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Highlights from Dr. Dre's 'Compton'

As Jon Stewart said goodbye and 10 Republican candidates debated, anyone willing to mute the TV and flip over to Apple Music Thursday night could …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

Disclosure's "Holding On" Video Is Part One of a Dramatic, Dystopian Sci-Fi Epic

Disclosure's <i>Caracal</i>, the follow-up to their excellent 2013 debut <i>Settle</i>, is out on September 25. The Lawrence brothers recently dropped a trailer for something related to the album. Turns out it was for a short film directed by Ryan Hope, which will be broken up into four music videos. The first one …

Gary Younge: Farewell to America

For the past couple of years the summers, like hurricanes, have had names. Not single names like Katrina or Floyd – but full names like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Like hurricanes, their arrival was both predictable and predicted, and yet somehow, when they landed, the effect was still …

Call of Duty

How your eyes betray your thoughts

According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is …

The Brain

Incredible Compact Device Simulates Changing Weather Forecast In Real-Time

Software engineer Ken Kawamoto has invented a device that allows you to see a high-tech simulation of the weather forecast right on your own desktop. The Tempescope is a small translucent box that is capable of downloading meteorological information off the internet from a wireless remote that …

Weather

Rage Against the Machine Bassist Tim Commerford Actually Gets Spinal Surgery in New Music Video

Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford fronts a band called Future User, and his new music video features actual footage of him getting spinal surgery, Stereogum reports. The video for "Voodoo Juju", co-directed by Ian Clampett and the band, is a satirical criticism of the health care …

The 29 Most Epic Movie Cameos

When "Entourage" hits theaters on June 3, it comes with a boatload of celebrity cameos, including Liam Neeson and Tom Brady. This is both a tradition for the HBO series-turned-feature film and for Hollywood itself, having stars pop up unexpectedly in films -- especially in "The Muppets" and any …

Movies

The War in Africa the U.S. Military Won't Admit It's Fighting

"What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa." So writes investigative reporter Nick Turse in his latest book, <i>Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in …

Microsoft will offer Windows 10 for free in July

Windows 10 will be released as a free update on 29 July, Microsoft has announced.<p>It will be the last major release of the 29-year-old operating system before Microsoft switches to a “Windows as a service” system, which entails updates being rolled out when ready.<p>This marks a change in Microsoft’s …

Software

Jenny’s Soul - Photographs and video by Sandra Hoyn | LensCulture

<i>Access was the hardest part: first, I was afraid Dirk would say he didn’t want his photograph taken. Then, I was even afraid of Jenny—that she would say to Dirk that she didn’t want her picture taken either.</i><p>This series is about a man, Dirk, who lives with his silicone doll, Jenny. Dirk and Jenny …

Loneliness

Photographer Creates Detailed Miniature Worlds with LEGO Characters and Life-Size Objects

French artist Samsofy started out by photographing extreme sports in urban areas, but has recently focused his camera on smaller subjects. Using geek culture as inspiration, the imaginative photographer places LEGO characters next to real scenery and life-size objects, creating a world where these …

Lego

The best camera money can buy? 6 top DSLRs go head to head

<i>What’s the best camera body that money can buy? We test a veritable wish list of cameras, in pursuit of perfection.</i><b>JUMP TO:</b> Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R …

Here's how the 'Avengers' look different in the movies and the comics

Thanks to the staggering success of Marvel Studios, we're now getting superhero movies at a pretty steady clip. But it's not until very recently that these adaptations have approached anything as inherently weird as some of the source material for "Avengers: Age of Ultron."<p>Marvel has a pretty …

Marvel Universe

Two years before his death, Osama bin Laden believed his war against America was 'only halfway finished'

In one document, he emphasizes that the group's war against America was "only halfway finished."<p>The documents have been a source of contention ever since they were recovered during the raid on the compound on May 1, 2011. They have been subject to an intensive inter-agency review process, and only …

The Little Prince review – adaptation of Saint-Exupéry just about gets off the ground

The much-loved children’s classic is given an animated overhaul by the co-director of Kung Fu Panda, but over-elaboration means it almost goes down in flames<p>One advantage of animation is that you can record a whole new language dialogue track, and no one will know the difference. (It’s like the …

Animation

The 25 best skylines in the world (ranked!)

The international building database Emporis attempts to quantify skylines by looking at the number and height of buildings in the world's major cities. The result is an ever-changing ranking of the world's most impressive cityscapes.<p>To rank skylines, Emporis looks at completed skyscrapers (40 …

Spacecraft sailing on sunbeams begins test flight

Craft financed by crowd-funding piggy-backs on the launch of an Atlas 5 rocket<p>A tiny spacecraft designed to sail on sunbeams has been launched in a test flight that could transform long-distance space exploration.<p>The probe, called LightSail, is equipped with a huge silver sail that will unfurl in …

Space Travel

We still don't have a home for our photos in the cloud

When Apple released Photos for Mac alongside iCloud Photo Library earlier this year, the promise that I’d finally be able to synchronize all my photos from both my iPhone and digital camera across my devices was alluring.<p>I uploaded a chunk of my photography from the last few years – about 40GB …

Photo Editing

Simon Pegg: 'Still a nerd and proud' after 'dumbing down' of cinema comments

Simon Pegg has admitted comments he made criticising the “dumbing down” and “infantilisation” of cinema “came off as a huge generalisation by an A-grade asshorn” in a new blog post.<p>Pegg, the self-confessed “poster child” for geek culture who has become known worldwide for turns in the Mission: …

Star Trek

How Eddie Van Halen Hacks a Guitar

The guitar god is also an inventor and patent holder who has spent the better part of 35 years in this shop, rebuilding guitars and amps, searching for his signature sound<p>I've always been a tinkerer. It comes from my dad. Growing up, we lived in a house in Pasadena that had no driveway. You used an …

Son of Saul star: ‘God was holding the hand of every Jew in the gas chamber’

He is the talk of Cannes thanks to his stunning performance in the unflinching Auschwitz drama Son of Saul – his first film ever. We meet teacher, poet and now movie star Géza Röhrig as he laments the ‘shallowness’ of the festival<p>“I think it’s fair to say,” says Géza Röhrig softly, “that we haven’t …

Faith

'Welcome to Fear City' – the inside story of New York's civil war, 40 years on

Travellers arriving at New York City’s airports in June 1975 were greeted with possibly the strangest object ever handed out at the portal to a great city: pamphlets with a hooded death’s head on the cover, warning them, “Until things change, stay away from New York City if you possibly …

New York State

'We all have the blues': tributes pour in after BB King dies aged 89

Artists including Gladys Knight and Lenny Kravitz honour the King of the Blues, who influenced a generation of musicians<p>Tributes have poured in for the blues legend BB King, the inspiration for generations of musicians, who has died in his sleep aged 89.<p>The world famous singer and guitarist, who …

Guitar

Prisons are a cash cow: How privatization forged an incarceration industrial complex

Thanks to kickbacks from phone companies, state and local governments are incentivized to keep their cells filled<p>Rampant privatization is wreaking havoc on our society.<p>Case in point: what's happened over the past few decades with prison phone services.<p>It used to be that if you were incarcerated at, …

La Haine 20 years on: what has changed?

At a distance of 20 years, it’s now easy to forget that 1995 was one of the darkest and strangest years in recent French history. In the UK, it had been an exceptionally warm summer, and for a brief moment the whole nation seemed to bask in the sunshine glow of Britpop – culminating in the daft …

France

Unfriended review: a Blair Witch for the broadband era

The acid test of any low-budget, high-concept horror movie is whether it has the strength of its convictions – the resolve to follow a single guiding idea through to its conclusion. Take <i>The Blair Witch Project</i>, the lodestone of the modern found-footage genre (after Ruggero Deodato’s <i>Cannibal</i> …

Horror

Photographer Olivier Duong Takes Us On A Visually Stunning Journey Through Haiti

<b>All Photographs Copyright Olivier Duong</b><p>Olivier Duong always braced himself for "that phone call" he says, "the one where I find out that my mother is no more." What Olivier perhaps didn't prepare for was his mother's death by a catastrophic earthquake, rather than her cancer diagnosis. Perhaps a …

The Most Creative Hashtags on Instagram

Even though sometimes hashtags are used to get more followers, they also allow you to become a part of the creative dynamics which express a certain photographic style and is not about getting more likes but generating a gallery of high quality images.<p>Instagram is a tool which allows you to …

The Earliest Known Photos of People Smiling

The following is a collection of some of the earliest known images of people smiling, starting with a pair of soldiers in the Mexican American War in …