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What would our planets look like if you flew by?

Artist Michael Benson has made some pretty fun and stunning images of celestial bodies in our solar system rendered in a manner that supposedly mimics the way our human eyes would perceive them if we were to fly by. For those of you in London, check out an exhibition of his photos along with original …

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1 World Trade Center’s amazing elevator

I was reading the New York Times and came across this video of the elevator to the observation deck at the top of 1 World Trade Center. As the carriage rises (at 2,000 feet per minute!), the interior walls display a computer-generated view of the city of New York that rises in perspective. Not only …

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Houston’s Memorial Day flood

It’s been surreal watching national news coverage of Texas’s flooding from the Memorial Day weekend. My hometown of Houston was hard-hit, especially the southwest side of the 610 Loop. Using Google and Twitter searching, I was able to find some pretty incredible photos and videos of flooding taken by local residents. Here’s a small sampling …

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Danny MacAskill: The Ridge

So awesome, so beautiful. Just watch. First, Danny MacAskillis a mad scientist on a bike. Second, the emotion of this video exceeds so much scripted content. To me, this is a perfect example of visual storytelling that takes your breath away. (Exhibiting unbelievable human feats helps.)

Chile Volcano Eruption in Slo-Mo

Real life is more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any special effect. This time lapse of Chile’sCalbuco volcano erupting is stunning. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports, “Local officials say people are very, very frightened.” That’s very, very respectable. More:Video Of Volcano Erupting In Chile Is Amazing In Time-Lapse : The Two-Way : NPR

Fall in love with a bunch of beautiful maps

Pack rat or archivist? Or a bit of both? Watch and learn about the John Feathers Map Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library: It’s beautiful to feel such a connection to tangible information. In this age of Google Maps, anyone out there still prefer a paper map from time to time? (I still find …

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