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How Much Does It Cost to Live In Each of the World’s Countries?

Sunday 01.18.2015 , Posted by
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How much does it cost to live in Sweden? How about Morocco or Japan? You can’t just compare exchange rates to figure that out. You need people on the ground reporting on how much they pay for a loaf of bread, an apartment or a glass of beer in Stockholm, Fez and Tokyo. That’s what Numbeo has been doing for years, creating a cost of living database with a lot of help from people all around the world. Movehub recently took that information and created a fantastic series of maps comparing how expensive it is to live in all the world’s countries. How does yours measure up? [Read more…]

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Learn The Incredible Physics Behind Falling Dominos

Friday 01.16.2015 , Posted by
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In this video, Stephen Morris gives a fantastic demonstration of how dominos work. He uses a collection of dominos made from steel, with each one 1.5x larger than the one toppling before it. Pushing over the minuscule first domino (just 5mm high and 1mm thick) starts a chain reaction that looks nearly impossible – especially when it knocks over the last domino that weighs over 100lbs. [Read more…]

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Stunning Geometric Textures Carved Into Plywood Using a CNC Machine

Thursday 01.15.2015 , Posted by
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Using the precise cutting head of a CNC machine, artist Michael Anderson carves incredibly beautiful geometric patterns and textures into pieces of plywood. Each pass of the machine reveals the layers of Anderson’s source material, adding contour lines that emphasize the ups and downs of each design. [Read more…]

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“Back to the Future II” Was Supposed to Happen in 2015. How Close Did It Get Today?

Thursday 01.15.2015 , Posted by
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Two major milestones have been reached in 2015. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and the year Marty McFly traveled to in the sequel, Back to the Future II. This has a lot of people asking one thing: “just how accurate did the second film get our current year?”

As with most future predictions, it’s a mixed bag. We’ve more than surpassed communication technology with smart phones (and thank goodness they’re not awkwardly strapped to our wrists)… but where’s my hoverboard?? [Read more…]

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Are They Breathing? Hyper-Realistic Sculptures of Warhol, Lincoln and Dali

Wednesday 01.14.2015 , Posted by
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Kyoto-based artist Kazuhiro Tsuji has been shocking people with his incredibly lifelike sculptures of famous people. His perfect bust of Abraham Lincoln looks so real you’d swear he traveled back to 1865 to capture a color photograph. The same goes for his likenesses of art legends Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. While these sculptures may be new to you, you’ve probably seen Tsuji’s work before. He spent most of his career as a highly successful makeup artist in the film industry. [Read more…]

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Glowing Gotham, Shot from the Open Door of a Helicopter at 7000 Feet

Wednesday 01.14.2015 , Posted by
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Photographer Vincent Laforet has been on aerial photo shoots above New York City over 50 times in the last 15 years, but this time was “by far the most frightening flight of them all.” Leaving the door open on the helicopter, his team flew to over 7000 ft. above the city – something rarely done at night. From that towering vantage point (above other aircraft, but below where you need an oxygen mask), he captured absolutely stunning images of the much loved city, all lit up. [Read more…]

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What If Fashionable Brands Showed Up In The Grocery Store?

Tuesday 01.13.2015 , Posted by
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Apple is often cited as the pinnacle of design in the electronics world, but what if the minimalist design sense of Jonathan Ive showed up on the dairy aisle of your local grocery store? That’s the world that Israel-based designer Peddy Mergui is imagining, transforming iconic brands into purveyors of a product they’ve never sold before: food. [Read more…]

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Concrete Skeletons: Abandoned Hotel Projects of the Sinai Peninsula

Tuesday 01.13.2015 , Posted by
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Between 2002 and 2005, German photographers Sabine Haubitz and Stefanie Zoche traveled to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. There, the skeletons of abandoned 5-star hotel projects stand in a stark landscape overlooking the sea. It is a reminder of a time when dreams of holiday relaxation were ripe and speculation was rife. Today, all that remains are crumbling concrete ruins of that dream, and glamourous names like ‘Sindbad’, ‘Sultan’s Palace’, and the ‘Magic Life Imperial’. [Read more…]

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Before & After: Vintage Photographs Transformed Into Surreal Collages

Monday 01.12.2015 , Posted by
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UK artist Luke Robson is cutting up the past and rearranging it into these fantastic surrealist collages. His work imagines a retro-future filled with stars, cosmic rays, and space helmets, plus a healthy dose of bizarrely juxtaposed imagery – from dear busts on youthful swimmers, to a moon made of cheese. Giving a peek into his creative process, he recently shared his source imagery, which is fascinating on its own. [Read more…]

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Data Visualization 101: Line Charts

Monday 01.12.2015 , Posted by
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In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Line charts are one of the oldest forms of data visualization, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re tracking the fluctuation of stock prices or the popularity of different wine varieties, they give you an accurate and quickly understandable assessment of the trend, acceleration, deceleration, and volatility of the data in question. [Read more…]

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