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Astounding Illustrations Brought to Life

Wednesday 12.07.2011 , Posted by

“It all began with the ominous death of a fox:” so begins the beautifully illustrated book Pincel de Zorro. An whimsical tale from Spanish author Sergio A. Sierra, the Japan based tale is complimented by wonderfully complex illustrations by Meritxell Ribas using a unique technique called grattage: paint is scraped off the page with a pointed tool, leaving only the canvas beneath. [Read more...]

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What’s Happening On the Other Side of the Earth?

Wednesday 11.30.2011 , Posted by

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What happened to you on 11.11.11? It’s only once per century that this unique date passes. The One Day on Earth documentary project, founded by Kyle Ruddick asks just that. The unique project worked with documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens to record the human experience over a 24-hour period. This is the second installment of the project, which started in 2010, which has been used to create a fully interactive archive with photo galleries, blog posts, and a video archive map.  The map allows for a visual, searchable experience to answer that compelling question: What’s happening on the other side of the world right now? [Read more...]

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Beautiful Stop Motion Journey Using Google Maps

Tuesday 11.29.2011 , Posted by

A tiny desk toy takes a journey from the office to the Pacific coast, thanks to Google Maps. I can’t get over how well done this stop-motion animation was made… and how cleverly. A personal project of director Tom Jenkins, all imagery is seamlessly animated straight from the screen using stills in street view; there are no screen replacements. The office around the screen dances to life too, bringing motion and depth to the scene. It’s gorgeous and moving. [Read more...]

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New Tech Gets Control of Your Moneybrain

Thursday 11.17.2011 , Posted by

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With all of the Occupy Wall Street talk about division of wealth and the continued concerns about the world economy, it might seem like a good time to start depositing more money in a savings account… but for many, saving that money for a rainy day is a very difficult challenge. You came here for good news though, right? Recent studies have been revealing parts of the brain that encourage some of us to be better savers than others, and now a new technology might be able to bring out the rational money saver in all of us. [Read more...]

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Earth: An Astounding Time Lapse From Space

Monday 11.14.2011 , Posted by

We see a lot of time-lapse videos here at Visual News, but this one takes it to new heights all together: an altitude of over 200 miles to be exact. Filmed by astronaut/photographer Ron Garan from the windows of the orbiting International Space Station, this astoundingly beautiful video captures a view of brightly lit cities, continents, cloud layers and the magnificent aurora borealis as the ISS gracefully speeds around the earth. [Read more...]

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Detailed Beauty: Hand Drawn Data Analysis

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

Stefanie Posavec is one unique and extremely talented designer. Her personal works focus on some very unusual subjects too, analyzing the structure of books or mathematical division, and most unusually doing much of the work by hand with pen and paper. The more one knows about her complex projects, the more interesting and beautiful they become [Read more...]

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DIY Film Makers Toolkit: Make Better Films On A Budget

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

With all the amazingly high quality video equipment on the market today, and at affordable prices, it’s now possible to inexpensively knock out some stunning movie quality film results. What about those overhead floating shots and smooth long pans though? That’s gonna cost some extra dough in equipment… unless you check out some of the cool hacks in this graphic “DIY Filmmakers Toolkit.” Especially clever in this beautiful graphic made by Column Five for Wistia, are the tips for reusing paper lanterns and wheelchairs. Film on! [Read more...]

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Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

Thursday 11.10.2011 , Posted by

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to charlierose.com to see the full episodes [Read more...]

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Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Friday 11.04.2011 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head [Read more...]

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Watch it Now: San Francisco Time-Lapse in 3D

Tuesday 11.01.2011 , Posted by

This new 3D time-lapse video has me so pumped! A tribute to the lovely city of San Francisco, it features scenes from in and around the bay including a cameo by typewriter remix artist Jeremy Mayer in the beginning seconds.

What get’s me really going though, is the way this 3D technology is being made available to the masses. Shot with a two Canon 5D’s, the short uses Youtube’s new 3D feature, allowing viewers to select between a number of different viewing methods. You can select from various anaglyph (colored glasses) and stereo modes, so if you have a pair of red and blue 3D glasses laying around, you can view the video that way. If you’re looking for a more realistic 3D view, and for those familiar with the old Magic Eye books, there’s a “cross eyed” method that works perfectly: simply cross your eyes until the white dots at the top of the video match up. Captivating! [Read more...]

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