Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive.

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This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen.

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New Music Video Shot at Nights by Absolut in New York City, Feat. Magic! “Rude” (Zedd Remix)

 
With their new Nights by Absolut initiative, Absolut is infusing creativity into nightlife events and bringing cutting edge audio/visual artists into the mix (like earlier this month when they teamed up with Andy Warhol). At their inaugural event in New York City on September 12, Absolut collaborated with the team at Vita Motus to create an all-encompassing experience on the waterfront of Brooklyn – not to mention a stunning display by the New York City skyline. This video, filmed while the event was going down, features the Zedd Remix of Magic!’s “Rude”. Don’t miss another night, check out what’s happening at vice.com/absolut.

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For His Wife’s Birthday, This Husband Commissioned 23 Artists to Make Portraits of Their Baby

Husbands take note: this is master level gift giving! Chicago-based photographer Ernst Berlin (or Rezinatoriously on Reddit) decided to give his wife an incredible gift for her first birthday with their newborn son, Jacob. To create what he wanted he enlisted the help of the talented people at RedditGetsDrawn, where he commissioned 23 artists to make portraits of his 8-month-old son. He gave everyone 2 months to complete their work, and 40 photos to choose from. The results are truly magical.

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Icelandic Twin Girls in Beautiful & Haunting Photographs by Ariko Inaoka

Every year since 2009, identical twins Erna and Hrefna are visited by Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka at their home in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. Spending 3 or 4 weeks with them each summer, Inaoka’s beautiful and surreal images capture the growing girls and their wonderfully unique relationship with each other–which sometimes borders on the telepathic.

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Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards.

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The Nature of War: A Veteran Recalls His Unlikely Friendship with Two Iraqi Boys

In this sad and beautiful cartoon, Oklahoma Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells of his deployment in Iraq, where he formed an unlikely friendship with two young boys. He speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting effect of that time and ponders the uncontrollable aspects of war.

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What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities.

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No Boys Allowed: Over 500 Women on Motorcycles Zoomed Through Joshua Tree For This Year’s Babes Rideout

Earlier this month, over 500 ladies on motorcycles took Joshua Tree by storm for Babes Rideout. From October 3-5th, they camped out in one of California’s most beautiful spots and hit the highways for a 160 mile rideout in the desert. One participant, Monica Semergiu, documented her experience through photographs and words on Exposure. She explained, “Babes Rideout is for women who ride motorcycles. They get together, once a year, at a given location, and men are not allowed. You may think it’s weird and reversed sexism, and I thought that too before I got there, but I was overwhelmed with the spirit of sisterhood and camraderie, the friendships that were made.”

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This is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose.

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