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Redditor Captures A Rare Fireball Meteor on Video

Saturday 10.18.2014 , Posted by
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Ben Lewis recently enlisted the help of astronomy loving Redditors to identify a mysterious looking cloud he captured while filming the night sky. What he found out was surprising. He’d managed to accidentally capture a rare sky event – a giant bolide meteor, or fireball, as it burned up in the earth’s atmosphere. Even more rare, was that he framed it beautifully in the tree foliage above. The video below does a good job showing the red cloudy streak the meteor left in its wake. [Read more...]

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Emulsifier: An Anamorphic Painting on 160 Glass Strips

Friday 10.17.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold. [Read more...]

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Desire to Fly: A Charming Stop-Motion Film Explores a Humorously Inventive Fairy World

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s something innately humorous about inventing contraptions for fairies, and mixed-media artist Samantha Bryan will be the first to tell you. This charming stop-motion documentary, Desire to Fly, explores the artist’s preoccupation with imagining the activities and equipment required to be an upwardly mobile, hard working fairy – and in particular her fat bottomed variety. How would they make a living? What tools would they need? [Read more...]

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As If Knitting With Yarn Weren’t Hard Enough, Carol Milne Knits With Glass

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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I can’t think of cooler sculptures to give to a knitting aficionado, or anyone for that matter. Carol Milne does the unthinkable as she creates these fragile pieces that look like knitted glass. A long and complicated process that she created herself in 2006, Milne begins with a wax model, which is then surrounded by a refractory mold material (that can hold up in high temperatures). After the mold sets, she steams the wax out of the mold and replaces it with chunks of room temperature glass. The piece is then placed in a kiln and heated to 1400- 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, which melts the glass into the grooves formerly occupied by the wax. The glass is slowly cooled (can take weeks) to prevent cracking. When it is finished annealing, the mold is carefully picked away and voila! [Read more...]

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Why Didn’t I Think Of That? The Refrigerator Bottle Loft Is Pure Genius

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you, like most people, have ever struggled with finding space in your fridge to cool your beer, then you are going to want to hug Brian Conti of Strong Like Bull Magnets, the genius behind Bottle Loft. Now bottles, jars, and anything with metal lids do not have to waste space in your fridge. With super strong magnets, you can free up that wasted space above your short items so that you can still place other things below. No more taking everything out or shoving the bottles in whatever random crevices you can find. No more filling the veggie drawer with beers. Everything can fit just perfectly and it’s an organizer’s dream come true. [Read more...]

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Watching Virtual Creatures Learn How to Walk is Surprisingly Hilarious

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of those awesome examples where good science is also hilarious fun. For his PHD thesis, Thomas Geijtenbeek taught virtual creatures how to walk, and even though his subjects aren’t real, their journey to moving forward followed a surprisingly lifelike path: face-plants galore. [Read more...]

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A Film Without Film: Behold The Magic of 3D Printing Animation

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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Who says you need film to make a film? A French artist named Julien Maire has combined the modern technology of 3D printing with the classic art of animation to create unique light motion on a wall. The final result, composed of 85 miniature figurines in various micro-movement poses, looks like a motion picture of a man digging a hole. Like a flashy, crackly, silent film reel from the early 1900s, the project uses new ideas to create something old school. [Read more...]

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Check Out The Netherlands Through These Gigantic Eyes

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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In the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, there is a new art installation that allows you to see the city from someone else’s eyes. You will literally sit inside of a giant eye and scope out the lovely city from up high on the side of a building. If you are over 16, weigh less than 264 lbs, buy a ticket for $14.50, and happen to be in this city from now until early November, then you’d be silly to miss this theatrical installation. Pascal Leboucq is the genius behind this project which he calls EYE. Directed by Lucas DeMan, there are 5 different eyes around the city and each offers a different perspective. [Read more...]

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This Guy Asked His Wife to Doodle on His Car With a Sharpie (and It’s Gorgeous!)

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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When this guy got his car, there was some slight damage on the bumper. Little did he know that the problem would launch he and his wife into a journey of artistic expression. He let her loose with a sharpie to disguise the damage – but her painstakingly applied swirls and paisleys looked so good, she just had to keep going. [Read more...]

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Single Stranded Wire Twisted By Hand Into Beautiful Tree Sculptures

Tuesday 10.14.2014 , Posted by
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With the length of almost 4 football fields (378 yards) in wire, sculptor Clive Maddison created the beautiful tree above. This particular model has over 17,000 loops in the canopy, and it is mounted on a piece of Sweet Chestnut. As with all of his tree models, there is no glue or solder involved. The sculptures stay put solely from the twists of each strand, making each one unique. Starting from the base, which is often a piece of wood that matches the type of tree he will be sculpting, Maddison twists his way up from roots to trunk to branches to leaves. [Read more...]

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