Mad Max: Fury Road. Before and After the Visual Effects

If there’s one film getting talked about right now, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The exceptionally well received spectacle is an absolute feast of complex visual effects that barely pause for breath during the film’s entire running length. If you’ve seen it and are wondering how those epic scenes looked before hitting the computer, here’s a peek at some impressive before and after shots showing what the film’s VFX crew started with, straight from the camera.

7 in 10 People Use Their Smartphones While They Drive… And They Aren’t Just Texting

Think the person in the car next to you is just texting on their phone? Think again. Despite many laws forbidding the use of phones while driving, a new poll from AT&T and Braun Research has revealed that people are doing far more than just texting while behind the wheel.

The poll found that 7-in-10 drivers use their phone while behind the wheel, but even worse, more than 1-in-4 drivers were surfing the web, and 1-in-10 have been video chatting.

Play the Daily Weather Forecast in a Box on Your Desk

Working in front of a computer (or any inside job) can really detach you from the world outside, so how about putting a bit of the outdoors on your desk? Ken Kawamoto has created the Tempescope, a device that simulates weather conditions for the daily forecast, playing it back inside a translucent box. Like taking a scoop from the air outside, the Tempescope is able to create environments from sun to rain, and fog to lightning.

New Origami Robot Can Fit in The Palm of Your Hand, Walk, Swim and Degrade

If you thought Wall-E was cute, wait til you see this teeny tiny robot by some of the brilliant minds at MIT and TU Munich. At ICRA 2015 in Seattle, a team consisting of Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Cynthis R. Sung, and Daniela Rus presented “An Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that Self-folds, Walks, Swims, and Degrades.” And the tiny bot does even more than that, lifiting twice its mass, moving through objects, and moving things around via magnet. The itty bitty bot can move at speeds of 3 and 4cm/s.

3D Street Art Made From Recycled Trash

In Portugal’s capital city, a local artist is using garbage to make people think. Arturo “Bordalo II” uses discarded auto parts, scrap metal, and garbage to create colorful, larger-than-life 3D murals of animals. The animals represent the habitats humans have destroyed in their accumulation and discarding of stuff. He wants to raise the awareness of the way humans are destroying the environment and polluting the Earth. Bordalo II creates animals that have suffered a loss due to destruction by humans.

Fangirls Travel The Globe to Find the Locations of Their Favorite Scenes

Good things come to those who follow their joy. In 2013, a group of 3 Finnish “fangirls” decided to travel the UK scouting out the scenes from their favorite movies and TV shows. 2,000 miles later, the girls accomplished their mission and had an amazing time doing it. Rather than printing out pictures to contrast them with the backgrounds as many have done in the past, the girls used their phones and tablets to show the original scenes. They documented their journey on their website FangirlQuest.com and gained much love from the internet.

TGIF!! Here Are a Bunch of Tiny People Who Are Totally Over It

Oh Friday… what would we do without you? That’s certainly what these tiny people are feeling as they navigate the big world of office life.

Derrick Lin works in advertising, a career he admits can be chaotic and unpredictable. Channeling the challenges of daily work life, he creates miniature scenes of people venting their (and often his) frustrations, then posts them to Instagram and Tumblr. Perhaps you can relate.

What’s Missing in the Film Industry? Women.

The representation of women in the film industry is dismally low. In 2014, women comprised 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films. And if you’re guessing that number is creeping upwards, it’s not. That’s the same percentage of women who worked in these roles in 1998.

Sydney Opera House is Transformed into a Fantastic Cartoon Animation

The Sydney Opera House is an impressive piece of world architecture, but for the past week it’s been an even greater spectacle. Universal Everything (previously), in collaboration with over 20 different animation studios worldwide, have created a living mural on the side of the iconic structure. I saw it in person last night, and it’s truly magical.

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

The Vietnam war was known for its length, but today the War on Terror has far surpassed it – stretching on for more than 13 years. For kids born in late 2001, there has never been a day when the United States wasn’t at war.

That sobering fact is clearly revealed in this excellent graphic created by The Washington Post. Here they chart the years in living memory that the US has been engaged in war, showing the percentage of people’s lives lived during times of war and peace.