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The World’s First Humanitarian 3D Printing “Make-A-Thon” is Underway in Israel

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Tikkun Olam are two deeply meaningful Hebrew words which literally translate to “repair the world.” It is a core value of Jewish culture, and is manifesting itself in a beautiful and modern way this week in the city of Nazareth, Northern Israel. For a non-stop 72 hours that began yesterday, a 3D printing “Make-A-Thon” similar to Hack-A-Thons is underway; one where 120 of the top designers, engineers and makers from Israel and the world are bringing customized assistance to those with physical disabilities. It is an open-sourced event with hopes to make a huge impact to those who need help the most. [Read more...]

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It’s a Lunatic Bum. It’s a New Age Tom Green. It’s Matthew Silver: The Great Performer

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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Laughter is contagious. Energy moves through the universe in a ripple affect. When we take ourselves too seriously, we block this powerful flow, but Matthew Silver is trying to break the dam that society has built and remind the world that it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to look up and interact with people. It’s okay to be the “village idiot” and it’s okay to laugh with strangers. And the more we do, the happier the world will be. Like Tom Green with a positive message, street artist Matthew Silver can bring a smile to the faces of even the most serious New Yorkers. With an element of surprise, he acts as a modern day jester and works just as hard to make people laugh as others do to buy more stuff. [Read more...]

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“Make Me Beautiful.” That’s What Esther Honig Said When She Sent Her Picture Around the World

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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“Make me beautiful.” That’s the simple instructions Esther Honig sent with her un-altered portrait to Photoshop enthusiasts around the world. What the Kansas City-based freelance journalist received back is an insightful and sometimes startling observation on beauty standards across various cultures… as well as a hilarious look at what can qualify as “Photoshop skills.” [Read more...]

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This Underground Trampoline is Totally Nuts (and 180 Feet High)

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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There aren’t many activities that can combine the fear of being underground with staggering heights… but this new attraction in Wales has done it. The new Bounce Below arena (near tongue twisting Blaenau Ffestiniog) will soon be giving visitors the chance to bounce and slide on an immense underground trampoline suspended 180 feet up in an underground cavern that’s twice the size of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. [Read more...]

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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion. [Read more...]

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Families with 5 Generations in 1 Photograph

Monday 06.23.2014 , Posted by
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With the snap of the shutter, most cameras capture just a tiny fraction of time. Julian Germain (previously) creates images that go much further than that, showing us – in one glance – the long passage of time through connected lives. His continuing series “Generations“, is a insightful look at the life cycle of a family. Here, he often features 5 generations in one photograph – from great, great grandparents down to the newest member of the family. [Read more...]

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A Hand-Built “Inner Space” Vehicle Explores Mexico’s Abandoned Railway Lines

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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In 1995, nearly 9,000 km of railway line in Mexico and Ecuador was abandoned due to low profits. The once promising route, which could have meant reliable trans-continental travel, was left to decay as a modern ruin. It was years later when Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene had a novel idea – to build a modern “inner space” vehicle to explore the old route through the heart of their country. The project turned into the strange silver rail and road vehicle you see here: SEFT-1. [Read more...]

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Summer Camp for Adults: Unplug and Be a Kid Again at Camp Grounded

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? How many times do you scroll your Facebook feed? How many buzzing notifications on your phone interrupt your life? If you’re like most people, whatever number answers you responded with might be overwhelming. How did we become so reliant on technology and is it really making us more connected? Many of us could use a digital detox- and Camp Grounded is just the place to begin. In the beautiful California Redwoods, 200+ adults gather to disconnect from all devices including clocks, leave their identities, work talk and networking behind, and work on authentic connection- like they did as children. With healthy communal meals, yoga, games, creative workshops, stargazing, talent shows and more, to help adults remember what came so naturally to them as children. [Read more...]

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Car Camping Revolutionized: This Bed Folds Into a Suitcase

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever tried camping in your car, you probably found yourself getting less than perfect sleep. Between curling up into the majorly lumpy back seat, or reclining the front seats for an equally lumpy/bumpy experience (one that makes side/stomach sleeping impossible), the options aren’t that inviting. Enter the SwissRoomBox – an ingenious invention that will convert even tiny hatchbacks into a flat sleeping area. And yes, like the Swiss Army knife it claims as a namesake, this smart system folds up into a small package – a rolling suitcase. [Read more...]

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Adorable Kate and Cat Are Back!

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Last year, we spotlighted Andy Prokh‘s warm and fuzzy photo series of his five-year-old daughter Kate and their British shorthair, Lilu. Today, the Russian photographer brings us an update on the imaginative adventures of Kate and Lilu – along with a new posse of feline friends. [Read more...]

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