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Flintstones-Inspired Stone House (2 pics + video)

Here at theMET, we feature a lot of modern architecture. The Stone House in Portugal is the furthest thing from that… Inspired by the Flintstones, this odd house was constructed between two giant stones on the hillside of Fafe Mountains in Portugal. Like most contemporary homes, it has a front …

Never-Before-Seen Images Reveal How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Was Swallowed By Nature

Polish photographer Arkadiusz Podniesinski travelled to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last month to see the location with his own eyes. …

Photos: The world’s most impressive outdoor mazes and labyrinths

Outdoor mazes and labyrinths have captured our imagination for centuries, harking back to King Minos of Crete’s elaborate, winding structure to corral the hulking Minotaur in Greek mythology.<p>Corn mazes, especially plentiful in the US, provide farmers an additional source of revenue. From the 14th …

The Quiet Grandeur of New York and L.A. From Above

New photographs from Jeffrey Milstein capture both cities from the sky.<p>When we last saw the work of photographer Jeffrey Milstein, he was capturing the strange beauty of airports from the perspective of the sky. Milstein is back in bird’s-eye form but now he’s focused his lens on the city—in …

New Awe-Inspiring Sand Castles by Calvin Seibert

When summer is in full swing and it's perfect beach weather, artist Calvin Seibert allows his true talents to shine as an incredible sand sculptor. We've shared many of Seibert's creations over the years, and he's never disappointed us. The gifted artist continues to impress us with his expert …

Abandoned Fishing Village in China Reclaimed by Nature

In the mouth of the Yangtze River off the eastern coast of China, a small island holds a secret haven lost to the forces of time and nature–an abandoned fishing village swallowed by dense layers of ivy slowly creeping over every brick and path. Houtou Wan Village is located on Gouqi Island, which …

This Robot Can 3-D Print A Steel Bridge In Mid-Air

Autodesk and MX3D have teamed up on a robot that can actually “draw” city infrastructure, on location and without human intervention.<p>In 2017, Dutch designer Joris Laarman will wheel a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He’ll hit an “on” button. He’ll walk away. And when he comes back two …

Revisit B.B. King's Best Performances

He was a indefatigable musician who played more than 300 shows a year—even into his 80s.<p>B.B. King—the blues great who passed away at 89 on Thursday …

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40 maps that explain the Middle East

40 maps that explain<br>the Middle East<p>40 maps that explain the Middle East<p>by Max Fisher on March 26, 2015<p>Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for …

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Animal Collective's Panda Bear made us an eclectic playlist

If you’re a fan of Animal Collective, the pack of indie art-pop weirdos who’ve released a whopping nine albums together, you know its co-founder …

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Funny Drawing Series of a Character Battling His Maker

Imagine getting your head punched or getting smooshed to the corner of a page. That's what this character is going through, thanks to artist Alex Solis. For this new series, Alex shows a character going one-on-one with the artist. Watch as the boy fights back as he clamps his teeth down onto the …

balcony garden Archives - Gardening in the Sky Balcony & Rooftop Planters

Lightweight planters reduces the weight of structural components allowing for more plants and planting medium. The structural integrity of …

N.W.A. Biopic Straight Outta Compton Finally Has A Trailer

The forthcoming N.W.A. biopic <i>Straight Outta Compton</i> will be released on August 15, 2015, and now, after months of casting and production, it finally has a trailer.<p>According to <i>Spin</i>, Ice Cube gave fans in Sydney the early preview of the forthcoming film, which you can watch below.<p>As previously …

Precious monuments lost in Middle East

Updated 22nd June 2017

Mysterious Photos of Fluffy Clouds Encased in Glass by Raffaello De Vito

Italian photographer Raffaello De Vito recently unveiled an intriguing series that he calls <i>Atmosphere-Clouds</i>. The primarily monochromatic images feature six cloud structures that are encased in glass and seemingly floating in midair. They resemble the picturesque, fluffy white vapors that we see in …

Danny MacAskill releases breathtaking Isle of Skye tricks video

Watch footage of trials rider Danny MacAskill risking life and limb on the Isle of Skye's notorious Cuillin Ridge<p>Danny MacAskill's has made a name for himself as one of the world's most fearless trial cyclists by documenting his exploits in a succession of YouTube videos since 2009.<p>It all started …

Mongolia's lost secrets in pictures: the golden eagle hunters

The Altai Mountains run from Siberia in Russia all the way down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. An enormous mountain range, it covers a vast area of over 16,000 kilometres and is studded with huge glacial lakes and permanently snow-covered peaks that rise above 4,500m. One of the world’s last true …

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“Black Sunrise”, A Chilled Out DJ Set from Tycho, Recorded at Burning Man - The Fox Is Black

Though it was a short week for many of us, I’m quite glad it’s already Friday and that the weekend is here. Easing me into the weekend is this …

Bardarbunga volcano erupts on Iceland spewing molten lava and ash, in pictures

Archaeologists Discover Two Long Lost Ancient Maya Cities in Jungle of Mexico

In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, …

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks transfer ideas from paper to screen

Stationery brand Moleskine has created a series of notebooks for use with a Livescribe smartpen to turn notes written on the pages into digital files …

This Is Happening: James Murphy Remixing Tennis (the Sport), via IBM

"I hear you're buying a synthesizer and an arpeggiator and are throwing your computer out the window because you want to make something real."<p>–LCD …

Unusual Storage Design, Part 2: The Open Top, Stackable SYS-Toolbox

My favorite carry-all for tools and materials is Festool's Open Top SYS-Toolbox. It's just a classic example of nuts-and-bolts ID: Simple, strong, …

Stian Korntved Ruud is hand carving a wooden spoon every day for a year

Norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud has committed to carving one spoon per day for a year to explore the forms that are possible using different …

A Closer Look at the adidas Originals Stan Smith Primeknit

After getting an early look at the adidas Originals Stan Smith Primeknit, we’ve now got some better<p>After getting an early look at the adidas Originals Stan Smith Primeknit, we’ve now got some better images of this remixed classic. For this rework, adidas Originals has thankfully kept to the …