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Psychedelic Ant Farms Designed To Raise Money For Charity

These ants are mindlessly burrowing for a cause. Although they used to be filled with soil or sawdust, newer ant farms use an edible semi-transparent gel, which serves as both nutrition and medium of travel for the ants trapped inside. Show More Summary

Cool, Weird Halloween Costumes You Can Pull Out Of A Printer

It's not too late to get a Halloween costume. You can print out these low-poly masks at home. Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Print yourself out one of these beautiful papercraft masks. Read Full Story

What The Great Pyramid Looked Like More Than 4,000 Years Ago

The Great Pyramid used to be so shiny, it glowed. Go to the pyramids at Giza today, and you'll see pollution blackened steppes surrounded by smog and sand. Some 4,000 years ago, the pyramids looked much nicer: They were covered in polished limestone, resembling brilliant lightforms dropped into the desert from the sky. Read Full Story

It's Melting! A Life-Sized House Made Of Wax

Alex Chinneck, master of architectural illusions, has created a two-story house made of 8,000 wax bricks. British artist Alex Chinneck has a knack for creating surreal, reality-bending inversions of urban architecture, like a seemingly slouchy brick facade and an upside-down building. Show More Summary

Why Bother with Facebook?

On Tuesday I tooted my own horn, and today I vent some steam – Facebook steam.If, like me, you have or administer a Facebook fan page, you probably know that the number of people who see your posts on their walls is at the mercy of Facebook's algorithms. Show More Summary

Design Porn For Air Traffic Controllers

From ATL to TPA, the Airport Runway Collection lets you admire the intricate pattern of your favorite airport as seen from above. There are few areas of design so important to get right as that of the airport runway. They host millions...Show More Summary

A Portrait Of London's Diversity, Drawn From Languages Spoken Near Tube Stops

Tube tongues! London, like any big city, is a melting pot of languages and cultures. Oliver O'Brien, a researcher in University College London's geography department with a zeal for visualizing information about the London Underground,...Show More Summary

MIT Visualizes What Robots Are Thinking

Want to know what's going on inside that robot's brain? MIT researchers are trying to show us. Robots make thousands of tiny decisions a second, but they don't emote or verbally communicate. So when a Roomba turns 90 degrees in the middle of the room, we're only left wondering why and if something is broken. Read Full Story

Read About How Hotels Get You To Reuse Towels. Everyone's Doing It

Researchers have figured out how to create (almost) perfect towel reuse signs by exploiting a common human foible. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started a program to reduce hotel water consumption called the H2Otel Challenge. Show More Summary

Why Are Victorian Houses So Creepy?

Frank Lloyd Wright, the Addams Family, and Hitchcock: How Victorian architecture became the default haunted house. Americans have a very specific idea about what makes a house look creepy. If you search for "haunted house" on Google images, only one type of architecture appears in the first 25 images: a Victorian mansion. Read Full Story

Portraits Painted With Fire

Paint brushes suddenly seem so lame. French artist Steve Spazuk "paints" portraits of faces, figures, and animals, using a highly unconventional, potentially dangerous technique: He uses fire and soot. Read Full Story

This Is A Very Important Game About Toasting Bread

"The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted." Every slice of bread is born with one purpose: Some would say it's to be eaten, but a more nuanced take is that bread is born to nourish humanity, to feed those biochemical sparks that we sometimes call a soul. Show More Summary

The Guardian Rolls Out A Redesign, With Input From Thousands Of Readers

The Guardian's new design joins the rest of us here in 2014. It's about time. It seems like all the major magazines and newspapers are redesigning their websites lately. First it was The New York Times, then the New Yorker. Now the Guardian...Show More Summary

Want To Buy A Historic Fashion Label? Now's Your Chance!

The legacy of the French designer who gave us harem pants is up for grabs. Luxurious, loose-fitting gowns by famed designer Paul Poiret have been off the market for over 80 years, but that isn't stopping a French entrepreneur who specializes in reviving defunct fashion labels from selling off rights to the Poiret brand in an unusual online auction. Read Full Story

The Most Popular Halloween Costumes Of The Past 5 Years

An infographic tale of witches, zombies, and sad clown faces. In 2009, clowns were the fourth most popular costume for adults. But clown stock crashed in 2010, as the costume dropped to 13th place. Rumor has it, the clown hasn't smiled since, his frown now permanently stained with strawberry schnapps. Read Full Story

Fake Flames Tell You When Samsung's Induction Stove Gets Hot

Fake fireplace? Child's play. Induction cooking feels like magic the first time you try it. Without heat, flames, or glowing red coils, your pots get really hot, really fast, thanks to the invisible power of magnetism. But that mind-bending magic also creates a physical disconnect between cooking and heating. Read Full Story

Today's archidose #790

Here are some of my photos of Situation NY by Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY now at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. See a dozen more photos of the installation in my Situation NY Flickr set.To contribute your Flickr...Show More Summary

Try Windows 93: The Hilarious OS That Never Was

Somewhere between Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 lives this very odd, very funny art project that you can try in your browser. If you didn't live through the jump, it can be hard to describe the cultural revolution between Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Show More Summary

The Architecture Of Fear: How To Design A Truly Terrifying Haunted House

We chat with the designers behind one of the scariest haunted houses in America. Every autumn, millions of Americans flock to haunted houses, happily willing to pay $20 or $30 to get petrified out of their wits. Scaring people is no amateur game: haunted houses make up a $300 million industry in the U.S. Show More Summary

Take A Horrifying Journey To Meet Japan's Most Human-Looking Robots

Venture deep into the uncanny valley with a photographer who only shoots disturbingly anthropomorphic machines. When young photographer Luisa Whitton traveled to Japan in 2010, she planned a trip to visit the nation's top roboticists and their increasingly life-like creations. Show More Summary

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