January 24, 2013 |
[Update 10:13 a.m., Jan. 30: Natwerk says the idea for the cup holder started as a joke but now plans to make it if they receive enough donations. ] Apple's iPhone is a great device but has one major flaw: no place to hold a coffee cup. According to Dutch marketing firm Natwerk, choosing between drinking coffee and texting on an iPhone is a major dilemma that causes people to either spill their drinks or drop their devices. Natwerk says it has a solution -- an iPhone case with a cup holder -- and is seeking funds to make it. It has posted images and a video showcasing the idea on Indiegogo , a crowdsourcing site for project funding.
January 21, 2013 |
Can you program a 3-D printer to build an entire building? Architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars wants to try. The Dutch architect has laid out plans for Landscape House -- a structure that looks like a Mobius strip or "one surface folded over into an endless band," as he describes it. To build it, he plans to use a 3-D printer called D-Shape that will lay down thin layers of sand that combine with a bonding agent to create a material that is...
December 12, 2012 |
Like chocolate, cocoa powder is made from cacao beans. After the beans are processed into a paste known as chocolate liqueur, some of the cocoa butter is removed and the remaining solids are pulverized into a powder. Natural (or non-alkalized) cocoa powder is typically sold unsweetened, and although it may taste rather bitter and harsh on its own, its natural acidity works with baking soda to help leaven baked goods, giving a finished dish a balanced chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder is often treated with an alkali to make what is known as Dutch-process or alkalized cocoa.
November 28, 2012 |
If you thought the patent wars between Apple and Samsung couldn't possibly get any more mind-numbingly obscure, you would be wrong. Today, a Dutch court handed Apple another victory when it decided to ban some Samsung smartphones and tablets because they still violate a patent for scrolling across photos on a touchscreen device. The ban covers the Samsung Galaxy S, SII and Ace. Actually, Samsung had already lost this battle once, when the judges ruled previously that some of its gadgets had run afoul of Apple's patent.
October 17, 2012 |
Did inside information play an important role in one of the most brazen art heists in recent years? On Tuesday, thieves made off with works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and others from a museum in the Netherlands city of Rotterdam. Tuesday's theft is also believed to include works by Gauguin and Lucian Freud. The heist reportedly took place in the early morning before public visiting hours. The total number of missing works currently stands at seven, according to reports. On Wednesday, CBS News interviewed Chris Marinello, director of the Art Loss Register , an organization that tracks stolen artwork, and he suggested that the thieves had inside information.
September 26, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM -- On an early morning flight coming out of the clouds above the North Sea, the first objects that come into view as the coast of the Netherlands approaches are the windmills. No, not the quaint, creaking, wooden windmills that, along with wooden shoes and the little boy with his finger in the dike, are the cliches of Dutch culture; these windmills are sleek and modern and so huge they dwarf the container ships passing by. There are phalanxes of them just off the Dutch coast, and on land there are many, many more planted like daffodils along the wet rural stretches of this low-lying country that looks as if it could, at any moment, be inundated by the sea. In fact, the Dutch could be swamped as sea levels rise due to global climate change.
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August 1, 2012 |
For years, people went looking for Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument No. 137: a Dutch-themed hot chocolate shop that was one of Ernest Batchelder's earliest commissions. They came to a worn-looking building on West 6th Street downtown expecting to see the Arts and Crafts master tile-maker's murals of Dutch maidens in wooden clogs. What they found instead was a small, drab arcade, with stalls selling bargain vitamins, perfume, jewelry and hats. Tile was visible on the ceiling and walls, poorly lighted by fluorescent bulbs.
June 4, 2012 |
We've seen a lot of strange things on the Internet, but this dead cat turned into a remote-control flying helicopter may be the strangest yet. The cat helicopter was conceived by Dutch artist Bart Jansen, and debuted for the public at the KunstRai ArtFair in Amsterdam that ended Sunday. Jansen calls his creation the Orvillecopter and describes it as "half-cat, half-machine. " The Orvillecopter is exactly what it looks like: A taxidermied cat with a plastic propeller attached to each paw. No animals were harmed for this project.
April 27, 2012 |
Occidental Petroleum Corp. posted a slight increase in first-quarter profit on higher oil prices and record production as energy giants Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell reported lower net income. Westwood-based Occidental, the fourth-largest U.S. oil company, said it generated net income of $1.56 billion in the first quarter, or $1.92 a share, up from $1.55 billion, or $1.90, in the same quarter of 2011. Revenue jumped to $6.27 billion from $5.73 billion a year earlier. Occidental Chief Executive Stephen I. Chazen said production rose to the equivalent of 755,000 barrels of oil a day, "the highest in Occidental's history," from 730,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2011.
April 23, 2012 |
It took Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester's daughter Lotte 12 years to grow from a full-cheeked infant to a coy 12-year-old girl on the brink of adolescence. But you can watch this incredible (and inevitable) evolution take place in less than three minutes, thanks to Hofmeester's video "Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45. " Hoffmeester filmed his daughter once a week, every week, since her birth in October 1999. As she was about to enter adolescence, he decided it was time to share this visual history of his daughter's growth with the world.