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Up close inside Chile’s watery Marble Cathedral

To see more photos and videos from Marble Cathedral, browse the #catedralesdemarmol hashtag and explore the Lago General Carrera location page.

Instagrammers from around the world trek to Catedral de Marmol, or the “Marble Cathedral,” on Chile’s General Lake Carrera to photograph the dazzling series of water-filled caves and tunnels. The unique rock structures were formed by over 6,000 years of waves crashing against the Patagonian Andes, and geologists attribute the water’s intense blue to the presence of finely ground glacial silt. The Marble Cathedral can be explored by boat or kayak, allowing adventurers to get an up-close look.

Though beautiful, the Catedrales de Marmol are not easy to reach. Adventurers must fly 1287 kilometers (800 miles) from Santiago to the city of Coyhaique, and brave an additional 322 kilometers (200 miles) of dirt roads to reach General Lake Carrera.

Another thing to add to the list of things to see before I die.

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Smart Billboards by IBM

These billboards by creative agency Ogilvy & Mather can be used as street furniture. Designed for IBM’s Smarter Cities campaign, they fuse advertising with helpful additions to the street such as benches, shelters and ramps. So one billboard curves over at the top to form a rain shelter and another peels up from the wall to create a seat. A ramp covering steps assists those wheeling bicycles or suitcases through the streets. A simle idea making the urban landscape a little smarter.

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Who Shared the Electric Car?

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Nicholas Thompson on why Elon Musk’s decision to open up all of Tesla’s patents is a risky, but shrewd, move: http://nyr.kr/1lhZRPl

“Musk isn’t entirely an altruist. Tesla makes electric cars, and will only succeed if the entire electric-vehicle industry succeeds. It needs other companies to help build charging stations, to improve batteries, and to change the perception that only rich guys in open-collared dress shirts drive these things.

Photograph by Dario Cantatore/Getty.

If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant, and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky, and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.

Deuteronomy 17:2-5

Pass On The Blessing

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I found a dollar the other day. Just a dollar. The amount was such that I actually considered passing it by for another person who had more time. That was confusing in itself since I’d always been one to stop and pick up a penny. What was more impactful about the encounter was the sticky note stuck to it. “Pass on the blessing,” it read. My initial reaction to the note was, “That’s dumb. If I ‘pass on the blessing,’ how am I blessed?” I pocketed my new-found treasure and went on with my day. 

That evening, as I stomped down the stairs to catch my train after a particularly rough day, a person (who was either homeless or in desperate need of money to shower and do laundry) approached me, “Can you spare any change?” I apologized and offered my usual spiel, “Sorry, I don’t have cash.”

Walking away, I braced myself for the guilt; but I remembered my dollar. The most vivid part of this whole situation was my thought process (or lack thereof) in offering this woman my dollar. The money I handed over didn’t even feel like mine in that moment; it felt like someone else’s—this woman’s—and I was just holding on to it for her. I didn’t have to think about it. Up until then, I don’t think I’d ever given someone something without some sort of selfish motive. Even with gifts given to others out of love, I still enjoyed seeing their appreciation and awaited their thanks; that may not be necessarily “selfish” per se. But this time, my thoughts were, “Of course I have a dollar for you. I can’t keep this.”

Now I’m stuck thinking what the key is to unlocking the secret to this rare moment of altruism many argue doesn’t even exist in the human experience.  

Hard the capture the beauty of the sunset with my phone, but here’s my attempt with a little help from #Fragment

Hard the capture the beauty of the sunset with my phone, but here’s my attempt with a little help from #Fragment