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Replica of a woolly mammoth on display at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia. Woolly mammoths roamed North America, Europe, and Asia during the Pleistocene epoch.

Replica of a woolly mammoth on display at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia. Woolly mammoths roamed North America, Europe, and Asia during the Pleistocene epoch.

The Atlantic has a fascinating read about the Alaskan woolly mammoth, and it’s possible fate, which may have come down to a water-starved plot of land called Saint Paul Island in 3,600 B.C. Due to a quickly vanishing source of fresh water, the mammoths were thought to die of thirst, scientists have discovered, looking at mineral samples and chemical isotopes. Read the whole story here.

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Sweet potato, spicy hummus, crispy chickpeas, and avocado roses

Food blogger Colette Dika has a love affair with avocados, and it’s clear from her gorgeously prepared dishes, that she’s a hell of a cook, too.  Her dishes are artfully arranged and composed, taking thin strips of bright green avocado and creating beautiful and delicious looking courses. Below are just a sampling of her tasty work. Via MyModernMet:

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Curried portobello mushrooms, avocado rose, and sesame seeds

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Curried pea spread and avocado swirl

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Sweet potato hasselbacks in massaman curry topped with cilantro, smoked paprika and avocado

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Most of us cinephiles would agree that Michael Bay’s movies are quite bad, possibly appropriate for an overseas flight, but never an opening weekend kind of affair. His bombast and predictability are dialed up pretty high. But when it comes to his personal home, we can all agree creativity and good taste are on display. This stunning 30,000 square foot home in Los Angeles has incredibly sleek lines, paired with tasteful accommodations and great minimalist layout. Perhaps credit belongs solely to the architects and designers, but we’re impressed. Via Architectural Digest and Oppenheim Architecture:

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Leave it to the Kickstarter community to come up with something as creative and magical as the Slow Dance. This creation is the brainchild of scientist Jeff Lieberman, who studied high-speed photography at MIT. Using carefully placed strobe lights, this frame magically brings anything within it into a beautiful world of slow-motion. A blade of grass, a feather, just about anything brought into the frame instantly appears to slow down, to a wonderfully slow-mo effect. Awesome stuff. Via Colossal:
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Bridges are supposed to be above ground. Tunnels are below ground. But in Norway, that may change, with the world’s first floating, underwater traffic tunnel. The project would help citizens travel between the country’s many fjords, through tunnels submerged 100 feet under water. Not to be completed until 2035, this project is nonetheless impressive, if a little scary. Via MyModernMet:
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Watching an intense thunderstorm over Kansas is impressive enough. But photographer Ron Risman paired it with a powerful synced soundtrack, to make it even more enticing. Very cool. Via Sploid:

 

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This quirky collection of images from the American Rabbit Breeders Association’s 92nd (!) annual convention in Portland, Oregon last year. Some very unusual (and huge!) breeds, these photos show a unique angle on pet ownership. By photographer Katya Rezvaya.

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Believe it or not, there is actually a Flat Earth Society today, who don’t exist entirely to be ironic. Despite this shocking ignorance, it’s fun to picture a world with sharp angles, and impossible physics. Hawaiian artist Petey Ulatan has a visually impressive series that explores this vibrant and angled world. Via DesignBoom:

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Take a look at these natural mandalas created from carefully arranged sticks, rocks, slices of wood, and river stones. From artist Matt W. Moore, Via SynapticStimuli:
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MF 8 Years

Back in 2008, I started blogging with the hope of sharing some of the inspiration I found on the web. A simplistic page sharing personal thoughts and projects, the site grew into a showcase of talented artists, designers, photographers and innovators. While I don’t quite post everyday, I try to share a number of creative expressions every week. I’m very grateful to the hundreds of email subscribers, Facebook fans, and the awesome WordPress community that keep Moss and Fog alive.  Thanks again for your support, and here’s to the next eight years!  -Ben

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