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Faceless “Watch” Vibrates Every 5 Minutes… All Day Long

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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Have you ever noticed that when you’re bored time seems to move more slowly and when you’re having fun it flies by? Durr is a new ‘watch’ device created to give you an enhanced perception of the rate at which time passes. This wristwatch-looking accessory gently vibrates every 5 minutes causing a perpetual hyperawareness of the speed of time. [Read more...]

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Visual News Talks with The Sole US Olympic Men’s Alpine Snowboarder, Justin Reiter

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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The Olympic games are in their final week at Sochi and three of the five snowboarding events are complete. The jumps, rails and pipes are finished until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games…or just until the next Winter X-games. Now it’s time for the proper racing: Parallel Giant Slalom and Slalom. Alpine snowboarding is a sport that isn’t always as hyped up by the media because, well, it’s just not as cool to them as riders doing yolos and mctwists all over the place. [Read more...]

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After Hurricane Xaver, This Woman is Letting Her Horse Live in the House

Sunday 02.16.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all been in houses that look like a pigsty… but what about one that’s starting to look a lot like a stable? To keep him safe, Doctor Stephanie Arndt brought her horse Nasar into the house when Hurricane Xaver blasted through their town of Holt, Germany. That was in late 2013, but Nasar has yet to leave the house. It seems he likes the comfortable indoor life, and is happily making himself at home! [Read more...]

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How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more...]

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Purify Art: Art With Integrity

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a generation with an unprecedented ability to broadcast your message to the world. For passionate, talented artists this means that you don’t have to be starving anymore to devote your life to art, but creators are getting little to no royalties from Facebook, Spotify and Pandora. Not every artist has the time to keep up online profiles for art and music on multiple sites, but Purify Art provides an alternative. Purify Art takes out the middle man for a direct relationship between artist and fans. It allows users to find, share, and sell art and music in one place. The Ad-free platform maximizes the revenue media creators receive from online services and protects the users privacy and the content creator’s IP rights. [Read more...]

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‘Dumb Starbucks’ Parody Store Gets Shut Down in L.A.

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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“Dumb Starbucks” is the newest coffee spot in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. It has replicated the famous Starbucks brand by using everything they could, including their logo, atmosphere, and even retail CD’s. The only apparent difference between the original and the fraud is the word “Dumb” before… pretty much everything. The shop features a menu with ‘Dumb Frappuccinos,’ ‘Dumb Espressos,’ and everyone’s favorite CD, ‘Dumb Jazz Standards.’ A particularly curious aspect of this new shop is that all of the coffee is free. [Read more...]

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Dreams of Burma: Explore the Country with this New App From National Geographic and Fotopedia

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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Burma is a country that, for many of us, only lives in our dreams. For years, it has been difficult for people to get into the country and experience its spectacular beauty.

Burma has long been known as a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world with an appalling human rights record. From 1962 to 2011, the country was ruled by a military junta that suppressed almost all dissent and wielded absolute power in the face of international condemnation and sanctions. National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have set out to open our eyes with Dreams of Burma, an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  [Read more...]

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What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo. [Read more...]

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The Sochi Project: Documenting the Location Before the Games

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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While watching the glory of the Olympic games unfold, it’s interesting to reflect on the dynamic area where the games are taking place. The Sochi Project is a documentary photography work initiated in 2007 by Rob Hornstra and writer Arnold van Bruggen. The two were baffled by the decision to hold the games in an area where mere miles separated playboy Russian millionaires and bleak war zones, and where facilities for staging such a massive world event were largely nonexistent. [Read more...]

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Scott Expedition: Greatest Polar Exploration Story Ever Told

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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The South Pole is the uttermost end of the Earth, and it has been over a century since anyone has tried to retrace the ill-fated steps of Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition. – the 1,800-mile return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot. British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have set out to complete the longest unsupported polar journey in history, the Scott Expedition, along the same route Scott succumbed to in 1912. The men are now in the final week of hauling their heavy sleds across the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable place in the world – and they’ve been doing it for more than a quarter of a year. [Read more...]

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