For many new parents, a baby’s fleeting moments of slumber are a valuable opportunity to play catch-up on their own lives: work, cleaning, and most importantly, sleep. Photographer Laura Izumikawa Choi uses her daughter Joey’s nap time as a way to exercise her own creativity. While Joey lays peacefully in her crib, Choi transforms…

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Photographer Daan Verhoeven is well-adjusted to diving deep underwater. He typically forgoes the use of a scuba tank so he can plunge below 40 meters without cumbersome gear—except for his camera, which he uses to shoot submerged portraits and entrancing images of the typically unseen ocean floor. However, his newest…

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Photographer Anne Geddes has made a name for herself with her iconic baby photography. Her simple, yet creative portraits of newborn babies have decorated calendars, greeting cards, and desktop wallpapers for over 30 years. Thousands of babies have come through her studio to be dressed up as butterflies, sunflowers, and other seasonal…

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Ishmael Musa has been a local hero and inspiration to the town of Mt. Albert in Auckland for 12 years, and his efforts have finally been rightfully recognized. The Kuwait-born resident moved to Mt. Albert in 2004 with his family, and was disturbed by the amount of trash he saw lying about. "The country needed to look nice and clean. I didn't want to see it getting messy," Musa said to the…

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Starting on September 15, the Italian government is giving a generous birthday gift to all of its citizens as they turn 18 years old: a “culture bonus” of €500, or about $563. Teens will register online to receive money vouchers through a smartphone app called 18app.it, then use them to purchase cultural products like books and buy tickets to concerts, films, theater performances, museums, and…

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If you needed proof that the Internet can be a very generous place, this is it. This inspiring story begins as many feel-good Internet tales do: with a Facebook call to action post. Deborah Grimshaw Skouson's daughter, Cami, has autism and loves to wear a very specific flower-patterned shirt from Target. She's been wearing this particularly designed shirt ever since she was in kindergarten, five years…

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Great design is two fold: it simultaneously solves a problem while enhancing our lives in an aesthetically-pleasing way. Khalili Engineers is putting this idea into practice with their plans for The Pipe, a stunningly modern-looking structure that would provide clean drinking water to the city of Santa…

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Nearly 10 years ago, a fisherman living on Palawan Island in the Philippines made a once-in-a-lifetime find: a 75 pound giant pearl was hooked on his boat anchor. Rather than sharing his spectacular discovery, he kept it as a good luck charm and stored it under his bed the entire decade. It wasn’t until recently that he brought the pearl to an area tourism office and realized its potential worth of…

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In Japan, a creative new food trend is transforming an everyday dish into an aesthetically alluring delicacy: mosaic sushi. Instagram foodies are arranging their colorful blocks of rice, fish, and vegetables like juxtaposed tiles, compiling geometric patterns that highlight the diverse variety within each meal.

Orange stripes of salmon pair perfectly against pale pink tuna; thin strips of cucumber…

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