We Can Be Heroes: Martin Beck Reveals How Superheroes Are Just Like Us

You know that “Celebrities Are Just Like Us” section of the tabloids that shows celebrities in street clothes grocery shopping and walking their dogs without makeup on? Well if we lived in a comic book world where justice was served and the paparazzi followed the superheroes around, the tabloids might look like this photo series. Created by Martin Beck, a Scottish/South African photographer based in Dubai, “We Can Be Heroes” shows the aftermath of saving the world. The gritty portraits reveal the wear and tear that a lifetime of justice might take on a person. With bruises, dirt smudges, and unhealthy coping devices, these heroes are just like us.

A 3D Printer for Just $179? This Changes Everything.

You know what I want for my birthday? A birthday present that can make me more birthday presents. The Tiko is a simple, unibody 3D printer currently crushing its funding goal on Kickstarter, and for just $179, I might get my B-day wish.

The Tiko has been called the cheapest 3D printer out there, and for that price, it’s highly likely. What’s more, for creatives with an inventive streak, this makes 3D printing highly accessible, even if they haven’t yet hit the big time.

Birties Bowties Allow You to Wear Your Favorite Pop Culture Mementos Around Your Neck

Nothing says “classy” like a bow tie and now you can show off your passions and your classiness at the same time. Birties Bowties are the passion project of Omarseeto, which started off as a hobby and spread to the masses. Looking to bring some fun and lighten up the stressful, mundane vibe of his job as a bank teller, Omarseeto began using his design skills to dazzle his team and customers (not to mention fill the hours he spent staring off into the abyss). Screen printing his favorite bands, video games, art pieces, and pop culture icons onto bow ties, he was standing out and making people smile. People began asking him to create ties of their favorite bands and such, and he was loving it.

An Astronaut’s Daughter Sends A Heartfelt Message to Space Using Huge Tire Tracks

Being an astronaut’s daughter isn’t easy, especially when your dad lives on the International Space Station. First there’s years of intense training and time away from home, then the real distance happens – you don’t get a more remote job than working in space. 13-year-old Stephanie from Houston is in that situation, and wanted to send her dad a message he’d really remember. With the help of Hyundai and a team of stunt drivers she sent a message her dad could read from space.

Turn Your Favorite Song Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

The geniuses at NEW Inc. have discovered a way to turn sound into a 3D object. REIFY, a small company led by CEO Allison Wood has come up with a way to 3D print sound clips as a striking geometric visual. Now you can turn your favorite song into a conversation piece for your coffee table. Aside from the sculptural beauty, the piece can then be scanned by a phone app and turned back into audio!

Is College Drinking on the Decline? The Latest Freshmen Say “Yes”

College drinking is on the decline, and it’s been that way for the past decade. That’s according to “The American Freshman: National Norms” reports from UCLA (CIRP/HERI). It found that over the last 10 years entering freshman consistently reported less and less drinking, with the number of students reporting “frequent” or “occasional” beer, wine and spirits drinking dropping by a sizable 25%. Students also reported a large decline in partying, with a growing share saying they didn’t party at all.

Antibiotic Resistance is Growing, And So is Doctors’ Concern

The discovery of antibiotics in the early 20th century was a modern day miracle. Once common diseases like tuberculosis were nearly eradicated from the developed world in very short order, contributing hugely to the quality of life we enjoy today. But the wonder drugs are losing their power.

California’s Worst Drought in History: The Breakdown

The last three years have left California facing a historic drought. This month, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an unprecedented mandate: Californians must reduce water use by 25%—or the state may face dire consequences. What factors are contributing to this drought?

Photographer Builds A Set On the Streets of Brooklyn Which Is The Perfect Spot for a Romantic Proposal

Known for his Set in the Street project which involved placing indoor room sets around the sidewalks of New York City for interesting public interaction, Justin Bettman knows how to bring surprising randomness to the daily grind. This time his skills were sought out for something a little more romantic. Jose Luis, a man in love, saw Bettman’s project in New York Magazine and a light bulb went off that this was what he needed to propose to his girlfriend. So he sent a hopeful email to Bettman to see what he could do. Bettman tells Petapixel, “Of course I was going to build a set for this guy to propose on.”

3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life A Little Funnier

Using a new rapid prototyping process, artist duo Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins have found a way to 3D print lenses with funhouse effects. Their lenses can turn your face into all eyes or give you 3 mouths or even shrink your head to tiny proportions. They are publicly debuting their first body of work, called Smaller & Upside Down, on Market Street in San Francisco from April 9-11, 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, where they will also demonstrate how it was done.