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There’s something magical about this rare sighting of vertically sleeping sperm whales. Peaceful and otherworldly seeming, the whales take short ‘naps’ of 12-15 minutes, even experiencing the R.E.M. sleep that humans do.  Via Sploid:


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No doubt there is a mental list of places in the world you’d like to visit. Well, get ready to add to it. The Cool Hunter is known for gathering images of far-away and impossibly beautiful places, and here is their 7th installment. Get that passport ready!

Dolomites, Italy

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park by Brazil (Pic – Massimo Vitali)

Chamonix Mont Blanc (Pic – Isabelle Jouvie)

Cathedrals Beach, Galicia, Spain

Loggas beach, Corfu island ~ Greece

Lofoten, Norway

Winnats Pass near Castleton Derbyshire, UK

Amsterdam (Pic – Sander Fennema)

The Seven Sisters Waterfall in Norway.

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If there weren’t absurdly overpriced luxury items of every shape and size available, I’d say that $100,000 for a table would be excessive. But in today’s world of personal submarines and gold smartphones, this extremely rare and ancient wood table is actually worth something. Ancient Kauri wood is some of the rarest in the world, and all of it is found preserved and buried in a peat swamp in New Zealand. Once the size of giant redwoods, the Kauri trees have been perfectly preserved for over 50,000 years, and the wood has a magical wavy grain to it, that is said to appear three dimensional even on a flat plane. An artisan in Wisconsin takes this rare wood and transforms it into truly one-of-a-kind furniture, like the table pictured below.  To own a gorgeous masterpiece from the last Ice Age might not seem so absurd after all. Via Ancientwood:

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Painstakingly researched and delivered in adorable fashion, Lili Chin has created an impressive series called Dogs of the World. Broken down by their country of origin, here is Part One of the Dogs of the World poster series. Never has learning about new breeds been so cute. Stay tuned for Part Two!
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Something magical happens when you carefully mix technology and art. Cirque du Soleil has a ‘lab’ where they create new theatre and art projects, and one of those latest projects is called Sparked. Using ten quadcopter drones and choreographing them to an actor’s movement, they’ve created theater out of these funny flying bots. No CG at all, these are actual flying robots. By far the most elegant use of drones to date, the clever use of lampshades hides the bare technology in a veil of pedestrian familiarity. Via LaughingSquid and Cirque Du Soleil.

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