Joseph Belden

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Astronomy

Breathtaking Paper Figure Sculptures and Geometric Origami by Richard Sweeney

British artist Richard Sweeney creates paper sculptures that range from intricate geometric origami to wonderfully expressive figure sculptures. Much …

Art

Captivating Geometric GIFs by Florian de Looij | Colossal

<p>Florian de Looij first sat down with a copy of Photoshop when he was 12 years old and apparently he never got up. The Netherlands-based designer has …

GIF Animations

'I wore a hijab in secret': How loneliness almost made me convert to Islam

When author Meike Ziervogel moved from rural Germany to London she found herself seeking comfort and community. Here, she explains why she decided to become Muslim - and what made her pull back at the last moment<p>I recently flew to Bangladesh for a literature festival. At Dubai airport I had a …

10 Mysterious Ancient Civilizations Modern Science Cannot Explain | Watercooler

<b>Story Views</b><p><b>BE SURE TO GO MY PROFILE’S BELOW AT OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA:</b><p><b>Do you ask a lot of questions? Do the things you were taught growing up just not</b> …

Castles

Sculptor Creates Amazing Geometric Sandcastles

This is a series of geometric sandcastles built by sculptor Calvin Seibert (links to his Flickr with a ton more high-res shots) on the beaches of …

Recruitment

Scientists say chronic stress can actually change your brain

New research highlights some serious neurological consequences of burnout, or a state of chronic stress that leads to exhaustion, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness.<p>According to the study, led by Armita Golkar, Ph.D., at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and cited by the Association for …

The Brain

What does the discovery of the world’s oldest Quran tell us?

For the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, the idea that the Quran is a seventh century text disseminated by Islam’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad, is neither news, nor particularly controversial.<p>But in academia the history of this holy text is much more opaque. For researchers in Islamic studies, …

Archaeology

Artist Paints Geometric Art Along The Grain Of Discarded Tree Slices

Jason Middlebrook, an artist based in upstate New York, creates hypnotizing paintings that combine contrasting media – discarded wooden slabs and …

Art

Amazing 3D sketches that look as if objects are flying, sailing or crawling off the paper

Although it appears the ship is about to take off into the distance, it is in fact the result of nothing but paper and pen.<p>A Dutch artist has created …

Digital Art

A Look Back at a Frozen Niagara Falls

Advanced Ancient Knowledge: Brain Surgery 2,500 Years Ago

How did people in ancient times deal with the health complications that we use advanced techniques to treat today? Many think that ancient folk …

Archaeology

Facts About Sodium

Alone, it's explosive. Combined with chlorine, it's table salt.<p>That's sodium for you — a wild and wooly element that reacts easily and mixes with …

Periodic Table

From vintage Valencia to classic Chelsea: The ultimate retro shirts

Hello,<p>Home<p>News<p>News<p>All news<br>• Exclusives<br>• Ballon d'Or<br>• Previews<p>Europe<p>England<br>• Spain<br>• Italy<br>• Germany<br>• Europe<p>Rest of the World<p>South America<br>• North …

Soccer

Gritty Snapshots Document the Wandering Lifestyle of Train Hoppers 50,000 Miles Across the US

Mike Brodie was 17 years old when he first hopped a train in 2003, intending to ride the freight all the way from Pensacola, Florida to visit a friend in Mobile, Alabama. Instead, the train went in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, where Brodie spent a few days before making his way back home …

Photography

The 11 fathers of Asia: 800 million modern men are descended from a handful of ancient leaders - including Genghis Khan

• <b>Scientists from the University of Leicester traced DNA in modern men to 'founding fathers' that lived across Asia</b> <b>between 1300BC and 1100AD</b>• <b><br>The</b> …

Our All-Time Favorite Volcano Pictures

National Geographic digs into its archives to find the most stunning and surprising photographs of volcanoes around the world.

15 Gravity-Defying Homes From Around the World

Ingenious engineering and the will of slightly crazy homeowners, brings architecture to new heights.

You Can Now Watch Rare Clips Of Famous Comedians Thanks To Just For Laughs

Because the Internet didn’t quite have enough entertaining ways for you to avoid that pile of work on your desk, the Canadian comedy festival Just For Laughs is doing us all a favor and opening up its stand-up vaults.<p>Comedy addicts may have tracked some of this stuff down with some deep YouTubing, …

Startling Photos of Americans Lying in 7 Days of Their Own Trash

How much garbage do you produce? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims the average American creates more than 4 pounds of trash a day, more …

A Retinal Neuroscientist’s Rebuttal: Why Humans Can’t See Near Infrared, No Matter What They Eat

One of the more interesting stories we ran across this weekend was an initial update from a small group of scientists who claim to have successfully …

Capturing a Handshake at 33,000ft for Red Bull

How in the world do you capture a photograph like the one above? Or any of the ones below for that matter? How do you deal with temperatures that run …

Côte&Ciel's Isar Rucksack

Once thought to be suitable just for kids and hikers, the backpack is now a respectable option for travel or everyday use—that is, if you've got the right one. Go too technical and you'll end looking like an ill-equipped mountaineer; too bright and basic and you might appear to be late for class. …

Design