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A Banned “Stairway to Heaven” Hike in Hawaii

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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On the island of Oahu in Hawaii is a stairway to heaven. Well, maybe just to the top of a mountain, but that’s the name of this crazy hike. Consisting of 4,000 steps up to 2,800 ft above sea level, this stairway was originally designed for the US military in 1942. Its purpose was to be able to string antenna cables from the mountain tops to provide low frequency radio communication during wartime. After being decommissioned in 1950, it was then utilized as a base for navigational systems for the US Coast Guard. [Read more...]

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UFOgel: A Cool Minimalist Home in the Austrian Alps

Monday 01.06.2014 , Posted by
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These days people are catching onto the idea of tiny minimalist homes. In the country of Austria where amazing alps abound, a family commissioned designer Peter Jungmann to create a house that provided ample views of the spectacular mountains yet gave minimal impact to the existing environment. The result was the “UFOgel”, a fusion of UFO and Vogel, which means bird in German. [Read more...]

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Creative Food Ideas to Encourage Your Children to Eat

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Lee Samantha was very pregnant with her second child when she decided to make creative food dishes for her daughter so that she could eat independently. She wasn’t a professional chef or graduate of a prestigious culinary school, but Samantha began experimenting with bento style meals and it became an instant success with her daughter. [Read more...]

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12 Crazy Christmas Decorated Cars

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Tis the season to be jolly and decorate like crazy, right? In our neighborhoods during the holiday season, there is always that one neighbor who goes above and beyond the common Christmas decor standards and makes their local utility company very happy. Well, what about cars? [Read more...]

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The Wonderfully Designed Offices of Dropbox in San Francisco

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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In the midst of thousands of companies in the city of San Francisco, some particularly stand out with their workspace design – and Dropbox is definitely one of them. When the cloud-computing provider moved offices from the financial district to the SoMA district last year, they hired interior design firm Geremia Design to create something wonderful for their current 350 employees. In collaboration with architecture firm Boor Bridges, the team went to work. [Read more...]

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Colorful Human Sculptures Coming to a City Near You!

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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A few years ago, Austrian artist Willi Dorner had an idea to bring something different to people who work and live in major cities. He gathered a group of 20 strong bodied climbers and circus performers, dressed them up in vibrant colors, and positioned them uniquely together in urban spaces. The projects debut was a success and was called “Bodies in Urban Spaces.” [Read more...]

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A Website That Connects Artisans in the Developing World to the Global Market

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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The holiday season is getting into full effect and each day people are shopping around for their friends and family. Besides the malls, stalls, and Amazon, there is an alternative option that results in a positive social impact. ArtZoco.com is a company that helps artisans from the ‘developing world’ display their work on a website and participate in the global market. Many artisans in developing countries are not familiar with internet technology, but through the help of ArtZoco they are able to expand their markets to the world. What makes Artzoco unique is that it does not require a bank account for the seller, and it has an easy process for setting up their online shop. Within minutes, sellers can be supporting their families and communities in a completely new fashion. [Read more...]

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The First Ever Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest at Stanford University

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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In a world where each day more people are becoming familiar with technology and its social utilities, Stanford University is playing host to the first ever Compassion and Technology conference, which will bring social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists together for discussion about technology designed to enhance compassion. [Read more...]

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Images From Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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As powerful economies fluctuate and governments shut down, it is sometimes difficult to factor in some of the other people inhabiting the planet. In a vast wetland near the border of Sudan and South Sudan lies the Yida Refugee Camp. What two years ago was just a village of 400 people today plays host to more than 70,000 Sudanese who have come back to their land after a heavily fought civil war. [Read more...]

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German Duo Create Street Art That Can Only Be Viewed From a Certain Angle

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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On the streets of Mannheim, Germany live an artistic duo who are sprucing up their city in common places. They go by the name Zebrating, and for a while now they have been creating realistic images of human faces on railings, bringing color and life to the grey areas. The unique appeal to their work is that it can only be viewed from a certain angle. If one were to view the railings directly, one would only see dull metallic, yet when looked at a 45 degree angle, the colors and beautiful faces appear. [Read more...]

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