Creative Masks From Around the World

Beginning with the lucha libre-inspired masks of Isaías Huerta (a resident of Puebla, Mexico), Atlas Obscura explores creative face masks made all over the world. Huerta—a retired wrestler and current costume-maker—began designing masks for friends and family, eventually extending his output to others. As unique as Huerta’s designs are, his desire to enhance his masks with representations of personality is universal. Now, more than ever, …

“We Create Anyway” Contest Harnesses Creativity for Good

An open call for original recipes, cocktails, songs, paintings, photography and more

Launched at the start of widespread social distancing measures, the We Create Anyway contest aims to evoke courage through creativity, even in the face of uncertainty. A call for submissions seeks diverse entries from all over—with no real guidelines for what’s eligible so long as it’s an original creation. This includes recipes, cocktails, songs, paintings and photography. Each week (for at least five, but likely …

This Glove-Like Device Encourages Lucid Dreaming

Though still in development trials, the new “Dormio” device invented by MIT researchers shows potential for aiding lucid dreaming—or more specifically, hypnagogic microdreams. Using the “steel ball technique” (popularized a century ago and used by Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison) as a starting point, the team built a biometric glove-like device that identifies the onset of sleep, and subsequently attempts influencing oncoming dreams based on …