Sam Van Aken is a sculptor and a teacher, but also a visionary, whose dream of creating a new type of tree that produces 40 different kinds of fruit and has swept the world. Art and technology are the two sides of the same coin. Technological innovations preceded the major changes in the arts and allowed artists to find new ways of expression. New York-based professor Van Aken took this concept even further and used a rather common technique of grafting and turned it into
These photos of adopted dogs will make see how transformative can be the love and care of humans to animals. Adopting a pet is one of the most humane things a person can do. Let's change the word pet in the following sentence with the word human and measure how humane animal adoption really is. 'In the United States, 2,7 million humans in shelters are being euthanized annually due to overcrowding.' This sounds like some totalitarian nightmare, doesn't it? Try to imagine what the situation
What is a long distance relationship like in modern times? Being apart from the ones you love is painful and only contact or attention from this special person can heal the pain. Long distance relationships are complex, but with the invention of modern communication technologies, they are far less complicated than they were some forty or sixty years ago. The angst of being alone and thinking about someone you love can at times be unbearable, and still, it vanishes as soon as you hear the familiar
For more than 10 years, artist Ra Paulette has been working on his caves completely alone, with a dog as his sole companion. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just leave all your worries behind and go to a place of peace and tranquillity, somewhere where none of the everyday troubles matter? Modern life is at times stressful and not easy to cope with, which is why almost all of us at some point felt the need to find our safe spot. A place
Volcanic eruptions are responsible for many tragic events in the history of our planet. Today, their number is constantly growing and nobody knows why! The forces much older than the human race are ruling the planet, but mankind shows little interest in them. Only the dedicated realize how important it is to understand the laws of nature and to work with them. The survival of our species might be at stake, and yet for the majority of us, it is no more than just an
Aniko Kolesnikova creates incredibly detailed 3D book covers that look like they walked right out of some fantasy land. In the age of mass production, it has become unusual to see a handcrafted item. It is not profitable enough to produce hand-made things, and it is certainly impossible to keep producing them at the same rate as the factory. Aniko Kolesnikova has proved wrong all of the people who think that it isn't possible to be competitive with a handmade item as your main product.
A quest for knowledge has been the spiritus movens of the scientific community throughout the history. For centuries, scientists strived to solve the world's mysteries and explain the unknown. As the knowledge accumulated, the first museums opened. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History opened one of the reasons for opening it was "the increase and diffusion of knowledge". The museum was founded as the "United States National Museum" in 1846, but it changed its name to its
Watercolors created by painter Snezhana Soosh vividly illustrate how the relationship between a daughter and a father should be. The world we are living in is far from perfect. We are used to reading about shocking things in the newspapers or hearing about something unjust every day. Too often this world is unfair to its children and we frequently hear about the misfortunes of street children that have no parents or place to go. That is why we should appreciate what we have, and give