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12 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and other larger-than-life tech companies, somehow also seems to find time to read.<p>Musk has said that reading a variety of books — from epic works of fantasy like the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to complex how-to books on building rockets — is crucial to his …

Elon Musk

This fictional video about AI-powered weapons makes The Terminator look like a Disney film

If you woke up today feeling like the world wasn’t a very scary place, and for some reason you didn’t want to continue feeling that way, we’ve got the remedy for you. “Slaughterbots” is seven minutes and forty-seven seconds of sheer horror designed to be a fictional warning against a future full of …

Stephen Hawking

A Neural Network Turned a Book of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art

The estate of M.C. Escher may have just lost its lucrative stranglehold on the dorm room poster market thanks to artist Chris Rodley, who used a deep …

Dinosaurs

Hieroglyphic illustrations featuring your favorite superheroes

Josh Ln's Heroglyphics are a series of illustrations of superheroes and movie characters posters (TMNT, Star Wars, Power Rangers, X-Men, Avengers and …

Power Rangers

Doing Bald Right, An Illustrated Chart Featuring Style Options for the Follically Challenged

San Francisco artist Teddy Hose of Oscillating Profundities has created “Doing Bald Right,” an illustrated chart that features style options for the …

San Francisco

Where Should You Flee to During a Zombie Outbreak?

Inspired by the fictional oral history of the zombie outbreak, <i>World War Z</i>, researchers from Cornell University have calculated what most zombie …

Jabberwocky in Nadsat

John-Lewis translated Jabberwocky into Nadsat, the synthetic Russified English dialect spoken by the protagonist of A Clockwork Orange, starting with …

John Lewis

Making a uniform for daily wear

Over at Root Simple, Erik and Kelly (authors of The Urban Homestead, a book that was inspirational to me) made a list of resolutions for 2015. They …

Tom Wolfe

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

<b>The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.</b><p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world's electricity can - and must - be produced from low-carbon …

DIY Geometric Paper Masks by Steve Wintercroft | Colossal

<p>Need to do Halloween on a budget this year? Designer Steve Wintercroft has a series of inexpensive geometric mask templates that you can download, …

Simpsons Springfield Locales Imagined Moodily At Night

This is a series of illustrations by artist Tim Doyle imagining various Springfield locations from The Simpsons at night with an "evocative, moody" …

Three Teens Take A Drug That Sends Them To A Deadly Lovecraftian World

When a group of bored teenagers decide to try a new drug, they expect they'll see fun hallucinations. But instead, they're thrust into a world of …

Propaganda Posters From The Dawn Of Star Wars' Galactic Empire

When the Empire rises in the wake of Revenge of the Sith, it doesn't merely want to rule the Galaxy with an cybernetically enhanced fist; it also …

Posters

​How To Build Your Own Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Tiny, light and infinitely transportable, this affordable little kit might save your life in an emergency. Here's how to build your own mini survival …

Symbol Signs

The complete set of 50 passenger/pedestrian symbols developed by AIGA is available for all to use, free of charge. Signs are available here in EPS …

Barbershops

Maps of an Alternate North America That Never Became the United States

Imagine a world very different from our own, where North America developed not into the stable geopolitical regions we know today, but Balkanized …

The Characters from Pop Culture in Byzantine Art

We’re sure these Byzantine paintings don’t come from ancient Eastern Roman, and we believe you can recognize these familiar characters from …

Recalibrate Your Reality

Wish you were better/smarter/stronger/faster? Sure, hard work helps, but the truth is, your self perception may be getting in the way. We all form …

You’re Getting Old!, A Fascinating Website That Offers Facts and Statistics About Your Lifetime

You’re Getting Old! is a fascinating website that offers facts and statistics relating to a person’s lifetime once their date of birth is entered. …

Statistics

These Medieval-Style Tolkien Illustrations Are Like Nothing We've Seen

At first glance, these may look like Russian Orthodox iconography from the Middle ages. But they are actually striking illustrations of the works of …

A Series of Intricate Woodcuts Featuring Contemporary Characters Like Batman and Grumpy Cat

Miami-based artist Brian Reedy has created WoodcutEmporium, an Etsy shop featuring intricate woodcuts based on characters from comics, science …

grumpy

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City | Colossal

<p>How does an island in New York City’s East River go from being notoriously feared, almost 100 years ago, to being completely forgotten about today? …

25 Simple Lifehacks

When scheduling an interview, ask what times the employer is interviewing and try to be first or last.<p>... Put a mirror behind you at the counter. This way, angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you, and the chances of them behaving irrationally lowers …

Robot Bartender Struggles With Asimov's Laws In This Amazing Short Film

Alex Rivera rocked our brains with <i>Sleep Dealer</i>, his movie about menial laborers who telecommute from Mexico. Now at last, he's made another film …

The Strange, Post-Soviet Architecture of Astana, Kazakhstan

In 1991, Kazakhstan became the last Soviet republic to declare independence. Six years later, the government moved from the Almaty to Astana …

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Watch A Feature-Length Adaptation Of HP Lovecraft's Colour Out Of Space

HP Lovecraft's story <i>The Colour Out of Space</i> is a disturbing account of a family's gradual degradation. The full-length film <i>Die Farbe</i> captures those …

Two Astronauts Must Decipher An Emergency Message From Their Future

Inspired by a script outline by <i>Precious</i> screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, <i>Exit Log</i> follows two astronauts on a ship that can travel three minutes back …

INAT, A Super Simple Mapping Standard for Transit Systems

Architect Jug Cerovic has created a simple mapping standard for transit systems, called INAT, that he has used to create easy to read maps for …

Maps

Believe It or Not the Scariest Mouth in the World Belongs to a Species of Turtle

Here’s one species of turtle you don’t want to kiss. Believe me, the Leatherback Sea Turtle might look adorable and harmless, but lurking behind its …

Zoology