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Two of the biggest issues that urban cyclists face are navigation and security. The makers of SmartHalo want to solve these problems with a gadget that’ll transform any analog bike into a “smart” one. To do this, they’ve created a weather-resistant device that attaches in between the handlebars and uses lights to assist you in a few ways, including: providing turn-by-turn directions; illuminating your path at night; and anti-theft protection.

The most defining feature of SmartHalo is the easy-to-use navigation system. It pairs with an app that guides you from point A to point B and works like any other GPS—just type in where you’d like to go and the app finds the safest and quickest route. Directions are then transmitted to the bike using SmartHalo’s circular interface, where inuitive lighting indicates if you need to…

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Anyone who's ever played with LEGO bricks knows there's something magical about assembling sophisticated structures and displays from a pile of individual pieces of plastic. Now, adults can have the same fun with EverBlock, a new modular building system of oversized blocks capable of forming fantastic, life-sized creations.

With EverBlock, users can dream big, stacking and organizing to construct walls, room dividers, furniture, shelters, and much more. Using four interlocking parts—a full-sized 12-inch block, a half-sized 6-inch block, a one-quarter-sized 3-inch block, and a 12-inch finishing cap—anyone can create functional objects that are both striking and structurally sound without the use of any tools.

EverBlock founder and LEGO enthusiast Arnon Rosan came up with idea after his young son…

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In an age when people are often absorbed in their own bubbles of different gadgets and social media, it's incredible to hear stories of how individuals can form unlikely connections through technology. One man discovered this when he lost his iCloud-synced iPod while abroad, only to find that his phone was receiving images captured by the device's new owner. "I could visit every country in the world and not having something so amazing happen in my life," the traveler said of his unexpected experience. Through one stranger's uploads, he was able to see the world through a completely different set of eyes.

Meet Scott Herder, an adventurer and aspiring photographer.

He's…

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Bangkok artist MerryMe has designed a set of rings that will fit perfectly on the fingers of any animal lover. Each ring set comes with three separate pieces that fit together to form an adorable creature. One features a squirrel who's chasing a tiny acorn, while others display a variety of animals—a detailed seagull, a white French Bulldog with a golden button nose, a striped zebra, and more—who are each seemingly grasping onto the finger of the wearer.

"I used to work as a fashion buyer for Scandinavian fashion company," the creative admits. "Finally, I found merryme to create modern jewelries and accessories with different combination of materials. However, with M E R R Y, we…

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From August 27 to September 27, the 19th Century Market Building in London’s Covent Garden is home to 100,000 giant white balloons, an installation aptly titled Heartbeat. This awe-inspiring display is the work of French artist Charles Pétillon—his first public art installation—and it stretches 54 meters (177 feet) in length and 12 meters (39 feet) in width. Embedded within the cloud-like mass is a gentle pulsating light, meant to symbolize the beat of a heart and also reflect the Garden district’s sense of energy and dynamism.

The unified orbs are suspended within the grand architecture, infusing modernity into the historical space. Pétillon hopes that their unexpected presence will encourage passersby to view the locale in a different light. “The [balloons'] goal is to change the way…

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German photographer Ines Opifanti demonstrates that dog owners are experts when it comes to imitating their furry friends. “The Dog People is an ongoing project where dog owners try to mimic their dogs’ facial expressions," the artist explains. "While I don’t believe in the common folk wisdom claiming dog owners become similar looking to their dogs over the years, I do believe that they become really really good in interpeting their pets subtle mimic."

Aside from their impressive impersonations, some of Opifanti's subjects do look quite alike. One duo has a similar hair and fur color, while another's snapshot showcases their seemingly identical big brown eyes. Based on how they're posing, certain pairs appear…

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From 1985 to 2000, photographer Doug Menuez had unparalleled access to the private daily lives of Steve Jobs and other brilliant innovators during the rise and fall of Silicon Valley's golden age. Newly returned to San Francisco after covering the horrific famine and conflict in Ethiopia, Menuez turned to the Valley for a more positive story for the human race, intrigued by the creative geniuses setting out to change the world through technology. He reached out to Jobs, who had just started NeXT Inc. after being forced out of Apple, and was granted unprecedented access to the famously private man who would become an icon of the promise and ambition of the digital revolution.

For three years, the photographer followed Jobs and his team as they set about inventing the NeXT computer, a powerful device that was supposed to…

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Recently, art director Hedvig Astrom Kushner embarked on a deliciously colorful project. "I make a lot of smoothies and discovered it works like mixing paint," she told us in an email. Playing with this idea of smoothies as paint, Kushner found that adding a strawberry would yield a bright pink hue, while blending in some tofu softened the color’s intensity. This got the designer thinking—is it possible to create a tasty smoothie in any Pantone color? Through her delicious experiment, called Pantone Smoothies, she’s trying to find out.

To make these delectable drinks, the process is simple: Kushner buys colored paper from an art supply store, matches it to a Pantone swatch, and combines ingredients like bananas, mangoes,…

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Between one and two percent of the world's population are redheads, according to BBC News. While gingers are usually thought to be white, pale, and of Celtic-Germanic descent, the reality is that there are millions of people of color around the world who have freckles and fiery locks of hair. French-born, London-based photographer Michelle Marshall explores the stunning diversity of redheads in her portrait series MC1R, named after the gene known as "melanocortin 1 receptor" that causes red hair.

Marshall was originally interested in documenting manifestations of freckles for her visual census. Eventually, after meeting a freckled little girl who was of mixed race, the photographer decided to focus on incidents of the MC1R gene variant…

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Industrial designer Sha Yao created the inspiring Eatwell tableware line to help those who are coping with Alzheimer's disease. "When my grandmother was first diagnosed with the disease, I began volunteering at senior care centers to learn more about the condition," the creator explains. "I noticed that for many people with Alzheimer's, the act of eating could be difficult and extremely frustrating, and as a result, people with Alzheimer's often eat less than what is healthy for them. Because spilled foods and drinks are so common, the burden on caregivers and staff from cleaning up accidents as well as motivating their care recipients…

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The residents of Alentego, Portugal have created an enchanting world that's filled to the brim with paper flowers. For four months, the townspeople dedicated their time to dressing Alentego's streets in these delicate paper creations for The Flowers' Festival. Rather than choosing only one or two streets to work on, they decided to decorate the entire city—so that each street has its own special theme. One road features brightly colored poppies to instantly catch your eye, while another displays a relaxing blend of handcrafted jasmine. These dazzling assemblages make it no surprise that people are traveling from all over the world just so they can admire the craftsmanship, twinkling lights, and unique shadows that are cast between the floral…

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After months of receiving breathtaking landscape shots from photographers around the world, the winners of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have just been announced. From 2,604 entries submitted by 481 professionals and amateurs across the globe, judges selected the 101 best images that will eventually be made into a book. From that pool, photographers and individual images were awarded top honors including International Landscape Photographer of the Year, International Landscape Photograph of the Year, and five special subject awards.

This year's International Landscape Photographer was Perth, Australia-based Luke Austin, who wowed the judges with four spectacular images that capture the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. For his…

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Over three years ago, Kilo the pit bull was about to reach the end of his life at a local animal shelter. He had previously been rescued from horrible living conditions and still had the emotional scars to show for it. Volunteer Candice Miller tried hard to improve his nervous disposition, but he was still overlooked by potential adopters. After a couple of months with no forever home in sight, Kilo was waiting his turn to be euthanized. Miller just couldn’t let that happen, though, and at the last possible moment, she rushed to the shelter and brought him into her family.

The adoption proved to be beneficial for them both—Miller had needed some healing, too. She had quit her job, and one of her older dogs had recently died, leaving her heartbroken. "Kilo came into my life at a point where I needed him the most," Miller explained to…

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Japanese artist Shinji Nakaba transforms elegant oyster pearls into intricately carved anatomical forms. His wearable sculptures come in many different shapes and sizes, but the jeweler's most unique pieces are carved into the shape of human and animal skulls. These newly formed pearls are turned intriguing rings, distinctive necklaces, and eye-catching brooches. No matter the size or species they reflect, they're incredibly detailed and expertly showcases the beauty of organic skeletal forms. Since the sculptor uses dainty pearls as his medium, this helps to emphasize the fact that human and animals are, essentially, walking forms of art.

Even though Nakaba has been making jewelry since 1974, he's still able to come up with fresh ideas. "I use not only precious metals and stones but also something usual, such as…

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School librarian Alicia Tapia understands the crucial role that books can play in promoting a love of learning and literacy. In order to spread that positive influence, in May 2013 she started Bibliobicicleta, a donation-based pop-up library to cart around the city of San Francisco on the bike of a bicycle.

With the goal of instilling "a love of reading, of learning, and bicycling in people of all ages and backgrounds," Tapia spends her free time traveling to neighborhood events, parks, beaches, and areas with high homeless populations in an effort to bring free books to people who may lack regular access to them. Adults and children alike can take any book from Tapia's bike trailer, which can store up to 100 titles. Sometimes, folks donate their used tomes, ensuring that there will always be fresh materials…

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Harvard University lecturer Matthew Kaliner creates otherworldly beach sculptures that are unlike any other sandcastles we've seen. Rather than stacking up architectural structures or realistic figures, the artist designs surreal, curving compositions of sand that are suspended in midair. “I am motivated entirely by the sheer joy of playing on the beach, and making something out of what I can find that day," Kaliner told The Atlantic. The sculptor is particularly drawn to building pieces that have a gothic feel to them. They eccentrically protrude from the beach's flat surface to form intriguing spikes and…

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Solomon Chau and Jenn Carter, a couple living in Toronto, were young, in love, and excited at the prospect of becoming husband and wife in a ceremony surrounded by their friends and family this summer. Chau was diagnosed with liver cancer in December 2014, but after undergoing a successful surgery to have the tumor removed, he was told by his doctor that he would be back in good health soon. Believing in his full recovery, Chau and Carter continued with the planning of their wedding and their future together. The following March, however, the couple learned that Chau's cancer had come back and spread rapidly. He would only have a few months to live.

After hearing the heartbreaking news, the couple's family and friends decided to try to raise money so that Chau and Carter could get married as soon as possible. They launched a…

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San Francisco-based photographer Nathan Wirth captures "slices of silence" in his beautiful, on-going series of desolate landscapes. The striking black and white images depict solitary trees on rolling hills in Marin and Sonoma counties in Northern California, where marbled-gray skies often cast ominous backdrops over the grassy knolls. It gives us the feeling that at any moment, something could easily go awry.

Wirth’s photos are divided into three series, all under the name Infrared Silence. To give them such a distinctive look, he took the pictures using an infrared-converted camera. Thanks this alteration, what were once low-light scenes and drab skies now take on a striking visual presence— as if they’re not of this world.

Above photo: Hamilton I—The Hills of Marin County,…

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Who says monsters can’t have problems, just like the rest of us? Artist and designer Teo Zirinis (aka Hands Off My Dinosaur) has created a delightful, on-going series that sheds light on the hilariously distinctive dilemmas faced by fictional monsters. Aptly called Monster Issues, the charming cartoon-style illustrations feature creatures like the Kraken, Dracula, and Cthulhu lamenting over the unique challenges they face in their respective paths of monsterhood.

Life is harder than it seems for these mythical figures: according to the Troll, the Internet hates him; Nessie isn’t very photogenic; and Medusa’s wild, slithering hair frightens hairdressers. And the real reason Godzilla acts out? It's because he really hates modern architecture.

Zirinis’ amusing illustrations are available as…

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Many dog owners have captured the incredible transformation that occurs when a playful puppy turns into a loyal adult dog. They start out as small figures with adorable young faces and gradually become older in body, mind, and spirit. Physically, their bodies undergo a drastic change, but viewers can see that these beautiful animals retain their distinct personalities as they age. This can be seen in their familiar poses and by noticing an unchanging gleam in their eyes. Ultimately, these photos are a reminder that we should treasure each and every moment with our pets. After all, they truly are our furry friends.

Above: 5-month difference. (Photo source: Mark3Viper)

1-year difference. (Photo…

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