Be Emperor of the Penguins with Daniel Rozin’s Bizarre New ‘Mirror’

We just covered Daniel Rozin and his collection of bizarre interactive ‘mirrors’ a few weeks ago, but this new creation can’t be missed. His ‘Penguins Mirror’ let’s you be emperor of the penguins – just stand in front of all 450 motorized stuffed animals and they turn their white bellies towards you reflecting your silhouette. Is it brilliant or just absurd? Probably the best of both, and a really good laugh too.

Metal Subway Map Cuffs Are Perfect for the Stylish Traveler

Nothing says tourist like holding a giant map while you try to find your way around a new city. But Designhype wants you to look stylish and confident while you’re exploring the world. They have created a brilliant metal cuff that combines fashion with function. Featuring subway maps of major metro cities, it’s a collection that every traveler can appreciate.

Stunning Sand Mandalas Appear Before Your Eyes

After practicing medicine for several years, scientist and artist Bruce Shapiro become obsessed with the art of motion control. He was so impessed with the infinite possibilites of designs and images that could be created via computer programs. With awesome visual installations at science centers throughout the world, he has used art to turn science into something everyone can appreciate. The Sisyphus Machine is his take on a modern Zen Garden. Appopriately named after Sisyphus, who in Greek mythology received the punishment of pushing a huge boulder up a hill for all of eternity, the kinetic drawing machine uses magnets to push a steel ball through sand, leaving behind beautiful mandala-like patterns.

Intimate Photographs Capture WWII Veterans

As the Silent Generation ages, World War II veterans are passing on, leaving a legacy behind them. But each veteran has his or her own story, and that is what photographer Sasha Maslov is aiming to capture in her photo series honoring WWII survivors from all over the world.  

Disharmony of Our Planet Shown Through Yin Yang Illustrations

In Chinese philosophy the yin yang represents the complementary nature of all things. Light and dark are not opposing forces, rather interconnected and necessary to maintain harmony. Creative Director Dalip Singh uses this motif to design in depth illustrations of the Earth. The images show the dual forces of destruction and nature’s beauty at the same time. The illustrations feature the elements Land, Water, and Air. The light side of the yin yang is clinging for survival as the darkness covers the majority of the image, showing the horribly skewed imbalance of the Earth that humans have caused.

The Art of Saving a Life: Gates Foundation Uses Paper Crafts to Raise Vaccine Awareness

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a global mission to save children from life-threatening disease, and their raising awareness using art. Commissioning works from more than 30 world-renowned photographers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians, they are telling stories about how vaccines continue to change the course of history. They’re not-so-small goal? Reach all the world’s children by 2020.

When Two Famous Hotels Meet: The Grand Budapest and The Shining’s Overlook Hotel

Perhaps the two most famous cinematic hotels are Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest and The Overlook from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining.’ How fitting then, that this incredible mashup from filmmaker Steve Ramsden puts the two iconic places together like they were built that way.

This Time-Lapse of One World Trade Center was 11-Years in the Making

This 2-minute time-lapse from EarthCam has been in creation since October 2004 when construction began on One World Trade Center. It finally wrapping up this year on Memorial Day 2015… 11-years later. Just released as the official time-lapse video of the building’s construction, it begins with below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building. It completes as the structure is sealed by its highly reflective windows and takes its place as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 104 floors and 1,792 feet tall.

Mad Max: Fury Road. Before and After the Visual Effects

If there’s one film getting talked about right now, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The exceptionally well received spectacle is an absolute feast of complex visual effects that barely pause for breath during the film’s entire running length. If you’ve seen it and are wondering how those epic scenes looked before hitting the computer, here’s a peek at some impressive before and after shots showing what the film’s VFX crew started with, straight from the camera.

New Origami Robot Can Fit in The Palm of Your Hand, Walk, Swim and Degrade

If you thought Wall-E was cute, wait til you see this teeny tiny robot by some of the brilliant minds at MIT and TU Munich. At ICRA 2015 in Seattle, a team consisting of Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthis R. Sung, and Daniela Rus presented “An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades.” And the tiny bot does even more than that, lifiting twice its mass, moving through objects, and moving things around via magnet. The itty bitty bot can move at speeds of 3 and 4cm/s.