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Senior Citizens Learn to Graffiti in Creative Workshop That Aims to Banish Ageist Stereotypes

LATA 65 is a unique urban art workshop that aims to banish ageist stereotypes through the art of graffiti. In various neighborhoods around Lisbon, Portugal, this class is introducing more than 100 senior citizens to youth culture. Aided by well-known street artists, the elders learn to make their …

Streetwear

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How one video game could teach Britain about collective cultural bias

Parable of the Polygons is an independent browser experiment that explores how seemingly harmless choices can result in harmful consequences for segregated communities, Joe Donnelly speaks to its creators.<p>A few weeks ago a man in his fifties spat in my face.<p>I was on my way to watch Celtic vs …

The Nine Rules Every Wile E. Coyote And Road Runner Cartoon Followed

Wile E. Coyote’s pursuit of the Road Runner always seemed like delightful chaos. But there’s actually something of a grand unified theory for the legendary cartoons, and it lies within the 1999 autobiography of former Looney Tunes animation director and industry legend Chuck Jones, <i>Chuck Amuck: The</i> …

Animation

My atheist search for God: We’re debating science and religion all wrong

I’m not interested in believing in God. My God has to exist, like matter and gravity. Here’s what I found<p>For most of my life, a God that was “real” seemed a contradiction in terms. Every idea of God I had ever encountered seemed either physically impossible or so vague as to be empty. I was an …

The British Group With A Very Different Take On 'Jihadi John'

Every day new details emerge about Mohammed Emwazi, believed to be the masked man with a British accent known as "Jihadi John" who appears in execution videos by the self-declared Islamic State. At the center of Emwazi's story is a divisive London-based organization called Cage.<p>Cage advocates for …

Terrorism

Gorgeous spring recipes

Tired of parsnips, stews, and pies? Rose Prince has the ideal recipes to help you ring in the new season filled with sea bream, coconuts, and chicory<p>Sometimes supper is in the cheap seats – especially in March, a month of straitened choice. There are few wild foods or seasonal ingredients. Not that …

Recipes

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

Forget Madonna – Malawi’s parents find their own way of keeping girls in school

The superstar’s much-hyped bid to set up a girls’ academy failed. Now villagers are ensuring their daughters stay in education, and success is built on small steps - like making sure pupils have lunch<p>On weak-legged plastic chairs under the partial shade of one of the schoolyard’s two vast acacia …

Is Anything Trendy Anymore?

In fashion, in music, subcultures that feed the mainstream have given way to niche aesthetics.<p>What is trendy right now?<p>I write about music from time to time, so I suppose it’s my job to know this. But I don’t know if I can tell you confidently what schools are ascendant. Some artists are popular, …

Calvin Klein

What Health Goth Actually Means

It was started in Portland by a bunch of musicians, and says more about our age of aesthetics than it does runway trends.<p><i>In his monthly column System</i> …

Why we’ve all got the same taste now

Female or male, old or young, rich or poor: we listen to the same music, watch the same shows and even wear the same clothes. Are old divisions falling, or is the future bland?<p>Last year I finally found The One. My dream bag. The bag that can effortlessly handle all my chaos, that looks good with …

Neil Gaiman Wants to Make You Uncomfortable

We talk to Neil Gaiman about Internet commentators, The Lord of the Rings, and his new collection, Trigger Warning.<p>Trigger warnings are notes posted …

Books

Toggle Android 5.0 device settings with your voice

Forget third-party widgets, Google's Search app will now let you use your voice to toggle several settings on Android Lollipop devices.<p>A recent update to the Google Search app on Android 5.0 Lollipop devices will allow users to toggle their Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and flashlight (camera LED) with their …

What Mathematics Reveals About the Secret of Lasting Relationships and the Myth of Compromise

Why 37% is the magic number, what alien civilizations have to do with your soul mate, and how to master the “negativity threshold” ideal for Happily Ever After.<p>In his sublime definition of love, playwright Tom Stoppard painted the grand achievement of our emotional lives as “knowledge of each …

Mathematics

These Artists Want to Cure Your Winter Depression with Vitamin D 'Acid Blotters'

Studio C&C is staging an exhibition in reaction to seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression often experienced during winter.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>For most, winter is an annoyance. Despite the particularly brutal weather the northeastern United States has been …

Mental Health

The Good and the Bad of Escaping to Virtual Reality

Researchers believe new immersive technology could lead to isolation, but maybe when social needs are met online, people won't need in-person interaction as much.<p>In Silicon Valley, in 1985, a ragtag band of programmers began exploring the concept of virtual reality from a tiny cottage in Palo Alto. …

Virtual Reality

Chess is a wonderful game, but it’s no life coach

Spain is making chess compulsory in schools but even as an avid player, I can’t quite endorse the lofty claims made for it<p>Chess is to be made a compulsory subject in Spanish schools. There is cross-party agreement that the move is a good one, with the Socialist party MP who proposed it claiming the …