Incredible snail photos reveal the secret life of our mollusc friends

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By Eugenia Viti in New Photography on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Snails looking at their reflections? Snails kissing? What about smelling a flower? These snails, shot by Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko, appear to be creatures of deep sentience. These crisp, colourful, heartfelt photos look like they could be part of a fairy tale.

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Coffee flour is the new super ingredient that tastes nothing like coffee

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 16 April 2014

It’s like the cooking gods are smiling down on us! Coffee flour is a thing. And according to the manufacturers of this heavenly ingredient, the surrounding pulp after harvesting billions of coffee beans is usually discarded. Not anymore! Coffee flour is a ‘nutrient-dense new super-ingredient’ that’s part of a social impact movement, creating jobs for families and sustainability for farms.

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The dark side of the covers by Harvezt

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 15 April 2014

From the Beatles’ Abbey Road to Nirvana’s Nevermind, these music album covers have one thing in common: they’re iconic and well recognized. Artist Harvezt has taken these popular images and given us a brand new perspective on them by reversing the scenes in his series The Dark Side of the Covers.

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Unbelievable images of Venice’s frozen canals

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Venice, do you wanna build a snowman? Sadly – or not sadly, depending on how you love/hate cold weather – this is not the work of nature, but the work of some cool photo manipulation. Photographer and art director Robert Jahns, known on Instagram as nois7, turned the lagoon city into a winter wonderland with his amazing photo editing skills.

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Photos of a farmer and his 1,200 pigs will make you want to stop eating bacon

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Monday 14 April 2014

An adorable piglet chilling by the beach, a different piglet sleeping on its farmer’s chest, and another smiling for the camera. These heart-warming photos by Kagawa-based photographer Toshiteru Yamaji will definitely make you want to swear off pork for good. In his series, ‘Pigs and Papa’, Yamaji captures the tender bond between a farmer, Otchan, and his 1,200 pigs.

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New Banksy! Latest work in the UK takes aim at anonymous spying, privacy

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Monday 14 April 2014

This new mural in Cheltenham, England, has all the markings of a new Banksy piece – narrative, graffiti style, and man-in-a-van execution. We’re just waiting for his website to confirm it.

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Unbelievable (real) places on Earth that look (totally) Photoshopped

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in Cool Travel on Monday 14 April 2014

The world is a truly unique place. Our friends at Distractify have compiled an impressive collection of surreal looking real places on Earth that captures everything from Bolivia’s mysterious Salar De Uyuni salt flat that makes those walking on it look like Jesus, bizarre sentinel trees that completely freeze in Finnish winters, and phytoplankton created sparkly seas in the Maldives.

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Single woman’s hilarious holiday snapshots with fake mannequin family

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Saturday 12 April 2014

This is brilliant: 14 years ago, Colorado-based art director Suzanne Heintz decided she had enough of her mum asking when she was going to settle down and get married, so she went ahead to buy herself a mannequin husband and daughter. It’s a hoot looking at Heintz’s insanely huge grin as she poses for these […]

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This next-gen music speaker is really just hollow bamboo

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 12 April 2014

A power-free speaker that thrives on natural acoustics to amplify music from your phone? Yep. Handcrafted out of sustainable bamboo, the iBam, as its name would suggest, promises to provide an instant audio boost to any phone when you slip the latter into it. How ingenious.

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Seriously, why clean your windows when men in kilt can do it for you instead?

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Would you like some window cleaning? How about some panache with that? Well, you can now engage the fun and friendly services of Men in Kilts, which promises ‘proud, kilt wearing professionals’ who will turn up at your residential or commercial property and clean away.

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This giant beagle is actually a bed & breakfast in Idaho

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 11 April 2014

Your dreams of sleeping deep inside the belly of a giant Beagle is now within reach. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse, which if you haven’t noticed by now, is a giant beagle. The owners of this unique guesthouse are Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, who […]

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Squirrels that look like Radiohead

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Sorry Radiohead, you might be one of the world’s best living bands, but we have found some damning evidence that shows how much you look like squirrels. If this all seems pretty outrageous, let it be known that we wished nobody ever had it in their heads to make chipmunk versions of your music — […]

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Here’s how Honey Maid responded to anti-gay backlash

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 11 April 2014

Honey Maid has been in the news lately for their ‘This is wholesome’ ad campaign that featured all sorts of families. One of those families just happened to be a gay couple with children. Another was a military family, a rocker family, a single dad family and an interracial family unit. It’s a pretty heartwarming ad but as always, people will always have something to say when it comes to seeing a gay family on the TV. In this case, the things they said were not the nicest: ‘horrible, NOT ‘WHOLESOME,’ ‘DO NOT APPROVE!’ and ‘Disgusting’.

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Photographer shoots wild meerkats, gets climbed on and used as lookout post instead

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco, New Photography on Friday 11 April 2014

Tree-climbing goats, move over now. Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas was minding his own business in the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana and shooting away at meerkats, when, one day, the meerkats — including a three-week-old litter of babies — decided he could be trusted and would make quite a decent vantage point.

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Diamonds that are made of human remains

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 11 April 2014

‘Family heirloom’ takes on a literal meaning when grandma becomes the actual diamonds she’s passing on. Swiss startup ‘Algordanza’ turns cremated human remains into prized diamonds via the same way actual diamonds are created, through heat and pressure. But instead of having to wait thousands or millions of years, clients of the company only have to wait three months. You might believe the concept is cooky, but it’s actually not too farfetched.

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