Mike Staines

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Artist with Synesthesia Paints Music as Gorgeous Splashes of Color

Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music. As a synesthete, the sounds that she hears every day—whether it's someone's name or a song on the radio—are translated into vibrant, beautiful colors that carry the cadence of melodies. McCracken's vivid paintings stem from her desire to capture …

Dropbox is testing a new productivity app called 'Project Composer'

It looks like Dropbox has a new app up its sleeve.<p>The company appears to be beta testing a new note-taking app called "Project Composer," which …

Turn your paper clutter into digital files with Microsoft’s Office Lens iOS and Android app

Microsoft is continuing to embrace other platforms outside of its own. The computing giant, which recently migrated its Office suite and launched an …

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Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Beautiful Scratchboard Portraits of Animals by Allan Ace Adams (Every Line is a Scratch)

To create these breathtaking portraits of animals, artist Allan Ace Adams uses a scalpel and an x-acto knife to scratch away a top layer of black ink to reveal the white clay underneath. Called scratchboard art, it's a time-consuming process that takes commitment and a fine level of detail. One …

Traveler's Stunning Photos Highlight the Natural Wonders of Bolivia

On a recent trip to Bolivia, globetrotting photographer Antony Harrison captured the breathtaking beauty of the South American country in all of its natural glory. Misty mountains, wild flamingos, cerulean lakes, and sulphuric pits seem to come alive in his vibrant photos, transporting the viewer …

Drexel University unveils first ever vending machine for iPads

Forget drinks and snacks – a new vending machine installed this week at Philadelphia’s Drexel University is now dispensing iPads to students and …

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Miniature Watercolor Paintings of Space by Lorraine Loots

Artist Lorraine Loots recently embarked on a new series of miniature watercolor paintings. Called Microcosm Mondays, she aims to paint a space-related piece each Monday, scattered over 25 weeks in 2015. The first one was inspired by a relatively new photo, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, of …

Watch A Calligrapher Recreate Famous Logos In Mere Seconds

The best logos in the world are so precisely crafted that every aspect–from the color to the shape–has been plotted to the nth degree, typically with digital tools. Which makes it all the more impressive that calligrapher Sebastian Lester can effortlessly blaze in and reproduce them with a few …

Wearable collision warning device for the visually-impaired

For people with reduced vision, getting around safely without walking into obstacles can be tricky. Those with decent central vision but whose …

Seascapes: Ocean Waves Photographed to Look Like Mountain Ranges

Many photographers capture close-up photos of ocean waves, but photographer Ray Collins has a portfolio of wave shots that stands out. His images of …

Stunning Digital Portraits of Animals Mimic Folded Paper

Russian artist Maxim Shkret possesses the incredible skill of making digital art feel as though it's part of the natural world. Using tools and programs like Pixologic Zbursh, Vray, 3DS Max, and Photoshop, he renders stunning portraits of wild creatures. They're part of his ongoing series of …

Photographer Captures Beautiful Close-Up Shots Of Ocean Waves

<b>Ray Collins</b> is an Australian photographer who specializes in seascape photography. Armed with his camera, he swims out to sea to capture powerful …

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New projection mapping technology from the University of Tokyo can project in real-time onto moving objects:<p>In our laboratory, the Lumipen system has been proposed to solve the time-geometric inconsistency caused by the delay when using dynamic objects. It consists of a projector and a high-speed optical axis controller with high-speed vision and mirrors, called Saccade Mirror (1ms Auto Pan-Tilt technology). Lumipen can provide projected images that are fixed on dynamic objects such as bouncing …

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Seth Globepainter's Murals of Children Immersed in Colorful Galaxies

Julien Seth Malland's murals revive crumbling walls with vibrant images of children immersed in galaxies of color. The Paris-based artist, who also goes by the pseudonym Seth Globepainter, adds depth to flat, brick-and-plaster walls with a palette of vibrant hues that seem inspired by a crayon box. …

Os Gmeos Designs Brazil's Airplane for the World Cup

To celebrate the excitement of the upcoming 2014 World Cup, identical twin brothers and graffiti artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, aka Os Gmeos, in collaboration with GOL airlines, recently finished painting the exterior of Brazil national team's airplane. The soccer team will climb aboard the …

Watch: Famous Designers Disown The World’s Most Recognizable Typeface

A short film explores the history and future of Times New Roman, a legendary typeface no one wants to touch.<p>Since its creation in 1931, Times New Roman has risen to become the world’s most famous typeface, so much so that even non-typography nerds can reliably name it. But as a new short from The …

Apple said to be studying solar, motion charging for iWatch

A New York Times report is providing more fodder for iWatch speculation, including the purported use of solar power.<p>Apple has been testing both solar and wireless charging for the rumored iWatch, according to a story in Sunday's New York Times.<p>The wireless charging method would involve magnetic …

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Magical Long Exposure Photos of Fireflies in Japan

Photographer Yume Cyan manages to take some truly spectacular shots of fireflies in the forests of Nagoya City, Japan. The photographer's beautiful long exposure photos capture their glowing bodies and translate them as floating yellow and green dots, dancing all around the woods like tiny spirits. …

Illustrator Gives Each Playing Card An Interesting Personality

<b>For publisher</b> The Folio Society, France-based London illustrator Jonathan Burton designed a pack of playing cards with a twist.<p><b>Unlike traditional</b> …

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