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Underground Cave in Mexico Houses the World’s Largest Crystals

Photo: Alexander Van Driessche [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons<p>Mexico is a beautiful country boasting incredible landscapes, which not only includes a underwater river, but also a cave growing the world's largest crystals. Almost twenty years ago, miners stumbled upon an incredible discovery in …

Earth Science

Korean Illustrator Perfectly Captures the Small Romantic Moments of Falling in Love

There are many ways to let someone know you care, and it doesn't have to include sweeping grand gestures. If you're looking for inspiration (or even guidance), artist Hyocheon Jeong highlights different forms of amorous expression through illustrated love stories. The wordless images feature …

Illustration

Intimate Photo Goes Viral for Quietly Celebrating a Nurse Who Helps Deliver Babies

Birth photos are primarily centered around the parents and baby, but there's a whole side to this life-altering experience that isn't as well documented. What's often missing are portraits of nurses and doulas that act as a vital source of support before, during, and after the baby has arrived. One …

Pregnancy

How to Use Crowdfunding to Launch the Creative Project of Your Dreams

As artists and creatives, innovative ideas and projects are some of the most precious currency we possess. But for all the ideas in the world, execution of these visions can often seem daunting. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is often getting the funding needed to get the project off the …

Crowd Funding

Spectacular “Light Bouquets” Captured From Japan’s Summer Fireworks Festivals

Every year in Japan, spring’s cherry blossoms burst into summer's colorful flames known as “hanabi taikai,” which partially translates to “flowers of fire.” The 200 fireworks shows are part of an annual tradition dating back to the 18th century. Pyrotechnics across the country compete to create the …

Japan

Architects Transform Grain Silos into Africa’s Largest Art Museum

At 100,000 square feet, the Zeitz MOCAA is set to be the largest museum to open on the African continent in more than a hundred years. This landmark museum, which will exhibit contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, is more than deserving of a grand architectural monument to house the …

Architecture

Students Allowed to Wear Costumes for High School IDs and They Do Not Disappoint

By the time your senior year of high school rolls around, you’re ready to graduate. But why not have some fun while you’re eagerly waiting to don cap and gown? The senior class at the North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan starts the year off right with a quirky tradition; …

Education

Stunning Early Entries of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

Enjoy taking photographs that tell the stories of animals, lands, and environments? You may consider entering the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, which is accepting entries until November 17, 2017. The magazine has just released some of its spectacular early entries, …

Nature

Expressive Portraits Reveal the Quirky Human-Like Qualities of Different Dogs

Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you that their pooch has a dynamic personality. Pet photographers prove this, time and again, with portraits that reflect the idiosyncrasies of an individual canine. In a single picture, they capture their subtle expressions—including fuzzy furrowed brows, …

Photography

Man Uses Blue Resin to Create Illuminated Map of Intricate Waterways Across the U.S.

An intracoastal waterway map is an unintended work of art. Its complex network of canals, rivers, and protected waters comprise a vein-like design that offers a unique way to view the United States. Inspired by this Earth art, Instructables user AlexT9 got the idea to create his own DIY map of the …

United States

Heartwarming Full-Page Ad From New Orleans to Houston Shares Hope and Offers Kindness

In the wake of natural disasters, we're inspired see that humanity—despite its differences—comes together to work towards one common goal: helping those in need. The devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina saw people from around the country pitching in to aid disaster relief efforts in New Orleans. …

New Orleans

World’s Largest Photo Contest Announces This Year’s Amazing Winners

The largest photography contest in the world, the EyeEm Photography Awards, has just announced the winners of its 2017 edition. Selecting from the pool of 100 finalists, photographers across five categories, as well as grand prize and community choice winners, beat over 88,000 photographers for …

Amazing

Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries. Florida photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop stumbled upon an interesting piece of history after an early morning bike ride the day after the natural disaster touched down.<p>Emerging …

Hurricane Irma

Interview: People Are “Hacking” IKEA Products into One-Of-A-Kind Decor

IKEA furniture is sometimes criticized for being plain looking, or that it’s so inexpensive that everyone has the same thing. (Have you ever owned one of their BILLY bookcases?) But, its affordability does more good than just keep your wallet happy. IKEA (perhaps unintentionally) offers a blank …

Furniture

Photographer Captures Ethereal Beauty of Flowers Floating Like Ballerinas Under Water

Dutch artist and product designer Anne ten Donkelaar arranges and photographs flowers underwater, thus capturing a “silent image of a spirited dance.” In this series, titled <i>Underwater Ballet</i>, the artist’s floral “ballerinas” dance and seemingly float around in still waters. They dreamily pose and …

Art

Interview: Self-Taught Photographer Crafts Surreal Scenes Inspired by Vintage Film Stills

Photographer Simon McCheung fell into photography on a whim after purchasing a DSLR camera. Once he taught himself the craft, he amassed an impressive portfolio of surreal images. With each photo, Simon strikes a balance between intense human emotion and the tranquil world around him. The results …

Surrealism

26 Useful Websites That Will Completely Change Your Life for the Better

In this day and age, there's something for everyone—and that includes online. Left with scraps in the fridge and don't know what to make for dinner? There's a website for that. Need a push to relax during a chaotic day? There's one for that, too.<p>In fact, there's no shortage of clever sites that …

Calculators

Graceful Ballet Dancers Step Off the Stage to Electrify the Streets of Buenos Aires

Photographer Omar Z. Robles documents the beauty of people and places around the work through his exquisite dance photography. For years, we've loved “traveling” with him to locales that have included New York City, Havana, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and more recently, Santiago, Chile. Each gives us a …

Argentina

Vintage Posters of the Art Nouveau Movement From the Turn of the Century

Celebrated for its versatility, Art Nouveau is an aesthetic genre with roots in a myriad of mediums, movements, and even inspirations. While its influence is evident in many masterpieces produced in the late 19th Century, one of its most prominent contributions to the modern art world is its …

Art

Rainbow Crystal Geodes Let You Hold a Dazzling Combination of Colors in Your Hand

Leprechauns like to “chase the rainbow,” but we can do them one better. With a special rock called a rainbow geode, any mere mortal can now hold the dazzling combination of colors in the palm of their hand. The cluster of crystals catch streams of light and radiate the sparkling hues, as if they …

Jewelry

Custom Posters Show What the Solar System Looked Like on the Day You Were Born

For centuries, the cosmos has captivated the imaginations of many. Kings and queens of long ago went to great lengths to unlock the celestial doors they imagined held the secrets to their fates. In their quest, medieval astrologers were hired to study the exact position of the planets in …

Solar System

Retired Married Couple Now Spend Their Days Together in Elaborate Cosplay Outfits

Retired couple Steven and Millie Tani, like many folks, took on a new hobby in their golden years. While these people frequently take up painting or traveling, Steven and Mille have incorporated both of these things via making and wearing costumes; it culminates in their brilliant couple cosplay.<p>It …

Cosplay

Man Transforms a $200 Camper Trailer into a Giant Functional Camera and Darkroom

There’s been an explosion of popularity, over the past many years, for on-the-spot photo booths. A staple at weddings and other special events, they create charming mementos of that particular time. Photographer Brendan Barry created his own DIY photo booth, but he went above and beyond the small …

Photography

Photographer Captures Intimate Portraits of Trailblazing Women All on an iPhone

Oprah Winfrey is the firrst woman in history to own and produce her own talk show. . “I made every single choice of my career based on my gut”. @time #sheisthefirstA post shared by Luisa Dörr (@luisadorr) on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:13pm PDT<p>Photographer Luisa Dörr chronicles the incredible accomplishments …

Aretha Franklin

Polaroid’s First New Camera in a Decade is a Blast from the Past

Polaroid lovers rejoice! The company just announced the launch of its first instant camera in a decade, one that is a revamped version of the model that made the company famous almost 40 years ago. The OneStep 2 is an analog camera that will make its market debut along with a new film called i-Type.<p>…

Polaroid Photography

20+ People Who Discovered Their Art History Doppelgängers at Museums

Some people believe that everyone has a twin. And maybe that’s true—if you need proof, just visit an art or history museum! People around the world are finding themselves in the collections of renowned institutions and are snapping pictures with their artsy doubles. The resemblances are often …

Museums

Rare White Giraffes Captured on Film for the First Time in Kenya

Conservationists have spotted two white giraffes in northern Kenya, a rare sighting that will warm your heart. The mother and baby were caught on film by rangers for the Hirola Conservation Program (HCP), as they calmly stroll along—even pausing to look at the camera.<p>The cute duo has leucism—which …

Wildlife

Artist Turns Real Loaves of Bread into Illuminating Lamps

Improvements in lighting technology have made ordinary table lamps a thing of the past. Brighter bulbs with longer life spans and greater portability mean that lighting design inspiration is not limited by these constraints and can come from a variety of places—like cracked eggs, optical illusions, …

Gluten

1,000 Lines of Colorful Paint Pool into Mesmerizing Puddles at the Venice Biennale

A post shared by Swatch & Art (@swatchandart) on May 15, 2017 at 12:39am PDT<p>There's something oddly satisfying about watching paint slowly drip down a canvas. It's unexplainable, yet mesmerizing, to view the viscous pigment crawl its way to the flood, puddling in a colorful mess. English artist Ian …

Painting

Hypnotic Videos of a Japanese Potter at Work

Japanese potter Abe Haruya has been gaining recognition not only for his intricately patterned ceramics, but also for the hypnotic behind the scenes videos he posts to Instagram. What started as him playing with his wife's smartphone has turned into a large following that can't stop watching him …

Japan