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Party Beneath the Space Shuttle Endeavour

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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For some of us non-astronauts, the closest we will get to outer space is to be in the presence of something that has been in space. That’s why attending or hosting an event at the California Science Center Los Angeles is pretty flipping awesome. In the Samuel Oschin Pavillion, the space shuttle Endeavour, which spent 296 days in space, floats overhead as people beneath celebrate Earthly accomplishments like weddings and corporate parties. Check out the videos below to see how awesome the lighting looks in this space ship’s retirement home. [Read more...]

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different. xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors. [Read more...]

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River Tables Look Like the World From Above

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
Greg Klassen River Tables 1

Greg Klassen’s hand-crafted tables have rivers flowing through them. Inspired by the natural beauty of his home in the Pacific Northwest and the tall trees that grow there, he uses the wood’s innately sinuous form to trace the path of water-like glass that cuts a path through the table’s center. His tastefully balanced design choices create furniture with a blend of free spirited organic form and geometric perfection. [Read more...]

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There’s Something In The Water At This Abandoned Shopping Mall…

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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Years ago, this Bangkok shopping mall tanked – and now, it’s playing koi. With help from an open-air roof, torrential rain, and an anonymous fish breeder,  the abandoned New World shopping mall has slowly been transforming into the most unexpected aquarium since the early 2000s.  [Read more...]

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Who Flipped the Ford? Bizarrely Inverted Vehicles that Still Drive

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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If you want to hear endless jokes about your car being from Australia, we’ve got the rides for you. With their four wheels pointed sky high, both of these vehicles look like they’ve completely flipped over, but the real shock comes when they drive away quite normally. [Read more...]

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5 Creatives Who Didn’t Quit Their Day Jobs

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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Ah, the good life! Waking up, sitting down to work, no responsibilities but to create! This is the life that many creative people desire but very few are actually lucky enough to get. Most of us (those without immense private fortunes or incredible luck) have to hold down a day job. Sometimes those jobs can seem boring or stifling. We’d rather be home writing that novel, painting that picture, or composing that music. But unfortunately the reality of money can get in the way. But have no fear creative types! You CAN do your thing and have a day job. It may mean some sacrifices in the free time department but it’s doable. Many famous creative people have done it successfully.

Here is a list of a few famous figures who did their work while keeping their day job. [Read more...]

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Cleverly Juxtaposed Images Give a View Into The Future

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
Samantha Decker Pictures of the Future Juxtaposed with the Past 1

We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Mechanisms with One Purpose: To Hold Themselves Up

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
Dan Grayber Cavity Mechanism 1

Dan Grayber creates beautifully mechanical sculptures with only one purpose: to hold themselves up. While that may seem like a simple task, he often builds cement weights into his pieces, challenging himself to design systems to keep them suspended inside glass domes or cases using only the forces they exert on the smooth interior walls. [Read more...]

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The Most Incredible Ukulele Player You’ve Ever Seen Has Been Causing Jaws to Drop Since Age 5

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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A natural performer since she could walk, Taimane Gardner grew up in the majestic islands of Hawaii. Her father gave her a ukulele when she was just 5 years old and she played it in the mirror like a rock star for so long and hard that she broke a string the first day! Her father could see how musically gifted she was and she began lessons soon after. She preferred playing with her eyes closed so that she could learn muscle memory and sees each song in her mind before she plays. Quickly growing into the virtuoso she is now, Don Ho discovered Taimane, at age 13, busking on the streets of Waikiki and asked her to join his show. She is now 25 and has played private shows for celebrities like John Travolta, Steven Seagal, and George Clooney and has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffet, and many more musicians. You will understand why when you watch any of the videos below. [Read more...]

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Incredibly Realistic Interiors Carved into Marble & Stone

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way. [Read more...]

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