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This Japanese Spa Proves Coffee, Wine, Green Tea, & Sake Aren’t Just For Drinking

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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While we’ve heard about the antioxidant benefits of drinking a glass of red wine per day, there are other ways of using the reservatol to reduce environmental damage to your skin. In fact, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt is rumored to have bathed in wine, and at a resort in Hakone, Japan, you can also receive the royal treatment. Yunessun Spa Resort is the largest wine spa in the world and offers a variety of liquid soaks for various skin benefits. [Read more...]

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Paintings for Ants: One Tiny Painting Every Day for One Year

Friday 09.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re looking at these images on a computer screen, they’re far larger than life. Lorraine Loots has a phenomenal talent for creating paintings so small they’re dwarfed by the tools used to make them. The Cape Town-based artist created these pieces as part of a long running 365-day project, making one new illustration per day in her series “Paintings for Ants”. [Read more...]

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How Common is Your Birthday? Graphing Birth Patterns in the USA

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Just how common is your birthday? Do you share your cake-day with 5 friends and a co-worker every year? Or, did you have the hospital to yourself the day you were born? Redditor UCanDoEat recently put together an excellent series of data visualizations detailing birthday patterns in the US… and they reveal some striking trends on when (and perhaps why) our society gives birth. [Read more...]

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Driver-less Cars of the Future Will Be So Safe That We Can Make Them Out of Glass

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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At the recent London Design Festival 2014, a local designer named Dominic Wilcox revealed his beautiful conceptual design of the future. As driverless technologies are well underway in the R&D process, Wilcox took the thought a step further implying that cars of the future will be so safe that we can make them out of glass! He presented a beautiful life-size concept car design made of colorful stained glass. He called his creation, which was commissioned by Dezeen and MINI Frontiers for their exhibition on the future of mobility, Stained-glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. You can take a nap while your beautiful, computer-operated car takes you where you need to go! [Read more...]

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4 Lessons From the Life of Orson Welles

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Orson Welles has a varied reputation depending on who you ask. He lived many lives. Some cite his egotism and success as a Broadway theater director during the Depression. Others mention his War of the Worlds broadcast which, according to legend, scared the living daylights out of the American people and convinced many that they were truly being attacked by aliens. Some cite his genius directorship of the ‘greatest movie ever made,’ Citizen Kane. Finally, others mention his uneven and difficult later years; his battles with studios, his ads for California wine and weight gain, and his lack of finished projects. [Read more...]

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Walk and Work in this Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Study after study has shown that sitting down is killing us… but we still do it all the time at sedentary jobs with uncomfortable chairs. You’ve probably run across ‘treadmill desks’ at some point (no pun intended), but have you ever seen a human-sized hamster wheel? Instructables builders Robb Godshaw and wrdwise recently built a gigantic wooden one, and it’s large enough for a human AND their desk to fit inside. They launched their project with this spirited call to action (and production):

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

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How Have We Changed? The Same Locations Filmed 100-Years-Later

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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A lot of the world has changed in the past 100 years, but a lot has stayed the same too. Dutch photographer Frits de Beer has re-shot the locations of a vintage film featuring his home city, Alkmaar as it appeared a century ago in 1914. This simultaneous glimpse at the past and present reveals just how much things have remained the same for certain places in the world – especially when it comes to architecture. [Read more...]

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5 Annual Reports that Absolutely Nail It

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Just the thought of reading a company’s annual report is enough to make most eyes go blurry, but it doesn’t have to be so.

If designed well and presented in the right format, annual reports are an exceptional way to present company milestones from the previous year, as well as highlight company culture—without boring readers to death.

The best annual reports even do the seemingly impossible: engage investors and win loyal fans. And as more emphasis is placed on creative presentation, it’s fast becoming the latest format to benefit from good design. Here are 5 brands that nailed their annual reports. [Read more...]

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14 Startling Pet X-Rays Reveal the Weird Things Animals Eat

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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In what might be the most entertaining competition in existence, the “They Ate WHAT?” x-ray contest awards cash prizes to the most impressive images of hungry animals’ innards. These pets all have unique tastes ranging from rocks and socks, to a shish kabob skewer and 104 pennies. Below you will find the 14 gut-wrenching winners of this year’s contest. [Read more...]

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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By Klaus Kemp

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Since Victorian times, people have been fascinated with the unique, geometric diatoms that are invisible to the naked eye. It is in the Victorian era that people began finding, cleaning, and arranging them and today Klaus Kemp is keeping the tradition alive. Microscopes reveal these tiny, hidden treasures, which are single-celled algae coated in a crystalline shell. Over 100,000 species have been discovered so far and Kemp is set on finding even more. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water- from ponds and lakes, to puddles and gutters. But with modern technology Kemp’s arrangements are even more crisp, vibrant, and colorful than any of his Victorian ancestors. [Read more...]

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