This Classy Connect Four Set Is Cool Enough to Keep Out of the Toy Box

Are you now, or have you ever been, a kid? If the answer is yes, chances are good that you've played Connect Four. (If the answer is no: Are you Benjamin Button?) If you're still into the game but not so into the plastic frame and primary colors, this very classy set will most certainly impress even your most refined… » 10/23/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

This New Ikea Desk Goes From Sit To Stand With the Push of a Button

Sitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear-end isn't great for your bod (even though it probably won't kill you). Standing is good, but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be pricey but Ikea is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push. » 10/22/14 8:45pm Wednesday 8:45pm

A German U-Boat From WWII Has Been Found Off The Coast of North Carolina

On July 15th, 1942—in the midst of World War II's long-running Battle of the Atlantic—a German U-boat and a Nicaraguan freighter were wrecked a mere 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras. Now, over seven decades later, their watery resting places have been (re)discovered. » 10/21/14 8:30pm Tuesday 8:30pm

The Iconic, Legendary Designs of Black Sparrow Press Books

A great book is a treasure because of the story told by the words between the covers, but some can impart that same kind of thrill before you even flip to the title page. Black Sparrow Press, the small and remarkable 1960s publishing house that gave us Bukowski, did both beautifully with distinctive colors,… » 10/17/14 1:30pm 10/17/14 1:30pm

Watch an Anamorphic Painting Transform From Bird to Fish and Back Again

Perspective is everything for Thomas Medicus: The Austrian artist created his latest work by strategically hand-painting 160 glass strips, then placing them in a very particular grid formation. From most angles it looks like a total mishmash, but four distinct images are hiding in the fray. » 10/16/14 6:30pm 10/16/14 6:30pm

NYC Is Home to a Hyper-Real Simulation of a Massive Nevada Solar Plant

In the desert near Tonopah, Nevada, a circular sea of oversized mirrors— 10,000 mirrors—follow the sun, and direct its rays onto the power tower in the center of the Crescent Dunes solar energy plant. Now, in the middle of Manhattan, a computer-generated visualization of that scene glitters on an LED wall outside… » 10/15/14 11:31am 10/15/14 11:31am

Watch a Man Direct Marble Quarry Excavators With Subtle Hand Gestures

At the Monte Bettolgi quarry in the northern Italian alps, industrial excavators crack massive blocks of marble out of the mountain. The sheer scale of the operation is impressive; even more so considering that one shirtless man orchestrates their movement with super simple hand gestures (minus a few fingertips). » 10/14/14 5:15pm 10/14/14 5:15pm

12 Awesome Star Wars Posters, From Collector's Items to Concept Art

The franchise needs no introduction now, but a long time ago in this very galaxy, even Star Wars had to entice an audience into the theater. A new book called Star Wars Art: Posters collects some of the most iconic—and stylistically diverse—broadsides from A New Hope through Revenge of the Sith, plus a bit of Clone… » 10/14/14 9:20am 10/14/14 9:20am