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A Beautiful Collection of Insects

The USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program is program run by biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Maryland. Part of their work is to develop identification tools and keys for native bee species by creating accurate and detailed pictures of native bees and the plants and insects …

Melting Ceramics by Livia Marin | Colossal

<p>When dropping a ceramic plate or cup we’ve all braced for the familiar sound of impact as the object explodes into a multitude of sharp fragments on …

Place an Image Inside Text Using Photoshop

For this tutorial, we'll be using Photoshop to put an image inside text. It requires a clipping mask, which is easy to make once you know how. …

Ornately Patterned Tiles by Matt W. Moore - The Fox Is Black

The first time I ever considered the idea of contemporary tile was in the pages of Dwell magazine some 10 years ago, when I came across Italian brand …

Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s

Fractured by internal conflict and foreign intervention for centuries, Afghanistan made several tentative steps toward modernization in the mid-20th century. In the 1950s and 1960s, some of the biggest strides were made toward a more liberal and westernized lifestyle, while trying to maintain a …

13 Refreshing and Fruity Sangria Recipes

What’s one of the best ways to celebrate summer? If you ask us, it’s with a glass of sangria in hand. First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the punch has been around for centuries. And with all that history (you can read more about it here), come hundreds of …

Flavors

Cocktail Science: 5 Myths About Ice, Debunked

Editor's Note: Please welcome Kevin Liu of Science Fare to SE: Drinks. We're pumped to have him here to share a bit of cocktail science.<p>The difference between a perfectly balanced cocktail and a so-so one often comes down to ice. How does ice affect temperature? Dilution? Since as much as half the …

AMMO: Cross Section Photos of Bullets

In October of 2012, LA-based photographer Sabine Pearlman found herself ensconced in a Swiss WWII bunker photographing 900 different “specimens” of …

slowly does it.....

Astounding Origami by Nguyen Hung Cuong | Colossal

<p>Paper artist Nguyễn Hùng Cường lives and works in Hanoi and folds many of his original, distinctly expressive origami works using a Vietnamese …

Beautifully Exotic Looking Species of Moths from Ottawa

Canadian photographer Jim des Riviéres has produced a collection of large-format prints displaying “the arresting beauty and surprising diversity of moths from the Ottawa region.” Having catalogued nearly 300 different species from the 2,000 specimens he's caught, des Riviéres has grown to not only …

American Museum of Natural History

Modern Terrariums by 1012 Terra - The Fox Is Black

Terrariums have definitely had their crafty moment in recent years. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with these glass-domed wonderlands, but they …

Sculptures Hand-Cut from Single Sheets of Paper by Nahoko Kojima | Colossal

<p>Japanese paper artist Nahoko Kojima cuts intricate sculptures of animals, textures, and other natural phenomenon from single sheets of paper, some …

Paintings Of DIY Tattoo Rigs By Prison Inmates

An L.A. exhibition shows how a Brooklyn-based tattoo artist set up shop with Mexican inmates, built new tattoo rigs, and documented the results in photo-accurate paintings.<p>I just wanted to fall in love with tattooing again,” says Scott Campbell, tattooist and owner of Brooklyn’s Saved Tattoo, whose …

Art

Things Come Apart by Todd McLellan - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/jun/04/things-come-apart-todd-mclellan-in-pictures<p>720<p>Canadian photographer Todd McLellan makes …

Forms of Nature: Organic Chandelier Casts Forests on Walls

As much art as lighting, this suspended sculpture uses shadow and scale to mimic roots and trees inside spaces, recreating a forest effect for home …

Trendlet: Extreme Knits, Weird Weaves and Other Handmade (or Wind-Powered) Textile Experiments

As knitting, weaving, and other traditional methods of textile production have made the leap from old-age pastimes to mainstream DIY hobbies, …

Netherlands

Surreal Wildlife Paintings by Tiffany Bozic | Colossal

<p>Self-taught artist Tiffany Bozic explores a wide range of natural themes in her tightly rendered depictions of wildlife. Drawing inspiration from …

Harm Less: Photos of Firearms Made Out of Plants

Just when you think you’ve seen the whimsical, you are again surprised to see something even more fanciful. Artist Sonia Rentsch creatively takes …

RMIT University

Tokyo is the world's most dynamic food city, even without the Michelin stars

In 2007, Michelin published its first-ever restaurant guide to Tokyo and awarded the city more stars than even Paris. Jean-Luc Naret, Michelin’s …

Fidget-Friendly Pillow is Just the Thing For Nervous Energy

Some people chew their nails; others wring their hands or incessantly tap a pen against a hard surface. We all fidget from time to time, but for some …

Avant-garde

9 Rules Westerners Should Remember When Visiting Japan

In many ways -- to Western eyes anyway -- Japan is as baffling as Bill Murray's facial expressions made it seem in Sofia Coppola's brilliant 2003 Oscar-winner "Lost in Translation." The sea of black suits streaming down Tokyo's sidewalks. The young female barkers dressed like schoolgirls outside …

Japan

Getting stuffed: a tale of love and taxidermy

Does there come a day in every man's life when he looks around and says to himself: I've got to weed out some of these owls? I can't be alone in …