World First: Solar Powered Airplane to Attempt Flight Across the Pacific

The Solar Impulse is one incredible airplane. Designed to be completely solar powered, it uses panels built into its wings and storage batteries to allow it to theoretically fly day and night, forever. Yep, you read that right.

Now, the Swiss team behind the project is attempting something never done before – to fly a solar powered airplane around the world. If the weather holds, the next leg will happen May 5th, and the Solar Impulse will be soaring across the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific.

Embroidered Architecture by Stephanie Clark

Stephanie K. Clark ‘paints’ architecture using spools of thread. Her exquisitely embroidered pieces feature miniature homes from the ornate dwellings of the victorian era to the low and sleek creations of the mid-century. Each scene is realized in straight lines of colored thread built up into the home. Her delicate work with the needle brings out brick and wood siding as if it were real. In contrast, her surrounding landscapes are minimalist. Palm trees, woodland and hedges are sketched in simple black lines.

Delicious Meditation: Vegan Mandala Cakes by Chef Stephen McCarty

In a meditation on beauty and impermanence, Buddhist monks spend days creating intricate sand mandalas that will be wiped away once completed. Chef Stephen McCarty does that with cakes. His artful creations, made under the name Sukhavati Raw Desserts, are made from vegan ingredients and decorated with exquisite hand-drawn mandalas that like their ancient counterparts will be gone within days. These, of course, will be joyously eaten.

How NFL Teams Spend Their Draft Picks

Experts are predicting that quarterbacks will be the top two picks in tonight’s NFL Draft, with Florida State’s Jameis Winston going No. 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tennessee Titans taking Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at No. 2.

Draft Day talk is all about priorities and how teams choose to tackle those. Here’s a look at what positions teams have emphasized in the first round from 2000-2014. Of course, this doesn’t take into account trades and existing rosters, but it gives us a good idea of where teams are focused and where they should be focused. We’re looking at you, Jacksonville.

Haitian Artists Help Photographer Create A Photographic Tarot Deck

In this beautiful, collaborative project, photographer Alice Smeets teams up with Haitian artist group Atis Rezistans to bring the tarot deck to life. The project, which they call The Ghetto Tarot involves re-creating the scenes of the Rider Waite Tarot deck in the slums of Haiti. Using trash and found items, the artists pose as a character in the tarot and Smeets captures the image against the vibrant backdrops of the region.

5 Dark Horses of the 2015 NFL Draft

Today is Draft Day in the National Football League, and it marks the 80th annual meeting where the team franchises get to select the most able players for their respective teams. Beginning at 8 p.m. EST, the clock will begin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the first pick. Many are predicting that they will either select Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, both quarterbacks and the 2013 and 2014 Heisman Trophy winners. While this has been probably the biggest story line since the season ended, we’re not going to give our take on that. We’re going to give you our dark horse picks.

In Honor of the Kentucky Derby: How to Make the Best Mint Juleps

This Saturday marks the 141st running of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Or, if you’re not into that sports stuff, one of the greatest reasons to drink of the year: The Kentucky Derby.

Besides being one of the premiere events for horseracing, the Kentucky Derby is famous for ridiculous hats, celebrities in seersucker, and its signature drink, the Mint Julep. Want to celebrate this weekend? Learn how to make this Derby mainstay and more twists on the classic Julep below.

Super Cute Superheroes With Not So Super Part Time Jobs

In today’s economy, even superheroes need part-time jobs on the side to survive. It seems that saving the world doesn’t bring home the bacon anymore and illustrator Chow Hon Lam adorably designs these mega stars in the daily grind. Darth Vader uses his light saber to trim the hedges as a landscape laborer, Cat woman catches mice as an exterminator, while Spiderman uses his webs to make tennis rackets. See what the other superheroes are up to on the part-time job front below.

Playgrounds Around the World

Photographer James Mollison creates thought-provoking concepts that challenge us to expand our social and environmental world views. We first saw his work in his well-received book Where Children Sleep. Now, he has released a new book, Playground, which focuses on the unique childhood play space. With fond and powerful childhood memories of these places, Mollison wondered how the playground experience had affected others around the world. “It had been a space of excitement, games, bullying, laughing, tears, teasing, fun, and fear,” Mollison writes in the book.

Christina in Red: Stunning Color Photographs from 1913

These stunning images look like they could have been plucked off Instagram, but they were actually taken in 1913. Mervyn O’Gorman took them of his daughter Christina O’Gorman at Lulworth Cove, on the English coast in Dorset. He used the early color Autochrome process, a technique which used glass plates coated in dyed potato starch which acted as a filter for different colors. The red of Christina’s swimming costume and cloak were the most saturated the technique would reproduce.