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An Artist Not Only Makes Beautiful Work, But Gives Them the Best Titles

This is “hey psst, wanna buy some cubes” by Tomislav Jagnjić. Not only does the work itself conjure up a whole world in the viewer’s mind, but the …

America’s Oldest Mall Is Saved By Transforming It Into 48 Cozy Low-Cost Micro-Apartments

Ever wanted to be locked in a shopping mall when you were a kid? Well, now you can LIVE in one if you’re based in Rhode Island. The Arcade …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Edible 6-Pack Rings Feed Marine Life Instead of Killing It

(Image: We Believers)<p>People throw away 6-pack rings. Then they get tangled around the bodies of turtles, fish, birds, and other animals. They can …

Marine Biology

Opera Releases a Free and Unlimited VPN for iPhone

iPhone: Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are often a costly affair, but Opera, the company best known for its browser, released a free, unlimited VPN …

Information Systems

For The First Time In History, Classic Albums Are Outselling New Releases

Remember when Adele released her album <i>25</i> and it made a ton of money from selling a ton of copies and everybody was happy because new music was selling again. Well, despite the 7.4 million copies Adele’s album sold in 2015, for the first time ever old albums outsold new albums.<p>That is to say, new …

Inside NASA’s Plan To Radically Redesign How We Fly

A new wave of aircraft design is emerging–and NASA is helping.<p>It’s probably been a long time since flying amazed you. Air travel tends to feel like an inconvenience these days–not a miracle of engineering. This is partially due to market forces and security theater. It’s also the fact that aircraft …

Engineering

Celebrate The 75th Birthday Of Hayao Miyazaki With These 75 Wallpapers

Hayao Miyazaki is a giant of animation without peer. And as it's his 75th birthday (yesterday), let's celebrate it with some wallpapers. After all, …

Surreal Art By Tony Futura Makes Fun Of Consumerism And Pop Culture (20+ Pics)

Tony Futura, a digital artist based in Berlin, creates surreal art that seems to poke fun at the materialism and pop-culture focus of modern Western …

Art

15+ Of The Most Creative Planter Designs Ever

Indoor plants have been shown to reduce stress and purify the air, and they also leave your home looking great. With beautiful planters like the ones …

Gardening

Muji Unveils A Trio Of Tiny Prefab Houses (Cue Envy)

For Tokyo Design Week, Japanese mega retailer Muji invited celebrated designers Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, and Naoto Fukasawa to envision cozy escapes from the city hustle.<p>Holding true to Muji’s philosophy of “just enough” design, the three huts are modest, outfitted with the basics, and …

Prefab Homes

Lawn Alternatives for the Modern Yard

Water conservation, drought-resistant plants and low-maintenance upkeep are all growing priorities in the world of modern gardening. Having trouble …

Landscaping

House in rural Germany features a slatted wooden facade and copper fittings

Narrow strips of wood screen both walls and windows at this house in Bavaria by Kühnlein Architektur, which comprises a pair of connected sheds (+ …

Architecture

Make Architecture adds perforated wooden facade to renovated and extended Melbourne house

Melbourne studio Make Architecture has renovated a red brick bungalow outside the city, adding an extension featuring a decorative timber facade that …

Living Rooms

Alcarol turns damaged marble-cutting worktops into resin-coated tables

<b>Milan 2015:</b> Italian design duo Alcarol has launched a collection of furniture made from worktops taken out of Italian quarries and marble processing …

DIY Pipe Bar Cart

Look what I made! My first piece of furniture that I designed and built all by my lonesome!<p>Life Designed<p>When my friend said she needed a bar cart for …

DIY Dining Room Table (with Copper Legs!)

We've been making some major progress these past few weeks at our studio house. This past week we've been ripping through dining room and kitchen …

This is What Happens When You Ask the Internet to Help Edit Your Vacation Photo

Be careful when asking the Internet to Photoshop a photo for you. The results may be unexpected and you could find yourself turned into the latest …

Eiffel Tower

Architects And Coding: Why You Should Treat Your Software Like Your Smartphone

In 2014 renowned Dutch politician Neelie Kroes, then a commissioner for the European Union, stated that coding should be taught in elementary school …

Comic artists draw sick kids as superheroes to benefit children's hospital

Polygon is excited to unveil, for the first time online, five completely new superheroes making their debut this weekend at Chicago's biggest comic book convention. Their creators are among the city's bravest citizens, and they all happen to be between the ages of 5 and 15.<p>Chicago Loot Drop is a …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

After life of rejection, GI children search for their roots | DW | 25.04.2015

Ute Baur-Timmerbrink, 68, never met her real father. He was an officer in the U.S. Army who had a love affair with her married mother for a few …

Armed Forces

Tiny Gecko-Inspired Robots Carry Loads Over 100 Times Their Weight

Inventors at Stanford University have created a handful of tiny robots that can carry objects many times their weight, like robotic ants. One bot carries a kilogram (2.2 pound) weight, over 100 times heavier than itself, as it inches up a wall. Another small robot (called "μTug," or "microtug") …

Robotics

Tidal sinks in download charts

Jay-Z's music streaming service, which has backing from Madonna and Rihanna, has dropped out of the top 700 apps<p>Kanye West may have proclaimed it the "beginning of the new world", but the celebrity-endorsed music streaming serice Tidal has failed to attract users away from the likes of Spotify and …

Chinese Government Cracking Down on Funeral Strippers

The Chinese Ministry of Culture announced Thursday that the government and police will join forces to stop the popular practice of hiring strippers …

China

Open Call: Prize Searches for World's Best Public Library

Applications are once again open for world’s best public library award. As part of the Danish Agency for Culture's Model Program for Public Libraries …

Libraries

Zubits | Magnetic Shoe Closures

Fed up with tying shoe laces? Meet Zubits, a novel invention that consists of two clever magnetized shoe closures that make putting on & taking off …

Shoes

Web servers enrolled in Pratchett tribute

<b>A long-running tribute to late fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett is being staged with the help of some of the web's servers.</b><p>Many administrators have added an entry to the text sent to every visitor that includes the writer's name.<p>Instructions about how to include it in software for more than a …

Terry Pratchett

See what awaits when The Elder Scrolls Online relaunches as Tamriel Unlimited

<i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> relaunches on Tuesday. Here is a launch trailer showcasing all of the new and improved features for what will now be called <i>Tamriel Unlimited.</i><p>The video runs through the system changes, additions and upgrades, highlighting some things that were announced as far back as …