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Making Music with 10 Million Drops of Rain

(Video Link)<p>The splash in a puddle . . . the tapping on a metal roof during the night . . . the roar of a storm outside of your car. Rain makes …

10 best bucket-list U.S. monuments and landmarks

Photographer <b>Blaine Harrington III</b> has worked around the world, but some of his favorite vistas are closer to home. Many of the country's most recognizable monuments and landmarks can be easily visited – and enjoyed without crowds, he says. "If you get out first thing in the morning, it's the most …

Music Visualizer Turns Your Favorite Tunes Into Bursting Geometric Shapes

Bass Shapes, a free app by new media experimenter Nick Hardeman, strives to fuse sound and image with an elegant aesthetic enhanced by watercolors.<p>Harmonizing sound and image has been the goal of countless artists ever since talkies first hit the silver screen in the 1920s. Modern artists obviously …

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Amnesty International Apologizes to Iggy Pop for Justin Bieber Torture Ad

Last week, we wrote about an anti-torture Amnesty International ad that featured a beaten up Iggy Pop "praising" Justin Bieber as "the future of rock n roll." (Because he'd been tortured into doing so, implying that torture is ineffective.)<p>Now, it turns out that the ad wasn't made with Iggy Pop's …

From Guns To Drums: Pedro Reyes Turns Weapons Of Hate Into Musical Instruments

The Mexico City-based artist uses detritus from the region's violent drug wars to create art.<p><b>Pedro Reyes</b> frequently travels through dangerous territories. Not just creatively: pushing the boundaries of how we appropriate materials for use in artistic works, but also literally. Frequently working in …

Man Spends $35,000 to Transform Home into Cat Playground

With the help of construction company Trillium Enterprises, one Californian man upgraded his home into an oasis for his eighteen cats. Located in Goleta, California, the $35,000 renovation transformed the ordinary abode by adding colorful, complementing ledges (or “catwalks”) all around the house. …

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I'm A Female Musician And I'm Terrified To Go Into A Music Store

A few months back, I started making music again. Back in my late teens, I played in a couple of bands, which had both fizzled out around the time I started university. Having recently moved to a new city (Melbourne), I’ve found myself with more time on my hands and way fewer distractions than I had …

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chocolate peanut butter cheesecake

This birthday cake was assigned to the side of the family whose dessert preferences can be roughly summarized as <b>chocolate + anything else</b>, but if …

How To Climb The World’s Second-Tallest Tower

Warning: dizzying heights ahead. Fearless explorers Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhor–“Skywalkers” who regularly (and illicitly) scale the heights of some of the world’s tallest attractions–recently went to China to explore Gensler’s under-construction Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest …

Submerged Turntable by Evan Holm | Colossal

<p>Apparently with the right electronics you can submerge a record player and still get nearly perfect audio, as demonstrated in this Submerged …

Graceful Portraits Of People Who Are 100 Years Old

Your life expectancy varies greatly depending on the conditions within your country, your general lifestyle, family genes and your susceptibility to …

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Google Contact Lens To Monitor Diabetes Holds Promise, Say Doctors

Google has come up with another wearable eye device, this time a lens made out of soft contact material that might help diabetes patients keep track …

Reporter buys pot for first time

Colorado reporter Trevor Hughes purchases a gram of "Blue Dream" — with his boss's money.<p>DENVER — I bought pot for the first time this week.<p>My friends all joke that I must never have gone to college — which I did — and then they grow even more skeptical when I mention I lived in Boulder for years. …

The Coachella 2014 Lineup Is Here, And It’s Insane

The thought of spending three days in the California desert surrounded by thousands of people ironically wearing Indian headdresses sounds sickening, but then I looked at the lineup Coachella booked for this year, and I suddenly want nothing more than to be surrounded by Indian headdresses. They …

Here’s A Supercut Of Paul Rudd Pulling His Hilarious Long-Running ‘Mac & Me’ Gag On Conan’s Show

The longest-running, most under-appreciated comedy bit in Hollywood is arguably Paul Rudd’s <i>Mac & Me</i> clip gag he pulls every time he appears on Conan O’Brien’s show. Never gets old. Never not funny. Paul Rudd + Conan O’Brien. We can’t be friends if you need more.<p>The only problem is a shocking amount …

Watch Bryan Cranston And Aaron Paul Read The ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Script For The First Time

So this is cool. Here’s a video from the <i>Breaking Bad</i> DVD bonus features of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reading through the script of the show’s final episode, “Felina,” for the very first time. Highlights include Aaron Paul saying “WHOA,” Aaron Paul pumping his fist as Bryan Cranston reads the …

Swedish shopping centre's swooping entrances "drag people inside" says architect

<b>Movie:</b> in this exclusive video interview from Inside Festival, Joakim Lyth of Wingårdhs explains how the Swedish architecture firm used …

Here’s A Guitar Designed To Be Played One-Handed

Ben Heckendorn, better known as Ben Heck, is a beloved modder and engineer among nerds, mostly for his hobby of cramming game consoles into portable spaces. But in recent years, Heck’s turned his considerable engineering skills towards helping those with only one hand or other problems enjoy things …

China's Flowing Bridge with Three Separate Undulating Roads

In an effort to enliven the local area of a new lake district on Changsha's Meixi Lake in China, an international competition was held to design an innovative, new pedestrian bridge that would span the length of the Dragon King Harbor River. The winning proposal was a stunning concept that rises …

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Childish Gambino Freestyled About Herpes And ‘Community’ Over Drake’s ‘Pound Cake’

It’s been so long since the last episode of <i>Community</i> was on, or so it seems, that when the show returns, it’s going to be weird seeing Donald Glover as the happy-go-lucky, cookie-eating, mouse-serenading Troy Barnes that we fell in love with as hard as he did LeVar Burton. It’s been a Childish …

The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees, Ranked By How Mad We’ll Be If They Don’t Get In

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 could be one for the ages. At least if they things go “our” (the grand “our”) way; after all, award shows stop mattering the second the people we want to win lose. Then they’re TOTAL BULLSH*T. Anyway, here are all the nominees, ranked increasing order of …

Talking With Thom

<i>Despite what you may think, Thom Mayne isn't the "bad boy" of architecture - at least, not according to Thom Mayne. He sees himself more as a skilled</i> …

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Nokia TANA

The Nokia TANA is a conceptual Tablet PC with stunning looks and features. The ample display has decreased border widths and the rounded edges offer …

Now you can buy your own Breaking Bad meth lab Lego set

<i>Breaking Bad</i> is coming to a close, but that's no reason for the fun to end: introducing the unofficial <i>Breaking Bad</i> meth lab Lego set.<p>Sold by Citizen …

This Roofie-Detecting Glass Could Prevent Date Rape

A new line of plastic cups, straws, and stirrers raises an immediate red flag if a drink is spiked.<p>Memory-melting roofies, aka date rape drugs–which lurk odorless, colorless, and tasteless in drinks–may have met their match. DrinkSavvy, a new line of glassware, plastic cups, straws, and stirrers, …