What Made The Strange Web Towers In The Amazon


A few months ago, we showed you this strange structure found and photographed by graduate student Troy Alexander in the Peruvian Amazon. As far as we knew, no one had ever seen anything like it before. Was it built by an insect, a spider, a fungus, or space aliens? Researchers at the Tambopata Research Center kept observing this and other structures like it until they figured it out.
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Candy and Gingerbread Galleries by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin


One of the staples of the holiday season is the gingerbread house. Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin have taken the art of building a gingerbread house to a new level with their creations for Art Basel, a winter art festival in Miami Beach. For a show at Dylan's Candy Bar, they wanted to do something involving both candy and art, so they recreated the world's most famous art museums in gingerbread and candy!
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Dinovember: Bringing Toy Dinosaurs to Life


Movember ain't the only thing happenin' this November, folks. There's also Dinovember - a month-long project by Refe (@RefeUp) and Susan Tuma to convince their little children that plastic dinosaurs come to life when they sleep.

The project got started when after a long stretch of staying up all night with their one-year-old son who had trouble sleeping, Refe and Susan felt guilty that they weren't doing enough fun things with their two older children. So, Susan decided to play a little prank by setting up their plastic dinosaur toys in the bathroom.

"When my daughter, who was 4 at the time, came running into our bedroom, she said 'The dinosaurs came to life in the middle of the night and they were brushing our teeth!'" said Refe to TODAY.com "We looked at each other, and we knew we had to run with it."
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The Warcraft Wedding


"Warcraft wedding" are two words that don't come to mind when we think about nuptials, but that's because for most of us, World of Warcraft is just a game. But for some, it's a bit more than that.

Kotaku reader Craig and his wife Zoe from Taiwan belong firmly in the second camp. For their engagement photo session, the duo dressed up as characters from Warcraft (Craig is King Varien Wrynn while Zoe cosplays as Tyrande Whisperwind).
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Pop Surrealist Intervention Art of Robert Brandenburg


A beautiful and idyllic landscape painting or a Norman Rockwell classic may look like finished pieces that belong on the wall to you and me, but to Robert Brandenburg, they're merely starting points for his artwork. You see, Brandenburg takes (or some say, hijacks) existing artwork and adds his own twist to create an entirely different effect.
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Kraken Autopsy Proves the Monster is Delicious


We've told you about Miss Cakehead's Eat Your Heart Out pop-up cake shop coming up in London. We've seen corpse body parts made of chocolate and cupcakes with edible maggots. In the latest stunt to promote the event, the "Black Ink Society" conducted an autopsy of a Kraken! We've got plenty of pictures of the event, which was held shipboard off the coast of Kent on Thursday.
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Melting Girl


Here's a creepy yet fascinating art installation that'd be perfect for Halloween! In 2011, Art director Lenn Cox, Jp Scheen, and moldmaker Richard Philips created this sleeping girl in wax installation at the Arnhem Mode Biennale exhibition in the Netherlands. The installation is made for A.F. Vandevorst, a Belgian fashion label.
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Age of Internet Empires


Mark Graham (@geoplace) and Stefano De Sabbata (@maps4thought) of Information Geographies have released a map of featuring the websites most frequently visited by people from all countries in the world.

The map, titled Age of Internet Empires, uses data from web analytics company Alexa. It is visualized in the style of an old colonial map and named after the popular computer game Age of Empire.
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Teenager Teenager


So. I guess that's what teenagers see grownups as. Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's "Teenager Teenager" installation, currently on display at Gallerie Perrotin, consists of a set of sculptures of rock-headed people sitting on sofas as well as a performance piece of real kids playing nearby.
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Here's What You Need to Know About the New $100 Bill


Tomorrow - government shutdown or not - the Federal Reserve is going to start circulating the new $100 bill. The "New Color of Money" redesign to the US banknotes, which began in 2003, started with the new $20 bill. The redesign introduced new security features to stay ahead of counterfeiters.

Here's what you need to know about the new $100 bill, from the Federal Reserve's website NewMoney.gov
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You Can Bring This Mother of All Swiss Army Knives to a Gunfight


Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives that you can actually bring to a gunfight ... and win!

The knife has 100 functions, including every types of blades imaginable. It has a serrated blade, dagger blades, shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, pens and pencils, mirror, and straight razor. You can even use this tool to tune a piano, as it has a piano tuner built in. Hungry? It's got a butter knife so you can butter your toast.

But that's not all: This is a knife you can actually bring to a gunfight. It has a fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver. And as if that ain't enough, the tortoise shell handle covers of the knife open up to hold picks, tools, and even mini folding knives.
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NASA Mashups


Before we can boldly go where no one has gone before, we need a plan ... and blueprints! That's where illustrator Doug Pedersen come in. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, based artist has created a sci-fi inspired series of mashups of popular pop culture vehicles with real ones from NASA's space program.
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10 Most EPIC Photos from Red Bull Illume 2013


Well, what do you expect from a company that dropped a man from orbit as a stunt? The 3rd Red Bull Illume Image Quest photography competition, where 6,417 photographers from 124 countries competed to submit the most epic action and adventure sports photos (there were more than 28,000 entries), has just announced the winners. And as expected, there was much epicness
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Food Rorschach Test


Quick, what comes to mind when you see these Rorschach tests made with food? Madrid-based photographer Esther Lobo (FahLoSue) created a series of fantastic Rorschach inkblot tests made with yogurt, ice cream, peanut butter, condiments, and other types of food
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A Book Can Change Your Life


"A book can change the story of your life," is the premise of this series of cleverly illustrated ads for Penguin Books by Y&R ad agency in Beijing, China. The print ads show events in a person's life and how reading a book could make a difference between that person becoming a criminal or a sports hero, a successful chef and, uh, a degenerate and so on.
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Ghostly Seal in the Kelp Forest and Other Amazing Underwater Photos


Since 2005, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has conducted an annual Underwater Photography Contest, which is open to amateur photographers. This year's contest was won by Kyle McBurnie of California with this hauntingly beautiful shot of a harbor seal floating like a ghost in a kelp forest. View more winners of the 2013 Underwater Photography Contest.
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Flower Nanostructures


By simply manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid, Wim L. Noorduin [...] has found that he can control the growth behavior of these crystals to create precisely tailored structures. [...] To create the flower structures, Noorduin and his colleagues dissolve barium chloride (a salt) and sodium silicate (also known as waterglass) into a beaker of water. Carbon dioxide from air naturally dissolves in the water, setting off a reaction which precipitates barium carbonate crystals. As a byproduct, it also lowers the pH of the solution immediately surrounding the crystals, which then triggers a reaction with the dissolved waterglass. This second reaction adds a layer of silica to the growing structures, uses up the acid from the solution, and allows the formation of barium carbonate crystals to continue.
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Global Flight Paths


Man, that's a lot of frequent flyer miles! Canadian transportation planner Michael Markieta who works at engineering firm Arup in Toronto as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant, crunched the data of more than 58,000 global flight paths and visualized them in these fantastic images:
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Illustrated Recipe: Artwork Inspired by Marie-Antoine Careme's Extravagant Food


Marie-Antoine Carême, the world's first celebrity chef and founder of the concept of haute cuisine, continues to inspire us today, some 180 years after his death. The King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings, as he's often called, and his eccentric culinary creations are the inspiration of an art exhibition in Brighton, United Kingdom, titled The Illustrated Recipe. The art show, hosted by Gallery 40 and Cameron Contemporary Art, features five British artists who are experts in six very different mediums of art: paint (Kirsty Wither), crochet (Kate Jenkins), collage (Ed Kluz), denim (Ian Berry), digital illustration (Sarah Arnett), and cake (Annabel de Vetten of Conjurer's Kitchen). Below are some sample of the exhibited artwork:
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Smeared Skies by Matt Molloy


It's not easy to improve upon the gorgeous skies that Mother Nature paints herself, but photographer Matt Molloy managed to pull it off: the Canadian photographer stitched together a composite of hundreds of individual photographs to create stunningly beautiful effects in this "time stacks" photography series.
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Vertical Horizon


After photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze arrived in Hong Kong in 2009, he became fascinated by the character of the city's urban spaces, with gleaming, modern buildings standing side-by-side with traditional tong lau tenements. As he continued his exploration of the city, Romain realized that his fascination stemmed from the sense of awe that one feels when gazing up from the foot of skyscrapers. In his photography series and art book Vertical Horizon, Romain captured the architectural majesty of gigantic skyscrapers from below.
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