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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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Arizona-based photographer Mike Olbinski takes wondrous images of weather, particularly stormy weather. Via MyModernMet:

“The summers in Arizona bring the monsoon thunderstorms, and they are a blast to chase. We get amazing clouds, awesome dust storms, and serious amounts of lightning”

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The Y40, also known as the Deep Joy, in Italy, makes all other pool’s deep ends seem like a joke. At a whopping 137 feet deep, it has a phenomenally deep ‘silo’ for divers and underwater photo shoots. It also boasts a glass viewing tunnel and plenty of room for the casual swimmer as well.

Via LaughingSquid.
Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

Y-40 World's Deepest Swimming Pool

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As someone who has attended Burning Man for years, you don’t need to tell me how profoundly amazing it is. Describing it to skeptical friends and colleagues has become a rite of passage for new attendees. But often a picture tells a thousand words, and this enormous gigapixel by Michael Holden tells a whole book. Scroll around, and see a full 360°view of the playa at sunrise. Check it out here.
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A wall-sized masterpiece for an insect, these miniature paintings are painstakingly detailed and lovely, showing a great amount of patience. South African painter Lorraine Loots‘ series Postcards for Ants is a once-a-day collection of small moments, lovingly painted the size of a coin. Via Colossal:

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

Postcards for Ants: A 365 Day Miniature Painting Project by Lorraine Loots painting miniature

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As a cyclist and someone in the market for a helmet, I find this exceedingly cool. But I’m okay with looking a bit like a space-age soldier. And that’s somewhat the aesthetic of Philippe Starck’s new collaboration project with Giro. Called the S+arckbike helmet, it features an aluminum and cork design, a very unconventional shape, and a visor, which could be great, if you’ve ever gotten a bug in the mouth while riding. Designed to be recycled at the end of its life, the helmet also strays from the hundreds of ugly plastic brain-protectors, which is A-okay with me. Prices not announced yet. Via FastCo Design:
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