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Let's cut things in half

A change in perspective can make even the most mundane things remarkable. Here are 35 mind-blowing photos of things cut in half.
From a handgrenade to toothpaste or a shrapnel shell bomb, the cut-through effect is simple but insightful, gaining a better understanding of how things are made and what this strange world has to offer.

Mappers delight. The distance travelled in hip hop songs with robotically made light paintings.

Multimedia artist Tahir Hemphill is the creator of Maximum Distance. Minimum Displacement, a visualization of rapper's travels through their lyrics.

In the first verse of Jay Z’s “All Around the World,” the rapper drops no less than 10 locations. Lyrically speaking, Jay Z travels from London to France to Tokyo and Capri, makes a few stops in California, hits up Switzerland and Bali before heading back home to Brooklyn.
Listen closely, and you’ll notice geo-location name dropping everywhere in hip hop.

Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s light pen drawings, Hemphill visualized the places that rappers name-check with robotically made light paintings. Watch how Kendrick Lamar's lyrics always come back to Compton, and even though Nas doesn't have the most songs in the song database used, he charted the most locations.

Live ants create sculpture tunnels in new plexiglass art

In this piece of art by artist Brad Troemel, worker ants take center stage as they’re seen creating tunnels through multi-colored gel.
The artwork consists of nine clear plexiglass cartridges that hang from the ceiling. Since these are all clear, viewers can watch the ants scurry around as they perform their daily tasks. They can even see these ants build the "sculpture" tunnels themselves.

The gel provides the ants with all of the necessary nutrients, so it’s up to the ants to complete their daily tasks. This includes biting into the gel, chewing it and packing smaller bits into larger spheres, carrying gel chunks to the surface and storing their refuse into designated piles.

 

10 of the most bizarre books ever written

From unsolvable codes to 13th-century penis doodles in the margins of bibles. From Henry Dargers little girls with dicks to the 'Codex Seraphinianus', written in a language that no one understands and filled with illustrations of surreal, impossible things.
Listverse
lists 10 bizarre books that span the course of written history, and they’re all utterly bizarre.

Listverse is a place for explorers, seeking out the most fascinating and rare gems of human knowledge.

The most striking science images

The 13th Wellcome Image Awards were announced on 11 March 2014, showcasing 18 of the most informative, striking and technically excellent science images of this past year.

From images of the Zebrafish embryo and the wiring of the human brain to this years winner, an image of a Mechanical heart pump.


Transforming books into mountains

Canadian artist Guy Laramee transforms stacks of old books into beautiful three-dimensional landscapes. The erosion of cultures – and of “culture” as a whole - is the theme that runs through all of his work. Cultures emerge, become obsolete, and are replaced by new ones.
His website states 'We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition?'

The best way to recognize the artists of paintings

Having a hard time telling El Greco and Caravaggio apart? Here is a amusing take on how to recognize the artists of paintings.

The mysterious uncrackable Voynich manuscript.

Yale University has put high-res scans online of the mysterious Voynich manuscript.
The book is a mysterious document that has fascinated scholars and top cryptographers for more than a century: It consists of 246 pages of handwritten script and illustrations. It has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438) and was discovered in an Italian monastery by a Lithuanian bookseller Wilfrid Voynich in 1912.

The book contains colourful illustrations depicting fantastical plants, astronomical diagrams, and groups of naked women in bathtubs. You could embrace the book as a linguistic brainteaser, an antiquarian book novelty, a guide to a lost theory of the natural world, or a portfolio of outsider art.

But the most important contemporary question about the manuscript is whether its text is “real” or not. The writing is so bizarre, sceptics have stated the book is a hoax or that the writing is nonsense.
Either way, it has withstood an astonishing amount of intellectual firepower from many directions. All kinds of scholars have been debating the document and its meaning, but until now, there has not been one convincing explanation.

Read more in this Boston Globe article, Why scholars can’t resist the uncrackable Voynich manuscript.

The year's best science visualizations

Every year, the National Science Foundation and the journal 'Science' honor the most creative works of scientific imagery. Here are some of the most beautiful pictures compiles by FastCoDesign, from how coral breathes to the delicate structures that connect the brain.

Elaborate skylines of imaginary cities made out of wood.

James McNabb is an artist who explores the skylines of imaginary cities that live solely in his imagination, carving buildings and towers individually by hand until they become extraordinarily detailed microcosms of a metropolis.

Given the detail required to create a city skyline from scratch, a single sculpture might take McNabb three months to complete. "I believe cities are the epicenter of creativity and innovation. It's where people go to be the best at what they do in the most competitive environment on Earth,' says McNabb in a interview with Fastcodesign..
"I'm inspired by the fast paced and frantic nature of living and working in the cities that never sleep. If nothing else, I hope my sculptures capture these same feelings and express these same ideas in a new and distinct way."

Banksy hits New York

The elusive street artist called Banksy has moved to New York for a month. As part of a series called 'Better out than in' the artist has promised to do a new piece of work every day.
Fans are following the Banksy-trail, poring over his Instagram feeds and website everyday, waiting for him to post a picture of his latest work of art. Although he is not providing exact locations, those who spot the graffiti are spreading the word online to aid other fans in the treasure hunt.

Among the works are; A slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district with animal dolls, random graffiti given a Broadway musical makeover, and my favourite, written on a blue door: "I have a theory that you can make any sentence seem profound by writing the name of a dead philosopher at the end of it. — Plato".

Futuristic graphic ping pong

Beat Match, a graduation project by David Rinman at the Forsbergs School of Design & Advertising in Stockholm, is an interactive surface that transforms table tennis into a collaborative audiovisual extravaganza.
With every bounce of the ball, the table takes on a new pattern. The geometric graphic shapes, supplied by an overhead projector, snap into place perfectly in-step with the action. But it’s not just the visuals that reflect the game play. The ball controls the soundtrack, too, with sensors triggering pre-cut snippets of electronic tracks every time it hits.

The inside of a golf ball?

Have you ever thought about what the inside of a golf ball looks like? Well appar­ently curios­ity got the best of pho­tog­ra­pher Jamers Friedman who sliced open a col­lec­tion of golf balls to pho­to­graph what he might find. In the most unlikely of places, he dis­cov­ered col­or­ful, beautiful and otherworldly cen­ters that feel almost like min­eral spec­i­mens. And the best part about this project James named, interior design, is that he doesn’t even play golf.

Ilkka Halso's nature rescue.

Came across this amazing work by Finnish artist Ilkka Halso. His work deals with man’s ambivalent relation to nature. In order to protect and restore the nature we have we need stronger means.
With his Museum of Nature project for instance he plans and constructs buildings which protects nature from the threats of pollution and, what is more important, from the actions of man himself.

The Windows of New York

Love this project! The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession designer Jose Guizar had with windows in the streets of N.Y. that caught his restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city.
An ode to architecture and part a self-challenge for him to never stop looking up.

20 Startling Images Invisible To The Naked Eye

Wow! Zoom in and we’re able to experience our world in detail we never thought possible. These mind-bending images serve as tiny glimpse to an entirely different world that lives uniquely hidden within our own. Blog So Bad So Good features 20 objects including cigarette rolling papers, a guitar string or dust (left) all enhanced and magnified up.

Behind-the-scenes photos show iconic movies in a new light

A great set of photo's of behind-the-scenes of some of the most iconic movies in history, among them pictures of Fritz Langs's Metropolis.

How historical figures would have looked today

Famous faces from history (here Shakespeare) have been given a modern makeover to see how they would look if they were alive today. The project, comissioned by history TV channel Yesterday to celebrate its new series, the Secret Life Of..., saw digital artists working closely with history experts to ensure the portraits gave a real sense of how historical characters would look if they were alive in the 21st Century.

Photographer Gives Lollipop Then Takes It Away

Jill Greenberg has a large body of work and is one of the more popular photographers of her era. In 2006 she had an exhibition, called End Times, showing photos of various kids crying as if something terrible had happened. One photography enthusiast revealed her rather cruel way of making her models cry – Greenberg gives them a lollipop and then quickly takes it away. Once people realized this, many condemned her for such methods.
Greenberg herself insists that the children had the sweets returned within 30 seconds, that no lasting harm had been done. "I'm just trying to convey that the children, if they knew, would be really upset about the way the world is going."

Finding Vivian Maier, an incredibly talented and mysterious nanny photographer.

Quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone.

Topographical Maps Carved from Electrical Tape and Intricate Thread Sculptures

When first approaching the artwork of Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki it’s entirely possible you might miss it altogether. Not only are his small buildings and artworks excruciatingly small and delicate, but they also rest on absurdly mundane objects: rolls of tape or from the bristles of a discarded toothbrush. Only on close inspection do the small details come into focus, faint hints of urbanization sprouting from disorder.

100 Diagrams That Changed the World

A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web. 100 Diagrams That Changed the World is a book about the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations and drawings. Ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel (left) to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.

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