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This inspiring short film by Erik Wernquist paints a beautifully exuberant picture of our solar system, showing adventurers exploring the cliffs of Europa, skydiving off of Mars’ peaks, and so much more. The narration is a speech by Carl Sagan, and it wraps the whole piece up in a beautifully nostalgic yet futuristic vibe. Great work.

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Comet 67P has been flying solo through space for millennia, and didn’t know it was in for a visitor. Yet a visitor touched down this week, for the first time in human history. The European Space Station launched Philae to the surface of the comet, which is whizzing at a brisk 84,000 miles per hour. It was even able to take a number of photos of the comet surface. Pretty incredible. Via NYTimes:
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It’s hard to visualize the size of 67P when its in the vastness of space. Here’s a handy mockup that someone in the UK did, it shows how big the comet would appear if it landed in Cork.

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And here’s a brand new image from the surface of the comet itself.

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The science behind climate change couldn’t be clearer. It’s mostly man-made, and change is accelerating. The problem with most of today’s climate-related activism is that it plays softball. It still speaks to people like it’s trying to convince them, woo them, gently show them why the system is sick. Finally, a major organization, Conservation International, has ‘grown a pair’ and started talking to people the way they deserve: with unflinching poise and undeniable blame. The series, titled “Nature is Speaking“, uses celebrity voices playing the roles of The Ocean, The Soil, Mother Nature, etc. The scripts are paired with beautiful video of pristine nature, the way it exists without humans messing things up. The punch line for the short videos is the real narrative, however. “Nature doesn’t need humans. Humans need Nature.” It’s a quote that I will be extolling for years to come, and I’m thrilled to have a great national organization finally market to people the way they need to. Wake up, humans. We need nature.

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Find the best fall colors can be a tricky business, but thanks to this Peak Foliage Map, you should be able to get there in time for the bright, beautiful colors of fall. Via FastCoDesign:
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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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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.
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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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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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FR-EE & foster + partners to design a new airport for mexico city

Sir Norman Foster is certainly one of the rockstars of the architecture world, and the new design for Mexico City’s International Airport does nothing to stop that reputation. Designed as one of the largest airports in the world, as well as the greenest, it’s beautiful flowing form is set to be completed by 2018. Via DesignBoom:

An enormous circular garden greets people as they arrive. In fact, the circle form is unique in airport design, and will dramatically simplify the often hodgepodge approach of existing airports.

‘Its design provides the most flexible enclosure possible to accommodate internal change and an increase in capacity. Mexico has really seized the initiative in investing in its national airport, understanding its social and economic importance and planning for the future. There will be nothing else like it in the world.’ – Lord Norman Foster.


Designed to be extremely easy to navigate, the airport doesn’t have shuttles or other complicated transportation within it.


Built by Mexican engineers and contractors, the airport will indeed be one of the biggest in the world, made of lightweight steel and glass.



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Russian artist Oleg Soroko uses 3D modeling and special algorithms to create these intricate and mesmerizing topographically-inspired designs. In a series called After Form, Soroko explores isosurfaces and other highly complex shapes and forms. They almost resemble landscapes made out of liquid mercury. Via Bechance:

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