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Chromatic Typewriter: a typewriter that paints

Tyree Callahan has created a phenomenon. The Washington-based artist took a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter and transformed it into a functional …

Adding These Three Elements to a Landscape Composition Can Make Your Shot Pop

One of the keys to stunning landscape photographs is so obvious that it is often overlooked. If you find your landscapes lacking in awe, try adding …

BaneCat Is The Best Batman Video I've Seen In A While

Virtual Reality French Experimental Theater Is The Trippiest Thing

Ever, possibly. It's also fascinating. We caught up with Benoit Marini, director of Mr. and Mrs. Dream, to talk about the play/show/dance/simulation.<p>Benoit Marini has spent years working with virtual-reality technology for the French company Dassault Systemes. As the director for the company's …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Public Places Into Alien Landscapes

Stepping inside one of Penique Productions' massive balloon installations is like walking into the ghostly remains of an alien palace. The walls of the giant, inflatable structures press up against the balconies, alcoves, fountains and ceilings of public spaces, transforming otherwise familiar …

Ben McKenzie Goes From The O.C. To Gotham City To Star As Detective Jim Gordon

Not to be outdone by Marvel’s <i>Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.</i>, rival comic book company DC is swinging into the network television game with the new FOX series <i>Gotham</i>. Don’t expect to see the caped crusader, like the Marvel series, this show will feature ordinary heroes in a supernatural world. <i>Gotham</i> focuses …

Chickens Wear Prosthetic Dinosaur Tails, For Science

Simulating ancient gaits with barnyard fowl<p>The humble chicken is distantly related to the _T. rex. _This raises an important scientific question: How could we make chickens walk like they're little dinosaurs? A new study provides the equally important answer! And also video!<p>Researchers from the …

New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Jump Is Still Bananas

Not that you anticipated otherwise<p>Did you see <i>Gravity</i>? Ha, lame. Remember in October 2012, when daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped 23 miles <i>out of the sky</i> above Roswell, safely parachuting back to terra firma? There's new, first-person footage of that out. Look at it! Marvel at humanity's …

This beautifully bound book is actually six different texts in one

Dos-à-dos binding refers to a technique whereby two books are bound at their backs, allowing you to read one book, flip the conjoined pair over, and …

Think Software Keyboards Don’t Work On Smartwatches? Check Out Minuum’s New Video

As smartwatches become a device category that most major hardware makers are turning their attention to, there’s a question of how much smartphone utility we’ll be able to translate to the wrist. One big convenience hurdle is making it possible to reply to texts and emails quickly from the wrist, …

'I'm Not A Lookalike' Project Showcases Strangers Who Look Like Twins (PHOTOS)

Think you're special and unique?<p>So did these folks, until they met Francois Brunelle.<p>The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar, according to Rex USA.<p>"I was inspired by 2 things," Brunelle told Rex …

Disney Characters Without Their Beards

Cool Fan Art for Disney's GARGOYLES

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Japanese designer creates sprawling mecha-inspired diorama case mod

Japanese designer Hiroto Ikeuchi created a mecha-themed case mod inspired by anime such as Gundam and Macross.<p>The PC's peripherals, such its the USBs, keyboard, mouse and webcam have all been modified and the computer is in full working order. According to Wired, the case mod features eight USB …

Watch this guy propose to his girlfriend with Peggle 2

When proposing to his girlfriend, Shireen — a longtime PopCap fan and Peggle player — Rob took a slightly different approach.<p>With PopCap's help, Rob brought Shireen to San Francisco to "beta test" <i>Peggle 2</i>, which was still in production at the time. PopCap created a level specifically for the …

Watch The Creepier Version Of THE DARK CRYSTAL Jim Henson Wanted You To See

The Ten Commandments Of Microtransactions

We’re entering a new era of gaming with the debut of the PS4 and Xbox One, and with it comes some unforeseen developments. Everyone knew we’d be getting bigger, better games, but there’s one feature that’s being slid into nearly every new game released these days, …

Portal live-action short film takes a look at GLaDOS' terrifying early days

<b>Warning</b>: <i>Portal</i> spoilers!<p>Filmmakers Colin and Connor McGuire have recreated one of the most nerve-rattling scenes in <i>Portal'</i>s story — GLaDOS' first heinous act against Aperture's scientists.<p>The film, posted above, is based on the series and its tie-in comic, <i>Portal 2: Lab Rat</i>. In <i>Portal: Survive!</i> the …

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

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Windows 95 game Hover! revamped and remade for browsers

Microsoft's 1995 classic mashup of capture the flag and bumper cars, <i>Hover</i><i>,</i> will find new life in browsers, as demonstrated to us by director of Internet Explorer marketing Roger Capriotti and marketing manager Steve Lake.<p><i>Hover</i> was originally included in the CD-ROM versions of Microsoft Windows 95 …

How we made Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

<b>Michael Palin, actor</b><p>Having done The Holy Grail and Life of Brian, we found ourselves with a much bigger budget for The Meaning of Life. This meant we could spend an entire week on things like the sketch with Mr Creosote [the monstrously fat diner]. The sheer amount of minestrone used in the …

Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

Original STAR TREK Cast Morphed with New Cast

Doom Piano makes gameplay musical

A group of indie developers and industry veterans created a modified version of <i>Doom</i> that players control by tapping piano keys.<p>Virgin Media Game Space organizer David Hayward, developer Sos Sosowski, Ricky Haggett of Honeyslug and Die Gute Fabrik's George Buckenham assembled the piano for the VMGS …

Dave Coulier Says Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” May Be About Him

<b>Dave Coulier</b> finally weighs in on an urban legend that's been circulating in the music industry since the '90s — specifically, 1995, when <b>Alanis</b> …

10 Credible Mermaid Sightings? (+Videos)

Mermaids have been a subject of fascination for centuries. Cultures from all over the world, that had no contact with each other, have mermaids in …

GTA 5's Special Edition has a blacklight secret

The special edition of <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> contains hidden clues not visible to the naked eye, according to Game Front.<p>By taking a UV light to the front and back of the included map, the site found cryptic instructions for a drop off:<p>Great Ocean Highway<br>Through North Chumask<br>0.5 miles past Raton …