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The Unsolvable Mysteries of the Voynich Manuscript

The word “ink” is a child of the Latin <i>incaustum</i>, which means “having been burned.” In the Middle Ages, people thought that ink burned its way into parchment, because iron-gall inks go onto the page pale, then darken. This is not what’s happening, physically, but it makes sense as a metaphor: a …

Literature

Create Small Fruit Trees with This Pruning Method - Organic Gardening

Many fruit trees — including semidwarf varieties — can easily grow to 15 feet and taller. Anyone who has tried to manage one of these large trees in …

Family Lives in the Arctic Circle by Building Cob House in a Solar Geodesic Dome

The Arctic Circle conjures up images of extreme weather conditions, but one family has managed to create their own cozy oasis in the far reaches of Norway. The Hjertefølger family has been living on Norway’s Sandhornøya island, where they started their journey into sustainable living, since 2013. …

Northern Lights

What the ancient Greeks can teach us about herbs

At a point in the 9th century, someone noticed a problem with all those ancient handwritten texts: The scribes had left their Caps Lock on.<p>Every character had been rendered in uppercase, or, in the terminology of philologists, majuscule. Suddenly, people who could read found this EXTREMELY ANNOYING …

Ancient History

Gardening 101: Raspberry

Raspberry, <i>Rubus strigosus:</i> “The Welcome Rambler”<p>Raspberries should be re-classified as one of the seven wonders of the world. Native species of the …

Former Beyoncé Backup Dancer Started a Dance Company for Curvy Women After Agents Turned Her Down

You would think dancing in two Beyoncé videos would be enough of a resumé boost for a dancer to land an agent. But Akira Armstrong kept getting …

Vittorio Storaro: The Tragedy of Modern Technology and Its Effect on Cinematography

There are only a handful of cinematographers in the world whom we could even place in the same sentence as Vittorio Storaro. The legendary Italian …

Cinematography

Plan On Collaborating With Denzel? Take Notes From The Cinematographer Of “Fences”

“You shouldn’t fight back, but give back.”<p>Danish cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen was in the weeds with <i>The Girl on the Train</i> when she got a call from her agent. There was a script for this film called <i>Fences</i> and she was under consideration to be its director of photography. Christensen’s …

'I want a poem': A poem by Jerry Pinto

'I want a poem like a Russian circus / You should know it has been trained.'<p>I want a poem like thick tropical rain<br>Dense green spatter of …

Literature

France's Hollande opens replica of Lascaux prehistoric art caves

MONTIGNAC, France (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Saturday opened a new replica of the famous Lascaux caves where prehistoric hunters painted hundreds of images of animals like aurochs, horses and deer on the cave walls.<p>Discovered by four teenagers in 1940, the rock displays in …

France

Dallas Museum of Art presents Art and Nature in the Middle Ages

Dallas Museum of Art will present a major exhibition illustrating the evolution of representations of nature across six centuries of medieval …

Pope Francis to visit Fatima on 100th anniversary of Marian apparitions

Vatican announces Pope Francis will travel to Fatima on May 12-13, 2017<p>VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit Fatima on May 12-13, 2017, to mark the …

Johnny Depp Joins Film Project For Teen Living With Stage 4 Cancer

Laura Dern, J.K. Simmons and filmmakers Sam Raimi, Catherine Hardwicke and Ted Melfi also worked on 16-year-old cancer patient Anthony Conti's zombie …

Hollywood

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Become a better filmmaker.<p>Hello, and thanks for signing up for our community newsletter! We’re excited to share 7 of Lights Film School’s …

Video Tutorials

10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean Crisis

<i>In 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had teams aboard three search-and-rescue boats that worked in the Mediterranean</i> …

Human Rights

Martha Argerich is a legend of the classical music world. But she doesn’t act like one.

There are a few things everyone in the music world knows, or thinks they know, about Martha Argerich, the Argentine-born pianist who is getting a Kennedy Center Honor on Sunday. She’s private, moody and unpredictable. She’s wildly beautiful, with a long, thick mass of hair — once dark, now gray — …

Flute

Angels of the Resistance (and a Serial Killer) in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Brave women helped downed Allied flyers escape the Germans. But more than that, they showed Hitler’s white nationalists they would not surrender, …

Beyond Athens: The Best Books on the Ancient World

Anthony Everitt’s newly released book the <i>Rise of Athens</i> carries the provocative subtitle <i>The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilization</i>. While that’s certainly debatable, Everitt does make a very strong case for the great Greek city-state. Athens is, after all, the birthplace of democracy: a lasting …

Why Trump needs James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

When President-elect<p>Donald Trumpannounced thatJames N. Mattiswas his choice to lead theDepartment of Defense, what seemed to delight him most was the retired general’s Iraq war nickname: “Mad Dog.”<p>"Mad Dog Mattis!" Trump told a post-election rally. "Mad Dog. He is great, he is great…. They say he …