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Countless Glittering Stars Illuminate a Dreamy World Below

For those of us who live in a bustling, crowded metropolis, a glittering sky filled with stars is a spectacular sight we rarely get to see. Finnish photographer Oscar Keserci offers us glimpses of these astounding views and tranquil starry nights. His breathtaking images showcase dark skies fully …

Photography

Stunning Photos of Trains Roaring Through Picturesque Landscapes

Photo credit: Mantas Kristijonas Kuliešis<p>There’s something romantic about train travel. As you sit and watch the world pass by, it offers a firsthand look at a landscape that’s both intimate and fleeting—truly a moving picture. Many routes take passengers (or cargo) through otherwise desolate lands …

Photography

Fluttering Paper Birds Intricately Cut From Old Maps and Atlases

With vintage maps and aged atlases as her guides, London-based artist Claire Brewster crafts airy and ethereal avian cut-outs. Her colorful collection of paper birds play with negative space and silhouettes to illustrate the elegant aesthetic of birds in flight.<p>Each figure features intricately …

Art

Floating Cabin Lets Nature-Lovers Sleep in the Treetops of Sweden

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling up in a contemporary treehouse, the 7th Room Treehotel may be your new favorite getaway. Designed by Snøhetta—a design office that dabbles in landscaping, architecture, interiors, and brand design—the floating bungalow is tucked away in Northern Sweden and …

Architecture

Rainbow Labyrinth Light Installation Immerses Visitors in a Technicolor World

Architecture and design firm Brut Deluxe has designed a dazzling light installation for the Luneng Sanya Bay Light and Art Festival in China. This rainbow labyrinth titled <i>Yǔzhòu</i> is an immersive experience that brings visitors inside a technicolor world.<p>Brut Deluxe, which is headed by Ben Busche, …

Art

Quirky Knit Gloves Reveal Unexpected Images When Placed Together

Istanbul-based Etsy shop Talking Gloves creates quirky knits with a picture-perfect twist. When placed side-by-side, the palms of each pair of cute gloves unexpectedly forms a single picture, putting a cozy and contemporary spin on the age-old diptych.<p>Each pair of crafty gloves features two …

Design

19 Most Creative Water Fountains From Around the World

<b>Grifo Mágico (Magic Tap) in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz, Andalucía)</b><br>Photo credit: Emilio J. Rodríguez-Posada<p>Water fountains have a long place in our history. Dating back to the Ancient Roman times, these reservoirs were first designed with a purely practical purpose—for holding precious drinking …

Latin America

Illustrated Online Cookbook Features Over 6,600 International Recipes for Free

Holy Moley Guacamole by Devon Bragg<p>Struggling with what to make for dinner tonight? They Draw & Cook (TDAC) will help you decide while delighting you with dazzling artwork. As the name implies, this website is a massive treasure trove of over 6,600 tasty dishes, desserts, and cocktails from around …

Cookbooks

21 Edible Works of Art That Are Almost Too Good to Eat

Read more: Creative Sushi Trend Transforms Ordinary Pieces into Graceful Swimming Koi<p>Everybody knows that you’re not supposed to play with your food—but no one ever said anything about crafting it! Created entirely from food, this collection of edible works of art is as appetizing as it is artistic.<p>…

Art

Powerful Portraits Show the Faces Behind the Women’s March on Washington

With the Women’s March on Washington rapidly approaching, photographer Clayton Cubitt set about immortalizing some of the organizers and activists involved with the event. On January 21, 2017, women and advocates for women’s rights will march in Washington—as well as in other cities and countries …

Feminism

15 Street Artists Who Use the World as Their Playground

Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the …

Street Art

Magical Photos of the World’s Oldest Lake Frozen Over

Thought to be the world’s oldest lake, Lake Baikal in southern Siberia is also one of the world’s deepest, and one of the clearest. These combined characteristics make it a prime location for photographers on any occasion. But photographer Kristina Makeeva took things a step further when she …

Siberia

Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

Image via Temari Twins<p>A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, …

Art

25+ Playful Kitchenware for People Who Love Animals

Nessie Ladle by Ototo<br>Read more: Adorable Loch Ness Ladle<p>Whether you’re a master chef or can barely boil pasta, it doesn’t matter—cooking should be fun. Making the task enjoyable is easier than you think. Simply changing your kitchen utensils can bring some welcome whimsy to your stove and oven. …

Wildlife

Adorable Red Panda Cub Can’t Stop Hugging Toy That Looks Just Like Her

As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal.<p>In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at …

Cute

Adorable Animals Frolic in Snow as Oregon Zoo Is Closed Due to Weather

We may be only about a month into winter, but Portland, Oregon has already seen enough snowfall to satisfy the entire season. During what has been described as a miserable few weeks laced with storms, snow days, and sub-zero temperatures, many of the City of Roses’ residents have opted to keep warm …

Wildlife

Celebrating the Love Story of President Obama and First Lady Michelle

The Obamas on their wedding day, October 1992<p>As the final days of President Obama’s term comes to an end, we’re going to miss the bounty of endearing photos that come from his time in office. His charisma shines in the images captured by official White House photographer Pete Souza, who has also …

Democratic Party

Beautiful Photos Capture Powdery Snow Blanketing the Acropolis

A Siberian cold front sweeping across Europe has caused freezing temperatures and snow in the most unusual of places. Such is the case with Athens, where the ancient Acropolis was coated in a powdery dusting of snow.<p>The sub-zero temperatures across Greece threw the country into a bit of a panic, …

Greece

Betty White Turns 95 and Celebrates Her 75 Amazing Years of Acting

Actor Betty White has seen it all—her extraordinary 75-year comedic career spans radio, television, and movies. Since 1939, she has delighted viewers on television and continues to act at the age of 95—proving that you’re never too old to do what you love.<p>White’s early life was during the height of …

Entertainment

25 Animals Who Have Mastered the Art of Taking the Perfect Selfie

Photo credit: David J. Slater<br>Read more: Judge Rules That Monkey Does Not Own Copyright of Famous Selfie<p>The term <i>selfie</i> hasn’t been around for that long, but it’s already deeply ingrained into our society. A selfie is one way to show off your impeccable fashion, as well as proof that you did …

Photography

Amazing Photo Captures Thousands of Birds on Snowy Treetops

Snow covered trees are always eye catching, but CSI Walker Berg of the Portland Police Bureau was in for an exceptional view when he glanced out his window. Thousands of black starlings had congregated on the tree tops, creating a surreal scene that looks a bit like sesame rice.<p>Fortunately for us, …

Nature

31 Artists Who Transform Ordinary Paper Into Astonishing Works of Art

<b>Shape-Shifting Paper Sculpture Resembling Stone</b><br>Artist: Li Hongbo<br>Read more: Astonishing Stretchable Paper Sculptures Appear to Be Made of Stone<p>Paper is one of the great artistic chameleons. This easily accessible material that’s used in crafting incredible, gallery-worthy works of art is the same …

Art

Animal-Friendly Vegan Tattoos Celebrate Nature with Delicately Inked Illustrations

Body art professionals, like Anna Sica, are turning to animal-free inks to create beautiful vegan tattoos. If you’re vegan, you know that when it comes to animal-friendliness, not all commodities are created equally. While assuring the absence of animal products in things like food, cosmetics, and …

Art

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic …

Architecture

Romantic Man Builds a Vintage-Inspired Mechanical Toy for His Girlfriend

Long distance relationships are tough, but there’s one upside—you can make a really elaborate gift for your significant other without the risk that they’ll find out. Redditor gsxr93 used this to his advantage when crafting the perfect birthday present for his girlfriend. “Every summer we spend tons …

3D Printing

Zebra Shark Living in Isolation for 4 Years Gives Birth Without a Male Partner

Image via Sigmund / Wikimedia Commons<p>It started like a typical love story. Two zebra sharks, living happily together for 12 years and producing 24 pups. Then, circumstance ripped them apart, leaving the female in her own, isolated tank.<p>But here’s where the story takes a twist. After living alone …

Life Sciences

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his <i>Ballerinas of Cairo</i> series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and …

Art

Giant 12-Foot Alligator Casually Crosses Paths with Tourists in Florida

Photo credit: Kristi Buckley<p>Imagine visiting Lakeland, Florida and seeing this creature cross your path! Over the weekend, a giant alligator strolled past a group of tourists at a local nature center—apparently unaware of his awe-inspiring size. As the reptile sauntered along, it ignored the small …

American South

Photographer Uses UV Light to Capture Shimmering Shots of Fluorescent Flowers

Enchanted by the luminous splendor of nature, California-based photographer Craig Burrows captures one-of-a-kind photos of glowing flora. Burrows uses ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence—a fancy term for a photographic process that employs high-intensity ultraviolet light—to produce pictures …

Photography

Rare Ruby Seadragon Is Spotted Alive for the First Time

Image via Zoe Della Vedova<p>While a ruby seadragon may sound like a mythical creature taken from the pages of a fairy tale, this incredibly rare animal was spotted in the deep waters of Western Australia for the first time. Recently, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the …

Nature