NASA’s brilliant response to 7-year-old boy who wants to go to space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Wednesday 24 July 2013

This is brilliant: when 7-year-old Dexter Walters scrawled a handwritten note to NASA saying he would like to be an astronaut and go on a Mars mission one day, NASA’s public outreach division wrote back with a charming response that concluded with, ‘keep reaching for the stars’. They also included a bunch of full-color stickers, […]

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China’s New Century Global Center is the world’s largest building

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Friday 19 July 2013

A year ago, the largest building in the world was Dubai’s International Airport terminal 3. As of July 1, China’s New Century Global Center steals the title at 1.2 million square feet and 18 stories. This colossal building is in the mega-city of Chengdu, and it contains 14 IMAX screens, restaurants, hotels, plenty of shopping, […]

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German cleaning equipment company Karcher cleans Mt. Rushmore for free

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 18 July 2013

German cleaning equipment manufacturer, Karcher, volunteered its time and resources to clean Mt. Rushmore free of charge. The crew’s goal was to pressure wash lichens off of the presidents’ faces, but didn’t really expect to see a noticeable difference in appearance.

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The Happy Project: a competition to make people happy

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Monday 15 July 2013

Mark and Adam Simpson are two brothers with one goal: make people happy. To accomplish this goal, they’ve organized a contest to find a fund an idea that will make people happy. Their intentions are completely pure, so it’s not an advertising ploy or a government initiative; even the winner’s name won’t get published. The […]

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John Malkovich makes random appearance on Reddit

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Friday 12 July 2013

Reddit has a subreddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), where anyone can start a post to describe who they are, what they do, and answer questions posed by anyone next in the comment box. John Malkovich just went on AMA with a post titled ‘I am actor / director John Malkovich – AMA!’ to do one of these.

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Surveillance cams get party hat on George Orwell’s birthday

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Friday 12 July 2013

George Orwell’s 110th birthday recently passed on the day of June 25, and Dutch artists Front404 installed party hats on top of surveillance cameras in the city of Utrecht in a nod to the Big Brother state he wrote about in his seminal novel 1984. As they explained, ‘By making these inconspicuous cameras that we […]

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Bizarre body art at the World Bodypainting Festival

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By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Friday 12 July 2013

So Austria just hosted the 16th World Bodypainting Festival with a huge turnout of over 29,000 curious onlookers as well as participants from 45 countries. Naturally, a number of enthusiasts creatively re-interpreted the theme ‘Planet Food’ as ‘Really, WTF?’. Here is indisputable evidence.

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The Prix Émile Hermès 2014 is now open

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By Sara Halas in New Events on Thursday 11 July 2013

The Prix Émile Hermès for 2014 is now open, and all young designers are encouraged to enter. The Foundation d’entreprise Hermès recognises the importance of supporting creativity, and developed the prize to salute designs whose purpose and meaning reflects society’s current and future needs. This years theme is based on our need to escape the […]

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Crowds gather in Brussels to smell the world’s stinkiest flower

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 11 July 2013

The national botanical garden in Brussels, Belgium is home to the Titan Arum, better known as the corpse flower. This rare 8-foot-tall plant has only flowered three times since 2008, and it only blooms for three days. What’s even more interesting than its rarity is its smell, which strongly resembles the stench of a decomposing […]

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Waterfall catches fire in Yosemite

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 5 July 2013

Holy flames and sticks, what is the world coming to when a waterfall gets engulfed in flames? All right, it’s an optical illusion. Apparently in February every year, sunset rays meet Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall in a way that lights up the upper bits of the waterfall, making it look like it’s on fire. Nature is […]

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Spotted at the last Fourth of July: Fireworks vs full moon

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 28 June 2013

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and we’re looking back at the last one to see this unforgettable sight of fireworks against a full moon. The majestic picture was taken a year ago by Associated Press staff photographer Charlie Riedel at a celebration in Kansas.

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Supermoon all over the world

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 28 June 2013

The supermoon — which really refers to a full moon at the closest it can ever get to Earth — made its presence felt over the weekend. The moon’s shying away from us again till the next supermoon phenomenon on Aug 10 next year. Here’s what the world saw, and what we are now seeing […]

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Amsterdam’s Pitch Festival 2013: electronic, witch-hop, experimental, music

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By Kirsten Sibbles in New Events on Friday 28 June 2013

Groot-Mokum is famous for its beautiful canals, bicycle riding, art world, and, of course, other unmentionable things. It is not renowned for its electronic music as such, which is usually reserved for mega cities such as Berlin, London, New York or the shore lines of Croatia and Ibiza. Nonetheless, Amsterdam has been known to embrace the out of the norm with grace.

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Be the first Australian same-sex couple to get married in New Zealand

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 27 June 2013

The Star Observer and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to host a contest to find the first Australian same-sex couple to be wed in New Zealand on the first day that same-sex marriages are legal in New Zealand. To enter to win a dream wedding, simply submit a photograph of you and your loved one and describe why you want to be married in New Zealand (in 25 words or less).

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Gate 228: an unauthorized street art exhibition in Melbourne

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By Darwin Cosico in New Events on Saturday 22 June 2013

An abandoned house in Melbourne’s inner north has been transformed into an unauthorized art exhibition. Six Melbourne artists (Tom Civil, Ryan McGennisken, Doctor, Be Free, Suki & Bon) used the house as their canvas. The street artists have used aerosol paints, stencils, printmaking, illustrations, and installation-based techniques to create their artworks. The exhibition was opened to the public last Saturday morning.

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