This Wired Wallpaper Could Turn Your House Into A Fire Alarm

Graphene has many uses, but its latest application might be the most unexpected: fire-detecting wallpaper.

Wallpaper can be a serious contributor to house fires, since it’s often highly flammable and helps spread flames faster throughout a building. But scientists are experimenting with a new type of wallpaper that isn’t just flame-resistant, but actually detects fires with the help of graphene. Just like your average wallpaper, the stuff can be manufactured in different colors and printed commercially for designers and decorators, but it contains none of the potentially hazardous flame retardant chemicals with which most wallpaper must be treated.

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The Shirk Report – Volume 467

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
When your opponent calls your bluff
Tis better to have loved and lost then to have never loved at all
#blessed
Whoa
Whoa!
Those that air dry know
What the frick
This guy
Best name ever?
When your existential crisis manifests itself
When you find out all M&M’s and Fruit Loops are the same favour
When I found out they were all the same flavor
I mean just look at how pristine it is
My current playlist
Hmm | Hmmmmmm
Help!
The struggle is real
What did we do to deserve dogs
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet
What smartphone photography is doing to our memories
This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you
The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind
The Fraud and the Four-Hour Workweek
The Paradox of Universal Basic Income
The Next Great Building Material? It Could Be Sand From Deserts
I Tried to Befriend Nikolas Cruz. He Still Killed My Friends.
Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality
Dear Therapist: My Son Has an Impractical, Ridiculous Career Plan

 

5 VIDEOS + yeahhh cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE’S TO A GOOD FRIDAY

 

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The Energy of S/S18’s Electric Ladies

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Ballet dancer Pina Bausch could take one word and create an entire choreoraphy from it. As such, the idea of falling set the tone for Jack Davison and Nell Kalonji’s foray for AnOther Magazine Spring/Summer 2018. Here, voluminous pieces – some light and barely-there, others heavy and stiff – interact with the space around them; so much so that these two definable spaces become one in the haze of motion. 

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Hilariously Relatable Memes About Ethical Fashion Consumption

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As the phenomenon of the meme shows no sign of abating, there is practically no subject matter that one cannot transform into relatable viral content: topics range from the politics of mental health to the perils of modern dating. Fashion, being one of the most parodiable and problematic industries of them all, hasn’t escaped the wrath of the meme admin either; with accounts such as @dankartdirectormemes, <a…

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Selection of Illustrations by Marylou FaureOriginally from…


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure


Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure

Selection of Illustrations by Marylou Faure

Originally from France, Marylou completed her Masters in Art Direction and Graphic Design at L’ESAG Peninghen in Paris before moving to London in 2012.
She has since collaborated with global brands and agencies, providing illustration for a broad range of digital and print projects. Specialising in character design, bold colours and hand-written typography, Marylou aspires to create artwork that invokes joy with her cheeky and playful style. Above all, Marylou believes in using her skills for good and enjoys working on projects for a strong social or ethical cause.

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The 15th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners Gallery

 

Smithsonian.com has just announced the Winners of its 15th Annual Photo Contest. This year they received over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 155 countries and territories.

From Thong Huu’s Grand Prize-winning shot of breakfast at the weekly market to Oreon Strusinski’s breathtaking photograph of a wave at its peak, these images stood out to the photo editors as the most unique and memorable. Sara Jacoby’s image, “Rare,” received the highest percentage of more than 38,000 reader votes, earning her the Readers’ Choice award.

Contestants submitted photos to the following six categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile.

The 16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest is now open and will run through November 30, 2018. For more information about the contest, categories, awards and eligibility visit: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/rules/

 

 

 

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
“Breakfast at the Weekly Market”

 

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© Thong Huu. All rights reserved.

 

In northern Vietnam, people come to the weekly market to exchange goods and culture. They usually wake up very early to go to market and have breakfast here.

 

 

READERS’ CHOICE WINNER:
“Rare”

 

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© Sara Jacoby. All rights reserved.

 

This is Maggie. She has two rare chromosome duplications, one of which she’s the only child on record to have. This photo captures not only her vulnerability, but also the magnitude of the science for which we are so grateful. A little girl and her “Gigi” already way too familiar with hospitals and doctors offices than any child should be.

 

 

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE CATEGORY WINNER:
“Backflip Submission”

 

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© Dan Fenstermacher. All rights reserved.

 

A wrestler does a backflip off the ropes of a wrestling ring in an attempt to defeat an opponent.

 

 

NATURAL WORLD CATEGORY WINNER:
“Pinnacle of Existence”

 

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© Oreon Strusinski. All rights reserved.

 

Energy travels hundreds of miles across the ocean and comes to a dramatic end when it reaches our shores.

 

 

TRAVEL CATEGORY WINNER:
“Making Incense”

 

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© Tran Tuan Viet. All rights reserved.

 

Decoratively dyed bundles of incense dry in Quang Phu Cau, a commune in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Buddhist countries like Vietnam, incense is an irreplaceable part of traditional festivals and religious ceremonies.

 

 

PEOPLE CATEGORY WINNER:
“Rain”

 

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© Seyed Mohammad Sadegh Hosseini. All rights reserved.

 

Niloofar is an Iranian nomad girl living in the Babanajm nomad region south of Shiraz city in Fars Province, Iran.

 

 

ALTERED IMAGES CATEGORY WINNER:
“Stairs”

 

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© Adam Żądło. All rights reserved.

 

There are not many other animals as productive as sheep. They give us wool, milk, meat. Their memoirs are usually short. The pool of names is repeated every two years on our farm. We have already had two Queens, three Theos and four Fables.

 

 

MOBILE CATEGORY WINNER:
“Shadow Highlight”

 

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© Mohammad Mohsenifar. All rights reserved.

 

A couple of ladies are passing in front of graffiti.