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Ad Agency Rejects ‘Uncomfortable’ Photo of Muslim Woman Embracing a US Soldier from Its Times Square Billboards

Media giant Clear Channel recently stirred up some controversy when it decided to flat out reject an advertising image of an American soldier …

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Home Tours

How Apple Created The Lightest iPad Yet

Thanks to an amazing new processor and some revolutionary new display technology, Apple finally gives us the iPads we’ve deserved all along.<p>When Apple introduced the first iPad with Retina Display in March of last year, it didn’t come without a cost. The third-gen iPad was the first Apple product …

IPad Air

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

The 10 best contemporary still lifes

Art historian Michael Petry chooses works from Marc Quinn and Sharon Core among his favourite contemporary still lifes

Geometric Coin Sculptures by Robert Wechsler | Colossal

<p>Artist Robert Wechsler (previously) was recently commissioned by the <i>The New Yorker</i> to create a series of coin sculptures for their October 14th …

Visually Striking Portraits Explore the Culture of Holy Sadhus

During his travels to Nepal and India, photographer Alexis Pazoumian became interested in the Sadhus–the holy men who choose to live separated from society in order to focus on a life of spiritual meditation and contemplation. In the project, entitled <i>Sadhu Hundred</i>, each subject exudes a peaceful, …

Acquainted

The Namib #Desert from space. 2 satellite captured this image over the sand seas of the Namib Desert on 7 January 2012. The blue and white area is the dry river bed of the Tsauchab. This image is featured on the Earth from Space video programme. European Space Agency

Picto Wall Clock

Here is the newest variation of <i>Picto</i> — a minimalist time piece for the wall with a hand that shows minutes and a dot for the hours. Design by Steen …

Leica finally reveals the Jony Ive-designed camera

Camera and Apple aficionados can get a glimpse at the Sir Jony Ive-designed Leica M that was over a year in the making.<p><b>Over a year in the making,</b> …

Weightlessness – Underwater Photography by Adeline Mai

Photography of Weightlessness.<p>The selected images are part of an underwater photo series called “Weightlessness” by photographer Adeline Mai. As the …

Playful Animal Sculptures Embedded Into Children's Hospital

To a child, visits to the doctor can be a frightening ordeal, but even a simple image or familiar creature could help alleviate that fear. That's why the aptly named <i>Giraffe Childcare Center</i> designed by Hondelatte Laporte Architectes is just what the doctor ordered. The children's hospital features …

Sculpture

Feather Clock

Inspired by traditional cabinets of curiosities, French designer <b>Marie-Aurore Stiker-Metral</b> has created this poetic wall clock by replacing its hands …

REVIEW: The iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C, the colorful new plastic phone from Apple, is the same phone Apple introduced last year.<p>It has the same processor, same rear camera, same screen (4 inches), and same glitzy new iOS 7 software that most iPhones and iPads updated to this month. For specs geeks, the only new things …

Mobile Technology

Modern Pyramid House by Juan Carlos Ramos

We've seen our fair share of unique modern home designs like the box-shaped metallic house or the abstract fortress made of concrete, but Mexican architect Juan Carlos Ramos has taken on a form less-visited for his aptly titled project <i>Pyramid House</i>–a conceptual pyramid-shaped home created and …

Architecture

The Story Behind the Love Sign Made of 2,500 Matches

About three years ago, I wrote a post about artist Pei-San Ng's beautiful matchstick art. Her signature piece is called <i>Matches: Passion</i> and it's made up of approximately 2,500 matchsticks that are individually placed and glued onto reclaimed plywood. The retro type is hand-drawn and it takes Pei a …

Selling

Expressive Combination of Ballet Dancers and Calligraphy

<i>Rurubu</i> (meaning “to dance and flow slowly” in Japanese) is a collaborative project by Toronto-based photographer Haley Friesen and San Francisco-based calligraphy artist Nobuhiro Sato that explores the powerful expressions of body movement coupled with energetic strokes of ink. The multiple mediums …

Calligraphy

Beautiful Glowing Portraits of a Bobtail Squid

In this series, entitled <i>Bobtail Squid</i>, underwater photographer Todd Bretl documents the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The creatively composed shots transform eight curled arms and a round body into beautifully abstract shapes floating against a stark, black background.<p>Bretl was …

Photography

Amazingly Realistic Figures Sculpted with Marble

It is hard to believe that these incredibly realistic pieces are made out of marble! <i>Elegy on Resistance</i> is a series of sculptures that look soft enough to touch. Sydney-based artist Alex Seton is a talented sculptor who molds the classic substance into all kinds of unexpected forms. In this …

Art

High-Speed Photographs of Paint Splashing into Water

Alberto Seveso is an Italian artist specializing in illustration, graphic design and photography. Born in Milan, Seveso currently lives and works as …

More Hidden Street Art on Railings by Zebrating

Mannheim, Germany-based street art duo known as Zebrating have been leaving their mark across the globe, particularly on railings in public spaces. Their elusive graffiti work offers an entertaining surprise for viewers from specific angles. Their art relies heavily on perspective as each piece of …

Art

Playful Campaign Illustrations by José Guízar

Proposal for a MasterCard Campaign.<p>José Guízar created these two illustrations for a MasterCard campaign in close collaboration with a friend. The …

Awesome High-Speed Photos of Flowers Exploding

Martin Klimas is no stranger to capturing things as they’re in the process of being smashed to bits. You might remember his series of photos showing …