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This TED-Ed Video Asks Why We Feel Sad… And Should We Really Worry About It?

Saturday 10.04.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone feels sad from time to time. It’s a natural part of our human experience. And while today we mostly look for ways to overcome sadness or even get rid of it all together, it hasn’t always been viewed as something to banish.

This video from TED-Ed asks what melancholy actually is, and what (if anything) we should do about it. Courtney Stephens guides us through a short-history of our still evolving understanding of sadness, and hints at reasons it may even be useful. [Read more…]

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Beautiful Paragliding Aerobatics and the Sounds of Flying Free

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Few activities get you closer to being a bird than paragliding. Just climb a mountain carrying a backpack that holds your winds, and off you go into the sky. Théo de Blic has been piloting on his own since he was just 12, and in this stunning video filmed by Shams, his aerobatic skill in the air is put on display. Their video, Sound of Paragliding, is a feast of beauty for the eyes… and the ears. [Read more…]

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Judging America: Photographer Shows The Stark Contrast Between Prejudice And Reality

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes we think we know things about people we’ve never even met. By the way they are dressed or their ethnicity or a tabloid article, we think we can leap to some conclusions about who they are as people. Judgment is a natural part of being human, but this series will make you think twice before you mistake your prejudices for knowledge. A former U.S. Marine with a passion for photography, Joel Parés shows that looks can be deceiving in this diptic photo series. He took successful people of all races and showed them first as the way people might falsely judge them, followed by a representation of who they are as people, demonstrating how they serve the world. [Read more…]

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This Drone Flew So Close to a Volcano, The Camera Melted

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Not long ago, getting close-up footage of a volcano’s fiery caldera meant donning a silver heat protective suit and risking your life. Now, it only risks your gear. Drone company DJI recently sent their team to Iceland, along with director of aerial imaging, Eric Cheng. There he flew one of their Phantom 2’s so close to the erupting volcano Bardarbunga that the front of the camera melted. [Read more…]

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Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) Hilariously Invades Famous Paintings

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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It would be just like Mr. Bean to accidentally get his portrait painted by a classic master… and that’s a bit what it looks like here. In his half hilarious/half disturbing series, caricaturist Rodney Pike has been inserting the face of Rowan Atkinson into the works of classic masters. The actor suddenly sports the wig of George Washington (and a knowing look) and then becomes Rembrandt looking rather nonplussed. It’s utterly bizarre and fantastic. [Read more…]

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Hammocks in the Air at the International Highline Meeting

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Ah, there’s nothing quite like lounging in a hammock, the wind whistling through your hair, hundreds of feet in the air. Hold on… hundreds of feet? That was the scene this year at the International Highline Meeting. An event that brings together high altitude thrill seekers from around the world and took place this time at Monte Piana in north-eastern Italy. [Read more…]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more…]

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Liter of Light: Bringing Sustainable Light to Developing Communities

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2011, we covered the organization Liter of Light and their mission to bring sustainable light to the Philippines by using plastic bottles. Now, three years later, it is amazing to see what has been accomplished and where the organization is going next.

While originally launched with a grant from the MyShelter foundation, the main proponent behind the movement has been social entrepreneur Illac Diaz. His approach is simple: instead of importing solar products to bring light, he develops the lights locally so that repairs and replacements become simple. [Read more…]

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Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity. [Read more…]

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Jump For Joy! Photographs of Figures In Flight

Monday 09.22.2014 , Posted by
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Forget looking before you leap. In his series Gravity, London-based photographer Tomas Januska captures imaginative, energetic, and completely weightless bodies in midair. [Read more…]

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