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Design Observer: Writings on Design + Visual Culture: Design Observer. Animal Ventures. BBC World News - Click. Is Fan Art Illegal? If you’ve ever been to an Artist’s Alley at a comic convention, the thought, Can this be legal?

Is Fan Art Illegal?

Has surely jumped into your head. Easily half the artists exhibiting at any mainstream Comic Con or Anime Show make and sell fan art. And by “fan art” I mean merchandise featuring characters the artist does not own: prints, buttons, tee shirts, key chains, hats, tote bags—I even saw Captain American mittens at the last show I attended.

Kathryn Schulz: Don't regret regret. Something surprising happens to your body when you freedive. Featured image: Photo of freediver Hanli Prinsloo by Annelie Pompe.

Something surprising happens to your body when you freedive

In 1949, a stocky Italian air force lieutenant named Raimondo Bucher decided to try a potentially deadly stunt off the coast of Capri, Italy. Bucher would sail out to the center of the lake, take a breath and hold it, and free-dive down one hundred feet to the bottom. How to Study Abroad in Europe Without Breaking The Bank. By Robert Montenegro Studying abroad is awesome.

How to Study Abroad in Europe Without Breaking The Bank

Anyone who has the opportunity to do so yet opts not to is really missing out. I personally believe immersing yourself in another culture makes you a better, more empathetic person. Stunning, psychedelic images where art and science collide. In his TEDGlobal 2013 talk, Fabian Oefner shares breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science, which beautifully capture unique moments of physical and chemical drama.

Stunning, psychedelic images where art and science collide

Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells TED. Scientists Build A Supercomputer From PlayStations To Study Black Holes. Government funding for research is becoming increasingly difficult to come by due to ongoing global economic instability, which is why many scientists are forced to look elsewhere to keep their research projects alive.

Scientists Build A Supercomputer From PlayStations To Study Black Holes

Some are turning to crowdfunding, which is now allowing the UK to explore the moon, whereas others are practicing being thrifty. Dr. Gang of Five. Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire. Robyn Twomey Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation.

Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire

The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation. Under the username MKBHD, he tests everything from cameras and headphones to Google Glass and the latest Tesla. This summer he got his hands on a sapphire crystal display rumored to be for the iPhone 6. In the video, which has gotten about 8 million views, he took keys, his foot, and even a blade to the screen with no result.

Brownlee started making review videos almost six years ago, though it's only in the past few that he developed his affable persona and slick filming style. Mechanisms-steampunk-armored.html?fb_action_ids=10151937692971805&fb_action_types=og. Photographs taken inside of instruments. There’s something other-worldly about these shots by Mierswa Kluska for the Berlin Philharmonic, which take a fascinating perspective from within the acoustic instrument.

Photographs taken inside of instruments

The internal landscape draws parallels to the architecture of buildings, and with a bit of imagination you can almost feel the unique tone and life of each acoustic instrument just by looking inside them. Inside instruments. ROLLIN` SAFARI - what if animals were round? Dean Ornish: Your genes are not your fate. Take college and university courses online completely free. In recent years massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a trend in online education.

Take college and university courses online completely free

The term was coined in 2008 by David Cormier, manager of web communications and innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island. The first MOOC was created the previous year, at Utah State University. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of courses available online at no cost. You can study anything from business to zoology in your own home at no cost. MOOCs are designed like college courses but are available to anyone anywhere in the world, at no cost. Coursera is perhaps the most well-known of the online education facilitators. EdX is another non-profit course site created by founding partners Harvard and MIT and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Look-ahead 2015: Fly into the future and other predictions. 2 January 2015Last updated at 10:12 ET By Fiona Graham Technology of business reporter, BBC News.

Look-ahead 2015: Fly into the future and other predictions

BBC World News. What the best education systems are doing right. In South Korea and Finland, it’s not about finding the “right” school.

What the best education systems are doing right

Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes. What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models?

The Korean model: Grit and hard, hard, hard work. The First Artists. Talks from inspiring teachers.