If The Moon and Mars Had Oceans, What Would They Look Like?

Humans have long dreamt of living on other planets, but last time we checked they weren’t too keen on setting up permanent residence on the red dusty plains of Mars or even on a Moon mountain. The climate on those two celestial bodies isn’t exactly inviting – but there are plenty of people who dream of changing that. Terraforming is the theoretical process of modifying a planet to make it more Earth-like, and these two fascinating maps from data scientist Seth Kadish show what it could look like on Mars and the Moon.

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Post-It People: Erik RVA Has Created Thousands of StickyHeadz Characters

I think it’s pretty unanimous that Post-Its are one of the greatest things on Earth and illustrator Erik RVA couldn’t agree more. He has been drawing funny faces on post-it’s on the daily for quite some time. He uploads his daily doodles to his Tumblr called StickyHeadz. Aside from the doodles, he often shows the background which inspired each face behind it, with clever commentary below.

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A Recovered Sound Clip Brings Pure Happiness To A Sweet, Old Man In London

We all have digital files stored on our phones that hold an irreplaceable sentimental value. Maybe it’s a photo with a loved one who has passed away, a video of your baby taking his first steps, or a digital love note from the one who makes your heart skip a beat. For 68 year old Stan Beaton, it was a voice mail message recorded by his late wife, Ruby. Ruby passed in 2003 and Stan had kept this memento of the love of his life for over a decade, until it was deleted when Virgin Media did some technical work. Beaton was devastated, but the company found a way to make it up to him. They assigned a team of 10 employees to sift through the digital archives to uncover this sound file.

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3D Calligraphy Jumps Off the Page

Turkish graphic designer Tolga Girgin has a passion for calligraphy, but her lettering has a look that’s all together different. Using an assortment of perspective trickery, she uses pens and pencils to give her old-school lettering a whole new angle – one that would have you believe each letter was pealing off the paper or hovering above it.

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Here’s Waldo: Data Cruncher Randy Olson Discovers The Optimal Search Strategy For Finding Waldo

Much of the fun of finding Waldo, in his famous red and white striped shirt and hat, is having no idea where to start. But data cruncher Randy Olson wanted to help those of us who just don’t have the time. He challenged Slate’s “foolproof” strategy and came up with his own that he believes could find Waldo even faster. Since we’re all about that data here at Visual News, we are a big fan of Olson’s visualizations.

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Who Wants a Steampunk Gameboy?

The Gameboy was the most popular handheld video game device of its day. After its 1989 release in the United States, Nintendo sold its entire shipment of 1,000,000 devices within a few short weeks, and has sold more than 118 million since its inception. With all the Gameboys sold, there are understandably a lot laying around. So what will you do with your old one? You make it even older with a dose of steampunk!

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What Is The Most Common Job in Every US State?

NPR has just released a fascinating interactive map which reveals the most common job in each US state. While you might think clerks would be topping this list, the whole country seems to be dominated my one job – truck drivers. How could this be?

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Exclusive Interview with Oxygen Channels “Street Art Throwdown” Artist CAMER1

One of today’s best known street artists in the San Francisco Bay Area is Camer1. After 20 years of bringing his art to the city, he was chosen along with 9 other street artists to compete in a new Oxygen Channel show called “Street Art Throwdown“. Hosted by famous street artist Justin BUA and Lauren Wagner, the TV series will feature a range of challenges for the artists. In the end, a winner will walk away with $100,000 and some added respect.

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A Gigantic Sculpture Cast from the Trunk of a 140-Year-Old Hemlock Tree

Seattle-based artist John Grade has created a sculpture precisely shaped from the living trunk of a 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree growing in North Bend, Washington. Built from a latticework comprised of hundreds of thousands of salvaged old-growth cedar blocks, the story behind its construction (and ultimate fate) is almost as beautiful as its light-filled form.

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2014 Gravity Glue Highlight Reel: Watch Michael Grab In Motion

One of our favorite artists to cover uses nothing more than the rocks found in an area to make nature even more beautiful. Michael Grab, with his phenomenal rock balancing abilities, has garnered much internet attention. His works, which are collectively called Gravity Glue, look impossible, but this series of videos show him in action. The first, which is a highlight reel of some of his best works of 2014 is set to the hypnotic, inspirational voice of Alan Watts. It’s a perfect match for the process.

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