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Watching Virtual Creatures Learn How to Walk is Surprisingly Hilarious

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of those awesome examples where good science is also hilarious fun. For his PHD thesis, Thomas Geijtenbeek taught virtual creatures how to walk, and even though his subjects aren’t real, their journey to moving forward followed a surprisingly lifelike path: face-plants galore. [Read more…]

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This Mountain Lodge Looks Like a Cube Balanced on One Corner

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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It looks a bit like the scene from some distopian future, but this mountain lodge is pure luxury. Prague-based architecture firm Atelier 8000 recently submitted their “Kežmarské Hut” to an international competition aimed at designing a lodge for the high snowfields of Slovakia’s Tatra mountains. Their proposal is one that is exceedingly contemporary, and entirely fitting for the location. [Read more…]

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5 Things You Can Learn From Red Bull’s Visual Content Strategy

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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In recent years, Red Bull has transitioned from a beverage brand to a full-blown media company with an exceedingly smart visual content strategy that takes content marketing to new heights. What are the keys to Red Bull’s world dominance? Here are the 5 things you can learn from their visual content strategy. [Read more…]

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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more…]

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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant. [Read more…]

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Interview with Burning Man Artist Kirsten Berg

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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Kirsten Berg (featured previously) is one of the most well known yogis in the Ashtanga world, with people flying all over the globe to attend her classes in Thailand, Bali and the States, yet for 3 months of the year, she commits her time and energy to gifting amazing art installations at Burning Man. This year, her installation called (In)Visible was supported by the Burning Man organization and had a prominent location next to the Temple of Grace. The sculpture was a 20ft high column of faceted cubes that contained iridescent windows to reflect a variety of colors throughout the day and night.

We had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten Berg regarding her inspiration, lifestyle and future plans for her art. [Read more…]

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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more…]

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Yes, This is What Norway’s Money Will Look Like in 2017

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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This past spring, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, ran a competition to design an entirely new banknote series. With a challenge to communicate the theme of “The Sea,” the competition drew entries from a wide demographic of the country – from professional artists to young children. Now after the final round, the jury has selected work from two colorful proposals to grace each side. One is beautifully detailed nautical images from The Metric System, and one is strikingly abstract from Snøhetta Design. [Read more…]

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These Toy Soldiers Have Traded in their Guns for Yoga Poses

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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The Warrior pose has never been more fitting than for Dan Abramson’s series of toy soldiers: Yoga Joes. Soon to be launched through Kickstarter, his hilarious toy soldiers have put down their weapons and are in the middle of a peaceful yoga session. Just what you need after combatting a long day. [Read more…]

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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more…]

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