Classic Art Figures Immersed In Modern Day Backgrounds

In classic art, angels with instruments are everywhere, men wear ruffled attire and furs, and curvy women sit around in flowy layers and proper dresses. Those aren’t typical sites in modern day life, but Ukranian artist Alexey Kondakov thought it would be interesting if they did. In his ongoing series, “Art History in Contemporary Life”, Alexey Kondakov places figures from classic art pieces in present day settings and the contrast is quite interesting.

Here’s Every Meteorite Fall on Earth in a Single Interactive Visualization

Ever wonder how many meteors have hit Earth? The Meteoritical Society is doing its best to keep track. And Javier de la Torre, co-founder of CartoDB, is helping us see the pure volume of hits (into the tens of thousands). His interactive visualization shows a heatmap of hits all over the world, letting you explore where and when meteorites fell, as well as their size and classification. (Pro tip: See if any have landed near your hometown.)

The World’s First High Tech, All-In-One, Smart Dog Collar

Fifty-two percent of dogs are overweight in the US and only seven percent of owners are actually aware their dog is unhealthy. Dogtelligent seeks to change that statistic for the better with the Connected Collar. With virtual fence and leash technology that gently tugs, activity trackers, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, ambient temperature sensors, and an ultrasonic micro-speaker to correct barking, this all-in-one collar is everything a dog owner could ever need to keep his pet healthy and well managed. Many dogs are not getting enough exercise, but with an accelerometer (like a FitBit), you can measure your playful pup’s activity output and track it on your Smart device. You can program the app with your dog’s breed and age so that the perfect activity level can be calculated.

SpaceX’s Travel Posters Will Make You Want to Visit Mars

It may be a while until you can catch a quick flight to the red planet, but SpaceX is hopeful that option may be in our future. The commercial spacecraft company, whose spacecraft will be used to support the majority of U.S. scientific missions, is determined to enable people to live on other planets someday. (Yes, that is the company’s official mission.) To keep that dream alive and offer us some entertaining inspiration, SpaceX released three throwback travel posters last week. Who’s up for an intergalactic road trip?

Pneumàtic: Tire Sculptures Seem to Dissolve Into the Sidewalk

Artists Octavi Serra, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa have collaborated on a series of sculptures featuring salvaged car tires that seem to disappear into walls and sidewalks. The trio of artists have made works that play with our mind and our understanding that tires are hugely tough. It makes it almost impossible to comprehend that these aren’t actually sinking into the concrete or brickwork on the streets they inhabit.

In fact, to create each piece, the artists used grinding tools to slice the tire, then placed it back in its natural urban environment to amuse.

The World’s First Eye Tracking Virtual Reality Technology Is Here

Welcome to the future. Sci-fi movies are no longer just fantasy. FOVE has created the world’s first eye tracking virtual reality system an accuracy of 1/20th of a degree. With this advancement, VR-induced nausea is greatly reduced and you can use your eyes to interact with and control the 3D virtual environments before. FOVE is not just for fun and games. The implications of this technology to help those suffering from body mobility issues is huge. Watch as a child with muscular dystrophy uses his eyes to play a song on the piano for his classmates to sing along with. The beautiful moments that this product can create are endless, bringing emotion to virtual reality.

HOT TEA Invites You to Swim Surrounded by Fields of Color

Minnesota-based street artist HOT TEA has a thing for rainbows. When we last covered his work, he’d yarn bombed the walkway on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge. Now he’s been tasked with bringing new life to the swimming pool on Roosevelt Island, but instead of using his normal yarn, he’s (thankfully) transformed the space with incredibly bright gradients of paint. 120 gallons to be exact.

Americans are Most Concerned About Animal Treatment in Circuses, Sports & Research

For the first time ever, Gallup has asked Americans where they’re most concerned about the treatment of animals. The numbers they uncovered in their poll from earlier this month reveal a country which deeply cares about animal welfare in almost every situation – a fact underscored by a growing number of Americans who feel that animals should have the same rights as humans.

Police Sketches Alongside Actual Mugshots

Can you imagine what it’s like to be a police sketch artist? Trying to listen to a collection of descriptions to illustrate a portrait that will be plastered all over the place in hopes of catching a criminal is no easy task. Considering the fact that most of us could not even describe ourselves in enough detail for an artist to sketch, eye witness reports are not the most reliable. But sometimes the artists really get it right and other times they just don’t. Here is a collection of 20 police sketches paired up with the criminals they were intended to represent.

SNAP: Transform Just About Any Flat Object Into a Table. No Tools Required.

With SNAP you can transform just about any surface or board into a piece of furniture – and it doesn’t require any tools or cause any permanent changes to the surface. The clever leg system from Be-elastic uses an springy metal clamp and one elastic cord to firmly attach each looping leg to the edge of a surface, be that an old door, a piece of cut plywood or even a dartboard.