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How L'Oréal Is Working to Destroy Animal Testing

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Testing cosmetic products on animals is still legal in the United States, but thanks to 3D printing, the harmful practice could soon become obsolete. L’Oréal USA, the largest subsidiary of the number one cosmetics group in the world, has partnered with bioprinting company Organovo Holdings, Inc. to combine its advancements in skin engineering with Ogranovo’s 3D bioprinting technology.

Since the 1980s, L’Oréal has been using skin reconstruction models to test its beauty products and determine their safety. The models, grown in labs from donated skin cells, are used to test around a thousand formulas and hundreds of specific ingredients each year. For this testing, the company produces 130,000 units of reconstructed skin annually.

According to the press release announcing the partnership, Organovo’s NovoGen Bioprinting Platform “enables the reproducible, automated creation of living human tissues that mimic the form and function of native tissues in the body,” and works faster than the methods used by L’Oréal. Combining that with L’Oréal’s devotion to scientific innovation and ethical product testing, the collaboration will work to “develop 3-D printed skin tissue for product evaluation and other areas of advanced research.” With manufactured skin that behaves like real human skin, cosmetic companies that still defend the practice of animal testing will be officially out of excuses.

[h/t Discovery News]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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This 1940 Film on Road Maps Will Make You Appreciate Map Apps Like Never Before
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In the modern era, we take for granted having constantly updated, largely accurate maps of just about every road in the world at our fingertips. If you need to find your way through a city or across a country, Google Maps has your back. You no longer have to go out and buy a paper map.

But to appreciate just what a monstrous task making road maps and keeping them updated was in decades past, take a look at this vintage short film, "Caught Mapping," spotted at the Internet Archive by National Geographic.

The 1940 film, produced by the educational and promotional company Jam Handy Organization (which created films for corporations like Chevrolet), spotlights the difficult task of producing and revising maps to keep up with new road construction and repair.

The film is a major booster of the mapmaking industry, and those involved in it come off as near-miracle workers. The process of updating maps involved sending scouts out into the field to drive along every road and note conditions, compare the roads against topographical maps, and confirm mileage figures. Then, those scouts reported back to the draughtsmen responsible for producing revised maps every two weeks. The draughtsmen updated the data on road closures and other changes.

Once those maps were printed, they were "ready to give folks a good steer," as the film's narrator puts it, quietly determining the success of any road trip in the country.

"Presto! and right at their fingertips, modern motorists can have [information] on any road they wish to take." A modern marvel, really.

[h/t National Geographic]

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