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While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree' | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird ‘family tree’ ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.<p>The work by researchers from 20 countries helps …

The Strange, Adorable Baby Birds of NYC Bridges - ANIMAL

Peregrine Falcons — majestic, once-endangered birds of prey — have a habit of nesting on top of New York City’s bridges. Recently, the NYC Department …

Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Bees have received an enormous amount of publicity lately due to the massive decline in their numbers across the globe. While most tend to focus on …

Fantastical Clouds Magically Suspended in Empty Rooms

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical <i>Nimbus</i> series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a …

100-Year-Olds Moms Share Insights On What It Means to Be a Mother

This Mother’s Day, why not take some advice from three women who’ve been moms for a very, very long time?<p>In honor of the 100th anniversary of the …

Motherhood

Billowing Ruffles of Colorful Paper Sculptures Float Overhead

Delicate organic sculptures dance overhead in these captivating works by Netherland-based artist Peter Gentenaar. In many of his installations, the artist suspends his magnificent, large-scale paper pieces from the ceiling to create a surreal environment filled with abstract bursts of colorful …

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Colossal

<p>In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit …

A Visual Guide to What Colors Communicate

When you are designing your blog or website, how do you decide what colors to use? Your choice will make a difference on how others receive and …

Incredibly Creative Stop-Motion Film Made with Only Rubber Bands & Thumbtacks

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a stop-motion film, but ‘A Girl Named Elastika’ by French filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet was a no-brainer. At once …

Physicists find a new 'state of matter' in the eyes of chickens

An unusual arrangement of particles has been discovered in the cells of chicken eyes. It's the first time scientists have seen such a system in a …

Princeton University

The 17 equations that changed the course of history

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.<p>In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient table on Dr. Paul Coxon's twitter account by …

Artist “Nanofactures” Paintings Using a 3D Printer and Molecular Modelling Software

What does art look like in the age of "hacked matter," when anyone can print anything on-demand? That's the question Shane Hope, a New York-based …

Here's What A Barbie Doll Would Look Like If She Had A Real Woman's Measurements

After comparing a Barbie's measurements with those of an average American 19-year-old woman (as determined by the CDC), artist Nickolay Lamm of MyDeals.com decided to take two months to create a real-life rendering of the Barbie doll.<p>"I want to show that average is beautiful," Lamm told Business …

Sprawling Nature-Inspired Mural Drawn Entirely with a Sharpie

After seven long months of work, California-based artist Sean Sullivan finished <i>Grand Pale Maw</i>, an expansive drawing that covered the wall of a hallway in the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) gallery. Using just a black marker, the artist started drawing with the image of a fallen oak …

New "Chicken From Hell" Dinosaur Discovered

The 66-million-year-old feathered dino resembled a giant, demonic bird.<p>A newly discovered dinosaur species that paleontologists have dubbed the "chicken from hell" is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America.<p>The 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 500-pound (225-kilogram) <i>Anzu</i> …

TAPED UP Cable Organizer

<i>Taped Up</i> is a playful cable organizer that can be used as a wall hook as well. It looks as if the items are fixed with tape. The holder smoothly …

Charming Animal Illustrations Paired with Clever Phrases

London-based artist Mister Peebles creates adorable drawings where animals, sometimes wearing human clothing, exude playful personalities. He begins with a pencil drawing and then fills in the form with colorful watercolor pencils and ink until the final creature has emerged on the page.<p>He uses a …

Colorful Silhouette Collages Reveal Layers of Reality

Disappear is a collage project by French artist Slip, where forms, colors, and landscapes intersect in visually exciting combinations. In the series, the artist introduces new realities where mundane black and white backgrounds are interrupted by beautifully intriguing silhouette figures.<p>By …

18-Year-Old Photographer's Spectacular Conceptual Self-Portraits

Eighteen-year-old Laura Williams joins the ranks of fellow young, extremely talented photographers such as Alex Stoddard and Kyle Thompson in creating spectacularly surreal and expressive self-portraits. The Cambridge, England native's photograph entitled <i>Invisible</i> recently went viral, with over …

Complex Illustrations Formed with Tangles of Colorful Wires

Greece-based artist Charis Tsevis is fascinated with the wired world we live in. No matter how wireless technology continues to develop, we still find ourselves dependent upon outlets for data transfer and power, and, if we look around, it's standard to be surrounded by a handful of plugs …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Playful Interior Space Constructed from 3D Grid of Ropes

Anyone who has the chance to venture inside this <i>String Prototype</i> will have great fun navigating through the complex arrangement of blue lines. Created by Croatian-Austrian industrial design group Numen/For Use, the inflatable concept is like a large jungle gym for kids and adults alike.<p>The …

Pictures of the Week 2.14.14

Ken Burns' first app lets you explore American history on your iPad

Over the years, legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has put out a lot of movies — but now he's released his very first app, which lets you explore his work on American history in a totally new way. Called simply "Ken Burns," the iPad app isn't a movie itself, but instead a collection of clips …

9,000-year-old fabric found at Çatalhöyük

2/03/2014 03:00:00 PM<p>Excavations works that have been continuing in the earliest settlement of Çatalhöyük in the central Anatolian province of Konya …

4,000-Year-Old Seal & Weight Unearthed in India

RAJASTHAN, INDIA—A seal and a weight were unearthed at a Harappan-period site in northwestern India. “The seal consists of two Harappan characters, …