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Under the Skin

The Dermestidae family of beetles have a fondness for eating dead things. Proving yet again that there is no such thing as a free lunch, these little scavengers have to work for their food at the Natural History Museum in London, UK.

When the museum needs to prepare a skeleton for showing in a collection, they don’t use chemicals that can damage the bones. Instead they turn to their tiniest of employees, the Dermestes haemorrhoidalis. Watch as these flesh-eating beetles strip the tissues off a great green macaw, a tawny owl, and a pheasant in this time-lapse video. There is no musical accompaniment so might I suggest you play an appropriate Frank Sinatra song in another browser tab.

[via Obvious Winner]

We Review: BreakQuest Extra Evolution

BreakQuest: Extra Evolution, a Breakout clone, is a PlayStation Minis game from Beatshapers (the same wonderful people who brought us WizOrb, reviewed here). It’s the successor to the original 2004 Break Quest game from Nurium Games (also ported to PSP by Beatshapers). I took up my handy bat and ball to see what it was all about.

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This “Workout Fails” Compilation Will Exercise Your Laughing Muscles

I love exercise as much as the next couch potato. When done right, exercise helps to tone and improve one’s physical and mental health. However, when the workout train take a turn to FAILtown, my laughing muscles certainly get a good stretch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6CZbjiRHsM

[via @thelawry]

Cheetahs Finish First

We’ve seen Phantom cameras being put to good use before. Tom Guilmette was stuck in a hotel room with one, while Ty Migota had fun with cocktails, and Zach King broke up a tea party. And Gallagher, well, he’s just Gallagher.

This time, National Geographic in collaboration with the Cincinnati Zoo used the pricey Phantom gear to shoot one of nature’s fastest creatures. In full stride, the cheetah can reach speeds up to 120 km/h, and the team used the high-speed camera to capture the animal’s gait at 1,200 frames per second. Expectedly, the results are stunning. Have a look at Cheetahs on the Edge below.

[via io9]

Tune for Two

In a frozen part of the world, a man is dragged through the snow. His vision is blurry but he sees someone digging a grave. He expects the inevitable as his killer points a gun at the back of his head, but the execution takes an unexpected turn when the man says his last words. Have a look at Tune for Two below.

Tune for Two was created by alfa primo.

[via SA Gamer]

We Review: Okami HD

One of the most beautiful games in existence makes an HD return to the PlayStation. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Capcom, I got a chance to review this game. Does it stand up to memory? Is it still as good as before? Let me paint you a (verbal) picture of what I found.

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Atomic Orbits: Colourful Light Paintings by Andrew Hall

Photographer Andrew Hall is fascinated by patterns. In a series of long exposure shots that he calls Orbs, Hall rigs up multi-coloured LED lights to spin in circles on different axes. His light paintings result in wonderfully colourful and hypnotizing three-dimensional patterns that look like electrons spinning around an atom. He says all the shots are produced in a singe exposure, with no retouching at all. Have a look at some of Hall’s atomic orbits after the jump.

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Lovely Little Lies

We tell little lies all the time. Just one more level and I’ll come to bed. I wouldn’t eat KFC without you. I did not move your cheese.

In Daily Dishonesty, graphic designer Lauren Hom shows her love for typography by drawing out the lies that she tells herself on a regular basis. Have a looks at some of them after the jump.

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Straight & Arrow: The Shocking Music Video

For the music video to his song Straight & Arrow, New York musician FaltyDL and Japanese artist Daito Manabe got a lending hand from a few volunteers.

The “dancers” were hooked up to electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) machines and their arms and hands were shocked into movements that matched the beat of the tune. Have a look at the human visualizers in the music video to Straight & Narrow below.

[via Fast Co.]

We Review: Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Do you feel the need? The need for…Burnout? The Need for Speed series has seen some 18 titles since its beginnings in 1994, and in the last couple of years, the franchise has had its ups and downs, trying to stay relevant.

2012 hasn’t really been a bumper year for arcade racers so any title that randomly wandered into my rear view would have my attention (Ed: I see you ignored Ben 10 Intergalactic Racing, though…). As luck would have it, those veteran developers—Criterion Games (who also updated Hot Pursuit)—are once again in charge of rebooting another Need for Speed staple.

I like Need for Speed but I love Burnout. Does the latest Need for Speed: Most Wanted look to combine the best of both worlds? Let’s check under the hood. Vroom!

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