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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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In France (Among the Most Depressed Countries in the World) Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Books Now Outsell Cookbooks

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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France is now the world leader in coloring book sales, thanks to a genius marketing move that sees words like “anti-stress” and “art therapy” in large letters on their covers. Really, this affect is no secret: like meditation or exercise, making art quiets the mind and breaks our stressful focus on worries we often have no control over. Now people in France, especially women, have taken up coloring as a method of stress reduction… and coloring books have now surpassed cookbooks in sales. [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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Slice Into These Incredible Glass Artworks

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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The impressive artwork you see here employs an ancient 4000-year-old mideast glass technique called murrine. Using long rods of glass cane, intricate patterns can be built into a loaf like form, only revealing the hidden details when a slice is cut off. While you’ve probably seen the technique used in patterned glasswork at your local art gallery, you’ve never seen the astounding level of detail achieved in these reinterpreted paintings from Loren Stump. [Read more...]

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The Earth Harp is the Largest Stringed Instrument on the Planet

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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Installation artist and musician William Close has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments and his 1999 invention of the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument in the world. The Earth Harp has been taken all over the world, transforming architecture, theaters, and concert halls into a musical instrument. The strings are attached from the structures to a stage where William Close makes beautiful music by running his hands along the strings with violin rosin covered gloves. This magnificent piece of art, which is as beautiful as the sounds it makes, has reached the top of the Seattle Space needle, the Coliseum in Rome, temples in Vietnam, the Kennedy and Lincoln Center, and the Temple of Transition at Burning Man. [Read more...]

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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more...]

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Harvard Students Create a Printable Self-Assembling Lamp

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you might remember the Spielberg produced movie *Batteries Not Included. The imaginative film featured tiny, spaceship-like mechanical life-forms that could reproduce (and help rebuild decrepit apartment buildings). Now, it finally seems the age of self-assembling machines is upon us… or at least self-assembling lamps. [Read more...]

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Napkin Table: For Your Most Awkward Date, EVER

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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If your first dates aren’t ending up awkward enough, I think we’ve found your solution. The “Napkin Table” is the creation of industrial design students at Tunghai University of Taiwan – a device which loops around you and your partner’s neck, creating a table like eating surface in between. Yes, now any sudden neck/torso motions you were hoping to make are transferred to the tabletop of both you and your date. If romance is on the menu, you might give this invention a miss – unless the apple of your eye has an appetite for humor. [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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