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Review: LEGO Ideas’ Ship in a Bottle is a display-worthy kit fit for any collection

Just a few weeks ago, LEGO announced the latest set to join the Ideas lineup, the Ship in a Bottle (21313). And now that the kit has washed onto store shelves, we’ve finally gotten our hands on LEGO’s newest fan-made kit. Stacking up to under 1,000 pieces at its $69 price tag, the Ship in a Bottle …

Four apps that will help you learn to play music

Pick up an instrument, learn your favorite songs, and practice a bit of music theory.<p>I'm a musician, and I learned the tricks of the trade the expensive and slow way: with private guitar lessons, summer music programs, and more theory books than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, in 2018 you can get …

Apps

Anthony Bourdain Says This Is His Favorite City in the World

Anthony Bourdain travels a lot. It sounds like one of the best things about being Anthony Bourdain. On his popular, Emmy Award-winning CNN travel …

Japan

8 Colorful Toys Designed to Spark the Imagination

Even before my short 3-year stint as a designer in the toy industry, I’ve long harbored a love for toys. I believe at their best, toys represent the …

The 25 Best Independent Toy Stores In America

From toy train emporiums to massive shops stacked with every plaything you could imagine, these are the 25 best Independent Toy Stores in the country.<p>…

Kids

Man Buries 42 School Busses to Build the Largest Private Doomsday Bunker in North America

In the quiet Canadian village of Horning’s Mills, 100 km north of Toronto, lies the 12.5-acre homestead of Bruce and Jean Beach. On the surface, the …

Wet, Warm, Glorious: I Tried The Atomizing Shower That Wooed Tim Cook

Instead of a normal shower, imagine standing up every morning inside of a storm cloud: The shower curtain bucking and bellowing in the wind; the air, …

9 Modern Homes Made Out of Shipping Containers

These shipping containers have left their itinerant lives as vessels that carried goods around the world, only to be reborn as structural and design elements of modern homes.<p>The beauty of using shipping containers in construction projects may not be immediately obvious to the untrained eye, but …

Architecture

The Most Haunted Place in Every State, Mapped

For some of us, Halloween is best-celebrated snuggling up under a blanket hiding from scary movies and stuffing our faces with candy, but for the …

Aluminum electric skateboard takes the look less travelled

Let's be honest – the vast majority of people who ride electric skateboards are simply using them for transportation, not to perform tricks. With …

This design studio creates giant moving sculptures that are suspended in midair

Poetic Kinetics is a studio that specializes in larger than life sculptures, many of which bring new life into public spaces around the world.<p>Their …

Sculpture

Tom Bianchi’s sun-drenched Polaroids capture the halcyon days of Fire Island Pines

Bulging Speedos, tight Levis, tanned torsos and hosepipes galore: Tom Bianchi’s Polaroids capture summer sexiness through the eroticised male body.<p>Bianchi – a photographer and writer from suburban Chicago who has published more than 20 books of work – began visiting Fire Island Pines in the 1970s, …

Photos: Life inside of China’s massive and remote bitcoin mines

Taking advantage of the cheap and plentiful hydroelectric power that an army of computers require, bitcoin mining is spreading in remote parts of China’s Sichuan province. In dark and isolated warehouses, bitcoin mining machines hum along solving equations to produce the highly valued …

Bitcoin

Let's Get Graphic: 100 Favorite Comics And Graphic Novels

Summer's the time for comics — Marvel and DC blockbusters are in movie theaters, fans are preparing to descend on San Diego for its epic annual Comic-Con, and if nothing else, your friendly local comic store or library is there to provide an air-conditioned Fortress of Solitude where you can escape …

Graphic Novels

The 10 Best Movies Of 2017 So Far

Including an Amazonian warrior, Sofia Coppola's latest and a haunted-house tale unlike any other.<p>Technically, July 1 marked the year’s midway point. Allow me to cheat a little in crafting this list of the year’s superlative films to date. I admire “A Ghost Story” and “War for the Planet of the …

Amazon Studios

Katsuya Kamo's world of fantasy headpieces - CNN Style

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These Pictures Show The 845-Year-Old Mosque Just Recaptured From ISIS

Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and al-Hadba minaret, which were built 845 years ago, were bombed by ISIS militants.<p>The destruction of the mosque and the minaret is the latest loss of ancient heritage in the Middle East since ISIS began capturing territories across Syria and Iraq. Two years ago, ISIS bombed …

Mosul

23 Of The Oldest Color Photos Ever Taken

Here's what the world looked like in color, over 100 years ago.<p>In 1907, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière made history by transforming the monochromatic world of photography into vibrant color with their new invention, the Autochrome Lumière.<p>In the years before this invention, color was usually …

Mark Twain

Taking a Page from Walt Whitman’s Daily Routine

Hand-tinted photographs capture Japan on the brink of modernization

Photography changed the way the country saw itself<p>In the 1870s, Japan was a place on the cusp of massive transition. Less than two decades after …

Japan

Epic Cross-Country Train Rides Trump Wants to Shut Down

Since the "Trump train" glided into the White House, major changes to public transportation haven't exactly dominated the news -- which makes sense …

Artist's Unapologetic Vagina Paintings Are A Force Of Body Positivity

Jacqueline Secor painted her way to self-love, one vulva at a time.<p><b>Warning: This article contains paintings of vulvae. Beautiful paintings of vulvae.</b><p>Initially, artist Jacqueline Secor didn’t intend to show her series “The Diversity of Nature” to a public audience. Rather, she created her …

Art

Alex Olson: American Artist

Eyes on American visual artist Alex Olson.Currently represented by Laura Bartlett Gallery, Alex Olson is an American painter who lives and works in …

Art

Why Star Wars Needs to Use Illustrators Like Drew Struzan for its Posters

George Lucas did an amazing thing in 1977--he released a film that brought his incredible vision to the big screen. I'm talking, of course, about the original Star Wars film. It was not only the achievement of the size and scope of the film that wowed people, but it was the spectacular images, the …

The 20 best travel books of 2016

From Australia to America, and Bulgaria to Burma, Michael Kerr draws on the year’s travel books to find the ideal Christmas gifts.<p>The Outrun by Amy Liptrot<p><b>Canongate, £8.99</b><p>I was delighted to see this win the 2016 Wainwright Prize. It’s a wonderful book though hardly conventional, whether you …

Books

The best American art of 2016

<b>Njideka Akunyili Crosby,</b> Norton Museum of Art<p>No more play. If 2016 endures in American history as a year of epochal disaster, then it will be fair to ask, in the grim years to come: how on earth could artists have joked around so much while the darkness gathered? But in a year whose most debated …

Pulp Fiction

The Best Art Shows of 2016

After this roller coaster ride of an election year, it’s hard to know where to begin but art–and what artists have to say–is something we need more than ever right now. Artists are fearless. They see things in ways mere mortals can’t, and they speak and reveal a kind of truth, one that can heal as …

Leonardo Da Vinci

10 famous designers’ online portfolios and what you can learn from them

A portfolio website is an ideal way to get your name out there, show people your work and get feedback on your designs. It’s a virtual necessity if …

10 Awesome Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

<i>Every month (most of the time), Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I</i> …