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The Aeromobil Flying Car Makes its First Flight… and it’s Seriously Sexy

Sunday 10.20.2013 , Posted by

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It’s official: the future is here. You might remember a few weeks ago when I asked “Where’s my flying car?!” I detailed many of the past and present designs that have tried to take the automobile skyward, but I missed one example that has just made its first flight – and it’s a seriously stunning machine! [Read more...]

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25 Unbelievable Balancing Acts

Sunday 10.20.2013 , Posted by

Apparently you don’t have to be a professional stunt man to impress people with your ability to balance in precarious situations. Although nothing on this list involves risking a human life in a precarious situation, these 25 unbelievable balancing acts will leave you wondering whether or not the photos are real or if they’ve been Photoshopped. [Read more...]

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Ghostpoet, Koreless and Alex Turvey Bring Nature to East London: The Culmination of Their Creative Journey to the Modern Frontier

Saturday 10.19.2013 , Posted by

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Last week we brought you the story of lyricist Ghostpoet, music producer Koreless, and director Alex Turvey taking us on a journey to the Modern Frontier – a collaborative work by these three creatives on the path to answer the question: “What Moves You?” Their 6 week process took them to nature and back again – leading to an answer at the fantastic Oval Space in East London on October 9th. It was an event that brought nature to the heart of busy London. [Read more...]

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Classic Books Retitled Like They Were Blog Posts

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

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Ok, if I was going to title this article like the “click-bait” titles that are everywhere on the internet, it would probably have been “You won’t believe these classic books retitled as blog posts!!!. It seems that every title that we click on is something “you won’t believe” or “you’ve never seen before”, but that’s today – what about yesterday? This imaginative and fun series from College Humor re-imagines book titles from history (and not so long ago) giving them all the buzz worthy titles that would have you plucking them off the shelves (or at least of the internet). [Read more...]

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25 Incredible Camouflaged Animals

Thursday 10.17.2013 , Posted by

While some animals are so dangerous that they don’t require hiding their presence, others rely on deception and camouflage to prevent themselves from meeting a fateful end at the hands (or the jaws) of one of their predators. See if you can spot any of these 25 incredible camouflaged animals hiding out in their natural habitats. [Read more...]

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Brilliant Suspensions In Time: High-Speed Liquid Photography

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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Thankfully, oil and ink don’t mix–which makes these dazzling photographs by Alberto Seveso possible. In his “Dropping” series, the Italian artist drips colored inks into oil, photographs the splash, then flips the resulting image upside down. The collision of oil and ink results in an exuberant dance of suspended droplets, which Seveso documents as saturated molten sculptures. [Read more...]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more...]

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Elaborate Book Sculptures Tower Over Customers in Japanese Bookstores

Sunday 10.13.2013 , Posted by

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In bookstores throughout Japan, there is a new marketing trend- stacking books like kids on Adderall playing Jenga. Known as Tawaa Tsumi (Japanese for “tower pile”, bookstore employees spend hours transforming books into these beautfiul, massive sculptures. With fancy spiral designs and clever variations, some look with awe, while others complain that this process is not good for books. Could this aesthetic demand be contributing to Karōshi (death from overwork) in Japanese bookstore workers? [Read more...]

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The Most Clever, Stand-Out Roommate Ad Ever Posted on Craigslist

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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Let’s face it- there are some cities where having roommates is a must for survival, especially for young professionals on an entry level salary. Roommates come and go and Craigslist has made the search a lot easier, but also introduced a lot of crazy people into the mix, so sifting for the right one can be quite a headache. But there are some downright awesome people on Craigslist too and Lauren Fahey is one of them. To make herself stand out from the bottomless pool of potential roommates, she created this clever graphic for her Craigslist posting, hoping to find the perfect new home. It features amazing quotes from previous roommates atop a hilarious picture with a random naked man lurking in the background. Well she certainly accomplished her mission and found an apartment in no time- who wouldn’t want to live with this girl? She had me at Mac and Cheese! [Read more...]

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Fields of Gold: Changes in the US Corn Industry [Infographic]

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here. [Read more...]

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