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The Coolest Places On Earth: Reed Flute Caves- Guangxi, China (Photos)

Guilin is a city of about 5 million people located in the Guangxi region of southeast China. The city, which was officially established around 111 BC, is rich with Chinese history and culture. But Guilin also has another claim to fame: the Reed Flute Cave. This natural limestone cave is 180 million years old, and has been one of Guilin’s main tourist attractions for over 1200 years. The cave was named for the reeds which grow outside of its entrance. These reeds

Pictures That Show You Just How Extreme California’s Current Drought Is

If you weren’t aware, California is going through a very serious drought. 2013 saw the lowest rainfall numbers in California’s recorded history, and 2014 has been by far the hottest year on record for the state, according to the NOAA. The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) is a standardized metric which compares long-term droughts by looking at rainfall, temperature and soil moisture levels. The scale goes from +6 (very wet), to -6 (very dry). Anything below a -4 is considered

This Well-Known Hair Stylist Spends His Day Off Giving Haircuts to the Homeless

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist based in New York City. Currently, Mark works at the swanky Three Squares Studio, which  has been featured in magazines like GQ, Details and Vanity Fair, among others. But on his day off, you won’t find Mark shmoozing with his high-end customers. Rather, you’ll find him walking the streets of the city, offering free professional-level haircuts to homeless people. The idea started back in May of 2012, when Mark took a trip back to his family’s

Why Were These Cars Abandoned In the Forests of Belgium for 70 Years? (Photo Gallery)

In the forests near Chatillon, a small village in southern Belgium, lie between 100-150 dilapidated and decaying cars. During World War II, a number of American troops were stationed in Chatillon. Urban legends claim that when the war ended, the troops being sent home didn’t have the money to ship their vehicles back with them, so they hid them in the Belgian forest. This story is likely just a myth, though. Locals claim that the car graveyard was simply an old

This Is What An Erupting Volcano Looks Like from the Space Station (GIF)

On June 12, 2009, the International Space Station’s orbit happened to take it over the Kuril Islands (northeast Japan). The Kuril Islands were built by volcanic activity and still have active volcanoes. The most active is Sarychev Peak, located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Although Sarychev Peak hadn’t erupted since 1989, it was somewhat overdue for one, considering it had previously erupted in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946. By a stroke of luck, the ISS was flying overhead when Sarychev Peak was

This Guy’s Art Looks Like A Bunch of Trash… Until You See It From the Right Angle (GIFs and Gallery)

Bernard Pras is a French painter, photographer and sculptor with an amazing eye for perspective. His art style in called anamorposis. It involves creating a distorted projection that can only be correctly viewed from one specific angle. Pras is a master, using all kinds of random odds and ends to create images with stunning detail. Pras built the piece below as a memorial to Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté (who played a major role in building a bridge between African and western culture)

This Guy Risks His Life to Take Epic Pictures Inside Crashing Waves (Video and Pictures)

What would you put on the line in the pursuit of your passions? Clark Little regularly puts his life on the line to capture images of breaking waves. Rather than shooting images inside perfect wave tubes in deep water, Little chooses to shoot at the shorebreak, where the waves hit the sand. Because of where he positions himself, the waves hit him full force, sometimes forcing him underwater for minutes at a time. Check out the video below to learn more

This Inventive Artist Uses Flower Pedals To Create Breathtaking Gown Designs (Pictures)

Grace Ciao is a 22-year old business student and artist from Singapore. Rather than paints, pencils or ink, however, Grace uses flower pedals as her medium. She claims that she stumbled upon the idea on accident, after trying to preserve a flower given to her by a boy. “They help me create prints which I otherwise couldn’t have thought of… I think petals work really well for illustration also because their delicacy and exquisiteness mimic those of a soft fabric,” she

The Coolest Places On Earth: The Marieta Islands, Mexico (Pictures)

Off the western coast of Mexico, about 150 miles west of Guadalajara, lies a pair of uninhabited islands with a very peculiar history. Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, the islands have never been settled upon by anybody. In the early 1900s, the Mexican government decided to use the islands for military explosives testing, creating a number of extraordinary caves and rock formations on the islands. Check out some pictures of the islands below: In the late 1960s, world-famous scientist and

This Biologist Is Capturing the Mysterious Creatures of the Deep Like Never Before (Pictures/Video)

Pteropoda - Clione limacina

Alexander Semenov is a renowned marine biologist as well as an exceptional photographer. Semenov has gained notoriety over the years for his epic photos of deep-sea life, but now he wants to take it to the next level. Semenov is leading a team of divers, scientists, sailors, photographers, and videographers on a 3-year, 30,000-nautical mile journey to capture the lives of deep-sea creatures  while simultaneously capturing the public imagination with the expedition’s photos and videos. Here’s Semenov describing the goals of the mission: “We want to

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