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Little Kids Learn The Same Way Pigeons Do

We often point to language as evidence of our species' superiority. But the way humans <i>learn</i> language may not be so foreign to other animals, after all.<p>A new study has found that the lowly pigeon may provide insight into how young children acquire language. Researchers at the University of Iowa …

Don't Be Afraid Of The Clowns

The red-nosed pros at the 2014 World Clown Association annual convention know you think they're creepy. How does a maligned and misunderstood centuries-old art form survive bad PR and cultural decline?<p>“In our hearts, we’ve been burned.”<p>A spry woman stands before a large, carpeted hotel conference …

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

ICFF 2014: Unexpected Designs

Every year at ICFF there’s something that makes me stop, smile or turn my head and ask a question. These are the pieces that stay with me and are …

New in the Shop: Janne Parviainen’s Lively Streaks of Light

Helsinki-based artistic photographer Janne Parviainen gives life to light through his incredible light paintings, which are all created entirely in-camera. Without the use of any digital manipulation, Parviainen manages to transform streaks of multicolored lights into three-dimensional, figurative …

Wonders of the World

Intersections: An Ornately Carved Wood Cube Projects Shadows onto Gallery Walls | Colossal

<p>Created by mixed media artist Anila Quayyum Agha, this elaborately carved cube with an embedded light source projects a dazzling pattern of shadows …

Grains Of Sand Magnified x300 Reveal Dazzling Images

A grain of sand is so small and finite that our eyes are unable to render any significant detail.<p>It often just looks like a shiny or dark grain of …

Ordinary Objects Cleverly Interact With Simple Line Drawings

The world is filled with possibilities according to clever Ecuador-based artist Javier Perez. From the graphic designer's perspective, any little object can be redefined to communicate a whimsical idea that will make just about anybody smile.<p>Perez first began his <i>Instagram Experiments</i> last fall with …

Digital Art

Mother’s Heartwarming Photos of Sons with Farm Animals

Russian photographer and mother of two boys Elena Shumilova captures heartwarming images of her sons interacting with various animals on their farm, including dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducklings. She manages to transport the viewer into a fairy tale-like world with her photos of these little guys …

Farm Animals

Artist’s Physical Gestures Produce Beautiful Charcoal Drawings

Using just her body and a piece of charcoal, New Orleans-based performance artist Heather Hansen bends and twists in fluid motions across the surface of paper to create beautifully rough symmetrical shapes and patterns. Her captivating performances involve dance-like movements that are just as much …

Drawing

The Christmas Dish: Baked Macaroni And Cheese In A Pumpkin

Christmas is in a few weeks, and right now many of us are poring over Pinterest, looking for the perfect dish to serve our families on the big day. Some of us will cook turkey, some will order a ham and the vegetarians among us will serve... something. Is there a standard veg staple that everyone …

Recipes

Creative Eye Makeup Illustrations by Tal Peleg

Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, aka Scarlet Moon, uses eyeshadow and eyeliner to do more than simply shade in her eyelids. Instead, the creative makeup genius turns eyelids into her own personal canvas for clever mini paintings. She takes the small patch of skin that surrounds the eye and …

Eye Makeup

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

Murals

Pendulum Waves

Let me start off by saying that if you are prone to motion sickness, this might not be the best video for you. With just 15 beads attached by string …

Ordinary Men Hilariously Pose as Sexy Motorcycle Models

When Arun Sharma, the general manager of Portland, Oregon-based Ducati dealership MotoCorsa, got a lot of flak on his Facebook page for sharing images of a beautiful model draped sexily over a red Ducati, he decided he would do something different. A few weeks later, he asked the same photographer …

Motorcycles

Les Miserables Book Scarf - Infinity Scarf, Literary Scarf, Victor Hugo , Book Lover, Books, Reading, Teacher Gift

Wrap up with a good Book Scarf! Let everyone know about your great taste in books with a page from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables on an infinity scarf.<p>This patented Storiarts Book Scarf is cream colored, made from American-made super soft 100% cotton knit fabric, about 63" in circumference and 12" …

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund | Colossal

<p>In his ongoing series of photorealistic oil paintings called the <i>Aging Superhero</i>, Swedish artist Andreas Englund takes us into the candidly humorous …

Decrepit Big Wheel

Incredible colorized historical photos

Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945<p>Hindenburg Disaster – May 6, 1937<p>Japanese Archers circa 1860<p>View from Capitol in Nashville, …

Glee Remembers Cory Monteith, Rachel Sings for Finn - 5X03 Highlights

Banksy’s Disturbing Stuffed Animals Truck Roams New York

Leave it to Banksy to mix the cute and the cuddly with the totally disturbing. In the 11th work of his <i>Better Out Than In</i> exhibit happening on the streets of New York, the British artist takes over another delivery truck but, this time, there's no enchanting garden or running waterfall. Instead, a …

Take A Look Inside NASA In The '50s

Here's what the beginning of the Space Age looked like.

Space Exploration

Graffiti Birds Emerge in Brazil Through Fragmented Lines

Brazilian street artist Luis Seven Martins, aka L7m, recently created this gorgeous series of graffiti birds, where the large, feathered creatures emerge on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil. The combination of realism and abstraction blur together to form the wide array of creative birds.<p>Each large …

Brazil

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Product Reviews

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

<i>Karly cracks us up on her blog Buns in My Oven, and quite regularly stuns with all kinds of recipes. You'll find her passion for baking, especially Bar Desserts, on Food Fanatic.</i><p>Turns out that there are three types of people in the world.<p>The first type are the true foodie people. They would not …

Dessert

Wonders of the World