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"When I outgrow a hand, we can easily make a new one," explains 12-year-old Leon McCarthy of his "cyborg" hand. His path into this specialized technology began when his father Paul found a video of 5-year-old Liam Dippenaar’s Robohand, a mechanical, prosthetic hand that can be 3D-printed at home from designs that are available for free on Thingiverse. (And there’s even a newer, snap-together version. Materials for it cost around $5.)

Read/listen to the fuller story on NPR. And check out more videos about prosthetics in the archives.

via Laughing Squid.

Made by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada for the Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival in Belfast, Ireland, this is WISH, an 11 acre portrait of a girl. It’s been nicknamed “The Face From Space” by locals.

Using 2,000 tons of topsoil, 2,000 tons of sand, grass, stones, and 30,000 manually placed wooden stakes, the face was originally plotted with state-of-the-art GPS technology, and then took four weeks and a huge team of community volunteers to make. Here’s a time lapse vid of their work.

We’re wondering if the project can be seen from the International Space Station. Follow this up with Sesame Street’s That’s about the size.

via Colossal.

BBC News: How do you turn rubbish into energy? Find out how the largest energy recovery facility in Oslo, Norway processes waste and converts it into approximately half of the city’s energy. The integrated waste management system has been so successful that Oslo has had to import trash from other countries to keep up with energy demands.

Simply burning trash is known for putting toxins into the air, but according to recent reports, Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technologies have made advances in “almost completely eliminating" dangerous emissions. WTE supporters also encourage more recycling and minimization of waste as first steps in the waste management heirarchy pyramid.

Also, there’s a huge claw.

Watch more videos about trash in the archives.

Every Sunday morning in Tokyo, a group of 35 people and their kids get together to clean public toilets. From AP

45-year-old (Masayuki) Magome, who runs an architecture agency, started the group in 2011, and says that for many members, this activity has lead to a sort of spirit cleansing ritual, and it is similar to one of the trainings Buddhist monks endure to find peace of heart…

"We do not think of this as volunteer work," says computer programmer Satoshi Oda. "We get together and do this for our own good. Or at least, I used to. Now, I come mostly because it’s a lot of fun."

The children, also liberated from the common conception that toilets are something to make fun of, seem to have as much fun as the adults.

They call themselves Benjyo Soujer, “a combination of the Japanese word for lavatory and a play on the Japanese word for ‘cleaner’ and the English word ‘soldier’.”

See more pride in hard work — The Last Ice Merchant and NYC’s Pothole Repair Crew to name two — and more videos about community in the archives. 

via Neatorama.

This is the first footage ever filmed of the Grimalditeuthis bonplandi, a deep-sea squid, captured on video by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California.

This squid is a fascinating one, not only because it’s a squid. It’s two tentacles and eight arms are unique because the animal doesn’t seem to have a way to lure or grab prey — no suckers, no hooks, no sticky pads, and no photophores, light-emitting cells that help creatures like the anglerfish hunt for food.

Scientists think that the creature is luring food by waving its tentacle clubs like small prey, perhaps encouraging other animals to flash their own deep sea lights, or by creating attractive, low frequency vibrations, or by making a path of turbulence in the water that causes prey to follow in hopes of food or a mate.

But it’s all a bit of educated guesswork until they get more video! For details, check out Scientific American. And then click here to stay underwater with some squids.