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Robotic “Smart” Planter Chases the Sun to Keep Its Succulent in Sunlight

Have you ever noticed how a plant instinctively grows towards the sunlight? Called <i>heliotropism</i>, it’s a phenomenon where leaves point in the direction of the light—the source of their nutrients. Most of the time, you’ve got to position your plants just right so that they are getting the food they …

Cute

15 of the Best Illustrations of the 2018 World Cup

After nearly a month, the <b>2018 World Cup</b> has come to a close. Each game leading up to France's victory over Croatia in the final has had its share of excitement. However, what has happened off the field has been just as interesting, including statement-making soccer jerseys, footage of considerate …

FIFA World Cup

10 Wildlife Livestreams You Can Watch 24/7

With new technology such as drones and remote recording, wildlife documentary makers are able to capture special moments between animals without disturbing their habitat. And if you’ve already watched all the classic nature documentaries like <i>Planet Earth</i>, <i>Blue Planet</i>, and <i>March of the Penguins</i>, don’t …

Wildlife

Behind the Scenes Perspective of What a Photographer Sees and What They Capture

Professional photographer Philip Haumesser transformed a desire to take better pictures of his children into a thriving business, and now he's sharing some of his secrets with the world. By showing behind the scenes images of his photo shoots, Haumesser inspires aspiring photographers to get out …

Photography

Visually Satisfying Arrangements of Hidden Treasures Pulled From Amsterdam’s River

You never know what you'll find when you start digging. Between 2003 and 2012, while excavating Amsterdam's new subway line along the Amstel river, civil engineers uncovered a wealth of objects. Around 700,000 everyday objects weave a history of the city, each with its own small contribution to …

Archaeology

Biologist Captures the Brilliant Details of Butterflies Perched on Flowers

Butterflies often share just a moment of their beauty with us; before we can fully absorb and appreciate the brilliant coloring and patterning of their wings, they are gone. Self-taught photographer Adam Gor is a biology student based in Hungary whose work is dedicated to capturing a longer glimpse …

Photography

Fascinating Paintings Reveal the Unique Studios of 5 Famous Artists

For centuries, painters have adopted the <b>art studio</b> as subject matter. Popular among Old Masters and modern artists alike, this iconography can offer an intimate glimpse into an individual's creative practice.<p>While many artists have given viewers a painterly peek into their workspaces, certain …

Art

Food Artist Creates Edible Worlds Out of Everyday Ingredients

As a child, you might have believed the moon was made of cheese or perhaps dreamt of visiting Willy Wonka’s magical candy world. Although we can’t fly you to the moon or gift you a golden ticket, we can introduce you to the whimsical <b>food art</b> of Carl Warner. The artist uses everyday ingredients to …

Eastern Europe

This Dreamy, Tiny Catskills Cabin Will Seriously Melt Your Heart

If you’ve ever spent any time pinning or pondering whimsical off-grid getaways, you may have stumbled across @CabinLove. An ultimate sourcebook for all things woodsy retreats, far-away places, and rustic lodgings around the world, the cabin-focused Instagram account has long been a digital haven …

Framing

Curious About Color Mixing? Here Are the Basics You Need to Know

There’s more to painting than simply applying pigment to canvas. Mixing colors is just as important as the technique or style of your work. Choosing the right hues can make a huge impact in conveying the emotion of a painting; it goes hand-in-hand with the subject matter. Consider, for instance, …

Home Decorating

Mesmerizing Aerial Photos of Tulip Fields in Full Bloom

For three to four weeks a year, the two billion tulips that Dutch tulip farmers grow annually come into bloom. Aerial photographer Tom Hegen decided to fly overhead and photograph the kaleidoscope of colors before they disappeared. The resulting photo series is part of his project about artificial, …

Tulips

Colorful Glamping Pods Let You Spend a Night of Luxury in a South Korean Forest

If you love de-stressing outdoors but aren’t so fond of bugs and dirt, these minimalist camping pods might be just what you’re looking for. These “glamping” accommodations allow guests to spend time in nature without compromising on comfort. Located deep within the forests of Suncheon, South Korea, …

Architecture

Interview: Evocative Portraits of New York’s Punk Scene Explore Meaning of Modern Tribes

Since 2012, Romanian photographer David Burlacu has called New York City home. The European transplant has made a name for himself as a sought-after portrait photographer, with his work published in <i>The New York Times, Huffington Post,</i> and <i>Rolling Stone</i>.<p>His insightful images capture the spirit of his …

Subculture

Minimalist Floating Structure Creates Seawater Pools in Denmark

The Danish city of Aarhus has a new summer recreation area thanks to award-winning architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The new pool complex is the second Harbor Bath the firm has created, its first opening in Copenhagen in 2003. Thought to be the largest seawater structure of its nature, …

Architecture

Japan Is in Love With This Bodybuilding Landscaper Who Became a Citizen

Many of us love to travel, but most of us wouldn’t dream of giving up citizenship to the country in which we were born. Swedish-born Jakob Sebastian Björk, however, fell so in love with the country of Japan that he became a naturalized Japanese citizen. In fact, he had to renounce his original …

Japan

Engineers Design Chainless Bikes for More Efficient Pedaling

Riding a bicycle can be a messy endeavor. If you aren’t careful, your leg can slip against the greasy chain—an especially troublesome occurrence if you’re a commuter. (No one wants their clothes dirty before they get to work!) Danish company CeramicSpeed, in collaboration with the Mechanical …

Engineering

11 Enchanting Gifts That Double as Good Luck Charms

Do you believe in the power of a good luck charm? If so, prepare to be dazzled and delighted by these enchanting <b>lucky gifts</b>.<p>This whimsical collection of creative good luck gifts puts a modern twist on age-old folklore, ancient beliefs, and old wives' tales. From a little ladybug that sits on your …

Zen

Why Every Creative Needs a Business Plan (and How to Start Writing One Today)

If you think you don't need a business plan because you work in a creative field, think again. Business plans aren't only for multimillion dollar corporations or startups seeking investors. They also offer great ways to have a handle on your business, whether you are selling goods online, starting …

Small Business

8 Calligraphy and Hand-Lettering Artists Who Have Mastered the Art of Words

Many of today's finest artists practice age-old crafts like <b>calligraphy</b> and hand-lettering. Some historians have traced the beginnings of calligraphy to China, where the written word was rendered using bamboo brushes and papyrus paper. However, calligraphy also has deep historical roots in many …

Typography

Manchester’s Giant Lamp Installation Shines a Light on the City’s Rich History

London-based studio Acrylicize is the design team behind Manchester, England’s newest piece of <b>public art</b>—five giant lamp sculptures situated in Piccadilly Place. Each piece was built to honor and represent a specific time in Manchester’s rich history, as well as celebrate what’s to come. Ranging …

Art

Japanese Art Installation Lets Visitors Step Into a Living Dream World

Japanese digital art collective teamLab is known for creating epic digital art installations that immerse viewers and bring dream-like experiences to life. Their latest project, <i>teamLab Planets TOKYO</i> in Toyosu, presents a number of the collective’s best “body immersive” works, spanning across a …

Cherry Blossom

Adorable Grandpa Accidentally Films Himself Instead of a Marriage Proposal

There are some reaction videos that seem forced, but this one captured by a well-meaning grandfather might be the most endearing we’ve seen yet. The grandpa in question, John Hart, filmed his <i>response</i> to a surprise marriage proposal when he should've been filming the proposal taking place.<p>So, how …

Cute

30+ Creative Tattoo Ideas to Inspire Your Next Bit of Body Art

The stigma behind body art is quickly disappearing and making creative tattoos a norm rather than an anomaly. As tattoo artists gain recognition through channels like Instagram, it’s easy to get inspiration for your own ink. Whether you’re looking to get your first design or add the finishing touch …

Body Art

100-Year-Old Color Photos Show a Rare Polychromatic Glimpse of World War I

Over the course of World War I, more than 1 million French soldiers were killed in the line of duty. From 1914 to 1918 as the war raged on, war photographers documented life on the front lines. And, for the first time, they captured color photographs that, when viewed today, bring the struggles of …

castelnau

Portraits of People Whose Traditional Māori Tattoos Disappear in Wet Plate Photos

Inspired by wet plate portrait photography of the past, photojournalist Michael Bradley‘s <i>Puaki</i> is an examination of the Māori culture. Specifically, Bradley explores tā moko, the permanent markings on the face and body practiced by New Zealand's indigenous culture. With his set of stunning …

Photojournalism

Artists Around the World Are Creating Heartfelt Tributes to the Successful Thai Cave Rescue

For more than two weeks, the world watched as 12 Thai soccer players and their coach (called the Wild Boars) were trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand. The dramatic story ultimately concluded with a happy ending; all of them were rescued over the course of three days. “We are not sure if this is …

Northern Thailand

Fisherman Catches Beautifully Rare “Cotton Candy” Lobster in Canada

Fisherman Robinson Russell has been fishing for over 20 years, but he wasn't quite prepared for what he saw in one lobster haul off Grand Manan Island in Canada. Mixed in with the other lobsters was one stunning crustacean with a translucent blue-pink shell. Dubbed a “cotton candy” lobster, Russell …

Cotton Candy

“Magical” Waterfall Glowing at Night Captured With a Simple Lighting Trick

During a backpacking trip to Havasu Falls with her friends and husband, photographer Carley Nelson decided to bring home a special souvenir. Using only the light emitted by the group's headlamps, she was able to bring home a spectacular image of the waterfall at night.<p>Instructing the group to …

havasu

Take Your Style to New Heights With This Splendid Solar System Jewelry

Are you on a mission to elevate your sense of style? If so, look no further than Yugen Tribe‘s stunning <b>solar system jewelry</b>. Available as both a beautiful bib necklace and a bold cuff bracelet, these pieces let you make a galactic statement wherever your adventures take you.<p>Each accessory comprises …

Jewelry

NASA Is Training This 17-Year-Old Girl to Become One of the First Humans on Mars

While many of us can only dream of space travel, 17-year-old astronaut trainee Alyssa Carson is making it a reality. The ambitious Louisiana-based teenager has had her “heart set on the stars” ever since she was a little girl. At only 3 years old, she told her father, “Daddy, I want to be an …

Space Science