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How To Make Your Own Almond Milk, Because It's Ridiculously Easy

The list of ingredients on a carton of almond milk is long. Too long. It includes things like locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum and sometimes even carrageenan. Though those are all commonly found in many foods you buy at the grocery store and <i>most</i> aren't thought to be harmful to your …

Food

Ceramic Sculptures Brilliantly Imitate the Delicate Nature of Sprouting Grass

Ceramics artist Alberto Bustos uses porcelain and stoneware to craft astonishingly organic-looking sculptures of plants. Soft and delicate in appearance, each gently curling tendril is actually a rigid blade carved from clay and fired at high temperatures to produce a hard surface. Layered in dense …

Art

Artist Turns Objects Found in the Street into Wickedly Clever Creations

Using everyday objects that he collected from the streets of Berlin, German artist Martin Roller constructs intriguing and surprising mash-ups. Each new creation looks transformed and as if it is on display in an advertisement. In Roller's surreal world, a hairbrush has sharpened pencils in place …

Mashups

Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Vaccines don't always make it into the people who need them the most. Many require a syringe and a needle to enter the bloodstream and create immunity. And that means a doctor or nurse has to do the job.<p>But with if a vaccine could be delivered by simply applying a patch?That's Mark Prausnitz's …

Public Health

Infographic Shares Frequently-Googled Cost Searches Around the World

Google is a great tool for answering countless queries, including finding out the cost of something. But did you ever wonder what was the most searched-for good in your country? Around the world? Fixr, a cost estimating site, attempts to answer this with an intriguing infographic revealing the …

North America

Dry Dog Wet Dog by Serena Hodson

We all look a little different when we're coming out of a bath or shower, but that's nothing compared to these dogs! Pet photographer Serena Hodson (or Serenah) just sent us her latest project, called <i>Dry Dog Wet Dog</i>, and it's right at the intersection of adorable and funny. Though pretty …

Pets

Artist with Synesthesia Paints Music as Gorgeous Splashes of Color

Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music. As a synesthete, the sounds that she hears every day—whether it's someone's name or a song on the radio—are translated into vibrant, beautiful colors that carry the cadence of melodies. McCracken's vivid paintings stem from her desire to capture …

Art

Dancer Captures Elegant Photos of His Gravity-Defying Movements Frozen in Time

While levitation photography is nothing new, Taiwanese-French-American photographer Mickael Jou's self-portraits of himself leaping through the air are exceptionally elegant feats of movement and grace. For the past three years, the Berlin-based creative has united his two passions–photography and …

Photography

15 Pictures That Will Change The Way You See The World

A selection from the amazing finalists of the Smithsonian.com's 12th annual photo contest.

87 Brilliant Designs For A New Pedestrian-Cycling Bridge In London

London has its fair share of iconic bridges already, but it wants more. It’s about to start building the Garden Bridge–a very green pedestrian walkway designed by Thomas Heatherwick. And now it wants another bridge to connect Pimlico, near Victoria Station, with a massive new development in Nine …

5 Inspiring Companies That Will Make You Want to Shop on #GivingTuesday

After the whirlwind shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's time to give back with Giving Tuesday. While many companies …

The 19 best drone photos of 2014

The sky is the limit when it comes to creative uses of drones for photography — see for example Dronestagram or the <i>National Geographic</i> magazine …