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Strangers Dancing And Talking While Sober is the Hot New Party Trend

The bass thumps and the disco lights spin. The dance floor is filled with sweaty grooving bodies in eccentric getups and wearing glow-stick necklaces. But instead of Red Bull vodkas or Lemon Drop shots, these patrons are chugging raw juice and sipping on chilled espresso. Later, the diva on the mic …

Alcohol

Artist Transforms Nude Models Into Birds, and the Results Will Blow Your Mind

What she did with body paint is unbelievable.<p>Body painter Kate Dean transforms nude men and women into birds for her stunning new photo series "Life in Flight."<p>"Everything you see in my work is a person — there's no props, it's just my painting and clever photography," Dean told the <i>Daily Mail</i>. …

11 Funky Mardi Gras Parades You Didn't Know Existed

Like New Orleans itself, Carnival—or as non-residents call it, Mardi Gras—is rife with misconceptions and assumptions. The most glaring is the idea …

Mardi Gras

Watch astronaut Scott Kelly play ping pong with a water droplet

Astronauts on the International Space Station may have invented a new sport: water ping pong. No, not the kind you play in a pool, nor the one that’s become a favorite at colleges across the country. This variety is played with a droplet of water instead of a ball.<p>NASA astronaut Scott Kelly …

Space Science

10 must-see art exhibitions – and good excuses for a city break – in Europe

A visit to a major art show can make a short break, but with tickets going fast it pays to know where and when to go. Here’s our pick of the best in popular city-break destinations in 2015<p>• Artistic differences? If we’ve missed a show, add a tip in the comments<p>Late Rembrandt, Rijksmuseum,</b> …

Edvard Munch

Google’s Translate App Can Now Use Your Camera to Translate the World in Real Time

If you’re ever in a situation in which you need to understand some text in a foreign language, getting a translation is now as free and easy as …

Apps

Airports of the future: 16 weird and wonderful terminals under construction

Wonderland - Photographs and text by Kirsty Mitchell | LensCulture

“Wonderland” began in the summer of 2009 and has now been running for over 5 years. It is created in memory of my mother, who died in 2008 of cancer.<p>My mother was an English teacher and literature was her passion. Of course, there is too much to write here, but following her death, I suffered …

Books
Marketing

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014: 'Snowpiercer,' 'Begin Again,' 'The Immigrant,' and More

From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the movies you …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From

There are so many words and phrases that we use in science fiction—and even science—without giving it much thought. But where did we get terms like …

Aerofex hoverbike could be yours by 2017

The Aero-X hoverbike from Aerofex is slated for a commercial release in 2017 for just $85,000. Chump change, right?<p>Aerofex's hoverbike made a pretty big splash when the Californian company showed off its working prototype all the way back in 2012, but then it went eerily silent. Now, Aerofex has …

Carbon Fiber

Beautiful Fordite Stones Created from Layers of Automotive Paint are a By-Product of Old Car Factories | Colossal

<p>Old car factories had a harmful impact on the environment, releasing toxic chemicals into the air, land and water. But it wasn’t all ugly. Oddly …

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

Beautiful Short Animation Pays Homage to ‘The Editor’

We try to stay away from sharing video-specific content on PetaPixel because we consider ourselves photo people through and through. And yet, overlap …

Cool Hunting Video: Ultra Violet

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Is the Internet Making Us More Democratic?

<i>Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo is a peer at #DemocraciaEnRed, a Latin America-based movement to promote the evolution of democracy through modern tools.</i><p>While discontent rooted in the offline world continues to be the source of protests worldwide, few can argue that the lowered cost of communication …

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay <i>Our Comrade The Electron</i>, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, …

Is Freedom Just An Illusion? Maybe We Don't Want To Know

The possibility that machines will be able to simulate the human brain is all over the news these days. In the United States, President Obama's Brain Initiative promises $100 million to fund research into "how we think, learn, and remember." In Europe, the Blue Brain Project, headed by Henry …

Nielsen’s New Consumer App Is Really a Market Research Tool [Updated]

Nielsen's new "topten" app seems harmless enough: offer consumers a quick and easy way to find out the most popular TV shows, books, songs, video …

Advertising Industry

Seth's Blog

It's not:<p>Is my price low enough?<p>Is it reliable enough?<p>Do I offer enough features?<p>Am I on the right social media channels?<p>Is the website cool …

Mobile Contacts Are Now The Real Social Network

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Yared is the CTO/CIO at CBS Interactive. Follow him on Twitter @peteryared.</i><p>Facebook’s surprising acquisition of WhatsApp signals that it has realized that users’ true social network is the contact list on their smartphones. Mobile contacts are usually limited to people a user …

Everything is Awesome! And So Is Coke's Social Media Guard Ad

We are all guilty of planting our faces in our phones in the middle of social situations. This sort of behavior would once be considered rude but, …

How Audi, Ikea, And Nike Are Turning Ads Into Services

Savvy brands are using the mobile channel to turn advertising into a service rather than an interruption. This type of branded utility ultimately creates a more intimate relationship with the end consumer by offering an additional product or service to make their life easier.<p><b>1. Audi start stop …

Augmented Reality

Animated pixel art anyone? Let the running waters soothe your soul

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality

Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world<p>In 1999, Joshua Greene—then a philosophy graduate student at Princeton, now a psychology professor at Harvard—had a very fertile idea. He took a pretty well-known philosophical thought experiment and infused …

We Are Just Not Here Anymore

At weddings, guests tweet real-time photos of the festivities to friends far away. At sporting events, fans follow scores of games in other cities. In classrooms, students text with friends in other classes and parents out in the world. At funerals, mourners send out selfies to pals in other places.<p>…