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.

Low Income Students are Now a Majority In the Nation’s Public Schools

For the first time in recent history, a majority of the nation’s public school students are from lower income families. That’s the finding of the most recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which noted a striking increase over just a few decades. In 1989 for example, less than 32 percent of public school students were low-income. By 2000, the national rate had hit 38 percent. But the most marked rise has been over the last 15 years. Today 51% of public school students are from low-income families.

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.

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.

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.

Think Apple’s $10,000 Watch is Expensive? Here’s How It Stacks Up Next to Luxury Watch Brands

Apple’s announcement last Monday that they are releasing a $10,000 version of their Apple Watch (the ‘Edition’) has the web in a flurry of varied opinion. It might be made from solid 18-karat gold, but how can the tech giant expect to sell an uber-expensive watch that will be obsolete in under 5 years? Worn by anyone without a LOT of disposable income, the Apple Watch Edition’s heart-rate monitor might show a serious spike.

A Record Number of Americans Have Never Tied the Knot

Never been married? You’re not alone. With changes in family structure and social norms it’s no shocker that rates of marriage have been declining for the last few decades, but the number of Americans who have never been married has now reached an all time high. As of 2012, one in five adults over 25 years old have never been married. Compare that to 1960, when only one in nine in the same range had never been married.

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.

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.

Humans Transform Into Dr. Seuss Characters For A Hair Freezing Contest

Every February at Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada, visitors get the option to participate in a Hair Freezing Competition. This tourist destination features cozy pools that are as hot as perfect bath water and when the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius, you can use creative styling to turn your head into an ice sculpture. Aside from head hair, people make themselves look like cartoon characters with snowy lashes and eyebrows, and some men can even pull off chest hair icicles. Participants post their photos to Takhini’s Facebook wall and the business offers a $150 reward for the fan favorite. This year the winning prize went to the folks in the picture above.