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For many people, yearbooks are precious keepsakes that help preserve the memories of old friends and classmates long after graduation. Thanks to advanced 3D printing technology, the agency 3D TEK was able to surprise eight blind students in South Korea with Touchable Yearbooks, lifelike busts that give the students the opportunity to finally "see" the faces of their friends.

As shown in the video below, the graduating class of the Seoul National School for the Blind received finely detailed 3D-printed busts of themselves and their classmates, accompanied by Braille name tags like in a conventional yearbook. Excited and filled with wonder, the students carefully run their hands over the busts and their own facial features, laughing joyfully when they learn how accurate the Touchable Yearbooks are. By feeling the faces of each other and their 3D-printed likenesses, these…

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Slava Fokk’s retro paintings depict feminine characters in a stylized world of bygone eras. The artist defines his female figures by painting exaggerated cheekbones, dramatic eyes, angular chins and arching eyebrows. Drawing from a vintage palette, the Moscow-based artist forms an environment for his characters from flat color blocks contrasted with pops of texture and depth. This offsetting element often takes the form of richly detailed flowers, leaves or lace. Repetitive, vintage wallpaper-like patterns also make frequent appearances.

Although most of Fokk’s work was created between 2012 and 2014, his style recalls art deco-style advertisements, which came in vogue after World War I. As seen in his work, the artist favors avant-garde and surrealist techniques, paying attention to elements of design and juxtaposition.

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Nestled within a rock fall field on the Swiss alps sits Antoine, a cabin that resembles a large boulder. It was designed by the studio Bureau A, and the cozy interior space features some of the basics: a bed, fold-out table, stool, fireplace, and windows. But, just looking at the outside, you’d never know to go in because it’s perfectly camouflaged among the surrounding environment.

The inconspicuous nature of Antonie was inspired by the long-standing Swiss tradition of hidden bunkers and military infrastructure. In addition, it’s a tribute to the alpine experience as well as the words of French philosopher Paul Virilio. His 1975 writings spoke of bunker archaeology and the principles of camouflage. These themes fascinate Bureau A, and they’ve translated them into a mysterious concrete building whose well-crafted exterior doubles as a work of art.…

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Rena Detrixhe collected thousands of seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, and she stitched the unlikely art materials into an amazingly delicate tablecloth with a lace-like pattern. In her project titled Heirloom, the seeds form gentle star, flower and pinwheel patterns. As the sheer fabric cascades down from the tabletop, the seed design seems to hover in the air.

The artist describes herself as a “hunter and gatherer of materials.” She says she views nature as fine art, drawing inspiration from natural elements and creating projects that deflect attention back to the earth and humans’ relationship with it.

Detrixhe’s motivation behind this particular project stems from a desire to dialogue about the intersection of art and the environment. “The table and cloth were created to exist as a stage or platform,” the artist says on her website. “As part of its…

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From December 5-8 earlier this month, the city of Lyon in France was illuminated by dazzling light displays for the 2014 Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights). Continuing the annual tradition that dates back over a century, 4 million visitors flocked to Lyon to marvel at the luminous outdoor art gallery spread all over the city.

With over 70 stunning, site-specific installations this year, there was plenty to see, including an impressive projection-mapping installation on the facade of the Cathedral Saint-Jean, a cosmic journey formed by thousands of illuminated globes, and giant glowing puppets that interacted with the festival attendees. To see more of the specially commissioned light installations, be sure to check out the festival's…

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With an impressive crop of facial hair, Isaiah Webb creates fantastically peculiar beard sculptures. Known as Mr. Incredibeard online, the beard artist has gained quite an online following since he started practicing in 2012.

In his latest photo sequence, Webb uses his beard to spell words, create geometric designs, emulate fictional characters and sculpt seasonally themed figures. The San Francisco resident comes up with the designs, and his wife helps style them into existence.

But for Webb, the zany photo series is more than just a harebrained scheme. He has turned the hobby into a small beard-enthusiast empire that sells merchandise, sends newsletters, publishes how-to styling tutorials and donates part of its proceeds to children’s charity World Vision. His…

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Photographer Captures Grand Canyon Filling with Clouds

Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic captured a rare weather phenomenon this year when the Grand Canyon was filled with a stunning sea of clouds. Though it happened last year, as well, a total cloud inversion is still difficult to witness as it's only suppose to happen a few times in a decade.

"Given how rare the event is, it's very hard to exactly gauge when the inversion will happen, otherwise there would have been hundreds of photographers there that day," Harun told us. "I work with BBC Earth, and for a while I've been wanting to team up with NatGeo's John Burcham for a shoot, and we just happened to pick the day the inversion happened by chance. I suppose you can call it luck, but one makes their own luck. Our goal was to shoot a timelapse…

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In Sydney, floral tributes came pouring in at the corner of Castlereagh Street and Martin Place in honor to those who tragically lost their lives in this week's deadly siege at Lindt café. On December 15 to 16, 2014, a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage nine customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café located at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. After a 16-hour standoff, police officers stormed the café upon hearing gunshots from inside. At least one hostage was shot by Monis, who himself was shot dead after police entered in response. Two hostages died, while three hostages and a police officer were injured during the police raid.

The City of Sydney's Facebook page posted this photo showing a sea of flowers and cards left for those who sadly lost their lives. The description of the photo was simply, "Sydney you have a big…

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Manchester's Gorgeous Color-Changing Infinity Lights

This new 10-meteres-square installation by Squidsoup asks visitors to walk through it, becoming one with the art. Made exclusively for Quays Culture and The University of Salford, Aeolian Light is made up of thousands of points of light floating and changing in color in response to both the wind and human movement. Located at Salford Quays, in Manchester, England, a city known for its notoriously windy weather, both children and adults get to be transported into a pixelated virtual world where the wind can enhance their experience.

As Quays Culture states, "As you walk through the artwork, the wind will be visualized as light in the space around you. When the wind blows hard the space feels chaotic and turbulent – with many lights flickering and forming. On quieter evenings, the experience is calm and gentle. Human responsive as well as wind…

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World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has just unveiled plans for a futuristic, sand dune-shaped building. The white, gently sloping edifice will serve as the new headquarters for Bee'ah, a United Arab Emirates-based environmental firm. Along with company offices, the two main dunes will house public event spaces, including an auditorium and a gallery, to further the company's environmental education initiative. At the merging point of these two banks is a serene shielded courtyard where employees can relax and take in magnificent sweeping views of the surrounding desert.

Boasting over 75,000 square feet of space, the LEED Platinum Certified facility is powered entirely by renewable energy and kept to minimal energy requirements through an…

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The Nagasaki Bio Park in Sakai, Japan has brought us some of the cutest “commuters” imaginable - guinea pigs! In this zoo, the adorable creatures have multiple play areas that they travel between. Zookeepers built a miniature bridge to make it easy for the guinea pigs to maneuver from one place to another.

This passageway is both useful as well as entertaining for visitors, who photograph and take video of the little rodents traveling along their wooden path. And, the documentation highlights just how well-behaved the guinea pigs are. They walk calm and orderly in a single-file line. No one is trying to cut in front of anyone or be disruptive. If only human commutes could be so peaceful!

Above photo credit: @toma_san…

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Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo recently unveiled Shadow of Knives, an incredible series of carved silhouette sculptures exhibited in his solo show at Contemporary by Angela Li in Hong Kong. Intricate, precisely cut animals, humans, and skeletons rise from knives like shadows, leaving behind corresponding negative spaces in the blades. With the delicate appearance of the silhouettes belying the cold, hard metal from which they were carved, the sculptures contrast paper-thin fragility with razor-sharp toughness.

Those living in China and other Asian countries will instantly recognize the rectangular blade of the ubiquitous Chinese chopping knife, which is used for everything from mincing and slicing to crushing…

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The advent of 3D printing has made miracles happen, as Derby the dog can certainly attest to. He was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws which shaped them more like flippers than feet. Sadly, this meant that Derby couldn’t run with other dogs or even get around the house normally. He needed something that would aid his movements.

Luckily for Derby, a compassionate animal lover named Tara Anderson volunteered to foster him through the New Hampshire-based rescue Peace and Paws. She was intent on using her knowledge of 3D printing to help the canine move like any other dog. And as an employee of the company 3D Systems, she was familiar with what the technology was capable of. Anderson enlisted the help of Derrick Campana who’s an dog orthotist expert at…

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8 Most Breathtaking Weddings Held Around the World

Over the course of six years, we've seen some truly breathtaking photos of people being married all around the world. Whether they were standing amongst African wildlife or using nature's fury as their backdrop, these couples decided to exchange their vows in a time and place they'd never forget. The result? Each couple now has a set of stunning wedding pictures that are unique and all their own. Forget Photoshop, these are the real deal.



8. Tornado in Saskatchewan, Canada When bad weather was predicted for their wedding weekend, this adventurous couple and their wedding photographer didn't let that get them down. The Canadian couple and photographer Colleen Niska took advantage of the situation and sought out the dramatic skies before the rain started pouring down.…

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Beautiful Macro Photos of Snowflakes as Free Wallpapers

Like many photographers who dabble in macro photography, Alexey Kljatov was interested in seeing a world unseen by the naked eye. At first, he captured flowers and ladybugs not thinking about photographing something else. Then, one day, he saw on the Internet two macro shots of snowflakes and was amazed by their crystal-like beauty. "The Internet was filled with tons of excellent macro photos of various insects, but these photos was unique, I had never seen something like this," he tells us.

"After that day, I waited for winter like never before. Finally, it came and I started to shoot snowflakes with the standard macro mode of my camera. In the beginning I made many mistakes, shot in poor light and handheld, and at first my snowflake shots were terrible. But I was happy, because I could now see snowflakes' shapes and patterns, which are almost unseen without a…

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Polish artist Piotr Sokolowski’s elaborate origami creations use intricate tucks and folds to bring three-dimensional paper animals to life. To make the creatures, the artist uses the practice of modular origami — folding paper and creating multiple components, then joining the components into one larger creation without adhesive such as glue or string. Some of the animals display impressive plumage and adorable facial expressions while others, such as a coiled cobra, are more menacing.

The lavish creases and intricate weaving seem to defy the conservative ethics of origami, which usually dictate using the fewest folds possible to achieve a simple, understated elegance. Sokolowski’s technique, then, is daring but not without achieving the intended “wow” factor.…

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Kyoto-based artist Niyoko Ikuta, one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Japanese glass art, produces evocative and enchantingly elaborate sculptures out of plate glass. In her Free Essence series, Ikuta uses her radiant sculptures as a way to play with the light as it bounces and bends through a myriad of crystalline facets, with different lighting and viewing angles multiplying these delightful optical intricacies even further. After sketching a work's design, she cuts sheets of simple window glass into thin panes and adheres them in delicate shapes and layers using a completely transparent glue, leaving us with these breathtakingly fluid forms. 

Niyoko Ikuta at YUFUKU Gallery
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Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist - they’re animated GIFs.

Lutz’s addition of movement makes these images more engaging, and we get a better sense of how things actually work. In her newest design titled How to Build a Human, she demonstrates how a baby is formed via a spiraling chart that travels from conception to birth. We’re able follow along and see just how these changes develop over the course of 40 weeks. It’s a fantastic aspect that you’d lose with a static image.

Considering how detailed these animations are, it’s no surprise that they require a lot of work. Lutz writes that How to Build a Human…

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Each year, we don festive sweaters to show off our Christmas spirit, so why not spread the cheer to beards, too? Photographer Stephanie Jarstad captured some men whose delightful decorations aren’t limited to their clothing or home decor. Instead, lighting, holly, berries, tiny stockings, and much more are attached to their long and impressive facial hair. She calls this quirky series the 12 Beards of Christmas.

Jarstad was inspired by Movember, which is an annual event during November where men grow their moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Earlier that month, she thought about also doing a project to support men’s health, but she wanted to put a fun spin on the standard beard portrait. The eye-catching images are perfect for this time of year! Jarstad made posters and calendars of the photos available in her…

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This gracefully curving wooden chair is one of the latest pieces exquisitely crafted by designer Alejandro Estrada. The Pipo Chair, produced for sale by Guatemalan manufacturer Piegatto, was imagined to utilize wood as the sole material for the entire design.

Flaring out at the arms, the layers widen and separate slightly to let light pass through its sides and show off the piece's gentle, natural contours. The whole chair was built out of 29 wooden strands cut from only two pieces of plywood, creating a finished product that is not only charmingly simple but economical. Finally, a matte polyurethane finish is added to provide a small range of classic color options and a subtle, crisp sheen.…

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