36-Square-Meter Modular Tiny Home Is A Warm, Comfy Abode With Earthy Hues

Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos has developed a modular tiny home called ‘VIMOB’ that can be transported to and assembled in remote areas.

The first prototype of the 36-square-meter timber-clad house has been set up in lush Matapalo, Colombia.

Together with its open concept come a living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen and two bedrooms.

‘VIMOB’ is available in various sizes ranging from small at 28.5-square-meters, to extra large spanning 113.8-square-meters.

View images of the house below and learn more about the design here.

Other modular designs previously featured include this gorgeous floating house that lets you live and sail around the world and NYC’s first micro-apartments that span 250 to 370-square-feet with rental starting as low as US$950 a month.

[via Inhabitat and ArchDaily, images via VIMOB]

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How Smiles In Yearbook Photos Have Evolved Over The Last 100 Years

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have recently completed an intensive study on the evolution of smiling in yearbook portraits over the last 100 years.

The mammoth undertaking involved sifting through 150,000 high school portraits from the digital archives of school across America, with some of them dated as early as 1905.

After filtering out non-full-frontal portraits using machine vision, the number was narrowed down to 37,000 photos from 800 yearbooks in 26 cities.

The photos were then grouped by decade and merged into one composite image to create an “average” image for that decade.

The findings reveal that both men and women wore bigger and wider smiles over the years. Another finding was that that women “significantly and consistently smile more than men”, a fact that is already known.

Read more about the study here.

[via PetaPixel, Engadget and MIT Technology Review, images by ARVIX]

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Infographic: 10 Best Indoor Plants That Help To Purify The Air In Your Home

If you’re looking to keep plants in your home but have no idea what types are suitable for the indoors, this infographic by UK-based online store Lark & Larks might help.

The plants are characterized according to their properties; all of them help purify the air and most are easy to look after, while some are toxic to pets or require lots of sunlight.

Check out the infographic below to learn more.



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[via Visual.ly, image via Lark & Larks]

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Watch: How To Make Friends Easily, According To Science

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When it comes to making new friends, little interactions and subtle body language can go a long way.

This video by BuzzFeed highlights the scientific methods you can use to make friends easily.

For example, creating a time constraint lets people know they will not be trapped forever in conversation, thus being more willing to chat with you.

Click play on the video below to find out more.

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‘Perfect, World’s Sharpest’ Razor Has A Sapphire Blade, Is Now Affordable

If you are looking to upgrade your razor in the new year, you should look no further than the luxurious Zafirro, which is “the biggest advance in razor blade technology in more than a half century”.

Featuring a pure, white sapphire blade, it is the sharpest razor in the world, and lasts about 100 times longer than your regular razor.

With sapphire being second only to diamond in terms of innate hardness, Zafirro’s blade is 10 times sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel—at about just 80 atoms at the tip, its width is 5,000 times smaller than that of a human hair.

The first Zafirro product, the ‘Zafirro Iridium’, retailed at an astronomical price point of US$100,000, while the ‘Zafirro Gold’ that followed it costs a whooping US$18,000.

However, this cutting-edge razor is no longer out of the reach of the masses—the Zafirro Z2 Razor launched on Kickstarter recently, and pledges currently start from only US$179.

Prices is set to be considerably higher once the razor hits the market, so pledge for it here if you would like to be among the first to enjoy it.

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Photographer Literally Captures Wedding Through Eyes Of Its Guests

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Photographer Peter Adams-Shawn of Memories of Tomorrow Photography has put together ‘Eyescapes’, a slideshow comprising images of a wedding that he documented via the eyes of its guests.

The visuals are all single exposures taken on the special day and not composites created in Photoshop.

View the pictures in the video below and see more of Adams-Shawn’s works here.

You can also check out this enchanting video captured by a dog of its humans’ wedding day.

[via PetaPixel, video via Memories of Tomorrow Photography]

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Watch: How The First Nude Movies Were Made in 1887 (NSFW)

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This latest video by Vox explores Sarah Gordon’s Indecent Exposures: Eadweard Muybridge’s “Animal Locomotion” Nudes, and how the first nude movies were produced back in 1887.

Muybridge started out as a photographer, focusing on animals for his early motion studies. When he moved to Philadelphaia, he got elites to back his study of humans, both clothed and unclothed.

Although Muybridge did not use film, he captures photographs in still plates and displayed them in public. By projecting them in a series of sequence, he turns them into kinetic images that portray nudity in the Victorian era.

Click play on the video, which contain NSFW images, to find out more about the technique used by Muybridge.

[via Vox, images via video screenshot]

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Useful Scientific Ways To Prevent Awkward Conversations Once And For All


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Enlisting the expertise of San Francisco-based communication coach, Katarina Razavi, The Next Web offers three scientific ways to help you prevent awkward conversations through an understanding of how your brain perceives signals, with tips on making it work positively for you.

Double-check yourself during conversations.

To overcome situations where you find yourself going blank on the simplest details in a conversation such as a person’s name, it is key to take a moment and review the list of things your mind is juggling all at once. Once you have identified the culprits of distraction, take a breath and re-focus on the topic and person at hand.

Develop healthy social habits.

Forming a social habit that involves an engaging structure can help you remove the stress and navigate a conversation meaningfully. The Habit Loop, which consists of cues, routines and rewards is a useful example; consisting of a trigger, which initiates a habit, a go-to greeting or an open-ended question to develop a conversation, and finally, reaping the good vibes of making successful connections with people.

Write things down.

Penning your thoughts and feelings before a high-stress situation can do wonders in calming you down and helping you be more confident in conversations. Similar to how computers tend to slow down if too many tabs are open, filling our brain with too many speculations will exhaust you. To free yourself of this, form a habit of writing down your stream of consciousness, or even a creative story that visualizes the event.

Read the full article here.

[via The Next Web]

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Delightful Pop Culture Puns Cleverly Depicted As Adorable Illustrations



The King Of Pop

Artist and T-shirt designer Daniel Stevens, previously featured for his minimalist designs, returns with a series of works that depict pop culture puns as adorable illustrations.

With characters like the planet Mercury as Queen’s singer Freddie Mercury, and a can of soda as “The King Of Pop”, his clever illustrations are surely a delight to look at.

Check them out below, and head to his shop for more designs.



Freddie Mercury



Meow 2 D2



E-Booknocchio



Batcation

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Infographic: Four Tips To Working Productively From Home

WhereDatApp, which previously showed us five productive habits to do throughout your day, is back with another infographic.

Created for those of you who work from home, the infographic shares four tips that you can do to be more productive while working.

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