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Step Inside an Interactive M.C. Escher Drawing with Monument Valley | Colossal

<p>The hype surrounding the new iOS game Monument Valley by ustwo has been almost impossible to ignore the last few days, and after downloading the …

Continuing Excavations at an Ancient Burial Site Last Touched in 1919

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Mounds of sand from the pyramid. Photo courtesy of Geoff Emberling.<p>One of our major goals this season is to investigate the largest pyramid at the site, which was not excavated by George Reisner in 1919 (the last time an archaeologist worked on the burials at El Kurru). …

These 5 Foods Will Be Harder to Grow in a Warmer World

Farmers will need to take increasingly drastic and expensive measures to cope with droughts, frosts, and ever-changing growing seasons, says IPCC's new report.<p>The reality of climate change has already hit farms, ranches, and orchards around the globe, according to the latest report from the UN's …

Q&A: Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking

Cats and dogs are gaining more rights, reports author David Grimm.<p>We love our pets. About 90 percent of owners consider their pets part of the family. More than 80 percent of us would likely risk our lives for them. Last year, we spent $55 billion on the animals that share our lives.<p>This is all …

Nature’s Walking Dead: Real-Life “Zombies”

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>With Halloween coming up, we thought we’d take a look at nature’s real-life zombies—and how they get that way.</b><p>Several parasite species invade their victims’ bodies, turning them into zombies that do their masters’ bidding. Their methods are insidious enough to make James Wan …

Best Microscopic Photos of 2013 Announced by Nikon

Young Explorer Returns to Madagascar to Track Infectious Diseases

Changing Planet<p>Young Explorer, Cara Brook, is back at work in Madagascar. Photo by Evaline Cheng; Morondava, Madagascar; August 2013.<p><i>Young Explorer Cara Brook is in Madagascar studying the spread of infections diseases to humans through bats consumed as bushmeat.</i><p>—-<p>Five months ago, I wrote to you …

New-found Earth-size Exoplanet Doomed

<b>Astronomers announced this week that they have spotted a rocky Earth-size planet beyond our solar system, the smallest alien world accurately sized by observers to date.</b> <b>However, the super-hot planet is no second Earth, and according to theories, the distant world some 700 light-years away from</b> …

Unveiling the Halloween Monster DNA in Everyone

Human Journey<p>A view of Ramses II’s mummy in the Cairo Museum. O. Louis Mazzatenta/National Geographic Creative<p>Some Halloween fans take costuming to a whole other level. The wig will be just right, the make-up impeccable, the voice adjusted, and the costume scarily realistic. But even for these …

Bizarre New Animated Gifs from Zach Dougherty | Colossal

<p>Digital artist Zach Dougherty (previously) is back with a new round if really strange animated gifs, placing his strange amorphous and glitchy …

Hypnotic GIFs of Anthony Howe's Kinetic Wind Sculptures

Artist Anthony Howe's 3D kinetic sculptures are massive, moving pieces that utilize the united visual power of wind, metal, and mirrors. We first discovered his spectacular work earlier this year and now, thanks to VICE's <i>The Creators Project</i>, a series of equally hypnotic gifs (created by Jordan …

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10 Fascinating GIFs Highlighting The Effects Of Ageing

Ageing, some of us do it gracefully, some of us look old before our time and then there are those lucky individuals (like Meryl Streep) never seem to …

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope | Colossal

<p>Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the …

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Map Your Favorite Scary Movies with “The Geography of Horror”

Where’s the scariest place on the planet? It could be the Han River in Seoul, where <i>The Host</i> snagged unsuspecting river goers. Or maybe it’s boring old Georgia, where a man executed by electric chair came back as a zombie to punish his killers. (Incidentally, that 1936 film was called <i>The Walking …

10 Novels That Will Scare The Hell Out Of You

As a kid I was obsessed with an abandoned house in the cow pasture across the street from my friend Anna's house. We never went inside, but just walking by was enough to freak me out. tThe roof caved in on the stone walls, every window was a punched-out eye, and I knew that if there was a murderer …

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Top 20 Most Successful Horror Remakes Of All Time

More Halloween movie list time, dear readers! Last week, I gave you my list of the most successful horror sequels ever made, so check those out if you haven’t already. We all know that Hollywood loves remakes, and it seems lately that half the horror movies getting produced are remakes of older …

Witches in film - in pictures

With Halloween almost on us, and the season of the witch taking hold on television, what better way to celebrate all things witchcraft than with some of our favourite celluloid incarnations<p>Season of the witch casts a powerful spell on culture – and empowers teenage girls

10 Hardcore DIY Halloween Projects

For hardcore DIYers, though, there's no holiday like Halloween, and this year we're featuring 10 great project ideas from our friends at Instructables.<p>Sure, you could build a turducken catapult for Thanksgiving or drown your neighborhood in lights with the elaborate Christmas display around your …

23 Completely Creepy Halloween Costumes From The Early 1900s

Before sexualizing pop culture figures or symbols became the new Halloween vogue, Halloween held a more traditional — and macabre — …

Halloween dog parades – in pictures

Owners around the world treat their dogs to Halloween-style makeovers

Artists Pay Tribute To The Endangered Gray Wolf, With Robot Arms And Hacked Blueberries

In a wonderfully bizarre installation, hacked plants deliver vaccine-packed blueberries to the threatened gray wolf.<p>The wolf might be the rockingest animal, at least if you consider the number of bands whose names pay it tribute: There’s Wolf Parade, AIDS Wolf, Wolfmother, Wolf Eyes, We Are Wolves, …

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How We’ll Eat After The Ecopocalypse, When Sushi And Chocolate Are No More

Introducing GhostFood, the no-food food truck that feeds your fears about ecological disaster.<p>Think of some of your favorites foods, the kinds you routinely crave, dream about. Can you feel the unctuous texture of <i>otoro</i> (fatty tuna belly) or taste the complex notes of a dark chocolate truffle? Are …

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Ew, A Chair 3-D Printed Out Of Fungus

Fungus as furniture was once reserved for storybooks. Now, a Dutch designer 3-D prints mushrooms and plant matter in a formula for a more sustainable future. Gross or awesome?<p>In children’s storybooks, mushrooms often make great furniture for tiny creatures like fairies, gnomes, and toads (hence …

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New Quirky Photos of Couples Switching Clothes

<i>Switcheroo</i> is a playful series by Canadian photographer Hana Pesut (aka sincerelyhana) that juxtaposes a simple photo of a couple with a similar portrait of the same two people, except each member of the duo is wearing the other's clothes for round two. We first discovered Pesut's series over three …

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PyroPet Candles Melt into Creepy Metallic Skeletons | Colossal

<p>First mentioned in this space back in 2011 as the “Devil’s Candle,” this delightfully creepy candle that melts from a cute geometric cat into a …

Ornate Polar Bear Hand-Cut from a Single Sheet of Paper

Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima's amazing skills with hand-cut paper sculptures continue to impress us! Her <i>Cloud Leopard</i> was quite a sensation and, more recently, she designed this large, life-sized swimming polar bear entitled <i>Byaku</i>. Originally suspended from the ceiling of London's Jerwood Space, …

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