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7 DIY Star Wars Builds to Take You to the Dark Side

In the end, you probably want the “good guys” to win, but the best movies always seem to portray something appealing about the bad guys. In the <i>Star Wars</i> universe, the Dark Side arguably has cooler spaceships, and they definitely have cooler walking vehicles. Check out these seven excellent DIY …

10 of Our Favorite PVC Projects

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) is a popular, readily-available plastic polymer material used in plumbing and other piping applications. It is relatively cheap, very easy to work with, chemically resistant, durable, and long-lasting. Besides plumbing, it can also be used as a Tinkertoy-like building …

This World Map Shows Which Cities Have The Most Smog, In Real Time

A new map updates with current pollution levels in cities around the world. First stop, Beijing.<p>On a new world map of smog, a giant dark bubble hovers over Beijing. The city, now in the middle of its first-ever emergency “red alert” for air pollution, has closed schools and temporarily taken cars …

Gorgeous robotic cosplay wings

Leo spent 1,000 hours making these 17kg robotic cosplay wings, modeled on Kayle from League of Legends.<p>He reports that the wings are surprisingly …

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Watch The Deleted Plotline You Never Knew Existed From ‘Love Actually’

Everyone’s seen <i>Love Actually</i> (because it’s delightful), but did you know that the beloved holiday classic had a whole extra story that got viciously cut in the editing process? It’s the tale of two women in love, and thanks to a little holiday magic, the deleted scenes (which are included on the …

Slow motion film of a fire tornado

The Slo Mo Guys set fire to a bucket of fuel surrounded by box fans, then filmed the resulting column of fire. It's really something—a beautiful and …

After Police Asked Them Not To Tweet About The Lockdown, Belgians Began Tweeting Cute Cat Pictures

“This, dear outsiders, is how we fight terrorism here. They haven’t got a chance! We haz kittens!”

A 12-year-old beat out 16,000 other people to win a Google contest — 7 years later, she’s a successful artist

That's the kind of audience you can garner when your work gets recognized by the most popular search engine in the world.<p>Back in 2008, Moon won Google's inaugural US "Doodle 4 Google" contest, beating out 16,000 other kids from around the country to have her illustration featured on Google's …

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A history of Björk in Dazed

Our favourite Icelandic songstress is turning 50. Quite unbelievable really, as it feels like only yesterday that The Sugarcubes released <i>Birthday</i> and launched Björk into the public sphere in 1987. Her eccentricity is what makes her brilliant, and with nine solo albums to her name – the latest being</i> …

Colorful Shadow Figures Reveal the Superhero within Every Child's Imagination

Artist Jason Ratliff illustrates the power of imagination through something as simple as a shadow. His whimsical works feature children posing, as their exaggerated silhouettes take on the fantastical appearance of superheroes like Batman, Ironman, and Spider-Man. These fictional characters, …

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Wrap Yourself Up In Music With Blankets Designed Like Your Favorite Album Covers

Music is comforting. That’s why parents tend to sing lullabies to their infant children to coax them into slumber. With these album cover blankets, however, now you can basically swaddle yourself like a tiny baby, and have music make you more comfortable than ever before.<p>Just in time for the …

Next Time You Sit Down To Dinner, Use This App To Feed A Starving Child At The Same Time

The United Nations World Food Program has come up with a simple way to feed more underfed children: An app that instantaneously collects donations from smartphone users. The clever bit? ShareTheMeal is designed to be used as donors themselves are sitting down to dinner, lunch, or …

Photos of Darth Vader’s Rather Ordinary Daily Life

Photographer Paweł Kadysz of Bialystok, Poland, recently started a new 365-day photo project: a daily photo blog showing scenes from Darth Vader’s …

Photography

How The Chinese Came to Jamaica

<b>In the mid-19th century, more than 500 men traveled from China to Panama as labourers.</b><p>In 1854, 205 Chinese workers demanded to leave Panama because …

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In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future

HAMTRAMCK, MICH. — Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor about the big political news.<p>Earlier this month, the blue-collar city …

Religion

How Jennifer Lawrence went from obscurity to the highest-paid actress in the world in 5 years

At just 25, Lawrence raked in $52 million this year alone.<p>But the Oscar-winning "Hunger Games" actress has come a long way since her humble beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky.<p>Let's look back at her meteoric rise from farm girl to Hollywood's top earner.<p><i>Additional reporting by Melia Robinson.</i>

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