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Hitler’s Hidden Paintings Found in Small Czech Town


A Czech writer and publisher made headlines after discovering seven paintings owned by one of the bloodiest tyrants in history. Jiri Kuchar, who wrote two books on the collection, said the paintings were discovered in Doksany, a small town about 30 miles north of Prague, in a convent. They were believed to be lost for decades and are priced at $2.7 million or 50 million koruna. The convent, however, does not plan to sell the paintings. Continue »

Photo of the Day: Air Balloons at Dawn


Bagan, Burma: Hot air balloons carrying tourists rise above the pagodas at dawn. (Reuters)

Talking More Web Design Trends on The DesignCast

If you listened to the last episode of The Deeply Graphic DesignCast, then you heard our discussion on some of the newest web design trends taking over in 2012. But we could only fit so much in one episode, and the exciting conclusion is now live on iTunes. We discuss six new trends, answer a listener question, and offer some new advice, tips & tricks. If you’re a web designer, or looking to get into the field, this is a must-listen!

Nike Foamposite Galaxy


Nike is set to release its latest limited edition sneaker, the glow-in-the-dark Foamposite Galaxy, which will go on sale at stores for $220. Continue »

Lake Worth’s 18th Annual Street Painting Festival

For a weekend, the streets of downtown Lake Worth are a canvas being transformed into works of art. With hundreds of artists using only chalk creating more than 200 paintings, the festival claims to be the largest of its kind in the world.

Street performers and musical entertainment contribute to the festive atmosphere, and artists will continue working on their creations at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 26.


Carrie Bennett, an art teacher from Ft. Lauderdale, works on her piece. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Continue »

House of Lemon, Wolf Riding Tricycle and Other Weird Snapshots from Around the World


A visitor looks at an elephant made of snow and ice at the Central Botanical Garden during winter in Minsk, February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Julia Darashkevich. (Reuters) Continue »

NASA Unveils Future Aircraft Designs: Stunning Models


Three industry teams spent 2011 studying how to meet NASA’s goals for making future aircraft burn 50 percent less fuel than aircraft that entered service in 1998, emit 75 percent fewer harmful emissions; and shrink the size of geographic areas affected by objectionable airport noise by 83 percent. (NASA) Continue »

Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park Headquarters

There is lot of speculation about the IPO of Facebook, the largest social networking site in the world. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the company, with more than 800 millions users, is planning to launch its IPO somewhere between April and June this year. The company plans to raise $10 billion through the IPO. Facebook has also been voted as the best tech company to work for in 2012, in a Glassdoor survey.

Facebook’s new office has about 2,000 employees and is constantly working to add productivity and something new on the creative front. The office is unique with no private space. Here are some of the pictures of the company’s newly acquired headquarters in the 55-acre Menlo Park in California. The space was earlier occupied by Sun Microsystems.


An employee writes a note on the message board at the new headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park. (Reuters) Continue »

George Clooney Gets Pre-Oscar Makeover at Madame Tussauds


American actor George Clooney has been nominated in the Best Actor category, for the forthcoming Academy Awards, for his role in “The Descendants”. Meanwhile, his wax figure at Madame Tussauds is getting a makeover. Hair stylist Gemma Sim and colourist Gemma Fee are working their magic at Tussauds. Apparently, as the actor is preparing for the Oscars, his wax figure’s attire is being changed from a suit to that of a Hawaiian. The actor plays a Honolulu-based character in “The Descendants”. Continue »

Mardi Gras 2012 Photos: Before the Beads turned to Ashes in New Orleans


In the 12 days leading up to Fat Tuesday, about one million people took to the streets of New Orleans, bringing an estimated $300 million in direct and indirect economic impact. The bulk of visitors poured into the French Quarter and across the Big Easy over the weekend to revel in parades led by mythic royalty. The weather was even more cause for celebration: Mid 70s with partly cloudy skies. Over the four-day weekend there was drinking, dancing, and King Cake eating. The streets were flooded with flamboyant costumes, frivolous floats, and frolicking late night flesh-flashers. Continue »

Gucci’s Sheer and See-through Ensembles Upstage Milan Fashion Show: ‘Dark Glamour’ for Autumn/Winter 2012


Gucci kicked-off the Italian fashion season with its sheer and see-through “dark glamour” ensembles at the Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 Wednesday. Unlike most fashion shows this year that featured bright colors, aesthetic patterns and embellished corsets as an imminent fashion trend for the next winter, Gucci’s designers came up with incredibly different “dark glamour” collection. The creations were dominated mostly by murky colors like black, shades of green, burgundy and blue.

Models flaunted ruffled chiffon chemises, sequin work on opulent sheer outfits, fleece on the overcoats, velvet jackets and flashy sexy costumes accessorized with classy Gucci bags on the first day. Continue »

Alpine Crop Circles: The Snow Art of Simon Beck


Simon Beck has spent a lot of time at Arc2000 in the French Alps this winter, but he hasn’t been skiing. Beck spends his days doing something entirely different: making snow art. Many compare Beck’s work to “crop circles,” but this is not the labor of “aliens” who’ve chosen a wintrier medium. This “snow art” is the work of a lone artist who spends hours trudging around the French ski resort to fashion his designs.

Beck’s intricate creations come in a range of forms from spirals to cubes, snowflakes, and abstract figures. These snowy “crop circles” are created by the simple act of walking in the snow wearing raquettes.

“They aren’t hard to do,” Beck boasts on his snow art page. “Good exercise, yes, but not particularly difficult. I’ve placed it in the walking category as they are made by walking about in snowshoes.”

The Oxford-educated self-employed map maker typically walks for about five hours or until he gets too tired, using a headlamp if it gets dark first. The shapes are created by a kind of reverse orienteering. The main lines and points are surveyed using a sighting compass with distances measured either by pace counting or string. Continue »

Happy Mahashivaratri: Hindu Devotees Celebrate the Festival With Religious Fervor

Thousands of Hindu devotees from across India and Pakistan on Monday celebrated the festival of Mahashivaratri with traditional religious fervor as chants of “bam bam bole” and “har har mahadev” reverberated in the air. Devotees from all over the country observed a fast and thronged Shiva temples to worship Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated in the honor of Hindu God Shiva, one of the Trinity of Gods – the Creator, the Destroyer and the Preserver – who are intrinsic to Hindu mythology.

Pakistani Hindus too celebrated Mahashivratri after a gap of six years when a group of Indian pilgrims joined the festivities at the Katas Raj temple in Chakwal district in the Punjab province in Pakistan.


Hindu devotees pour milk over Shivling (a symbol of Lord Shiva) inside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad Feb. 20, 2012. (Reuters) Continue »

Nepali Man Claims to be World’s Shortest Man


Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, who claims to be the world’s shortest man standing at a height of 22 inches (56 centimeters), tries to reach for a glass of water in Kathmandu February 23, 2012. Dangi is scheduled to be verified as the world’s shortest man by the Guinness World Records committee on February 26 in Kathmandu, according to local media. If certified, Dangi will beat Junrey Balawing of Philippines, the current Guinness World who stands at a height of 23.5 inches (60 cm). (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) Continue »

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm With Brain Implants


Jianhui, a 5-year-old monkey, is seen with a device attached to its head as it prompts a mechanical arm via brain signals at a laboratory at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province February 23, 2012. A tiny sensor implanted in Jianhui’s brain is allowing the monkey to control a mechanical arm to reach and grab food and drinks, scientists with east China’s Zhejiang University announced on Monday afternoon. The technology, Brain-Machine Interface (BMI), is a real blessing for people with paralyzing conditions, according to Zheng Xiaoxiang, the professor leading the research group. Continue »