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Benjamin Starr

About Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breath

Friday 10.24.2014 , Posted by
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Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breath: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals. [Read more...]

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Window Illusions on the Streets of Istanbul

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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Spanish street artist Pejac recently took a trip to Istanbul, using his time there to give the city a few new windows (in his own illusory street art style of course). His work fits seamlessly into the local architecture and would probably be missed if they weren’t so interesting and different. While in the ancient city, he created a piece that looks like a keyhole, a gothic arched window, and a tiny window with massive wooden shutters. [Read more...]

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New Cityscape Sculptures “Sketched with a Bandsaw” from Artist James McNabb

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us. His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle. [Read more...]

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An Hypnotic Film About Deep Water Free Diving (and Hallucinating with Narcosis)

Wednesday 10.22.2014 , Posted by
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Deep water free diver Guillaume Néry takes us on a hypnotic dive into the depths of the ocean in this short French film called Narcos (Narcosis). The apnea world champion swims to depths far outside the reach of most conventional divers, doing it on just one breath while subjecting himself to the hallucinatory effects of narcosis. It’s a freaky, fascinating adventure. [Read more...]

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This is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose. [Read more...]

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Rob Dyrdek: The Ridiculous Numbers Behind His Success

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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Skateboarder. Celebrity. Entrepreneur. There are few people more driven and daring than Rob Dyrdek. He hit the ground rolling and turned pro at 16 years old, then started his first company, Orion Trucks, at 19. He hasn’t slowed up since and the numbers in this graphic show it. [Read more...]

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A Two-Legged Chair Encourages Sitting People to Move (and Balance)

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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There is plenty of evidence that sitting down for long periods is bad for our health – and we’re doing a lot more of it. To combat this sedentary trend a number of solutions have been gaining traction, from exercises you can do in the office, to stand up desks and even hamster-like treadmills to keep us moving. But what about changing the way we sit? That’s what French designer Benoit Malta envisions with his unusual two-legged Inactivité chair. [Read more...]

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Banksy’s “Alarming” New Work in Bristol

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Despite the recent hoax claiming that he’d been arrested and identified, legendary street artist Banksy continues to paint up the city. In fact, in the midst of the uproar over whether he’d been identified, a new work appeared on his website. [Read more...]

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Artist Remixes the Starbucks Cup Mermaid in Unexpected Ways

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Some artists need a cup of coffee to get creative, but Korean artist Soo Min Kim just needs the cup. Over the past few years he’s been remixing the iconic green Starbucks cup, creating entirely unexpected scenes using the brand’s famous green mermaid as his star. Suddenly she’s not just swimming, she’s riding the subway, using The Force, and robbing banks. It’s a creatively caffeinated remix. [Read more...]

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Redditor Captures A Rare Fireball Meteor on Video

Saturday 10.18.2014 , Posted by
2009 Leonid Meteor Ed Sweeney

Ben Lewis recently enlisted the help of astronomy loving Redditors to identify a mysterious looking cloud he captured while filming the night sky. What he found out was surprising. He’d managed to accidentally capture a rare sky event – a giant bolide meteor, or fireball, as it burned up in the earth’s atmosphere. Even more rare, was that he framed it beautifully in the tree foliage above. The video below does a good job showing the red cloudy streak the meteor left in its wake. [Read more...]

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