Delightful animations of colorful distorted cars

Cut & Shut is the latest work by illustrator Chris Labrooy, showing whimsical imaginings of icon VW Beetles and other models come to life. Read the rest

Artist uses food to make portraits of famous people with food-like names

Allan Pachino Wallace uses edibles to create detailed portraits, like athlete Stef Curry made from curry. He also made Salt Bae of salt: Read the rest

Scientists finally discover why this river has such an unreal shade of blue

Rio Celeste is a gorgeous Costa Rican river with a length that's famous for its unusual turquoise waters. After decades of guessing, scientists finally determined the cause was aluminosilicate: Read the rest

Meet the world's greatest horse photographer

Sara Barnes at My Modern Met profiles photographer Wiebke Haas, whose stunning art photographs of horses have won her global acclaim.

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Beautiful sculptures made entirely of ribbon

Ribbonesia specializes in gathering, twisting, and tying ribbon into vibrant animals, plants, and other sculpted forms. Some are complex like this dragon and peacock.

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Detailed guide to Disneyland line-planning for a age of lengthening queues

The core advice for minimizing wait time at Disneyland is to focus on off-peak hours (in the morning right after "rope-drop," in the evening before the park closes), but within that envelope, how should you prioritize your riding? Read the rest

Watch this artist repaint a Barbie doll to look like Wonder Woman

Watch as an off-the-shelf Barbie gets a superhero makeover in this delightful tutorial. Includes a list of materials used and a very relaxing voiceover. Read the rest

Trailer for AWAKEN is a feast of gorgeous imagery

The trailer for the film Awaken by timelapse expert Tom Lowe has so many beautiful shots that it was hard to choose a thumbnail. Below are just a few: Read the rest

Watch this ant colony vs. carnivorous pitcher plants

AntsCanada (previously) has an overpopulation problem in his yellow crazy ant colony, so he added two kinds of carnivorous pitcher plants. The resulting relationship between ant versus plant turned out to be quite fascinating. Read the rest

How to make a Harry Potter Golden Egg

YouTuber TheCraftMaiden decided to make a Harry Potter Golden Egg, and it's a triumph of winging it when trying a craft project. It even has a turnable owl to open it. Read the rest

The lollipopter puts the helicone to shame

Remember the helicone toy that changed from a helix to a pine cone? A mathematician just upped the ante with the colorful lollipopter. Read the rest

How to make your own fidget spinner from paper

This cool paper fidget spinner is basically an origami pinwheel, but it's still pretty neat. Read the rest

Latch hooking helps my child forget how long we've been in the car

My daughter erupted in smiles when I told her I'd gotten her a few latch hook kits for our upcoming roadtrip.

While I'm sure a Smartphone isn't enough to help my kid stay sane for hours, I'd have given my brother for one. While Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies won't be enough to entertain her, latch hook surprisingly will!

Buy your own hook! Frequently the kits don't come with them!

I am looking forward to having this 70s style shag heart for our VW Camper, as we go visit some National Parks. WORK FASTER CHILD!

Wonderart Shaggy From The Heart Latch Hook Kit, 12" X 12" via Amazon

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Lampshade made of repurposed prescription bottles

Emily Seilhamer specializes in upcycling everyday things. Here's a ton of amber prescription bottles repurposed as a cool lampshade. It also doubles as the world's worth windchime. Read the rest

Look at this spaceship bunk bed a dad made for his kid

It took Pete Dearing 100 hours to build this rocket ship bunk bed from blueprints he purchased online. His kids love it.

From Sarah Vitak's story in Make:

Most of the buttons control real lights, sounds, fans, meters, and headlights. All the sounds are controlled via Raspberry Pi. Plus, Dearing wired in a couple sets of headphones with mics, so that the kids can communicate with each other just like real space explorers!

Even though it’s a rocket ship, the bunk bed has transformed into everything from a bus to a submarine during playtime. When asked if he gets to help pilot the ship, Dearing says, “Of course! I can’t fit into the cockpit easily, but I still get to wear headphones and join in.”

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Watch soothing omnidirectional conveyor belts in action

These days, a conveyor belt can be so much more than a belt. Omnidirectional belts are programmable, allowing items to be rotated, aligned, and even transferred to other belts as they zip along. Read the rest

Check out Chris Burden's massive kinetic sculpture of a model car track

A new film about artist Chris Burden comes out this year, which is the perfect reason to revisit one of his coolest later works: Metropolis II, filmed here by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.

The sculpture took four years to build. Quoth the filmmakers:

We had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden's studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.

The documentary, titled Burden, is being released in 2017:

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