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These 20 pictures will teach you more than reading 100 books

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, …

Motivation

Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma

Thirty years after his death, the painter commands millions for his work and defies easy categories. Was he an artist, an art star, or just a celebrity?<p>In May 2016, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $57.3 million. One year later, another painting of his from 1982, <i>Untitled</i>, sold for $110.5 …

Art

Two displeased lynx have a screaming match with each other

If you've never heard a lynx wail, now is your chance. Their screams sound more like humans just being weird than actual animal sounds, but according …

This is the deadly sin that makes life awesome: 3 proven secrets

No, not lust. Calm down. This is not that kind of website.<p>I’m talking about pride. When you think about the deadly sins, pride’s actually kinda …

This Man Quit His Aeronautical Job To Travel The World And Here Is How His Notebooks Look Like

Even today, a lot of people carry around notebooks filled with daily reminders, significant dates, thoughts, and other important information. But …

You wear this keyboard like brass knuckles

Golden mirror: Inside NASA's new golden space telescope

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA is preparing to launch its best space telescope yet, and it will gaze at the stars through a golden mirror. It's not a single piece, but an array of 18 segments made of beryllium -- a rare metal that is both strong and light -- and coated with a microscopically thin layer of pure gold …

Telescopes

Voyager Is 13 Billion Miles Away and Needs a Repair: Here’s What Happened

Trickling in through the giant radio dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network, faint whispers from a distant robotic explorer deliver a message: <i>I may not</i> …

Why is Easter so early this year?

Yes, April 1 is an early Easter, but 2018 doesn’t hold a record for the earliest possible Easter. How the date of Easter is determined, here.<p>Easter …

Astronomy

Hera, the Greek Goddess of Marriage

<i>Linda:</i> Carl Jung coined the term archetype and defined it as the universal symbols in the mind that can be observed in dreams and myths. Archetypes …

Spirituality

Could All Really Come From Nothing?

The origin of the universe is one of the most difficult realities we ponder.<p>It bends our logic, straining the words we have to describe it. If one is to say the universe started at the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago, the immediate reaction is: "But what came before that? What caused the Big …

Why Don't We Say 'You're Welcome' Anymore?

Inside the rise of "no problem," "no worries" and so on.<p>“No problem!” “No worries!” “Anytime!” “Of course!” “Sure thing!” “Uh huh!”<p>These are some of the many ways people commonly respond to “thank you.” But what happened to the classic “you’re welcome”?<p>Over the years, American etiquette experts, …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

16 Optical Illusions Your Brain Will Refuse To See Correctly

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of “humankind’s emergence from its self-incurred immaturity”, its …

nonnegotiable

Olympic Figure Skater Expertly Removes Sunglasses To Reveal Second Pair Of Sunglasses

One of the best performances of the Winter Games.<p>For the best athletes in the world, there’s a moment in the journey where it’s do or die, where they either rise to greatness and become legendary, or fall forever into oblivion.<p>South Korean figure skater Alex Kang-chan Kam experienced that moment …

Eight Ways to Counteract a Dreary Day

When you're feeling down, it's sometimes difficult to pull yourself out of a hole. But new research suggests that the climb out may not be as tough …

We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart

This is intense.<p>Lasers powerful enough to tear the fabric of matter itself are being developed in a special laboratory in China, potentially giving …

Underwater robots to measure Antarctica climate threat

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's a $2 million gamble.<p>Scientists with the University of Washington in conjunction with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies are sending robots to Antarctica for as long as a year in what will be the longest mission ever undertaken in the region.<p>The aim: to gain more extensive data about the rate …

Global Warming

Who Really Designed the American Dime?

The controversy that has long roiled the coin world.<p>When was the last time you looked—really looked—at a dime? It is the smallest coin in U.S. …

Patterns In Black And White Photo Contest Winner

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos with patterns in B&W in the Patterns In Black And White Photo contest with chances to win …

Pictures of Surprising Eagles You Never Knew Existed

Weird & Wild<p>Move over, bald eagle—there are 60 species of these birds of prey worldwide.<p>The famous bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, was chosen for its physical strength, fierce beauty, and independence. (See "Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles.")<p>But the original design …

Birds

Gender and Sexuality

The New Age movement's attitude toward sexuality and gender is characterized by an emphasis on equality and openness. This attitude encompasses an …

Feminism

How to Get the Most Out of Savasana In Your Next Yoga Class

Whether you want to chill or are truly trying to meditate during the last few minutes in class, yoga teachers share their tips for making the most of …

Yoga

When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

The man was unconscious and alone when he arrived at University of Miami Hospital last summer. He was 70 years old and gravely ill.<p>"Originally, we were told he was intoxicated," remembers Dr. Gregory Holt, an emergency room doctor, "but he didn't wake up."<p>"He wasn't breathing well. He had COPD. …

Medicine

10 Astonishing Things You Should Know About the Milky Way

Our little star and the tiny planets that circle it are part of a galaxy called the Milky Way. Its name comes from the Greek <i>galaxias kyklos</i> ("milky …

Universe

NASA's Deep Space Gateway seen as key to bold plan for Mars and beyond

Space agency eyes moon-orbiting space station as stepping stone to the red planet.<p>Begun in 1998 and completed in 2011, the International Space Station is celebrated as a remarkable feat of engineering as well as a far-flung home away from home for the astronauts who have lived and worked aboard the …

I Gave Myself Permission To Become A Super Atheist

We live in a culture that is obsessed with the belief in God and the supernatural. Believe, pray, lather, rinse, and repeat. I write about faith and religion frequently. People who read my work often ask me if I’m an atheist, agnostic, or just an ass. By this time, they’ve gathered enough …

Young Australian Of The Year Explains Why Storyshowing Beats Storytelling Every Time

In 2006 Australian born Sam Cawthorn had a 210 km/h head-on collision with a semi-trailer truck and was pronounced dead.<p>Eleven years later Sam Cawthorn is now, The Young Australian of the Year, The Edupreneur of the Year, Australia Day ambassador, 7 times international bestseller and also a …

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …