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There’s more than one way to memorize the elements on the Periodic table. You can turn them into a rousing game of Battleship or brighten up the pages of your favorite coloring book with Calcium, Potassium, and Titanium. Etsy shop Que Interesante adds some educational fun to art supplies by selling labels that match a chemical element with a wax crayon.

The pairing of chemical and color is done in a thoughtful and clever way—Que Interesante uses the “flame test” to determine the hue. This scientific procedure detects the presence of certain elements based on the color of flame produced. When put under this test, Lithium, has a red flame, so it’s coupled with a crayon of the same color. Likewise, Barium…

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Designer Dominic Wilcox asked 450 kids to draw the most imaginative inventions they could think of and later, surprisingly, made their dreams a reality. In collaboration with The Cultural Spring, Wilcox created the Inventors! project, which aims to harness and display the power of childhood creativity. "Instead of just putting the drawings on the fridge door as most adults do with a child’s drawings, why not push the ideas as far as they can go?" the project asks. "Take the power of childrens' imaginations seriously and see where it leads to."

While they weren't able to make every idea come alive, 60 finalists had their…

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Thanks to BeautySpot, it’s now possible to wear the cosmos around your neck. The popular Etsy shop created a collection of accessories called Your Space that features the solar system in elegant pendants, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more. Each piece encases the Milky Way in resin and displays them among antique brass or silver jewelry.

To create these designs, BeautySpot curated a stunning collection of space images. The high-quality photos showcase the amazing ethereal swirls of the different planets, cropped and magnified to show their awe-inspiring details. This also offers a more subtle approach to planetary accessories—BeautySpot references space without making its presentation too literal. The result is interesting, colorful textures that enhance any outfit.

Seeing the…

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On January 7th, two adorable baby meerkats were born at Sydney's Taronga Zoo and they recently began to wander outside their nest box. "They were initially a little wary of this big new world outside, but with a bit of encouragement from mum and dad they started to explore," zookeeper Courtney Mahony told Mashable. This milestone is especially meaningful because this marks the first meerkat birth in nearly seven years at the zoo.

As of right now, the pups weigh around 120 grams and they're developing fast. Later this month, their gender will be confirmed (though zookeepers suspect they're a boy and a girl) and they will also receive health checks and vaccinations. "They may be young, but they’re…

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Many people love to relax by lying on the grass and taking in the warm sunshine. But what if your yard is made of concrete? With this obstacle in mind, Jason Hodges, a landscape gardener on the Australian TV show Better Homes & Gardens, has come up with a clever solution. He demonstrates how to bring some green onto the pavement by building a grass day bed. Complete with pillows and a headboard, the lounger offers a great place to soak up some sun and read a good book.

The DIY shows you how to build your bed from start to finish. Hodges begins by constructing the frame, which involves assembling a wood pallet and slatted headboard. Afterwards, he covers the base with geofabric and fills it with dirt and fertilizer. Sod is then rolled onto the freshly-laid ground. Once the “mattress” is complete,…

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Over the past 5 years, Mark Mervai has attempted to collect photographs that display the true beauty of his home town Budapest, Hungary. The reason this project has taken so long to complete is due to Mervai's dedication in seeking out the perfect lighting for each one of his shots. His series sweeps through sunrise and sunsets, catching the city as it wakes up, and again as it slowly settles into the evening. Mervai’s patience and quest for the ideal conditions has resulted in a collection of vibrant images that illuminate the beauty of Budapest.

For Mervai, “the most beautiful moment is when the sun comes up [over] the horizon and the day begins with a couple of colourful minutes. Also the last lights of the day for [him] symbolize a special moment, a 'thank you' from nature for a beautiful day.”…

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Artist Parth Kothekar produces paper masterpieces with nothing more than a knife and a pair of steady hands. Sketching out his designs on single sheets of paper, with a simple paper-cutting knife in hand, he transforms his fragile medium of choice into intricate, incredibly delicate pieces of art. Every piece is painstakingly carved out by hand, yet the resulting whimsical works belie the labour involved in the process. Each playful piece looks like a floating doodle from an artist's personal sketchbook, skillfully hiding the intensive process behind its creation.

Originally from Ahmedabad, India, Kothekar found that he naturally gravitated towards working with silhouettes and graffiti stencils. After beginning to cut paper as a hobby, he found a passion for the process, which he…

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Postcards can offer a fascinating glimpse into eras that have long since passed. The Digital Collections of the New York Public Library (NYPL) has released a selection of postcards from Japan in the early 20th century. Comprising hand-colored photographs, these landscape snapshots represent the country—specifically the Tokyo and Yokohama regions—and the culture at a time when it was on the cusp of modernity.

The images on the postcards feature picturesque sights that highlight the country’s rich history. From bustling entertainment districts to gorgeous flowers and cherry blossom trees, the NYPL collection reads like a love letter to old Japan. The people in the photos wear traditional clothing, and…

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Even the most talented people experience writer’s block from time to time. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is a place where creatives can go to rejuvenate their spirit and get some serious work done. To achieve this, it starts with the architecture—the spaces must be conducive to writing.

Architect Cass Calder Smith was commissioned to design lodging for the program. Called the Diane Middlebrook Studios, the project brief was left open-ended. “Think about what a creative writer would enjoy being in and go for it,” he told Fast…

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French designer Thomas de Lussac highlights the beauty of a simple tree stump with his stunning furniture project. Called the Racine Carré table (translated, this means Square Root), it incorporates powerful, raw roots into its sleek form. The flattened table top leans against the halved stump as the other end is propped up by a considerably smaller, polished leg. Similar to Fernando Mastrangelo’s Drift Bench, Lussac’s work blurs the line between furniture and sculpture.

To produce the Racine Carré, Lussac and his team used a crane to extract the bicentennial oak from the ground. It was later transported, cut in half with a chainsaw, and sanded smooth. Renowned cabinet makers…

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Having an imaginary friend is one of the best parts of childhood. Kids' fictitious companions help them cultivate their imagination and creativity. Yet, it's always disappointing when you grow up and soon realize that this type of friend isn't actually real. To help alleviate the transition between fantasy and reality, ad agency AMV BBDO collaborated with artist Tsuneo Goda (who's behind pop icon Domo Kun), Becky and Joe (creators of the internet hit Don’t Hug Me I'm Scared), Aardman studio (who designed Wallace and Gromit), and photographer Rankin to transform kids' imaginary friends into real-life toys.

Back in September, over 60 children were…

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During a family holiday on January 1st, two friends decided to dress their sons up as young monks. They were visiting the Er Fo Temple in Hechuan, Chongqing and thought it would make for a brilliant photo opportunity. While the 1-year-old and 3-year-old respectfully ventured through the peaceful place of worship, the older boy's dad, Zhou Lu, had his camera ready to capture the boys with their shaved heads, traditional garb, and prayer breads. Lu was especially happy with the snapshots because they reminded him of characters from the popular Chinese movie Monkey King is Back.

Once the photos were shared with various news outlets, these two little boys became an online sensation. They quickly gained the nickname "cutest young monks."

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Google engineer Max Braun wanted his ordinary bathroom mirror to look more like the futuristic fixtures you’d see in the movies—the kind that transmit information directly onto the mirror. Though these smart products are not yet on the market, the parts for them are fairly easy to obtain. With this in mind, Braun decided to build his own mirror of the future.

The impressive DIY project required both hi-tech and analog materials: a two-way mirror, display panel, controller board, components, as well as arts and crafts supplies. After much experimentation and “some dead ends,” Braun finally discovered the right combination of parts that made his dream come true. The resulting mirror is sleek, modern, and most of all, very helpful when you’re getting ready for the day.

Braun emphasizes that his project is a…

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Over Scotland and northern England on Tuesday night, residents witnessed an unusually colorful skyline. Following Storm Henry, the United Kingdom was engulfed by cold air that, when combined with high latitudes, allowed nacreous clouds to form. These masses are the result of a rare phenomenon that makes it look as though shimmering, rainbow clouds are painting the sky.

Such kaleidoscopic formations are only visible when the sun sets, since the light goes through minute ice crystals that are being moved by a jet of stratospheric air. With these chemical and atmospheric changes both in play, residents had the rare opportunity to admire a multicolored sky that makes for a picture perfect snapshot.

Above photo via Pete Urwin…

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Alexandra Kehayoglou creates unique wool rugs that serve as an eye-catching addition to any room. The Argentinian artist makes use of a hand-tufting technique to form lush greenery, taking several months to complete just one of her signature woollen creations. Her pieces are multifunctional, and can be used as rugs, blankets, or even a distinctive tapestry that brings a piece of the outside world indoors. Through the use of earthy tones and textured fabric, Kehayoglou is able to mimic the natural composition of moss, water, and shrubbery to produce stunning recreations of rural pastures and lush meadows.

The entire creative process surrounding Kehayoglou's work is very close to home. Her rugs are made out of discarded thread scraps collected from the family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires and she draws on…

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Contemporary animal sculptor Kendra Haste is able to create life out of rolls of galvanized wire. Making use of the material to form contoured pieces that contrast solidity with empty space, Haste breathes a sense of movement into her creature creations.  She has built a complete menagerie of animals, each anatomically correct and powerfully made, as she effortlessly transforms the textured wire into the muscled flanks of a bear and the scraggly mane of a laughing hyena.

Her newest collection of animated sculptures feature a stag, two baboons, a mandrill, and a portly warthog to round out the group. Each creature in the collection showcases Haste’s characteristic ability to bestow a sense of realism and spirit upon her work. The warthog stares up reproachfully from the ground, while the…

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Artist Denice Bizot sees the potential hidden inside salvage yards that are filled to the brim with heaps of scrap metal often labeled as "debris." For the past 15 years, she's sought out these neglected objects, invited them into her workspace, and has transformed them into intricate sculptures. Bizot essentially participates in artistic recycling. "For me, the idea of reclaiming, deconstructing and transforming 'so-called junk' into works of sculpture is fascinating," the creator explains, after mentioning that she frequently seeks out her pieces in New Orleans, a city undergoing gentrification. 

For the most part, Bizot focuses on discarded shovel heads, carving detailed designs and silhouettes into the rusted metal. Since the exterior is usually damaged or covered in mold, the…

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Lincoln High calculus teacher Anthony Yom has given his students the desire to learn and the will to succeed. While his classes are challenging, the educator does all he can to keep his students invested, incorporating real-life situations into his lessons to show them the value of their work. "He challenges us to the max, so we do better on tests," sophomore student Alexis Pong told the Los Angeles Times. To validate this statement, one of Yom's other students, 17-year-old Cedrick Argueta, received a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam. Only 12 students in the world accomplished this feat. As for all of Yom's other AP Calculus students, every single one of them passed the challenging exam.

"Most of the credit should go to…

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Lovers of literature, you can now literally wrap yourself up in a good book. The Thailand-based Etsy shop FreshComfy creates large—up to 150 inches long—chiffon scarves that pay homage to beloved novels. Classics such as Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Lord of the Rings adorn these fashion accessories, along with a newer favorite, Harry Potter.

Many of FreshComfy’s scarves showcase the beautiful book covers of classics, including the iconic blue face from The Great Gatsby—a bold design that’s sure to be a statement piece for any outfit. J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has a similarly stunning effect. While book covers are certainly striking, Pimolpan of FreshComfy also honors the words that have made…

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Artist Landysh Akhmetzyanova and her colleague Asia (a duo better known as Lingvistov) were chatting in a cafe about past loves when they realized something: most relationships are a series of comically relatable moments. With Valentine's Day on the horizon, Lingvistov was inspired to create 21 Reasons Why I Love Him and 21 Reasons Why I Love Her, two illustrated books depicting a true-to-life form of love. "I really wanted to celebrate love and relationships! Because it's a beautiful thing. But I am not a cheesy person," Landysh told…

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