We’ve said it before: There’s a strange beauty to computer viruses (especially the old-school DOS variety). And their backstories are even better.

MORE11 Trippy Illustrations of History’s Most Infamous Computer Viruses

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These creations could pass as concept art for the Tomorrowland section of Disney’s theme parks. 

It’s difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if you were largely unfamiliar with the present?

That’s the fascination at the heart of “Commissions for Utopia,” a series of futuristic scenes of North Korea dreamed up by one of the country’s promising young architects. 

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Yes, that’s paper.

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A modern-day Van Gogh!

Last spring Vincent Brady sold most of his belongings, moved out of his apartment and struck out on the road to document the night sky. But instead of taking your typical long-exposure shots, Brady designed himself a custom camera rig that’s allowed him to capture stunning 360 panoramic images of the stars and Milky Way moving in concert. 

MORE9 Stunning Panoramas of Starry Skies, Captured With a Homemade Camera Rig

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While the geometric style certainly owes a debt to the pixilated world of Pac Man and Space Invaders, the way the image is captured is decidedly old-school: brush on paper.

MORE: Ron Burgundy and Boba Fett, Rendered in 3-D Printed Pixels

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Traveling between villages in the Russian republic of Udmurtia, photographer Lucia Ganieva discovered an intriguing trend. Almost every home she visited was decorated with brilliant wallpaper depicting lush nature scenes. 

See the gaudy wallpapers that provide rural Russians with a taste of the outside world.

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Of all the places you’d expect to find a bespoke typeface, the website of an elementary school probably isn’t one of them. And yet, if you go to Castledown Primary School’s home page you’ll see a friendly, sans-serif font created specifically for the East Sussex, England school.

When Castledown headmaster Neil Small commissioned London design studio Colophon Foundry, he had a big ask: Could the designers come up with a typeface that not only looked good, but improved students’ reading and writing skills, too?

[MORE: A Custom Font That Helps Kids Learn to Read and Write]

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Ouch!

Over its lifetime, Earth has hosted countless species. But some of those species, like the dinosaurs, have managed to claw their way into a special place in our imaginations. 

[MORE: Amazingly Vivid Dino Illustrations Reveal a Brutal Prehistoric World]

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These stunning aerial photos reveal patterns in seemingly mundane things.

[MORE: The Intricate, Beautiful Patterns of Civilization Seen From Above]

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This guy spent over nine hours walking backwards through the streets of Tokyo.

Watch his surreal journey — in reverse!

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