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Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to Genesis of Ancient Lake and Peak

Geological observations from NASA's Curiosity rover have helped scientists come up with a scenario for the creation of a lake that's bigger than Salt Lake and a mountain that's higher than Mount Rainier on ancient Mars.<p>The scenario suggests that water could have filled much of 96-mile-wide …

Jigsaw Puzzles

What Happens When I Try to Give My Guantánamo Guards Presents

I once gave a guard a gift, if you can consider chocolate milk a gift. He refused it with a fierce look, as if I were trying to bribe him.<p><i>The words below were originally produced as one of the letters that Guantánamo detainee Emad Hassan regularly writes to his lawyers.</i><p>While I was being fed, the …

Doug Gillard releases 2nd single from 'Parade On' (listen) ++ stream/download his record release show set

by <b>Bill Pearis</b><p>(photo via @impose)<p><b>Doug Gillard</b> released his excellent new solo album, <i>Parade On</i>, earlier this month which features 11 examples of his …

Photographer Captures Colorful series Where Fluid Elements Mimic High Fashion

London-based photographer Iain Crawford perfected the way to capture the splash of paint on a model’s body, manipulating the liquid to mimic clothing …

I Spent the Night in Greece's Favorite Drug Hangout

Just next to us, Ali—a 55-year-old man from Afghanistan—won't let me take his picture. "My kids are studying abroad. I wouldn’t want them to see me like this," he says. Ali started using heroin and sisa when he lost his home. "Living here is tough," he...<p><i>Photos by Alexia Tsagari</i><p>Hamid is waiting for …

The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …

Marijuana legalization: Colorado hemp farm has first crop

<i>The New York Times</i> wrote Thursday about Colorado’s “marijuana refugees”: Families who uprooted their lives to the move to the state when it legalized …

Things Spike Lee Hates: Racists, Guns, and Racists with Guns

With <i>12 Years a Slave</i> and <i>Lee Daniels' The Butler</i> projected to be major players at the 2013 Academy Awards, there's been a lot of talk about this year being a turning point for black filmmakers. Spike Lee, about to release his remake of...<p><i>Photos by Maggie West</i><p>Amidst all the fanfare …

Gangs of Migrants Are Being Detained High Up in the Swiss Alps

The most remote asylum center in Switzerland is housed in an abandoned military bunker in the Swiss Alps. This isolation cell, which opened in July, is the first of many more to come.<p><i>The Asylzentrum Lukmanier asylum center in the Swiss Alps. Photos by Evan Ruetsch</i><p>The most remote asylum center in …

Crane's eye view of Shanghai - in pictures

A crane worker on the construction site of the Shanghai Tower, one of the highest spots in the city, is a prize winner in the Shanghai City Photography Competition. Wei Gensheng's views over Shanghai have become increasingly impressive as the building has continued to climb

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013, Part II

Time is running out to enter this year's National Geographic photo contest, the deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The overall …

Star Wars 1313 Concept Art by Gustavo Mendonca

07.2.18<p>In the very visual field of digital art, it’s invariably better to show than tell. That being said, theSpring 2018...<p>04.25.18<p>Concept artist …

Art

50 Best Albums of 2013

50<p>Beck, ‘Song Reader’<p>There's old-school, and then there's "Man, it would rule if someone would invent electricity" old-school. Beck's "album" of …

Rock & Roll

Candid Photos Of New Yorkers Riding The Subway In 1960

The sleepy commuters, crowded cars, conductor's voice, and train doors opening and closing are just a part of traveling around New York City.<p>And though the subway system has only gotten larger and more punctual since the first line was opened, the subway commuters themselves have not changed all …

New York City

Spin around a mountain in super speed like Superman

Things that usually spin really, really fast: a top, the wheel of fortune wheel, other wheels, circular objects, knobs and other things of that …

Instagram

An Eagle Steals a Camera, Flies Around 70 Miles of Australia with It

"Does this selfie make my talons look big?"<p><b>Perhaps taking a page from our own</b> human culture's desire -- and ability -- to document our every move, a photographically inclined sea eagle with kleptomaniacal tendencies helped itself to a ranger's video camera and documented a 70-mile journey, even …

The Next-Gen USB Plug To Be Smaller And Finally Reversible

Our long worldwide nightmare is almost over. The next USB plug will finally be reversible just like Apple’s Lightning connector. No more blindly jamming the connector towards the receptacle, just knowing that it’s not going to work. In the near future, the plug will always be the right side up.<p>The …

Mogwai: "The Lord Is Out of Control"

Mogwai's new album <i>Rave Tapes</i> will arrive on January 21 in the U.S. via Sub Pop and January 20 in the UK via their own Rock Action label. (Spunk will release the album in Australia, while Hostess will release it in Japan and Southeast Asia.) You may have already heard album cut "Remurdered"—now …

New Albums

Stream Neil Young's Live at the Cellar Door Live Album From 1970

Around this time of year in 1970, Neil Young did a six-show run of solo sets at the Washington, DC venue the Cellar Door. A collection of recordings from the shows will get a vinyl/CD release on December 10 (moved back from its original November 26 release date) through Reprise. The whole live …

Live Albums

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: "Belong"

Brooklyn noise-pop band the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's last record was 2011's widescreen, Flood- and Moulder-produced <i>Belong</i>. Today, frontman Kip Berman posted the previously unreleased video for that album's title track. Directed by Brad and Brian Palmer, it finds Pains performing on the bright …

Music Festivals

Watch: Devendra Banhart Shares Animated "Mondo Taurobolium" Video Featuring Rose McGowan

Devendra Banhart has shared a new video for <i>Mala</i>'s closing track "Taurobolium". It's an animated video, fully titled "Mondo Taurobolium", made by animator Galen Pehrson (who previously did Death Grips' "True Vulture" video). It's the story of Mondo-T (voiced by Banhart) and Gale (voiced by Rose …

Rose McGowan

Listen: Four Tet Shares Hour-Long Set From Tokyo

Four Tet: Live in Tokyo (via SoundCloud)<p>Following the release of his recent <i>Beautiful Rewind</i> LP this year, producer Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet has shared an hour-long live set from Tokyo in full. Stream it above. The set was performed December 1 at Hostess Club Weekender.<p>Read Andy Beta's recent …

Electronic Music