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Floating Optical Illusions Created through Brilliantly Painted Layers of Glass

Glass painter Wilfired Grootens is an artist from the German countryside with a very unique style. Using delicate swirls and tendrils painted onto layers of laminate glass, he assembles dozens of sheets together, and then sands them down to produce vivid three-dimensional paintings that appear to …

Art

Mesmerising timelapse video of Milky Way inadvertently captures Northern Lights

LONDON — A photographer in Scotland has captured the mesmerising majesty of the Northern Lights without even trying.<p>Maciej Winiarczyk set up a …

Winners of Nikon's 2015 Small World Contest Reveal the Microscopic Beauty of Our World

The winners and honourably-mentioned images were recently announced for Nikon's 2015 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Submissions were collected from professionals and amateurs alike; the contest is open to anyone with a passion for microscopy and photography. With a rich pool of …

New South Wales

Dad Writes Insane Late Notes for His Kids, Wins Internet

Nothing like public humiliation to set a 10-year-old straight.<p>Seth King, father of five from Salt Lake City, Utah, got fed up with how often his kids were late to school. Whether it was because the young ones slept in too late or because they took too long to get dressed, King wanted to teach his …

Parenting

Japanese Bonsai Tree Takes a 10-Year Journey Around the Globe

Conceptual artist Azuma Makoto pushes the boundaries of traditional Japanese flower arrangement, taking his plant and flower designs to entirely new levels. Makoto's 10-year project <i>Shiki: Landscape and Beyond,</i> captures the journey of a Japanese white pine bonsai tree around (and above) the globe. …

Art

These Underwater Sculptures Are Beautiful But Eerie AF

Let the enormity of the situation really ~sink~ in.

Spectacular Winning Images from the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

Last month, we featured 10 spectacular finalists in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and we’re now happy to share the chosen winners. The contest attracted over 42,000 photographs from both professionals and amateurs, so we’re sure that the judges had their work cut out for them!<p>These …

Nature

26 unbelievable aerial photos of Earth

Have you ever wondered what the planet looks like from above? What it would be like to get a bird’s eye view of sprawling cities, stunning landscapes …

The 20 Most Pinned Travel Destinations Ever

Dreaming of car rides through Italy, or eating the world's greatest street food in Vietnam? Oh, Pinterest knows.<p>The site released a list of the most pinned locations from all over the world, officially making us want to get the heck out of town. All those dream vacation spots you've been pinning …

National Parks

There's Something Odd in the Shadows of the Curiosity Rover's Selfie

Look at Curiosity. Now, look at Curiosity’s shadow. Notice anything?<p>Yep, there’s a very large part of the shadow, that big zigzag shape, that doesn’t …

The Fourth Man To Walk On the Moon Also Paints Beautiful Space Art

Since you consume the internet excessively, you’ve probably at some point seen the image above, maybe with the added text: MY NOSE ITCHES. This is a …

Adventurous Couple Uses LED Hula Hoop to Electrify Grandiose Natural Landscapes

Taking a road trip through the United States is a fantastic way to see all of the beautiful sights that the country has to offer. After graduating college, photographer Grant Mallory and his girlfriend Maria Jacob did just this, traveling across the Midwest and through several Western states to …

National Parks

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Simple Illustrations Reveal Endearing Moments of Love in Life's Everyday Moments

Being in love with someone is more than just grand romantic gestures and celebrating milestones–it's about the little moments, too. Illustrator Nidhi Chanani captures these small occasions in her endearing ongoing series titled <i>Everyday Love</i>. The charming images demonstrate that it's the ordinary …

Relationships

3D Illusion Painted to Slow Down Traffic [Pic]

You’ve probably already seen 44 Amazing Julian Beever’s 3D Pavement Drawings, but this time preventable, BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation, and the …

Traffic Safety

The complete guide to never quitting anything again

The truth is, most people can become good at almost anything.<p>However, most of us quit before we reach the finish line. Why?<p>Frustration and lack of persistency is one of the biggest reasons why we never master the skills we want to acquire; from learning a language, playing an instrument, or being a …

Astronauts just shot one of their first videos in ultra-high definition, and it's mesmerizing

What do you do when NASA asks you to push the boundaries of human spaceflight by spending more time on board the International Space Station than anyone before you — 377 consecutive days to be exact?<p>You make green, exploding space balls:<p>Next to the 8K UHD, 4K UHD is the highest-resolution viewing …

4K Ultra HD

A 17-Year-Old Created This Insanely Detailed "Map Of Stereotypes"

No offence, but this is brilliant. Via Martin Vargic.

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

Here Are All The Cat Breeds You Never Knew Existed

And they're as cute as they are diverse!

Past and Present Versions of Iconic Figures in Side-by-Side Illustrations

Graphic designer Fulvio Obregon gives us a glimpse of both the past and the present in his series titled <i>Me & My Other Me</i>. For this particular collection, the artist illustrates iconic celebrities and their past selves within the same frame. “Each occupies the same place in the ‘I' past with its …

Bill Gates

Here’s what one year in space does to your body

Want to know how much poop an astronaut produces while spending a year on the International Space Station? It's somewhere around 180 pounds.<p>That fun fact is brought to you by NASA, which just released an infographic breaking down all the numbers surrounding astronaut Scott Kelly's one-year stay on …

Space Science

Dynamic Sculptures of Animals Represent Human Psychological Portraits

Montana-based artist Beth Cavener articulates intense human emotions and psychology through dynamic sculptures of animals. Using pipe joints, wooden dowels, and clay, she forms tense beasts that embody the consequences of fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding. Although the body language is …

Sculpture

Amazing NFL photo looks just like a 'Madden' screenshot

Life imitates art, imitates life, imitates art ...<p>Whatever you want to call it, this is surreal.<p>Mike Ehrmann of Getty Images snapped the incredible …

RPGs

A NASA video shows what a total lunar eclipse looks like from the moon, and it's mind-blowing

There is only one cosmic phenomenon that could generate this seemingly red ring of fire around Earth:<p>Thanks to this incredible animation by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, you can see what this month's total lunar eclipse will look like from a vantage point unlike any other: the moon.<p>If …

Astronomy

Photographer Mom Takes Magical Autumn Portraits Of Her Kids

Jessica Drossin is a former graphic designer turned portrait artist who will lead you into her fabulously beautiful imagination through her …

Photos of dogs on camping trips will make you want to go hiking

Goes to show the even dogs can feel some #wanderlust too! Over on Instagram, one account is quickly becoming famous for showing photos of dogs that …

Make yourself an iPhone and Apple Watch app developer with this $25 course bundle

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>REUTERS/Toru Hanai Now that Apple's finally taken the wraps off the latest updates to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, now seems like …

Apple Watch