a fair chunk of money to participate and so far the response to the trial in the US has been very positive.

Viral video of the week

Matt Moran stuffs up his lamb dish to prove an important point

This is not your typical celebrity product plug. In a spot for child accident prevention organisation, Kidsafe, the celeb chef cooked a lamb loin in a car on a hot summer’s day at Bondi to show parents that the family car could easily become a deadly oven (up to a scary 83 degrees). The terrifying demonstration about the realities of leaving kids in hot cars was terrifying to parents – enough to spread the message over social media. The video has been viewed over 3 million times on Facebook and was also shared across popular programs like The Project and the Today Show. Prepare for a scare:

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