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The Power of the Ocean

The Power of the OceanThe Power of the OceanIn this perfectly timed photo byTiago Pinheiro, we see huge waves crashing into the pier at Praia da Aguda in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. The waves were the result of a powerful storm at sea on October 15, 2012.

Goldfish Painted in Layers

Goldfish Painted in LayersThough he had been creating them for years, Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori busted out into the online art scene only last year with his three-dimensional goldfish paintings created by pouring resin. It's interesting to note that once he even began using resin, the artist kept it a secret for eight years until he perfected his technique.

Amazing Tiny Animals on Fingers

Amazing Tiny Animals on FingersTiny Animals on Fingers is a Flickr set curated by Specklet that delivers exactly what you'd expect—adorable pint-sized creatures resting on mere fingertips. While the diverse breeds of species differ in proportions and physical appearance, they share their tiny stature.

Salina Turda Salt Mines transform to History Museum

Salina Turda Salt Mines transform to History MuseumWhat was once an enormous salt mine in turda, romania, has now been carefully renovated by the regional cluj county council into the world’s first salt mining history museum. the salina turda salt mines were excavated in the 17th century, proving a crucial source for salt that brought the romans much wealth.

Apple iPad pro with 12.9 Inch Retina Screen Reportedly in Production

Apple iPad pro with 12.9 Inch Retina Screen Reportedly in Production
According to the korea times, apple has reportedly commenced production on its ‘iPad pro’, scheduled for an early 2014 release. in the translated article by unwiredrview, the source, an official at a local apple supplier in korea claims the 12.9-inch retina display tablet will have improved picture quality.

Amazing Optical Illusion to Shanghai

Amazing Optical Illusion to Shanghai
The argentinian artist recently presented ‘project shanghai’, his first solo exhibition in china in which he was commissioned to realize two site-specific installations for the newly opened jing an kerry center. on this occasion, erlich recreated one of his most famous venutres, ‘reflective optical illusion house’ (see another iteration of it on designboom here) in the form of ‘shikumen house’. In above photo:alternative view of leandro erlich’s larger-than-life optical illusion.

Amazing Sydney Through a Wine Glass

Amazing Sydney Through a Wine Glassn this creative capture by Daniel Roberts, we see part of the iconic Sydney skyline reflected in a Kirribilli wine glass. Along with the famous Sydney Opera House you can also see the RMS Queen Mary 2. The optic phenomenon that is causing the image to flip upside down is known as refraction. To learn more about refraction check out this Wikipedia entry.

Gif: Inflating a set of cat lungs

Gif: Inflating a set of cat lungs"Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called aveoli, Mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.

World’s Largest Swimming Pool

World’s Largest Swimming PoolI have to say that after seeing these pics, I’ve decided I’d love to visit this place as much as I’d love to visit Devil’s Pool, at Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. It’s just one of those sights that simply takes your breath away.This man-made wonder is 1013 meters long covers 80 acres, its deepest end reaches 115ft and it holds 66 million gallons of water.

E-Volo 18-Rotor Electric Helicopter Makes First Maiden Flight

E-Volo 18-Rotor Electric Helicopter Makes First Maiden FlightThe e-volo VC200 has become the first electric helicopter to make a successful maiden flight, with multiple flights lasting several minutes and reaching heights of nearly 22 meters high. together with 18-rotor blades and a disassemblable architectural system, the volocopter has been designed to host two passengers for distances of up to 100km and a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft.

The Cursed Island of Gaiola

The Cursed Island of Gaiola Gaiola Island (Isola della Gaiola in Italian) is one of the minor islands of Naples, Italy, located in the Gulf of Naples in the heart of Gaiola Underwater Park, a protected region of about 42 hectares. The island consist of two stunning and serene islets. Located on the southern border of Posillipo and very near to the coastline – about 30 meters away, the island is easy to reach.

Mercedes-Benz AMG vision Gran Turismo concept

Mercedes-Benz AMG vision Gran Turismo conceptDesigned in collaboration with the creators of the gran turismo playstation driving series, mercedes-benz has introduced their ‘AMG vision gran turismo’, a radical sports car that features the company’s signature gull wing doors and voluminous curves.

Radiantmodo Enables Smartphone Panoramas with Panopal

Radiantmodo Enables Smartphone Panoramas with PanopalHelping smartphone users to take panorama photos, the ‘panopal’ by new york city-based designers radiantmodo studio, ensures important moments are captured easily. the project arose out of a frustration in taking unbalanced, choppy images and videos due to shaky hands and slow responses.

Teddy Bear Sofa

Teddy Bear SofaLovable and comfortable Teddy Bear Sofa!

Maho Beach – Where People Get Literally Blown Away by Airplanes

Maho Beach – Where People Get Literally Blown Away by Airplanes Located right next to the Princess Juliana International Airport, on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, Maho Beach is a unique destination where tourist experience what it’s like to have jumbo jets flying just a few meters above their heads and get blown into the sea by their powerful jet engines.

Nikos Tsoumanis Suspends Chairs Upside Down in Hanging Wairs

Nikos Tsoumanis Suspends Chairs Upside Down in Hanging Wairs Giving the impression of sinking into the wall, ‘wairs’ by industrial designer nikos tsoumanis features recycled chairs cut up and hung upside down. the legs of the furniture pieces protrude upwards, creating a usable hook for hanging clothes on, while the angled seats form a place to leave personal objects such as keys and wallets.

Emmanuelle Moureaux Bursts Sparkling Bubbles from Coca-Cola

Emmanuelle Moureaux Bursts Sparkling Bubbles from Coca-Colacomprised of 800 acrylic transparent spheres, ‘sparkling bubbles’ by emmanuelle moureaux suspends from the ceiling in an undulating wave of varying heights. conceived in collaboration with coca-cola’s rejuvenation of the heritage glass by thomas meyerhoffer, the sculptural installation seeks to evoke the sensations and reactions one perceives after tasting the iconic soda. 

Lost City of Atlantis

Lost City of Atlantis In the mysterious world of urbex and abandoned cities, none are more iconic – or debated – than the lost city of Atlantis. Described by Plato in 360BC as an island lying in front of the Pillars of Hercules, thousands of years of searching historically found nothing despite promising archeological discoveries.

Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder

Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on the island of Oʻahu. The trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff on the south side of the Haʻikū Valley.

Incredible Creatures Actually Exist on our Planet

Incredible Creatures Actually Exist on our PlanetCheck out these fantastic animals. They're absolutely incredible. Translucent, colorful, oddly shaped, spiky, wiry, egg-like and completely out of this world even though they're from our world. These animal photographs were collected in Ross Piper's new book Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Forms. Incredible Creatures Actually Exist on our Planet

Chinese Dresses designs by covering Porcelain Butterflies

Chinese Dresses designs by covering Porcelain ButterfliesFrom afar, these beautifully designed Chinese dresses by artist Caroline Cheng are simple gowns covered with interesting patterns. However, upon closer inspection, viewers will be pleasantly surprised to discover that the fabric is actually covered with thousands of porcelain butterflies.

MAP Project Office design Kano DIY Computer Kit

MAP Project Office design Kano DIY Computer KitLondon-based barber osgerby’s creative studio MAP project office has collaborated with computer start-up kano to create a hands-on DIY computer kit using a raspberry pi. developed to enable users of all ages to have an immersive building experience, the packaging was designed to be kept and used as storage and includes printed instructions, guiding the user to quickly put together the components with a two-part bumper case for the computer board.

Vertical City De Rotterdam in the Netherlands

Vertical City De Rotterdam in the Netherlands
Located on the banks of the river maas, ‘de rotterdam’ comprises three interconnecting towers positioned on a compact site in the netherlands. designed by OMA, the mixed-use project forms part of a second city center, offering living accommodation, office space and a range of retail outlets.

Floating Golf Course

Floating Golf Course
The golf course and the floating green were designed by Scott Miller, and the course opened for play in 1991. It has since been ranked among the best resort golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and others.

Awesome Picture Make Music Not War

Awesome Picture Make Music Not War
In this powerful photograph by Mikhail Evstafiev, we see musician Vedran Smailović, known as the Cellist of Sarajevo. The photo was taken in 1992 during the Siege of Sarajevo/Bosnian War.

Incredible Cars Fit Together Like Puzzle Pieces

Incredible Cars Fit Together Like Puzzle PiecesThese perfectly constructed multi-car pile-ups are actually digital sculptures by artist Chris LaBrooy. The series, called Auto Aerobics, features a collection of cars that are intertwined like large metal puzzle pieces. Paired with the phrase: "And roll….and stretch….and glide…..and flex," the project features cars that twist and turn and tumble, and fit perfectly together in interesting geometric shapes.

Portraits made by using Ink, Tea and Alcohol

Portraits made by using Ink, Tea and Alcohol
Artist Carne Griffiths has just debuted a powerful new set of work for his show Invisible Lines at Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong. The beautifully messy portraits are made with conventional materials like calligraphy ink and graphite but he also drips liquid onto his works like herbal tea and alcohol.

Adjustable Clampersand

Adjustable ClampersandThis Adjustable Clampersand is a functional aluminum clamp, can be used as a bookend.The Adjustable Clampersand is a rare and precious thing: a true Core77-born commodity. Its first inkling was an original Coretoon by Tony Ruth, showing the typographical tool in sketchy form.

Small Space Nomadic Sled Habitats by Rob Sweere

Small Space Nomadic Sled Habitats by Rob SweereOccupying a small space in the vast expanse of the icy uummannaq island high above the arctic circle in greenland are dutch artist rob sweere‘s set of sled habitats. the two sculptural dwellings that make up his ‘sledge-project’ are pictured parked in the chilly landscape, yet they are movable units, able to be towed by draft animal over the sea-ice. each snowmobile accomadates 6 people, is insulated, and can be used for sitting, cooking and sleeping.

84 Olympics Looks Like Today

84 Olympics Looks Like Today The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time since 1984 that the winter games will take place in Eastern Europe. The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games, took place from 8–19 February 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, in present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was the first Winter Olympics and the second consecutive Olympics held in a Communist state (the first was the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union).

Ward Charcoal Ovens

Ward Charcoal Ovens Ward Charcoal Ovens are a collection of six 30 feet high, beehive-shaped charcoal ovens located inside the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park in Nevada.After their function as charcoal ovens ended, they served diverse purposes, such as sheltering stockmen and prospectors during foul weather and even serving as a hideout for stagecoach bandits.

Incredible Dizzying Infinity Rooms and Paintings by Yayoi Kusama

Incredible Dizzying Infinity Rooms and Paintings by Yayoi KusamaWith a six decade long career behind her, the famed japanese artist yayoi kusama shows no signs of slowing down, presenting a monumental show of new and recent work at david zwirner gallery in new york. 

Atlantis Shuttle Experience Simulates outer Space for NASA

Atlantis Shuttle Experience Simulates outer Space for NASA
Simulating outer space, the atlantis shuttle experience is boldly going where no other has gone before, suspending an orbiter 30 feet in the air to display it in full flight mode. dedicated to NASA’s space shuttle program, the $100 million exhibit uses tunable lighting techniques to celebrate a technological marvel – as it would have appeared in action.

World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture by Zheng Chunhui

World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture by Zheng Chunhui Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled this exceptionally large wooden sculpture that measures some 40 feet (12.286) meters long. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival,” which is a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice.

Albuquerque Balloon Festival Timelapse

Albuquerque Balloon Festival TimelapseEven though I thought I could fully anticipate what this video would look like, I still wound up being delightfully surprised. Shot and edited by Joel Schat at the 2013 Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Picture of the Day: This Fish’s Face is PricelessReddit user Sick_Nerd_Baller submitted this hilarious photo last Friday to reddit where it promptly reached the front page and has been viewed 1.44 million times on Imgur since. He says his friend caught the priceless photo while diving in Australia.

London Britannia Airport on the River Thames

 London Britannia Airport on the River Thames
The Thames Estuary Research and Development Company (Testrad) has released a futuristic concept for an airport that would sit on an artificial island all by itself. In collaboration with global architectural design firm Gensler, this proposed design known as London Britannia Airport is in response to a call from the Airports Commission.

Creative Map Portrait by Ed Fairburn

Creative Map Portrait by Ed Fairburn
Artist Ed Fairburn continues to push his creative limits with these new map portraits. In the piece shown above, a Bristol street map has been carefully cut and drawn on, revealing the side of a woman's face. The map can turn into an envelope, which results in a combination of the map works Fairburn usually produces and a project he had previously worked on that involved postal art.

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Jason de Graaf

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Jason de Graaf
At first glance, these beautiful still life images seem like photographs. In reality, they are actually hyperrealistic paintings by artist Jason de Graaf. The artist focuses on every extreme detail to create realistic depth in layers of crisp reflections. With a steady hand and a strong vision, he produces a new reality based on his own imagination. 

'Military Inspired' ATV With Airless, Unpoppable Tires

'Military Inspired' ATV With Airless, Unpoppable Tires This is the $15,000 Sportsman WV850 H.O. from Polaris. The all-terrain military inspired vehicle includes unpoppable TerrainArmor non-pneumatic tires which can stand up to M4, AK-47, and .50-caliber ballistics, and still managed to keep going up to 350 miles.

Spectacular Floating Mobile House

Spectacular Floating Mobile House
Easily docked at a marina or pier, the ‘floating house’ by dymitr malcew is a mobile structure that can transported to different locations. the project was based around the idea of minimally impacting its surroundings, while still offering an ‘out of the ordinary’ experience.

HASSELL finalize plans for Mountain Top Wawu Shan Resort

HASSELL finalize plans for Mountain Top Wawu Shan Resort
Designs for a sustainable mountain-top retreat located in central china have been unveiled by international practice HASSELL. the brief for ‘wawu shan resort and hotel’ called for the construction of an eighty-room complex set amid the region’s scenic forests and waterfalls, without adversely affecting the site’s natural heritage.

Structure design for Bricktopia Festival Eme3 in Barcelona

Structure design for Bricktopia Festival Eme3 in BarcelonaServing as a container for different activities during the international architecture festival eme3 in barcelona, the build it team, ‘map 13′ created ‘bricktopia’. the vaulted structure is made from brick and employs a traditional construction technique called tile vault – or ‘catalan vault’. designed using new digital tools, the geometry of the form was optimized through ‘rhinovault’, a plug-in for rhinoceros.

Texas Roll Cloud

Texas Roll CloudSpotted on November 4, 2013 (7:30 am local time) in Canyon, Texas, was this amazing roll cloud on the northern horizon. The cloud was photographed by Kenneth Cole Schneider who was en route to Alburquerque when he noticed the fast-moving cloud.

Stunning Sea Cave

Stunning Sea CaveThis glorious sea cave is quite near Benagil Beach in Algarve, Portugal.

Powder Room has created a $500 Milkshake

Powder Room has created a $500 MilkshakeThe LA-based Hollywood cocktail bar The Powder Room has created a $500 milkshake. The milkshake will include edible gold leaf, "the finest Belgian chocolates", a host of liquors they haven't decided on yet, and a $190 Swarovski Nirvana Mountain Ring, which disappointingly will not make your "Smells Like Teen Spirit" cover sound any better. But at least you get to take it home with you after you've drained your shake.

Lifesize Gollum Statues by WETA Workshop's

Lifesize Gollum Statues by WETA Workshop's This is the lifesize Gollum statue($2,999) made and sold by WETA Workshop. The statue, of Gollum perched on a rock and about to partake of a juicy fish, stands about 3′ 6″ tall and is made of fiberglass.

Hand made Flying Ships by Prina

Hand made Flying Ships by Prina
Look upward in Italian architect Luigi Prina's studio and you will quickly be whisked away into a magical world of flying ships. The collection of hand-constructed mechanisms are suspended from the ceiling in a lively display overhead but they don't need to be attached with string to actually fly.

Ice Climbers on Frozen Waterfalls in Norway

Ice Climbers on Frozen Waterfalls in NorwayTalk about a surreal sight! In January 2013, extreme sports photographer Thomas Senf went to Norway with a team of fearless ice climbers to capture the professional athletes against huge walls of ice. What made this project so unique, however, was that the icefalls (or frozen waterfalls) were lit up in stunning colors like blue, orange and green using colored flares and spotlights.