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Similar to Picasso’s famous light paintings, Air Pencil is a phone app that lets you make extraordinary 3D paintings with light. Via FastCoDesign:

Triple exposure of artist Pablo Picasso drawing w. light at his home in Vallauris. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Triple exposure of artist Pablo Picasso drawing w. light at his home in Vallauris. (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Architect Stefano Boeri was just chosen to move ahead with his radical high rise in the Swiss town of Lausanne. The 350 foot tall residential building will feature more than 100 trees, and turns the notion of a high rise on its head, bringing the forest to the sky. With views of Lake Geneva, this is sure to be a view to remember. Via DesignBoom:
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A 75 million year-old fossil was recently discovered that has an amazing level of preservation, down to tail feather plumage, which gives scientists their best look yet at what the physical patterning on some dinosaurs would have looked like. 1501314765148874893-1

 

An undergraduate student from the University of Alberta has uncovered the fossilized remains of an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The remarkable specimen is offering important insights into the plumage patterns of these ancient creatures, while tightening the linkages between dinosaurs and birds.

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The dinosaur is called Ornithomimida, a six-foot bipedal creature that would have been almost entirely covered in feathers. Pretty amazing find.

 

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First released in 1899, “France in the Year 2000” was a series of postcards that envisioned a future one hundred years ahead.  The designs and concepts are both naive and adorable, with some accurate predictions, and some very strange ideas, indeed. Artist Jean-Marc Côte was responsible for these fascinating designs. Here are a sampling.  Via My Modern Met:

Whale Bus

School

Rolling House

Latest Fashions

Auto Rollers

Intensive Breeding

Correspondence Cinema

Air Firefighters

Barber

Electric Scrubbing

Farmer

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NASA recently uploaded over 8,000 images of the Apollo Missions to Flickr, and it’s amazing to see the depth of those film archives, from the poignant, to brilliant, to mundane. These photos taken with a Hasselblad camera capture hundreds of small moments, from simple rocks at the base of the moon landers, to wide open expanses of moon valleys and craters. For any space geek, it’s a treasure trove of imagery. Make sure to click to images to see them large.

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NASA announced today that they have evidence that the strange formations on Mars are caused by present day water movement. This is thrilling because it brings the red planet into greater focus, and is a precursor for finding life on this planet, or any other. Make sure to click the images to see this beautiful planet in it’s glory.

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Most of us have a flat screen tv in our homes these days, and they are no longer newfangled or impressive. Indeed, they are often an eyesore, taking the attention of the whole room they’re in, and acting as a distraction. Samsung has a new TV called the Serif, which is an attempt to make a TV more of a work of art than an appliance. Framed with a shape that makes it a seriffed “I” from the side view, this screen should look great in most rooms, which is more than most TVs can claim. Available in three colors, TBD whether it will arrive in the US.
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Nice day for a flight // moss and fog

Photographer Emmanuel Canaan has a love for aviation, and it shows in his beautiful pictures. In this excursion, Canaan captures an absolutely gorgeous Stearman Biplane on a lovely autumn day in Minnesota. Via 500px:

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Look up! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a woman doing the backstroke! This remarkable apartment complex being built in London is a world’s first, with a ‘pool bridge’ suspended ten stories above ground, allowing people to swim from one building to another. The glass-bottomed pool is sure to be strong, but you might want to think twice before doing that giant cannonball. Via DesignBoom:

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The history of the Statue of Liberty is a fascinating one, and these remarkable and rare photographs show the early phases of the construction and travel of the 200,000 pound copper monument. Mashable’s Retronaut has a fascinating write up, check it out. 

1878 World Fair in Paris, Park of the Champ-de-Mars, On the left: Bull sculpted by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901), On the right: planished copper bust of the Statue of Liberty (original by Auguste Bartholdi, 1834-1904), by Monduit, Gaget and Gauthier, Detail of a stereoscopic view. (Photo by Léon et Lévy/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

1878 World Fair in Paris, Park of the Champ-de-Mars, On the left: Bull sculpted by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901), On the right: planished copper bust of the Statue of Liberty (original by Auguste Bartholdi, 1834-1904), by Monduit, Gaget and Gauthier, Detail of a stereoscopic view. (Photo by Léon et Lévy/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

 

The surfaces should be broad and simple, defined by a bold and clear design, accentuated in the important places. The enlargement of the details or their multiplicity is to be feared.

 

The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champ de Mars at the World's Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champ de Mars at the World’s Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1890: The Statue of Liberty on the Bedloe island in the bay of New York (Photo by Unidentified Author/Alinari Archives, Florence/Alinari via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1890: The Statue of Liberty on the Bedloe island in the bay of New York (Photo by Unidentified Author/Alinari Archives, Florence/Alinari via Getty Images)

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1883, Paris, France --- A crowd of people looking at the head of the Statue of Liberty outside Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Paris warehouse in 1883. --- Image by © CORBIS

1883, Paris, France — A crowd of people looking at the head of the Statue of Liberty outside Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s Paris warehouse in 1883. — Image by © CORBIS

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