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A Muslim Response to The Young Atheist’s Handbook

The Young Atheist’s Handbook (TYAH) was first published in 2012. I purchased the book the moment it was available and I was probably one of the first …

Consciousness

Amazingly Hyperrealistic Drawings Created Directly on Wood

Using pencils and pastels, Singapore-based artist Ivan Hoo produces amazingly hyperrealistic illustrations drawn directly on the surface of wood. The impressive works are filled with mind-boggling details that look incredibly realistic.<p>The skilled artist plays with perspective to develop everyday …

How 5 Different Creatures Flap Their Wings

Eleanor Lutz is the 22-year-old Seattle-based designer behind Spaceship Earth, an online map that transforms Earth into the Death Star. But Lutz isn’t just a sci-fi nerd. She’s also got a degree in molecular biology and a love for the animal kingdom, interests she pursues in earnest by way of …

Posters

Behind Locked Doors

Has it ever crossed your mind that someone can easily steal your electronic door passcode? Shit happens! More often than not, gullible people end up …

With Its Diminutive, Ammunition-Designed Cube, Polaroid Moves into Low-Cost GoPro Territory

Once wielded by everyone from impatient partygoers to crime scene detectives to insurance inspectors, Polaroid used to be synonymous with instant …

Diminutive

Frenetic Spray-painted Birds by ‘L7m’ | Colossal

<p>Here’s a collection of murals and canvases from street artist L7m (previously) who paints interpretations of birds that morph from realistic into …

Aerospace Engineer Designs the Perfect Ice Cream Scoop

If only all industrial designers paid as much attention to ergonomics as this engineer.<p>Michigan-based Michael Chou is a dad who loves ice cream, and …

Ice Cream

Amazing Showers

The Calientamigos is quite a clever showering system that uses minimum input and delivers maximum output. Allow me to explain, not all can afford the …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Britain drew up plans to build 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army

General Sir David Richards prepared plan as chief of defence staff but army was later ordered to abandon them, amid confusion over military policy on Syria<p>The British army drew up but was ordered to abandon plans to build, train and equip a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army to overthrow President …

This Plastic Sheet Morphs Into A Disaster Shelter In 2 Minutes

Watch this flat pack transform into a weatherproof shelter that can house a small family in their time of need.<p>After a major natural disaster, one of the obvious challenges is providing a place for people to sleep. Most temporary shelters take some time and skill to assemble, and pre-built shelters …

What are 'barrel bombs' and why is the Syrian military using them?

Syrian military forces are using a new tool in their long-running war against rebels who want to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power.<p>They're called "barrel bombs" and they were dropped by Syrian helicopters in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday. The crude-but-deadly devices brought the …

Syria civil war 'horrors' lead US human rights report

<b>A global human rights report released by the US has singled out Syria's civil war as a tragedy that "stands apart in its scope and human cost".</b><p>The US said a chemical weapons attack in Syria that it says killed 1,429 was "one of many horrors" in the war.<p>The annual state department review also noted …

'No one cares': The tragic truth of Syria's 500,000 refugee children

When the British photojournalist Ed Thompson arrived at a snowy Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon last December, he was greeted by a little boy who ran …

6 basic questions about the war in Syria

The Syrian war has been a slowly unfolding catastrophe, one that has embroiled several of the world's major powers.<p>Early Saturday, the United States and its British and French allies conducted airstrikes on three targets outside Damascus and Homs in response to an alleged chemical attack by the …

Living in a Box, Eating Weeds: Syria's Children on the Edge

DAMASCUS, Syria — They live in a wooden box at the side of a road: six children, their mother and father.<p>The children’s shoes are broken, their hands dirty, their faces smiling but reflecting the burden of a life lived on the edge, almost literally. They don’t have money. They don’t go to school, …

Syria's children need guaranteed funding to prevent a 'lost generation'

The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years' guaranteed funding, Unicef has warned.<p>Last month, the UN …

The scandal of children lured to war in Syria by Islamist rebels

Nora was 15, Sarah a year or so older. In January and March, they left their homes, in different towns in southern France, as if to go to school.<p>Both …

Terrorism

Syria crisis: Children 'killed in Aleppo school strike'

<b>At least 18 people, including 10 children, have been killed in a Syrian government air strike in the northern city of Aleppo, activist groups say.</b><p>A missile struck Ain Jalout school in the Ansari district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.<p>Images showed blood on corridor walls and …

Infographic: Syrian Children Under Siege

Learn more about the conflict's long-term impact on children.

A Tiny Austrian Town Is Reinventing Bus Stops

The most underappreciated art form in urban planning gets a makeover.<p>In most cities, the bus stop is the lowliest piece of urban infrastructure. Not so in Krumbach, a small, rural town in a region of Austria known as Bucklige Welt (“hunchbacked world”) because of its hilly landscape. Last year, the …

How to deal with stress

<b>Stress causes physical changes in the body designed to help you take on threats or difficulties.</b><p>You may notice that your heart pounds, your breathing …

10 stress busters

<b>If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause.</b><p>The most unhelpful …

Incredible video shows April 30 landslide in Baltimore devouring cars

This video shows happened in Baltimore’s busy Charles Village neighborhood Wednesday, when a retaining wall buckled and sent cars and mud tumbling …

'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

One man is facing a few hundred sheep. He has questions. When he shouts to them, the sheep — surprisingly — answer back. It's a very lively back and forth, with one obvious problem. I don't trust these sheep. Their answer to his "Are you happy?" question seemed oddly, even suspiciously, short. Are …

A single drop of seawater, magnified 25 times

Ever wonder what’s in seawater? This photograph shows a drop of seawater, magnified 25 times.<p>From thisiscolossal.com … “You know when you’re horsing …

Rare African wasp has wings that fold like origami - Futurity

Several newly discovered species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa are the first known insects to fold their forewing transversely.