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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Over thousands of years, plants and flowers have had to evolve in order to continue to attract pollinators. Their astounding adaptations have resulted in a myriad of distinct and unusual sizes, shapes, colors, patterns, and smells. Some even coincidentally resemble non-floral subjects, including a diverse range of animals, objects, and human figures. The same way we find shapes in…

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Fashion designer Adam Saaks demonstrates the incredible power that a pair of scissors can wield. For over 14 years, he has refined a design technique that involves nothing more than shiny, razor-sharp blades and strategically-placed snips. With his tool and an eye for style, he cuts intricate motifs into ordinary bodysuits, dresses, and…

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At first glance, photographer Dylan Hamm has simply snapped two headshots of a single person. These portraits however, have a secret element to them: in one of the images, the subject is naked. This fact is the basis for Hamm's series Naked Faces, which was inspired by a question he’s mulled over for years. “In short,” he…

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