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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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This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see. [Read more…]

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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more…]

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Are Beautiful People Really Symmetrical?

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s been a ton of buzz in past years about how symmetrical facial features are the most attractive. This usually comes along with some reference to Denzel Washington and his perfect face. But, is any of that really true? [Read more…]

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Magic and Madness from Past World Cups, Animated in Five-Second Videos

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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It has begun in Brazil. The first kick of World Cup 2014 has been made and the first win is already on the books. Now the world enthusiastically waits for those choice moments that make this game so good. FIVES is a collection of films made by a wide range of world creatives, each featuring a memory from past World Cups reinterpreted in just five seconds. For anyone who saw the original game, these retellings really hit home. [Read more…]

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Say Hello to Van Gogh’s Famously Severed Ear… Grown From DNA and Displayed as Art

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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This goes down as one of the more technically advanced pieces of art I’ve seen. A team of scientists in collaboration with German artist Diemut Strebe has grown an ear “identical” in shape to the one van Gogh famously severed during a psychotic episode in 1888… and it includes actual genetic information from the artist. [Read more…]

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The Art and Spirit from Midburn: the New Regional Burning Man Gathering in Israel

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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From June 3-7, 2014 the first official Israeli Burning Man event called “Midburn” took place in the heart of the Negev desert. While many Israelis participating at the gathering were familiar with the Burning Man event in Nevada, many had not been able to personally attend the Nevada Burn. Half a world away, this was the ripe opening for those who desired to join the unique Burning Man community. [Read more…]

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When a Wildfire Broke Out Near Their Wedding, This Couple Made the Most of It

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone who plans an outdoor wedding hopes it happens on a day with good weather – clear skies, warm temps – but what if your special day was threatened by a wildfire? While tying the knot at Rock Spring Ranch in Oregon, Michael and April Wolber actually had that happen. Ignoring their carefully made plans, the Two Bulls wildfire blew straight towards the idillic green glen where their ceremony was taking place. [Read more…]

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The Beaches of Normandy in 1944 During D-Day and Now 70 Years Later

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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What a difference 70 years can make! 70 years ago today (June 6, 1944) World War II saw the beginning of the end as the beaches of Normandy were invaded by Allied soldiers for operation D-Day. Today the beaches are much more cheery with sunbathing tourists splashing in the water and playing in the sand. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren released this series of images contrasting the Normandy Beaches then and now. [Read more…]

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