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Instead of tossing out a basement's worth of cardboard boxes, animation artist Thomas Richner gave them new life as an immaculately detailed model of the Millennium Falcon. The final product measures five feet in length, and was made entirely from cardboard, glue, and a little tape. Modelled after original photos, concept drawings, and memorabilia from the Original Trilogy era, Richner reproduced the enormous replica with precision detail such as the six rear vents, the wiring running around the side, and even functioning retractable landing gear.

The photos seen here were taken in front of a green screen at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where Richner is an Associate Professor of Animation. Relishing the 140-hour project, Richner took it as a chance to increase the challenge and scale of the model work he enjoyed as a kid. As a final…

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Which country is the happiest in the world? To find the answer, you simply need to look at this infographic published by MoveHub.com, a resource for people who want to live abroad. They visualized the data of Happy Planet Index (HPI), which shows to what extent 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy, and sustainable lives for their citizens. The index measures three components: life expectancy, experience well-being, and Ecological Footprint. Those results are then compiled into one score.

The scale ranges in colors that correspond to low and high numbers. A deep red hue indicates a least-happy score that's between 20 and 30. It then transitions from orange to a light green, meaning a that's score between 61 and 65 on the HPI. According to this infographic, it appears that Costa Rica has everyone beat in terms of contentedness, and Vietnam is a close…

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From a young age, many girls are exposed to the unrealistic beauty standards that traditional Barbie dolls set as a nearly unattainable ideal: tall, blonde, blue-eyed, heavily made-up, and extremely slender. With model-like proportions, these dolls are often difficult for young children to relate to. Digital artist Nickolay Lamm offers an alternative with his creation of the Lammily doll, the first fashion doll made according to typical human body proportions in order to promote more realistic beauty standards.

With a wider waist, shorter stature, rounder curves, and a kind smile, Lammily is much easier to identify with. Not to mention, she comes with clearly formed elbows, hands, knees, and feet; a wide variety of girl-next-door fashions; and a collection of stickers to mimic natural…

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18 More Photos of People Awestruck by Nature

After we published our first set of photos that showed people awestruck by nature, we felt as though we owed it to you to find more. Here, then, are 18 more photos of people taken aback by their surroundings - whether that's by land, sea or sky. This time around, we listed the exact places where these people had their awe-inspiring moment in hopes that you may want to visit these places yourself.

Photo above, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, by: Svetlana Bogomolova

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As anyone who's ever watched over a toddler for more than ten minutes knows, babies will pick up just about anything and put it in their mouths. British conceptual artist and full-time mother Lenka Clayton explores this adorable yet exasperating behavior in 63 Objects Taken From My Son's Mouth, a project documenting all the miscellaneous objects that that she's been forced to remove from her son's mouth for safety reasons from the time he was 8 to 15 months old.

An astounding list of those items: acorn, bolt, bubblegum, buttons, carbon paper, chalk, Christmas decoration, cigarette butt, coins (GBP, USD, EURO), cotton reel, holly leaf, little wooden man, sharp metal pieces, metro ticket, nuts, plastic “O” polystyrene, seeds, slide, small rocks, specimen vial, sponge animal, sticks, teabag, wire caps, wooden block, and (not pictured) rat poison,…

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Giant Head Sculpture is Covered with Wads of Chewing Gum

So this is what it looks like when you give people free reign to put their chewing gum on a sculpture! Artist Doug Coupland created this seven-foot black, resin and polyester sculpture of his own head and then encouraged the public to engage in his work by applying their own chewed gum on it. The statue, called Gumhead, was put in place on May 31 and sat on Howe Street outside the Vancouver Art Gallery until September 1. Slowly but surely it was colorfully dotted with pieces of gum. Towards the end, you could hardly see the figure's face.

Metro conducted a funny Q&A with Coupland in which he said about the public's reaction: "I’ve been everywhere and I’ve never seen people interact so intimately and for such a long time as they do…

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Perth, Australia-based artist Paul Kaptein explores themes of emptiness and time in his new sculpture titled and in the endless sounds there came a pause. Hand-carved from jelutong, a Malaysian wood, the work depicts a monk-like figure sitting in a meditative pose, his body and features distorted by a powerful and visually arresting "glitch" effect.

"My works in themselves are deliberations on time, mediated through the synthesis of divergent temporal phenomena," Kaptein tells us about this piece. His statement continues, "This work considers two strategies for disrupting the flow of temporal perception. The first can be seen as a mental process, as a way of sitting outside time (meditation), while the second refers to the kind of glitches encountered when…

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Do sloths make everything better? Matt Tucker, the Picture Editor at Buzzfeed UK, thinks so. He’s the mastermind behind this hilarious series of sloths that replace humans on iconic album covers. With a mix of classic and contemporary favorites, these adorable creatures are transformed into musicians like The Beatles and Adele, as well as the naked swimming baby from Nirvana's album, Nevermind.

The Internet seems to love sloths, and the covers are a fun and silly pop-culture mashup. We enjoy seeing these sleepy-looking mammals take the place of mega stars, and how effortlessly their clawed toes stroke luxurious locks of hair. The sloths also look great wearing the musicians' costumes. It’s as if they were born for these roles!…

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Blending vivid colors, sleek geometric patterns, and minimalist elegance, American designer Travis Purrington offers up a bold new vision for US currency. As part of his design school Master's thesis, he set out to conceptualize a set of bills that shift the focus from enshrining long-deceased American leaders to highlighting America's modern scientific, economic, and environmental achievements.  Purrington's concepts feature such landmarks in the country's history as Chicago's Willis Tower on the ten-dollar bill, and its pioneering role in space exploration on the fifty-dollar note.

The Basel, Switzerland-based designer accomplishes this emphasis on modern America with an equally modern and adept combination of minimalist aesthetics and vibrant pallete, while still retaining some iconic features of currently circulated bills. Alongside the…

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Top 10 Breakthrough Artists in 2014

The best of the best! It's that time of year again, time to look back and list the Top 10 Breakthrough Artists of the Year. What does that mean? These are the artists, designer and photographers that took the world by storm. They're the ones who decided to push their creative limit, introducing a new form of beautiful, breathtaking or funny art. We admire these ten individuals for making a creative contribution to this world. From Chino Otsuka's heartfelt project that photoshops her present-day self with her past self, to Paul Cummins' beautifully tragic installation around the Tower of London, each project made us reflect on both ourselves and the world at large. Congrats to those who made the list! (See who made the list in 2011 and…

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One of the Met's favorite photographers, Annie Leibovitz, is behind the new poster for the upcoming Cinderella movie. Starring Downtown Abbey actress Lily James as Cinderella, Game of Thrones star Richard Madden as the Prince, Cate Blanchett as the stepmother, and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, this Disney movie looks like it's going to be a surefire hit. (Did we tell you that actor Kenneth Branagh is directing?) The movie poster shows Lily James leaving the ball in her signature blue dress that's lined with butterflies and sparkles and, of course, wearing her famous glass slipper. We'll all have to wait to see the actual movie, as it hits theaters next year on March 13, 2015. Watch the recently released trailer, below.…

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In the cold depths of Russia's northeastern Chukotka region, Magadan-based photographer Ivan Kislov captures colorful signs of life in the snow through his breathtaking images of foxes in the wild. Kislov, who enjoys hiking to distant spots and photographing wildlife in between his long shifts as a mining engineer, presents a stunning look at the foxes who live and hunt in the icy region.

Set against the vast, empty landscape, Kislov's furry subjects display a wonderful personality and spirit, simultaneously playful, mischievous, affectionate, and fierce. Although Kislov photographs all sorts of wild animals, from reindeer to bears to wolves, he says that foxes make for some very willing models, thanks to their curiosity and bold nature. He tells Bored Panda, "Foxes are curious and can come very…

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Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, uses mixed media to create his own interpretations of the urban landscape and environment. He often composes his works using various found items that he merges together into beautiful forms. In that sense, his street art is unique because it appears slightly three-dimensional and is presented in surprisingly tactile formations.

Recently, Bordalo II was invited to produce an installation as part of WOOL, an urban art festival in Covilhã, Portugal. It took him a little more than one week to create Owl Eyes, a collaged owl composed of found trash and recycled materials. The piece towers high over pedestrians in a rusty compilation of metal, tires, and paint. Bordalo II then painted the background with a vibrant green and colorful polka dots. By…

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Set to Open in 2020

George Lucas, who revolutionized the art of storytelling and motion pictures with his epic Star Wars films, seeks to change the way people understand narrative art and moving images by building the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, a $300M art museum to open on the lakefront of Chicago in 2020. Joining nearby cultural institutions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum on the lakeshore museum campus, the Lucas Museum will house everything from illustrative works and digital art to animation and cinematic design.

To realize his vision, Lucas assembled a top creative team: Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the main building, Studio Gang to shape the landscape and create a bridge that connects to Northerly Island, and VOA Associates to serve as the executive architect and lead the implementation of MAD's design. The museum will be constructed from stacked…

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Minipresso is a travel-sized espresso maker for people on the go. Created by the Hong Kong company Wacaco, it’s a cylindrical, all-in-one system that includes everything you’d need to brew a fresh cup. The sleek, modern design looks like a capsule, and inside it has a scoop for measuring and tamping grounds, a serving cup, and an insulated thermos for hot water.

It’s simple to use the Minipresso. After you’ve scooped and packed the espresso, fill the tank with hot water and unlock the pumping system. The product utilizes a hand pump to move water through the grounds in lieu of a pressurized air system. Despite this active process, Wacaco says that it’s easier and faster than inflating a bicycle tire by hand. You extract the coffee as you pump, and when you’re done you have about 2 ounces of espresso to enjoy.

The portability of this product makes it ideal…

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Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World

Have you eve seen a canyon so beautiful? Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that's known for its breathtaking beauty. It's up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjaðrá flowing through it. Created by a progressive erosion of flowing water from glaciers through rocks, the canyon has been hallowed out for millions of years. The walking path along the eastern edge offers stunning views over both the plains and the glacial brooks below. Here are some of our favorite photos of the must-visit destination.

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Photographer Erin Elizabeth has a knack for taking adorable photos of newborns. In fact, the award-winning photographer is also one of Australia's most recognized for newborn photography. Since 2008, she's been capturing babies from a few days old to a few weeks old in her studio using only 100% natural light. Her photos could rival those of another Australia photographer Anne Geddes, but they have a more timeless feel to them. This Perth, Australia-based photographer likes to swaddle her subjects in cloth or place them on a warm wooly blanket.

The ideal time to capture newborns is during the first 14 days of their lives (between 5 to 10-days-old), Elizabeth states on her website. After they pass the 14-day mark, the newborns become less sleepy and much harder to pose.

As the proud mother of two little girls she understands that youth is fleeting. "I’m…

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Sofia Ajram is a Montreal, Canada-based photographer who creates surreal photos filled with beautiful light. Whether her subjects are being magically lifted into the air or dancing to the beat of their own drum, each person is consumed by the moment. Not much is known about the artist except that she's currently working on a Bachelors on East Asian Studies & Women's Studies at McGill University. Her bio states:

"My given name is Sofia Ajram. I come from the Third Planet. I am fastened to the sensuous of the inner universe. I want to share with you the galaxies projected within and without: absolute space and absolute time. I want to share with you the stars contained by the new souls of my race, humanity, in its infancy. Let me show you something electromagnetic. Let me take you to the place where Their dreamscapes and Our reality exchange glances. Let me…

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At first glance, it's easy to mistake the ultra-modern furniture made by Italian design collective Nucleo for blocks of marble, translucent amber or cracked ice. But look closer: these gallery pieces are actually made by encasing household objects and organic materials in industrial resin. Submerged under the sleek, transparent exterior, chairs, tables and hunks of wood remain rough and natural, surrounded by glimmering suspensions of bubbles.

Resin, better known as the shiny floor coating ubiquitous in hospitals, elementary schools and cafeterias, is harder than concrete and comes with a perfectly smooth finish. "It’s not a fine material, and many people don’t like to work with it," says Nucleo director Piergiorgio Robino. "There is no guidebook for it, but that also means there is a lot of opportunity to be really creative." His series…

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Artist Lisa Nilsson recently began working on a new collection of finely detailed paper sculptures that, from a distance, look just like ornamental carpets. For the project, called Tapis Series, the artist crimps or curls long quarter-inch mulberry strips of paper into thick coils of color. Starting from the center and working outward, she arranges the sections together until beautiful, decorative patterns and designs begin to emerge.

Nilsson's process allows her to explore shapes and colors as the small-scale pieces develop. Throughout the very tedious and time-consuming process—some pieces can take months to complete—Nilsson creates interesting shapes within both the positive and negative spaces. The final results are visually captivating compositions filled with incredible swirling designs that are enclosed by a strong rectangular frame.

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