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These Sand Castles Are Actually Castles Carved On Grains Of Sand

Anyone can build a castle with sand, but can you build a castle on sand? Artist and photographer Vik Muniz collaborated with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho to engrave a castle onto a single granule of sand.


Snapshots Of Sand In Mid-Air Look Like Otherworldly Explosions

Armed with a shovel and a camera with a super-high shutter speed, photographer Claire Droppert made her way around a series of Dutch beaches and created these crazy Sand Creatures. The airborne formations look like the Sandman’s brethren caught in the act of transformation.


Scientists Flattened A Desert With Bulldozers To Study Sand Dunes

Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres — or the equivalent of eight city blocks — of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand dunes.


Four Stepper Motors Can Make Beautiful Sand Art

There are challenges to making art in any medium, and with sand the issue is clearly accuracy. How do you keep everything in place while you’re working? David Bynoe, a kinetic sculptor in Calgary, Alberta, created this drawing machine for the elus Spark Science Centre to solve that problem.


Colourful Desert Ruins Consumed By Waves Of Sand

Photographer Romain Veillon recently travelled to the deserts of Namibia, where he photographed the abandoned village of Kolmanskop, an extraordinarily evocative collection of old wooden houses now filled with waves of sand.


This Mug Screws Into Soft Ground To Stay Upright

If you’ve ever struggled to keep your drinks in their receptacle at the beach, this concept will have your pretty excited: Screw Cup is a mug that can be driven into the ground to help it stay upright.


How Star Wars Just Inspired A Real-Life Scientific Discovery

The real-life Tatooine may not have two suns — but it has unlocked the secrets of a geomorphic mystery. Close to Tozeur, Tunisia — George Lucas’s stand-in for the barren planet — there’s a wilderness of sand that’s permanently changing.


Sandy Play-Doh Lets You Build Your Castles Anywhere

Engineering the perfect sand castle is tricky even in ideal conditions. If you don’t get the sand to water ratio just right, your majestic creation will collapse and wash away. Unless you’re cool with cheating. In that case all you need is a jar of Brookstone’s magical sand that’s always the perfect consistency.


Rebuild Lost Empires From Sand -- At Least Temporarily

Forget bulging muscles or a toned set of abs. If you really want to impress everyone on the beach, a stunning sand castle is the way to go. And if your sculpting skills max out at Play-Doh snakes, these architectural sand castle moulds will let you re-build the most stunning structures from past empires, ready to be lost to time once again once the tide rolls in.


Sand Can Light Up A Room

LED lightbulbs are already energy efficient, but they would be even better if they could emit light without connecting to the grid at all. Brooklyn-based designer Danielle Trofe is trying to make that happen.