Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so.

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What Do NYC and Paris Have in Common? This Clever Diptych Video Says “A Lot”

Freelance filmmaker Franck Matellini has created a fantastic new video that cleverly reveals the similarities between Paris and New York City. Using a split-screen diptych, Matellini captures many of the unique things which make these iconic cities charming, while comparing them in a way which shows their commonalities.

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No Boys Allowed: Over 500 Women on Motorcycles Zoomed Through Joshua Tree For This Year’s Babes Rideout

Earlier this month, over 500 ladies on motorcycles took Joshua Tree by storm for Babes Rideout. From October 3-5th, they camped out in one of California’s most beautiful spots and hit the highways for a 160 mile rideout in the desert. One participant, Monica Semergiu, documented her experience through photographs and words on Exposure. She explained, “Babes Rideout is for women who ride motorcycles. They get together, once a year, at a given location, and men are not allowed. You may think it’s weird and reversed sexism, and I thought that too before I got there, but I was overwhelmed with the spirit of sisterhood and camraderie, the friendships that were made.”

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This is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose.

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Rob Dyrdek: The Ridiculous Numbers Behind His Success

Skateboarder. Celebrity. Entrepreneur. There are few people more driven and daring than Rob Dyrdek. He hit the ground rolling and turned pro at 16 years old, then started his first company, Orion Trucks, at 19. He hasn’t slowed up since and the numbers in this graphic show it.

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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate.

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Photographer Uses Brain Scanner to Find Out How People Wish They Looked

A straighter nose, bigger eyes, higher cheekbones: in a culture that glorifies physical perfection, many of us can immediately identify traits we would like to change about ourselves. Using a unique combination of photography and neuroscience, Scott Chasserot attempts to capture images of our perfect selves through his project Original/Ideal.

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This Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Female Celebs… and He’s Really Good At It

Just remember this Halloween: with the right makeup skills, you can be ANYONE. Seriously. Just check out the skills of makeup artist and TV host Paolo Ballesteros from the Philippines. With his makeup kit, some wigs and fake eyelashes he’s managed to transform himself into all sorts of female celebs – from Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian, to Julia Roberts and Megan Fox (above). Even on his attempts that aren’t spot-on, it’s still impressive how quickly we can recognize the famous face.

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It Doesn’t Get Cooler than Motorcycle Chariots

Motorcycles have been called “Iron Steeds” for a long time, but the forgotten sport of motorcycle chariot racing really took that horse thing literally.

Yes. Motorcycle. Chariot. Racing. And it looks just as tough as it sounds.

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

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.

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