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The evolution of the bicycle in less than one minute

The design of the modern bicycle seems rather obvious, right? Two symmetrical wheels attached to a simple frame. But it took a while for us to get to …

The World’s Lightest Folding Bike

The weird thing about most foldable bikes is that even though they’re designed to collapse, they tend to be pretty heavy. That’s because they need to be sturdy enough to handle a rider’s weight in an unconventional form factor. So most foldable bikes end up being heavier than normal bikes of the …

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<i>This story is part of</i> Crossings, <i>a series chronicling the global refugee and migrant experience. Follow the series and add your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #GlobeCrossings.</i><p>There can be few items in the world more poorly designed for the purpose it serves than the standard …

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20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Abandoned Buildings

Journalist Spends Four Years Documenting India’s Crumbling Subterranean Stepwells Before They Disappear

Tucked away on quiet streets far from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist attractions, in between the spectacular palaces, temples, and tombs that appear on the covers of guidebooks, an entire category of Indian architecture has faded into obscurity and historical obsolescence. Called …

This Bike Says “F You” To Limiting Design Standards

One governing body of biking creates the design standards that all manufacturers follow. Here’s what happens when designers stop listening.<p>We’ve all been had. The bikes that we all ride have been severely limited in the name of international competition. Their wheels must be in fixed sizes that …

The amazing psychedelic GIF art of Bill Tavis

His art is so mindblowing.<p>Some of the multicolor GIFs remind me of Huichol yarn/bead paintings, and peyote-stich beadwork of the Native American …

How To Design A Safe Intersection For Cyclists

Salt Lake City will be the first American city to build a protected intersection for bikes.<p>Bike lanes are great, but they can’t protect cyclists riding through busy intersections, where 38% of all cyclist fatalities occurred in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In Salt Lake …

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13 Mesmerizing Photos That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Place In The Universe

There's no picture more humbling than one that shows us how small we are in the universe.<p>On this 25th anniversary, TASCHEN has compiled the most breathtaking deep-space images that the Hubble Space Telescope has ever produced, in a remarkable full-color book, <i>Expanding Universe: Photographs from the</i> …

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Fantastic Cities: An Exquisite Architectural Coloring Book for Creative, Stressed-Out Adults

Canadian artist Steve McDonald is known for creating highly-detailed, bird's-eye view illustrations of cities, villages, and rural areas, which were the inspiration behind his first coloring book. <i>Fantastic Cities</i> is a unique achievement that combines aerial views of real cities and …

Amazingly Intricate Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures by Gabriel Schama

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates incredibly intricate, densely layered wood relief sculptures using thin, laser-cut pieces of mahogany plywood. He starts with a vector illustration that is sent to a laser cutter. Lasers carve designs into 1/8-inch sheets of plywood, which are then glued …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

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Payback: Fortified Bicycle's Inexpensive Device Prevents Bike Seat Theft

It's only $15, and takes less than two minutes to permanently install<p>Slava Menn is not only a clever engineer and entrepreneur, but he and Fortified …

Identity Theft

How do you dismantle a nuclear submarine?

When nuclear-powered submarines reach the end of their lives, dismantling them is a complicated and laborious process. Paul Marks investigates.<p>Nuclear submarines have long been a favourite in popular fiction. From movies such as The Hunt for Red October to long-running TV series like Voyage to the …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

What it Takes to Build the World's Best Bicycle Wheel

The Gokiso Wheel is a no-compromise, fiendishly expensive marvel of modern engineering<p>If you're having a bike race with a sibling and you lose, you …

Izzy Swan's Brilliant Portable Folding Picnic Table

This 20x20x30 cube unfurls into a table and seating for four<p>Leave it up to the creative Izzy Swan to come up with a small wooden crate—just 20" x 20" …

99% Invisible-157- Devil's Rope

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Pi Day 2015: A well known fact about pi is that it describes the bendiness of rivers. I wanted to test this theory, and so I crowd-sourced river lengths to find out<p>Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world …

Pi Day Deals, Freebies, and Events for Math Lovers and Haters Alike

This Saturday is not only Pi Day (3.14), but it's the Pi Day of the Century (3.14.15). Accompanying the big day are tons of activities for math nerds …

President Obama reads Mean Tweets on 'Kimmel,' talks Ferguson

President Barack Obama made his first in-person appearance on <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live</i>, discussed racial strife in Ferguson, Mo., deflected Kimmel’s …

Photo @ladzinski / The twisted and spiraled navajo sandstone of #AntelopeCanyon is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world. It's an incredible place to visit in the dead of winter when the crowds have gone and you can walk through the sculpted canyon with nothin but the sound of the wind. @natgeocreative

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop’s 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …