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The World’s Most Beautiful Box Of Chocolates

Japanese design house Nendo can make <i>anything</i> better. The designers have revamped rubber bands. They tackled the 4,000-year-old design problem of chopsticks. They even figured out how to make wood transparent for crying out loud.<p>Still, I’m always happiest when Nendo turns its design genius to …

Artist reveals a hidden message in Apple's iCloud agreement

Terms of service for the internet are often good for two things: inspiring wild outrage, or simply acting as a textual speed bump between us and the web. Now, it appears they're also good for hiding secret messages.<p>Artist Florence Meunier scoured Apple's terms and conditions for iCloud and found a …

Hard-copy books back on the rise as e-book and e-reader sales stagnate

Sales for the Kobo at the shop were stagnant. And despite the fact global Kindle sales had peaked in 2011 and flatlined since, and experts had …

Foods That Look Like Genitalia

Recently, I received an email about foods that resemble body parts, and how eating them will benefit said body parts. Some items on the list were walnuts, kidney beans, tomatoes, and carrots.<p>Walnuts look like human brains, so the theory is it will make us smarter. Kidney beans, funnily enough, look …

Nutrition

A Kitchen Herb Garden on your wall via Feed Your Brain Magazine Official Fan Page

Archaic Sculptures, Fossils On Mars: NASA’s Rover Makes Startling Find

Mars rover, <i>Curiosity</i>, has been hard at work exploring the red planet. The latest find is quite startling. According to a post by <i>UFO Sightings …

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Hershey's 3-D Chocolate Printer Becoming A Reality

Note: I still feel near death and am all hopped up on pills. Either better or dead soon.<p>This is the CocoJet 3D Printer, a collaboration between …

Pranksters Around The World Participate In No Pants Subway Ride

The annual event, organized by Improv Everywhere, is an "international celebration of silliness." People in more than 50 cities around the world showed off their undies Sunday on public transportation.

New York City

Turtle robot draws Nazca line-inspired artworks on the beach

A beach robot creates large-scale sand drawings autonomously, sent to it wirelessly via an app.<p>Visit the beach, and you'll usually see visitors constructing architecture made of sand, either elaborate or simple (my personal favourite was coiling dragons with seashell scales). But some artists -- …

Robotics

Japanese Zen Gardens

Japanese gardens have been around for hundreds of years and combine simple, natural elements such as water, stone, sand and plants to create a …

Landscape Architect Visit: Scott Lewis Turns A Small SF Backyard Into an Urban Oasis

“We had this idea of making a green cube in the back of the garden,” says San Francisco-based landscape architect Scott Lewis. And as you can see, it …

"This was the first botanical garden purely for Australian native plants"

<b>Movie:</b> in our second exclusive interview from this year's World Architecture Festival, Scott Adams of Taylor Cullity Lethlean discusses the design of …

Architizer

20 Quick Reads that Will Change the Way You Live, Love and Work

<i>“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”<br>―Oscar Wilde</i><p>Based on a recommendation from an …

10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens from Around the World

Guerrilla gardening has been used for ages as a means of protest, a way to beautify a neighborhood, cultivate food, and build community. It's often …

The Seven Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginner Gardeners

You don't need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables right in your backyard or balcony. Whether you're a gardening novice or just want …

Seaweed and paper combine to create furniture

Designers Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt have used a new material made from seaweed and paper to create a chair and a collection of pendant lamps.<p>…

Vibrant Landscape Photos Showcase the Striking Colors of China's Rainbow Mountains

In the northwestern Gansu province of China lies the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, a gorgeous expanse of land known for its rainbow-colored rock formations. Bands of fiery red, creamy orange, rich green, and bright yellow streak across the mountains, forming the most beautiful geological …

National Parks

Why Creative People Seem To Have The Messiest Minds

Creativity is very messy.<p>According to one prominent theory, the creative process involves four stages: preparation, incubation, illumination, and verification. This is all well and good in theory. In <i>reality</i>, the creative process often feels like this:<p>The creative process — from the first drop of …

KQED

Listening to jazz musicians improvise, how the piano player’s chords toy with the sax player’s runs and the standup bass player’s beats, it may seem …

Anonymous Just Leaked a Trove of NSA Documents

In the wake of last night’s revelation that everyone in the world has a creepy NSA-shaped stalker, defenders of online liberty and generally angry …

Obama defends surveillance

SAN JOSE, Calif. — President Barack Obama defended his administration’s data-gathering programs Friday, calling them necessary for national security and well within the bounds of the law, and saying he believed his administration had “struck the right balance” between privacy and security.<p>“I think …

18 Best U.S. Summer Music Festivals: From Bonnaroo to EDC (PHOTOS)

Jean Trinh rounds up the best music festivals in the U.S., with artists like Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails.<p>Julie Jacobson/AP, Brian Spady/Spady …

How to Make Mozzarella at Home

World's Oldest Primate Fossil Discovered

Recovered from sedimentary rock strata deposited in an ancient Chinese lake roughly 55 million years ago, Archicebus achilles provides a key link in the history of human evolution.<p>A tiny, beady-eyed, long-tailed primate with hand-like feet is now the world's oldest known fossil primate skeleton. In …

NASA - NASA to Host June 5 Teleconference on Curiosity Mars Rover

This artist's concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to …