Technics is set to resurrect its classic SP-10 as the SP-10R, what the company is referring to as the “most premium analog, direct-drive turntable to date.”
Upon being previewed via prototype at IFA 2017 in Berlin, we see the SP-10R boasting a hefty 7KG platter constructed from brass, aluminum and rubber. The power supply is then featured in a separate unit altogether, with hopes of eliminating vibration. “Cogging,” a common rotation irregularity, is then done away with thanks to a coreless direct drive that Technics has used on previous models.
The SP-10R’s wow and flutter rate then sits at a low 0.015 percent, in comparison to most quality turntables finding themselves at or under 0.25 percent.
In addition, Technics insists the SP-10R obtains the world’s best signal-to-noise ratio at 92db.
For now, these are all the specs we have on Technics’s new SP-10R turntable, which is expected to arrive in Summer 2018.
The British Library has fully digitized one of Leonardo da Vinci’s visionary notebooks, ‘The Codex Arundel’, and anyone is free to view and browse the prized historical artifact in amazing high-resolution detail.
The British Library has uploaded 570 high-res images of the notebook, which features a collection of papers written in Italian by Leonardo da Vinci (b. 1452, d. 1519), in his characteristic left-handed mirror-writing (reading from right to left), including diagrams, drawings and brief texts, covering a broad range of topics in science and art, as well as personal notes.
The core of the notebook is a collection of materials that Leonardo describes as “a collection without order, drawn from many papers, which I have copied here, hoping to arrange them later each in its place according to the subjects of which they treat”, a collection he began in the house of Piero di Braccio Martelli in Florence, in 1508. To this notebook has subsequently been added a number of other loose papers containing writing and diagrams produced by Leonardo throughout his career.
‘The Codex Arundel’ offers a glimpse into one of the most brilliant minds humankind has ever known. Da Vinci has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal. [source]
Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”. [source]
Below you will find select pages from the fascinating notebook. You can see it in its entirety by clicking here.
Where on Earth? Atacama Desert, Chile GPS Coordinates: 24°30′S 69°15′W
Two years ago in this very column, we wrote about a rare natural phenomenon that turns one of the driest places on the planet into a vast inland sea of pinks, purples and blues: the Atacama Desert ‘superbloom’. All across the desert’s southern edge, pink Malva flowers, red Garra de léon, purplish Pata de guanaco, red…
Is there any end to what Miranda July can do? For her most recent endeavour, the artist, writer and filmmaker has opened an interfaith charity shop on the third floor of Selfridges, surrounded by the likes of Vetements, J.W. Anderson and Kenzo. The project is a collaboration between Islamic Relief, Norwood Jewish charity, London Buddhist Centre and Spitalfields Crypt Trust; the organisations’ shop staff are in charge of running the pop-up, which is filled with donated…
Welcome to the buzzing, thumping future of speaker design.
What if the curtains in your house doubled as speakers, and sound were part of–not separate from–the interior architecture of your home? What if music itself became something tactile, another texture to add to the living room?
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In Australia it seems everything is just a bit more dangerous. The animals are bigger, the insects are deadlier, and apparently some roads are so long and boring, the government has erected trivia signs in ‘fatigue zones’ to keep drivers alert and reduce crashes and fatalities.
Reddit user eppinizer recently shared an example of these trivia road signs while driving on the A1 just north of Tooloombah Creek Conservation Park in Queensland.
You can find a second example from Google Maps that was spotted by reddit user swaggler, travelling north on the New England Highway in southeast Queensland.
It would be interesting to know if these signs have led to a reduction in crashes and fatalities. It’s a shame the signs weren’t digital as that would have allowed them to update the trivia questions!
As so often is the case, one YouTube video of a pack of wolves hunting led me to another hunting video and then another and yadda, yadda, yadda I’m really tired.
Below you will find three videos showing how a wolf pack, lion pride and chimp troop work as an intelligent, cohesive unit to bring down their prey.
Warning: The following videos contain footage that some may find graphic. It shows animals being hunted and killed by other animals and may not be suitable for young children. Viewer discretion is advised.