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Flowers And Taxidermy Arranged Into Gorgeous Headdresses

On his website, Japanese fashion designer Hanayuishi Takaya calls himself a “Flower Artist,” and it’s true that his extraordinary headpieces would look as much at home in a vase as they do in his models’ hair. His ornate pieces employ flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits, and, most recently, …

Vegetables

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The best new tourist attractions on earth, according to Lonely Planet

If globe-trotting is on your bucket list this year, travel guide company Lonely Planet wants to tell you where to go. Its list of the world’s best travel experiences of 2015, part of its latest ebook, “New in Travel,” will take you off the beaten track from Ireland to Panama to South Africa. Here’s …

New Zealand

Hanging With The Girl-Kings Of One Of The World's Only Matriarchies

Mawlynnong isn't like the rest of India, or the rest of the world for that matter. Tucked into the jungle of the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, on the border of Bangladesh, the village is home to the indigenous Khasi people. Theirs is a matrilineal society, where women inherit land, children …

Can Putting Your Personal Genome on the Internet Lead to Lasting Friendships?

Last week at a dinner party in Melbourne, I met two former strangers brought together by a website and a genetic similarity found in their saliva.<p>Last week at a dinner party, I met Melbourne residents Masha Lewis and Miranda Weiss. Complete strangers five months ago, the pair are now firm friends. …

Social Media

This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting …

Digitally Rendered 3D Abstract Paintings Look Like Miniature Worlds

Libya-based creative Mahmoud Jouini uses digital software to render colorful, three-dimensional abstract paintings that look like miniature worlds. Although the images look like snapshots of elaborate, sprawling dioramas that were physically constructed, each piece was actually created entirely on …

Art

Three Brothers Have Been Making Mind-Blowing Snow Sculptures In Their Yard Every Year

It takes the guys 11 front yards worth of snow and up to 300 hours.<p>Here's this year's: a 12-foot-tall sea turtle.<p>"This simulates the sticky snow that you would get on a warm winter day," they explained.<p>h/t Bored Panda

Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova Build a Moscow Museum

Art collector and philanthropist Dasha Zhukova is launching an ambitious campaign to connect Moscow to the international art world, and she’s tapped architect Rem Koolhaas to execute her vision<p>IT’S A RADIANT DAY in Moscow, and two of the city’s most creative collaborators, Dutch architect Rem …

Rem Koolhaas

Harry Potter’s World Like You’ve Never Seen It Before: Illustrated

Between author J.K. Rowling’s fan hub experience Pottermore and a slew of fans bringing elements of Harry Potter’s world to life (Marauder’s Map, a seven-book saga in one), the boy who lived lives on, this time in gorgeous color illustrations.<p>Following up with the cover redesigns for the entire …

Books

The best of the Colorado River: one step, pedal or stroke at a time

Snaking 1450 miles, the Colorado River is nothing less than the nerve center of the great American West. Capturing snows off the Rockies, it drops through pine stands, winds down into the desert and carves the Grand Canyon’s rosy depths.<p>In the American psyche, it’s a powerful life force, a natural …

National Parks

Dreamy Black and White Watercolors by Artist Elicia Edijanto | Colossal

<p>There’s an innate relationship between children and the animal kingdom. Our children sing songs about animals, the have toy animals, they have books …

Bears

Dawn Wall's Underdog Climber Recounts His Push to Catch Up

Kevin Jorgeson, lagging behind his partner, made an eight-foot leap of faith to finish the toughest part of his historic climb.<p><i>Editor's Note: Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have completed their ascent of Yosemite's Dawn Wall. See photos of the moment they reached the top.</i><p>Kevin Jorgeson …