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SThe Art of Mechanized Puppets

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Haruki Nakamura is a Japanese designer who adds a mechanical touch to the ancient art of Kirigami, an origami-like technique that uses cuts in addition to folds. 
Nakamura creates whimsical paper creatures that move in innovative ways when prompted by human touch. These paper puppets come alive when either pressed, poked, or prodded in certain places. You’ll find a wide variety of paper dolls either performing amazing acrobatics,  showcasing disguises or coming out of their shells.

Nakamura only sells his paper creations  via his online shop, and only ships within Japan. However, if you’re interested in learning more or want to create your own, check out Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move, or Kirigami: The Art Of Folding & Cutting Paper.

Haruki Nakamura: Website | Shop

Railbiking in the Adirondacks

North Creek Revolution Rail

If you’re visiting the Adirondacks, don’t skip the railbiking excursion with Revolution Rail Co. 

What is Railbiking?

Railbiking is a fun new activity that allows you to ride the railroad tracks and explore the Adirondacks along the banks of the Hudson River. It’s the ultimate scenic adventure trail on a railbike. you can either rent a quad or a tandem bike, depending on your group.

How does it work?

Once you’ve reserved your date and time, you have to check in at the historic North Creek Railroad Station. The Revolution Rail Co team will take guests on a short shuttle ride to the departure location.   After a short safety briefing, the tour guides will lead the railbikers further north on a 6 mile round trip cruise. The entire trip takes about 2 hours. 

 Are kids allowed on the railbike?

Kids age 4 and up can ride in their own seat, using our seat belts. Toddlers can ride in either a front-mounted child carrier, or on their own seat with a 5-point harness. Infants can ride with mom or dad in a front-mounted child carrier (like a Baby Bjorn).

​How much does it cost?

A trip on a quad bike, which seats four people, costs $130.

A trip on a tandem bike, which seats two people, costs $70.

For more details, contact Revolution Rail Co.:

3 Railroad Place
North Creek, NY 12853
USA

518-251-2345

Kiehl’s & Disney team up for the Holidays 

kiehls disney collaborationJust in time for this holiday season, Kiehl’s and Disney are teaming up to donate 100% of the net profits of the new Disney x Kiehl’s collection (up to $100,000) to Feeding America.

To raise awareness for Feeding America, Disney and Kiehl’s are partnering up. It’s staggering to know that one in six kids in America do not know where their next meal is coming from.

For all excited buyers who are eager to help the world (and their skin), shop this awesome collaboration:  the Special Edition Collection For A Cause ($45, donates 350 meals), the Special Edition Creme de Corps Grapefruit Whipped Body Butter ($38, donates 355 meals), the Special Edition Scented Hand Cream Trio ($35, donates 310 meals), and the Special Edition Hydration Essentials Gift Set ($29, donates 210 meals).

Body Energy Stickers to the Rescue

man-beach-sea-coast-ocean-silhouette-1349125-pxhere.com.jpgIf you’re feeling tired, anxious or distracted, would you be willing to apply a sticker and skip your latte?

Body Vibes are the latest wellness trend. They are smart stickers programmed to deliver natural frequencies to balance the body.

Through a proprietary technology, frequencies are recorded and stored within the sticker. The key is to properly apply the sticker to your bare skin. Once applied, the sticker begins broadcasting stored frequencies which then begin to influence the cells in your body. This causes a balancing effect, restoring your body to its optimal electrical frequencies.

There are stickers for mental focus, mood lift, anti-anxiety among others. If you want to give them a try, go for the Sacred 6 Variety Pack.

“The cell is a machine driven by energy. It can thus be approached by studying matter or by studying energy. In every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.”

– Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine

Digital Ocean Playground in Times Square

 

Image credit: National Geographic Encounter

The National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey has opened in Times Square.  You will walk-through a 60,000-square-foot space, and experience virtual interactions with sea lions, rays, dolphins and see virtual humpback whales, great white sharks and Humboldt squids. The experience lasts about 90minutes.

You’ll be guided through awesome animation, huge projection screens, immersive sound and an interactive technology room with touch screens, holograms and games.


Tickets go on sale July 11, and all tickets are attached to time-slots. The experience opens to the public in October 2017.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey experience at 226 44th St (natgeoencounter.com). $39.50, seniors $36.50, children 12 and under $32.50.

Amazon Launches a STEM Club

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Amazon has launched a new monthly subscription program for kids. This program includes highly curated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) toys that will encourage kids to learn through play.

What’s in a box?

Amazon editors work closely with smart brands to handpick the best STEM toys. From programmable robots to crystal kits and chemistry sets.

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How much does it cost?

A STEM Club Toy Subscription costs $19.99/month plus applicable taxes. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
For more details go to the site.

Trump Exploring Panel On Vaccine Safety

vaccinevia Trump Exploring Panel On Vaccine Safety – Disability Scoop

WASHINGTON — Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has warned of a discredited link between childhood immunizations and the development of autism, has accepted an invitation from President-elect Donald Trump to lead a commission “on vaccine safety and scientific integrity,” he told reporters Tuesday.

A Trump spokeswoman would not confirm Kennedy’s comment.

Kennedy, son of the late U.S. attorney general, said the president-elect “has some doubts” about vaccine policies but said both of them were in favor of vaccines.

“His opinion doesn’t matter, but the science does matter, and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science,” Kennedy said. “Everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have … (are) as safe as they possibly can be.”

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump transition team, said only that the president-elect was “exploring the possibility” of a commission, but that no decision has been made.

“The president-elect enjoyed his discussion with Robert Kennedy Jr. on a range of issues and appreciates his thoughts and ideas,” Hicks said. “The president-elect looks forward to continuing the discussion about all aspects of autism with many groups and individuals.”

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