How to make hikaru dorodango, shiny mud balls

Over the years, Bruce Gardner has mastered the Japanese craft of hikaru dorodango, polished mud balls that literally mean "shiny dumplings." Read the rest

This five-year-old kid is a log-splitting maniac

Salem Barker's kid isn't afraid of a little hard work. At five, he already knows how to run the hydraulic logsplitter they rigged up at their farm. Read the rest

Watch this melodica player follow cosplayers while playing character's theme song

LilyPichu went to IndyPopCon with a melodica, then followed random cosplayers around while playing the songs from their game, film, or show. The different reactions are priceless. Read the rest

Great explainer on how glass top pool tables work

Ever since transparent pool tables came on the market, I was curious about how they worked. Elite Innovations' designer Craig Nottage explains. The trick? Vitrik:

The playing surface is called ‘Vitrik’, it is a patented technology by Elite Innovations. It is a coating and mesh multi-layer combination, fixed to the glass, which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table, plus spin(English) can be applied. It’s highly durable, completely non-toxic and is 96% transparent. Please view our video to see our table in action, you will see that the balls indeed behave as they should.

The Vitrik™ playing surface is durable and will give years of game play, but when it needs to be recovered eventually (just as cloth tables do), please contact us to have it recovered. We offer a 12 month warranty on the playing surface against workmanship. Warranty does not cover wear and tear, or misuse. Only balls supplied by Elite Innovations can be used on the Vitrik surface – though others will not affect the physical properties of the surface, other balls may leave significant, highly visible, burn marks.

Some people learned the hard wayafter shelling out $75K for one of these babies.

Bonus video: table underlit with colored LEDs:

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Spectacular nighttime volcanic eruption photo wins National Geographic's top prize

National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year Contest has announced the 2017 winner, and the grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco for this otherworldly shot of Mexico's Colima volcano erupting at night. Read the rest

Watch this stylish electric bike zoom through the countryside

This gorgeous Avionics electric bike prototype mixes modern technology with the classic style of early gas-powered motorcycles. Read the rest

Manipulate a 3D model of the Rosetta Stone

The British Museum has released this nifty 3D scan of the Rosetta Stone, which includes a nice autoplaying audio summary of its significance. Read the rest

This cabin shaped like owls would be a hoot to rent

Need a little time away to reconnect with nature? Head to France and go off the grid in this delightful wood cabin shaped like three owls. Read the rest

Beautiful embroidered moths and butterflies

Yumi Okita creates strikingly accurate and colorful moths and butterflies from thread and felt. Read the rest

This professor makes mini-volcanoes with real lava

Artist Bob Wysocki plays around with homemade lava to create cool experiments that mesh sculpture and geology. Here, he makes a mini shield volcano. Read the rest

Fabulous papercraft models of antique cameras

Korean artist Ji-Hee Lee makes all sorts of classic cameras as paper models, like this 1989 Rolleiflex. Here's a photo of the actual camera: Read the rest

Relax like aristocracy in a Disney princess dress blanket

Carol Hladik was laid up on the sofa with an injury when she thought a fun blanket might help her feel better. The result was Disney princess-inspired crocheted dress blankets.

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This panda-shaped solar farm sets a new bar for cute creativity

Panda Power Plant in Datong, China is a multiphase solar farm building panda-shaped solar arrays. Read the rest

Filmmakers braved brutal arctic conditions to make this stunning film

Ghosts of the Arctic is a collaboration by Untitled Film World that captures some remarkably intimate images of wildlife in the coldest and most remote corners of the world. Read the rest

Artist creates an animation a day for a month in this charming compilation

It's always a great creative exercise to stick to a daily goal for a set period of time, as Gregory Darroll shows in A Month Of Motion, a collection of short animations he did once daily in June. Read the rest

Short film asks "Where Do Ideas Come From?"

David Lynch, Chuck Close, Susan Orlean, and a sampling of others describe the mysteries of inspiration that generate their ideas in this short but sweet film by Andrew Norton. Read the rest

These photo awards finalists will make you want to go exploring outside

EyeEm announce the finalists for their 2017 awards, and among the many standouts, the Outdoors category is especially impressive and competitive. Read the rest

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