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Not Your Average Rock Wall: Stunning Mosaic Murals Made of Stones

Friday 08.29.2014 , Posted by
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Partners in life and business, Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl have divinely combined their artistic talents and passions to create the most awe-inspiring arrangements of pebbles, stones, and other organic accents. The visionary artists are attuned to the natural flow of life and are guided to place each rock in the perfect position to make the most beautiful mosaic murals. Through their company, Ancient Art of Stone, they take on commissioned projects for interior and exterior designs. [Read more…]

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Unreal! 75% of IKEA Product ‘Photographs’ are Actually Computer Generated

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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Next time you look through an IKEA catalogue remember this: 75% of those photos aren’t even photos. That’s right, from the incredibly natural looking interior ‘photographs’ to the product images themselves, many are actually very well done CGI renderings. Perhaps this is why their images look so impossibly perfect. [Read more…]

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Origami Could Be A Solution To One Of Space Exploration’s Greatest Problems

Thursday 08.28.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to exploring the vast unknown that is space, one of the biggest problems is, ironically, a lack of space. But now a team of research engineers at Brigham Young University, led by professor Larry Howell, are thinking outside the box to figure out how to get more inside the box and have begun applying origami principles to rigid solar panels. Collaborating with NASA and origami expert Robert Lang, their model origami solar array could be transported into space expand to almost 10 times its stored size once unfolded. [Read more…]

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Stamping Money Out of Politics Just Got Even More Fun With The Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile

Wednesday 08.27.2014 , Posted by
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If you believe political bribes are destroying our democracy, then step right up to the Amend-O-Matic Stamp Mobile and let your dollars spread the message. The same guy who brought you the most delicious, (not to mention organic and sustainable) ice cream in your grocer’s freezer has yet another brilliant idea. Since each bill printed in the U.S. passes through 875 hands, on average, if just 1 person stamps one bill per day for 1 year, it could reach 300,000 people, which means it would only take 1,000 to reach the entire U.S. population! With enough awareness this movement could help to pass an amendment to the constitution to take back our democracy from the corporations that use their money to puppeteer our politicians. 16 states have already voted for it and 150 members of congress support it. Keep the momentum going by purchasing a stamp(at cost) on StampStampede.org. [Read more…]

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Woman With Vitiligo Models How Beautiful Looking Different Can Be

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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From the catwalk in Canada to America’s Next Top Model, Chantelle Brown-Young has been showing how comfortable she is in her own skin. Affected by the skin condition Vitiligo, which causes the skin’s pigment to disappear in patches, the young model has a captivating, unique beauty. Although she endured excessive bullying in her school days, with hurtful names like “cow” and “milky”, Brown-Young blocked out the negativity and embraced her individuality to follow her dreams of becoming a model. [Read more…]

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Butter Up: Innovative New Knife Allows Butter to Spread Regardless Of The Temperature

Friday 08.22.2014 , Posted by
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We are pleased to present the best thing to happen to bread since sliced bread. Have you ever ripped a delicious fresh piece of bread to shreds as you battled with butter right out of the refrigerator? You end up with one big mouth full of butter in one bite and none in the next. It’s not pretty. But now there is a better way. The innovative team at DM Initiatives has created the most incredible, yet simple, kitchen utensil which they appropriately call The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp. This magical device turns cold butter into easily spreadable ribbons that melt like butter on your breakfast toast. Aside from the ease of spread-ability, the gadget will also help you use less butter, which can cut a lot of calories from your diet. [Read more…]

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Every Sunday this Stylist Gives Haircuts to the Homeless

Wednesday 08.20.2014 , Posted by
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Even though Sunday is his one day off, New York City hair stylist Mark Bustos still cuts hair. He not charging money though – he’s here to do something good for the world. Walking the streets he looks for less fortunate people who would appreciate a new haircut, simply saying, “I want to do something nice for you today.” [Read more…]

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Ghost Estates: Unoccupied Reminders of Ireland’s Housing Boom

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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For a few months in 2005, I lived in Ireland. At the time, the country was bustling with a property boom – and large 4 bedroom houses were springing up in remote towns far from centers that could provide employment for any new population. They were often called ‘holiday homes’ because nobody expected the future inhabitants to find, or even want, jobs.

From the mid-1990s to 2006 house prices in the Republic of Ireland increased, a prosperous time referred to as the Celtic Tiger. Then, in 2008 with the start of the global financial crisis, all that came to a halt.

Irish-born photographer Valérie Anex (who grew up in Switzerland) traveled the northern and western regions of the country documenting the developments that have never been occupied. The eerie places are called ‘Ghost Estates’. [Read more…]

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These Statues Look Like They’re Taking Selfies

Monday 08.11.2014 , Posted by
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The selfie is everywhere. Ellen Degeneres has that star-studded masterpiece from the Oscars; a curious monkey snapped one in the woods; and Kim Kardashian just announced she’s putting out a coffee table of her best examples in 2015 (please… no…). Now classic statues are getting in on the trend. Redditor Jazus_ur_lookin_well recently spent a day at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, creating a series of funny captures that make the statues appear to be taking selfies. The look on each statue’s face is priceless and oh so timely. [Read more…]

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Write Like A Revolutionary: This Font Imitates Hugo Chavez’s Handwriting

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Turn your John Hancock into a Hugo Chavez with ChavezPro. This new typeface designed by a group of young “anti-imperialists” mimics Chavez’s distinct handwriting and commemorates what would have been the commander’s 60th birthday on July 28. [Read more…]

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