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A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Google's algorithm for happiness

Deep inside the global tech behemoth Google sits an engineer with an unusual job description: to make people happier and the world more peaceful.<p>A few years ago, Chade-Meng Tan, one of the company's first engineering employees in Mountain View, noticed many of his colleagues were stressed out and …

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Flowing Glass Sculptures Inspired by the Ocean and Undersea Creatures

K. William LeQuier creates stunning, free flowing glass sculptures by using a unique style he's developed over more than a decade and a half. In the mid-70s he learned about glass blowing and for years he created glass vessels. Then, in the early 90s, he began to experiment with sandblasted surface …

A Seizure of Happiness: Mary Oliver on Finding Magic in Life’s Unremarkable Moments

How to revel in the “sudden awareness of the citizenry of all things within one world.”<p>Nearly a century before modern neuroscience presented the uncomfortable finding that mind-wandering is making us unhappy, Bertrand Russell contemplated the conquest of happiness and pointed to the immense value …

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

5 Moves That Are Great for Masturbation

Because your solo-sex life could use some spicing up, too.<p>When you figure out those perfect moves that get you off every time, you probably don't feel the need to switch up your masturbation routine very often. But even if you have your style down pat, your solo sessions can be just as experimental …

Pictures of the Week 11.20.14

Illuminated Swinging Pendulum Creates Beautifully Abstract Light Formations

When he was just 17, New Hampshire-based photographer Paul Wainwright took a high school physics class and he was inspired by some of the photographs, by Berenice Abbott, found on the cover as well as inside the book. Since then and throughout his careers, he has worked to develop a creative …

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Stunning Cascade of Shattered Light Bulbs Suspended in Midair

A cascade of shattered light bulbs hangs from the ceiling in this stunning sculpture by fine art student Ashley Wallis. The artist, who created this piece for her foundation year at Sheffield Hallam University in England, aimed to explore the destructive nature of the elements–particularly fire and …

Nature-Inspired Woven Stainless Steel Sculptures by Michelle Mckinney

In her <i>Seed</i> collection, artist Michelle Mckinney uses ultra fine woven metal to create ethereal, nature-inspired works of art. These large scale pieces, that can measure up to 1.2 meters in width, are made by hand cutting, forming and coloring hundreds of tiny elements. First, the woven stainless …

Spectacular Land Art Installations Complement the Beauty of the Irish Countryside

Artist Gerry Barry uses objects found in nature to create spectacular installations that enhance the beauty of the Irish countryside. Growing up surrounded by the bountiful mountains, lakes, and sea in Kerry, the artist was inspired to pursue a form of art that would allow him to interact with the …

Adjustable Desk Accessory Transforms a Sitting Desk into a Standing One

Many of us spend most of our day sitting down and have probably heard about how detrimental it is to our health. A standing desk is great way to combat the negative effects of sitting, but not everyone wants to buy an entirely new piece of furniture. The <i>LIFT</i> by Phoenix-based company iSkelter is a …

Outstanding Entries to the Smithsonian Wilderness Forever Photo Contest

In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which was passed on September 3, 1964, the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has opened “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places,” a photography exhibition that features juried selections from …

The Sneaky Ways Your Tablet Affects Your Health

Dazzlingly Luminescent Installation Controlled by Viewer’s Movements

<i>Vertical Skip</i> is a dazzlingly luminescent installation by Berlin-based artist Thilo Frank. Constructed using lightwire, a transformer, a speed control unit, sensors, and an electric engine, the dynamic sculpture is in constant flux, morphing into new forms in an incredible exploration of space, …

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10 Incredible Nature Shots in 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

For the last few months, we've been showing you many of the outstanding entries in the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. From Mirror Wave, a perfect mirror reflection caught amongst the gorgeous red rock in Arizona, to Floating Car, a stunning reflection of a car shot at the world's …

Visitors Unintentionally Dance to Avoid Hundreds of Swinging Pendulums

At Brighton Festival, an annual arts festival in England, one of the world's most innovative choreographers, William Forsythe, has brought out a fun installation that makes visitors unintentionally dance. Hundreds of delicate pendulums, swinging in timed sequences, dangle from an old municipal …

Mind-bending Installation at TED Helps You Find Your Social Soulmate

The lucky people who were able to attend this year's TED conference in Vancouver, which started March 17 and ends today, got to experience a mind-bending installation that helped them find their social soulmate. Experiential marketing agency MKG collaborated with artists Lauren McCarthy and Kyle …

Unbelievable Stacks of Balanced Stones Seem to Defy Gravity

Artist Michael Grab of Gravity Glue is incredibly skilled at achieving beautiful harmony in the most surprising rock formations. His delicately assembled stacks, entitled <i>Balancing Rocks</i>, seem to defy gravity. However, he says that gravity is the only “glue” that holds his structures together.<p>The …

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How does your memory work?

Why don’t you remember names instantly and what’s the best way to improve your powers of recollection? This video explains all.<p>To remember something your brain goes through the following process:<p>First your brain consciously registers the memory, a process called encoding. The reason most people …

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 …

National Geographic’s Diverse Images of "Love"

National Geographic's online photo-sharing platform Your Shot offers photographers, professional or otherwise, an opportunity to submit their photos for a chance to share their work with a wide audience. Essentially, the world renowned publication schedules multiple assignments and turns the …

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Playful Interior Space Constructed from 3D Grid of Ropes

Anyone who has the chance to venture inside this <i>String Prototype</i> will have great fun navigating through the complex arrangement of blue lines. Created by Croatian-Austrian industrial design group Numen/For Use, the inflatable concept is like a large jungle gym for kids and adults alike.<p>The …

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Ethereal Underwater Photographs Capture Frozen Moments in Time

Kurt Arrigo's underwater photographs are a great reminder that we live in a remarkable world. Passionate about the sea his entire life, Arrigo's love for it is palpable in these strikingly-clear images featuring shoals of fish, graceful dancers, and a majestic Black Stallion horse. Our vantage …

Creatively Surreal Portraits by 21-Year-Old Audrey Simper

The creative photography of 21-year-old Audrey Simper is an inspiring collection of conceptual portraits that blend real with surreal. Based in Chicago, the self-taught artist brings her imagination alive in subtle and not-so-subtle digital manipulations. Whether there's a third hand reaching out …