A short film that looks into the lives of Trauma Cleaners

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By Dani Leever in New Film on Wednesday 20 May 2015

An independent documentary company from Australia, PLGRM, has made a short piece looking into the lives of Trauma Cleaners – people who have to clean up the absolute naaastiest of messes.

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Creative duo creates 3D paper illustrations of spaceships, animals, and everything else

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Nancy, France-based Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of creative agency ‘Zim & Zou’ breathe life into paper by turning it into 3D illustrations of food, animals, and even spaceships.

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Currencies around the world look better with superheroes on them than politicians

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 May 2015

While politicians might not exactly be superhero material (super villain material, perhaps), Italy-based artist Alessandro Rabatti nonetheless shows us what they’d look like in masks and capes.

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Guy promotes love for books by reading in the most unexpected places

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 20 May 2015

21-year-old Jakub Pavlovsky loves reading books so much, he can read anywhere. And by ‘anywhere’, I mean reading-in-the-middle-of-a-busy-sidewalk anywhere. In his Instagram project ‘BOOK’S CALLING’, he is seen sitting down cross-legged and immersed in a book while his surroundings – such as a hectic street or a cramped subway car – moves on.

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Spectrum Street Art adds colour and light to a rebuilding Christchurch

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Visitors to Christchurch will immediately be struck by the sheer number of buildings (1,240) which have come down since the 2011 earthquake. But colour is slowly creeping back into this re-emerging city.

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Film – and direct – your very own live music video with Evergig (and beat the crowds)

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By Tristan Rayner in Tech on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Montague and Capulet. Coke and Pepsi. Sony and Nintendo. Apple and Samsung. Whether you are a fan of Shakespeare, cola, computer games or gadgets, history is littered with two rivals battling it out for supremacy and bragging rights. When it comes to electronics, the battle between the two big dogs in smartphones has raged for years. Like a humble and workman-like Lionel Messi to a flashy, self-promoting Cristano Ronaldo, Samsung has been happy to climb to the top of the smartphone market without generating Apple-like levels of hype.

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Bookmarks with legs make it look like there’s a person trapped in your book

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Ukraine-based architect Olena Mysnyk brings fictional characters to life – or at least part of them – through her collection of quirky handmade bookmarks. Half piece of paper and half body part, the bookmarks make it look like characters are trapped inside the pages of their books (literally), with only their legs sticking out.

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Maple leaf skeletons are given new life by turning them into bowl sculptures

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 May 2015

89-year-old artist Kay Sekimachi takes the skeletons of ordinary maple leaves and turns them into extraordinary works of art. Using Kozo paper (a thin Japanese paper made from Kozo trees), watercolor, and Krylon coating, she is able to turn the leaves into elegant bowl sculptures. Although due to the delicate nature of the artworks, it […]

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Adorable cake toppers bring out the animal in you on your wedding day

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Having grown up next to her family’s vet clinic in Oregon, artist Sofie Skein developed a love for animals that she’d later on use as inspiration for her whimsical line of cake toppers and figurines.

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Guy colour codes his Instagram by matching photos with the Pantone swatch book

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 19 May 2015

Melbourne-based artist and photographer Matthew Deutscher is quickly becoming famous for the way he organizes his photos on Instagram: by colour, or specifically by working his way through the PANTONE Color Bridge.

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This professor had the best response after a student’s baby started crying in class

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By Inigo del Castillo in News on Tuesday 19 May 2015

Recently at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor Sydney Engelberg was holding a lecture when he was interrupted by the cries of a baby. Apparently, one student brought her child along to class as she couldn’t afford hiring a babysitter. When the mother stood up to leave, Engelberg did something unexpected: he picked up the baby, soothed him, and continued teaching.

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Captain America’s shield is now a backpack that assembles all your stuff

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Tuesday 19 May 2015

You might not have the ridiculous good looks or deadly combat skills of Captain America, but you can have the next best thing. His shield, sort of.

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Biggest run-on sentence ever? This man wrote a 52,438-word dissertation without punctuation

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Tuesday 19 May 2015

If professors are always on your back about run-on sentences, just let them know you’re not the only culprit. Patrick Stewart wrote his entire 149-page dissertation without a single full stop or comma.

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Miserable man on vacation gets a do-over and goes back to Puerto Rico with his wife and baby

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Tuesday 19 May 2015

Just last month we showed you how miserable Kevin Blandford was when he won a trip to Puerto Rico but couldn’t travel with his wife or baby daughter. Well, this story has a happy ending because Kevin went back to Puerto Rico recently on an all-expenses paid trip… this time with his wife and daughter.

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If you’re a live music fan, you should really know about SongKick

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By Tristan Rayner in Tech on Tuesday 19 May 2015

Ever walked past a music store, a telegraph pole or a bar and saw a poster that said your favourite band was playing? Did you take a look and then realise that the gig happened three weeks ago, on a night which you were totally free and bored? If you answered yes (I did), then I feel for you. But it shouldn’t happen again – now there is an app for that.

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