One of These 4 Radical Bridges Will Be Built in London

In the center of London is the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the River Thames that is in desperate need of a redesign. Calling on famous and emerging architects alike, a lively competition has been created to solicit ideas for the redesign. Four semifinalists have now been selected, and their designs are quite out of this world.

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What Do You Need to Do 5 Minutes of Killer Standup Comedy? This Graphic Breaks It Down

Standup comedy is an art, not a science—sort of. While it has its own formula (setup, punchline), it also has its own nuances. But it always starts with the standard 5-minute set, whether you’re doing your first open mic or your first late-night TV spot. What does it take to kill in that short amount of time? According to Comedy Evaluator Pro, an online software program that measures laughs and positive audience response during a comedy set, here’s what it takes.

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Fantasy Meets Folk Art: Afro-Caribbean Inspired Paintings by Paul Lewin

Although he only lived in Kingston, Jamaica for 4 years before moving to Miami, Florida with his family, the impact of the Afro-Caribbean art left a lasting imprint on Paul Lewin’s style as an artist. Surrounded by cultural artifacts and art from around the world, Lewin’s paintings celebrate folklore, indigenous cultures, world religion, and ancient societies. Intricately detailed with a surreal twist, his acrylic paintings blend his global experience into a fantasy world. Currently based in Oakland, Lewin has a unique style that includes traditional Caribbean and African motifs as well as science fiction.

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Willard Wigan Makes the Smallest Handmade Sculpture in History…In a Piece of Beard Stubble

Using a single hollowed out piece of his own beard stubble, microscopy artist Willard Wigan has created the world’s smallest sculpture. Under the microscope he turned a tiny flake of gold into a motorbike and inserted it into the 0.0035inch piece of stubble. With patience, dexterity, and extreme focus, Wigan has to hold his breath and make his movements between heartbeats. He challenges himself to make each fragile, miniature masterpieces more detailed and smaller than the previous ones. He has created several sculptures in the eye of a needle, but this beard stubble one gives a whole new meaning to the word tiny.

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First Tintype Photographs In A Combat Zone Since The Civil War

Between combat missions in Afghanistan, Air Force defensive heavy weapons and tactics specialist, Ed Drew allowed art to keep his mind busy. With his old fashioned tin type photography equipment, Drew contrasted the past with the present. The photographs taken from the Civil War all used the tin type process and this technique has not been used in a combat zone since. On a 3 month deployment from April to June 2013, Drew captured these still portraits of his team, like a time warp back to 1865.

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Blind Painter Uses Texture of Paint and His Sense of Touch to Create Vivid Paintings

Before going blind at age 30 due to epilepsy, John Bramblitt had never even painted before. Now he has published 2 books on painting, gives speeches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and makes a living off of his colorful paintings. He claims to see more color now that he is blind than he did in his 29 years with vision.

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The Top 50 Art Blogs to Follow

To continually cure your eyeball boredom, we are constantly keeping tabs on the internet’s finest content. As a Column Five project, we love uniting data with design, but we also like to highlight incredible artists, new technologies and amazing people. We have compiled a list of the 50 Top Art Blogs that we love to follow and think you will too. Since we’re crazy about data, we ranked our favorite blogs by the number of Facebook likes.

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Best. Mashup. Ever. Earl Sinclair Performs Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G.

Benjamin Roberts spent a holiday from work – three full days – making something incredible: a mashup of ‘Dinosaurs’ the TV Series (1991–1994) and Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G (1997). It’s bizarrely perfect and for any child of the ’90s, complete nostalgia.

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Physicist Jonty Hurwitz Creates Tiniest Sculpture of The Human Form Ever Made

There is a fine line between art and science and Jonty Hurwitz likes to dance upon it. With an engineering degree under his belt, Hurwitz crunches numbers like a pro and has found a way to create the tiniest sculpture of the human form this world has ever seen. His prototype has been 3D printed in nanoscale and is so itsy bitsy that it can fit into the eye of a needle- and you’d still need a microscope to make out what it is.

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60 Years Ago, We Spent Twice as Much on Food

It’s not uncommon to get sticker shock when you see your total at the grocery store, but this little fact will make you feel much better: 60 years ago, we spent twice as much on food. Using the latest data from the USDA’s long-time tracking of food expenditures, we charted the information going back just over six decades. The trend is obvious. Out of our total disposable income, Americans are spending a much smaller share on food.

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