Shanghai From A Crane Operator’s Perspective

It takes a fearless person to spend their working hours high in the sky, and to build skyscrapers we need these courageous ones. Wei Gensheng works as a crane operator and he has decided to share what Shanghai looks like from his perspective, nearly 2000 feet in the air! From high up in the crane cab, Gensheng shows that his eye for good photographs is just as good as his crane operating skills. This photograph series was taken while Gensheng was working on the construction of the Shanghai Tower.

Capturing Travel Memories With A Camera Was Too Easy, So Teresa Lim Decided to Embroider Them Instead

With cameras that fit in our pockets, stored in a digital form that allows us to have hundreds of thousands at a time, sometimes taking a photo takes us out of the moment in our attempt to preserve it. Teresa Lim has found a way to combat this predicament. Now she spends two hours soaking in the energy of each travel spot while she embroiders what most would snap a quick shot of. In her series called “Sew Wanderlust” she brings us around the world with her and photographs each finished stitch work with the background that inspired it.

A Heart On A String On A Quad-Copter Is The Sweetest Remote Controlled Valentine

Cory Williams, AKA the world’s first professional YouTuber, knows how to make a girl smile and he has the video footage to prove it! Tying a heart to a string to a quad-copter, he played cupid from afar. He flew the mobile valentine over the snowy, beautiful Alaskan town where he and his girlfriend Kristen live, catching her eye on her drive home. The view from the camera catches the playful chase and big grin, as well as the cold, peaceful, scenery from above. Williams says, “The idea for this was to remind us that our hearts will always lead us to each other.”

NASA Filmed the Sun For 5 Years And Squeezed It Down Into This 3 Minute Time-lapse

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) yesterday,NASA released this comprehensive time-lapse of our amazing sun. Although it spans 5 years of footage, with one frame captured every 8 hours, they condensed the spinning star dance into 3 minutes. According to NASA, “The different colors represent the various wavelengths (sometimes blended, sometimes alone) in which SDO observes the sun.” And the best part about this video is that you can stare at the sun, at a range you could never see it in real life, without even damaging your vision!

PSU Patents Invention That Allows Astronauts To Enjoy Coffee In Space

There is more to drinking coffee than just the caffeine rush in your bloodstream. The fragrant aroma combined with the hot liquid dancing across your taste buds is just as addictive as the caffeine. But until now, astronauts were deprived of that luxury. Freeze dried coffee is simply not the same and drinking from a bag removes the coffee drinking rituals that we have become so familiar with here on Earth.

Post-It People: Erik RVA Has Created Thousands of StickyHeadz Characters

I think it’s pretty unanimous that Post-Its are one of the greatest things on Earth and illustrator Erik RVA couldn’t agree more. He has been drawing funny faces on post-it’s on the daily for quite some time. He uploads his daily doodles to his Tumblr called StickyHeadz. Aside from the doodles, he often shows the background which inspired each face behind it, with clever commentary below.

A Recovered Sound Clip Brings Pure Happiness To A Sweet, Old Man In London

We all have digital files stored on our phones that hold an irreplaceable sentimental value. Maybe it’s a photo with a loved one who has passed away, a video of your baby taking his first steps, or a digital love note from the one who makes your heart skip a beat. For 68 year old Stan Beaton, it was a voice mail message recorded by his late wife, Ruby. Ruby passed in 2003 and Stan had kept this memento of the love of his life for over a decade, until it was deleted when Virgin Media did some technical work. Beaton was devastated, but the company found a way to make it up to him. They assigned a team of 10 employees to sift through the digital archives to uncover this sound file.

Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.

2014 Gravity Glue Highlight Reel: Watch Michael Grab In Motion

One of our favorite artists to cover uses nothing more than the rocks found in an area to make nature even more beautiful. Michael Grab, with his phenomenal rock balancing abilities, has garnered much internet attention. His works, which are collectively called Gravity Glue, look impossible, but this series of videos show him in action. The first, which is a highlight reel of some of his best works of 2014 is set to the hypnotic, inspirational voice of Alan Watts. It’s a perfect match for the process.

World Renowned Pumpkin Carver Is Just As Talented At Sand Sculptures

Previously featured for the world’s largest pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane has sculpting talents in more than just the gourd field. Using wet, compressed sand, Villafane chips away to create larger than life characters and scenes. Although his first attempt at sand sculpting was only seven years ago (last featured image) it looked like he had been doing this for centuries. His second sand sculpture was the Dante’s Inferno piece and it came in the form of a 10 day challenge, but of course he delivered results that inspired awe in Jesolo, Italy.