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20 Romantic Christmas Traditions From Around The World

To celebrate Christmas, we created 20 illustrations of unusual & romantic Christmas traditions from all around the world in collaboration with artist …

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

Today, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 ruling. The decision was quickly celebrated by gay rights advocates across the country, as well as President Obama, who extended his congratulations and support in a phone call on live television.<p>Along with heads …

Same-sex Marriage

Half White, Half Graffiti: Designer Splits Hotel Room Into Two Worlds

Ukrainian artist Pavel Vetrov has created a beautiful hotel room art concept that draws a stark contrast between the chaos and color of street art …

Explosive Dance Portraits By Alexander Yakovlev

Studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev makes his images of professional dancers come alive by adding dynamic elements like exploding flour.<p>The …

Humanities

Drawing on humor for change

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life -- and talks about how humor can empower …

Tiny Wind & Solar Powered Home Lets You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World

Ecocapsules, designed by Bratislava-based Nice Architects, promise to let anyone live off the grid for up to a year. Each unit is equipped with solar …

8 Tips for Amateur Psychologists Tempted to Analyze Out Loud

Though I've taught psychology for years and have a Ph.D. and two Master's degrees in closely-related social-science fields, I still consider myself …

Understanding The Music Of Neural Communication Could Solve Brain Disorders

Although the idea of a “favorite” is somewhat fleeting (he is only three years old), one of my son’s go to nighttime reads is <i>Beautiful Oops!</i>, a colorful, inventive little children’s book by Barney Saltzberg. The appeal of this book is in how each page shows a different way one could turn an …

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

<b>Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in "The Big Lebowski" (Gramercy Pictures)</b><p>It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p>Douwe Draaisma<p>May 3, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations”<p><i>There’s no time to</i> …

Watch the moon wobble its way through all of 2015 in this NASA video

As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps the same face oriented toward our planet—almost. From our view, this slight variance—known as libration—looks like a wobble that slowly changes our view of the Moon.<p>Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a satellite that has orbited the moon since 2009, we …

Astronomy

Artist's Illustrations Remind Us Love Is The Little Things

Love is cooking dinner on a Tuesday night; lazing on a Sunday afternoon; riding bikes through the park. Love is the little things.<p>Korean artist Puuung captures this in illustrations for the "Love is.." series showcased on Grafolio, an online forum featuring works from various artists, and updated …

Drawing

30 Photographs Capturing the End of World War II in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany conceded World War II and the world celebrated.<p>On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces, ending World War II in the West. The next day, parades marched, kisses flew, beer flowed, and the globe erupted in celebration. Though the Pacific theater continued to …

The Store Where Robots Sell Robots

A place where the employees and the merchandise are machines.<p>Arika Bunfill has heard it all.<p>“Are you real?”<p>“Will you clean my house too?”<p>“Will you go out with me?”<p>It’s hard out there for a robot.<p>Bunfill works at the Beam store in downtown Palo Alto, California. Scratch that. Bunfill works from her …

Batteries

Leaving on a Jet Plane: 10 Countries That You Should Move to This Year

Do you feel that your summer vacation is always too short? Are you sick of the rainy weather at home or are you just bored with your everyday routine? If so, why not consider moving abroad?<p>According to the United Nations, 232 million people worldwide live abroad. Exotic cultures, delicious foreign …

Architecture Students Build A Suit That Simulates Sleeping In Zero Gravity

Sleeping in space seems great–you have an incredible view of the stars, for one thing, plus without gravity pulling you down, you probably won’t wake up up with a sore back. Architecture students at AA Visiting School Slovenia figured out a way to simulate the feeling of sleeping in space: by …

Sweet Animated Illustrations Show Happy Moments in Everyday Life

Japanese illustrator Maori Sakai takes our everyday moments in life and turns them into sweet animated illustrations. While her gifs sometimes carry a blatant message like “Happiness is by your side,” many times you're left trying to decipher what feelings she wants to convey. Overall, there's …

Happiness

Adriatique - LIVE at The Cityfox Den (Extended Set) (April 2015)

A Scratch-Off World Map That Lets You Track Countries You’ve Visited

The <i>I Was Here Scratch-Off World Map 2.0</i> combines two things that everybody loves: travel and winning the lottery. Designed by Art. Lebedev Studio in …

What Is The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco?

Moving is always traumatic, but moving from NYC to San Francisco is like moving from the Earth to the Moon. This was the experience of writer, …

Cute Bookmarks That Make Tiny Legs Stick Out Of Your Book

Imagine how much fun it might be to read your favorite book if the book itself looked like the characters were struggling to escape into the real …

Miniature LEGO Adventures That I Create In My Spare Time

I am a French photographer born in 1981, and I began my work by photographing extreme sports in urban areas. Influenced by geek culture, my artistic …

The 15 Most Gorgeous Train Rides in the World

In a relaxation showdown amongst trains, planes, and automobiles, trains win as the most laid-back style of travel, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Luckily, some of the world's most beautiful destinations are also home to the most scenic train rides--journeys ranging from a few …

Luxury Lifestyle

5 Places to Get Your European Fairy-Tale Fix

When travelers are asked to come up with a collection of words that define Europe, "historical," "romantic" and "fairytale-like" are often among the first descriptors that crop up. The last one is certainly no coincidence, as Europe was the setting for fairytales from famous storytellers like the …

European Travel

21 images prove Ireland is the ultimate roadtrip

IN HONOUR OF TURNING 30, I drove all over Ireland. I’d never been — an embarrassing fact for someone with the last name Mulligan — but I did know …

Ireland