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‘Classified Historical Films’ You Can Now Request From the Pentagon

"Peacetime Governmental Detention," "Nuclear Warfare at Sea," and "Electronic Intelligence Research Techniques" are among the classified films the Pentagon will now consider releasing.<p><i>Throw a Nickle on the Grass—Have Doughnot</i> is the title of one of at least a thousand "classified historical films" …

NASA’s new gold-covered telescope will put the Hubble to shame

The universe's biggest space telescope is as tall as a three-story building and as wide as a tennis court. Its main mirror, a collapsible honeycomb of 18 gleaming, gold-covered hexagons, is large enough to collect light from the very first, most distant stars and sensitive enough to capture the …

Telescopes

'Hystopia' Imagines an America Where JFK Lived and the Vietnam War Never Ended

Jonathan Lethem spoke with the brilliant short story writer David Means about his outlandish first novel, alternate reality, war, and trauma.<p>Katherine Anne Porter published her first collection of short stories in 1930, and her first novel wasn't published until 1965, 35 years later. David Means, …

The Coming of Age of LSD

<i>The Beckley/Imperial Research Programme has just had the results of the first ever brain imaging study published in the Proceedings of the National</i> …

Five key figures implicated in the 'Panama Papers' scandal

The story starts with a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which sets up shell companies in offshore tax havens to protect the global elite.<p>After an anonymous insider leaked a vast trove of the firm’s documents to a German newspaper more than a year ago, hundreds of journalists from dozens of …

Corruption

“World’s biggest bribe scandal”: Report on oil corruption exposes how corporations help destabilize Middle East

Leaked docs show how the shadowy company Unaoil bribes Middle Eastern regimes for oil contracts for multinationals<p>Unaoil is the most important company you've never heard of. It is at the heart of an enormous international bribery scandal, involving some of the world's most powerful …

The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium: Jemaine Clement's otherworldly podcast

<b>Why you should listen</b><p>Jemaine Clement has a voice for radio. The New Zealand comedian and actor, who is best known as one-half of the musical group Flight of the Conchords – in which his trademark deep voice harmonizes with that of Bret McKenzie – is returning to the medium after years away thanks …

Geek

What do Islamist extremists believe? Salafi-Jihadism by Shiraz Maher and Crusade and Jihad by Malcolm Lambert – review

Though we may wish it were otherwise, Islamist extremism is today the world’s most potent revolutionary political force. It has transmuted in recent decades, but is a tenacious ideology and shows no sign of going away. As this week’s attacks in Brussels show, Islamism is a constant presence inside …

Religion

The Body's New Video for "Two Snakes" Will Suck All the Happiness Out of Your Soul

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.<p>Taken at face value—before you press "play"—The Body seems to present its nihilism in easily digestible chunks, song titles and album names and T-shirt slogans. The two shaggy dudes behind the racket, Chip King and Lee Buford, are really good at pulling …

When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde

In the 1970s, a small group of astronomers used the first prototype of the Concorde to pursue a total eclipse across the Sahara at twice the speed of sound.<p>On Wednesday, a solar eclipse gave people across a swath of Indonesia and the South Pacific the chance to see a generous 4 minutes and 9 …

University of London

7 Artists Hit the High Seas for a Shipping Container Artist Residency

The express mission of the Container Artist Residency is "to see what happens when you take a group of artists who are all very accomplished and put them on a shipping vessel.”<p>Today's residency programs facilitate artmaking in some of the world's most unusual places. Container Artist Residency, in …

3tags.org

"Either the Work Explains Itself, or F**k It"

Jamian Juliano-Villani in conversation with GARAGE Magazine.<p><i>This month's GARAGE Magazine is all about transformation. The tenth-ever issue features 360-degree fashion editorials, 3D museum tours, supermodels dressed up as Marvel's most iconic superheroines, and even a special GARAGE Mag app. The</i> …

Art

If Trump wins, this Canadian island wants to be your new home

Cape Breton Island is appealing to all the Americans who want to get the hell out of the country if a Donald Trump presidency happens.<p>Cape Breton is …

This Forgotten 'Star Wars' Character Could Have a Huge Impact on Episode VIII

<b>Warning: spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.</b><p>In a word: Immortality.<p>This is a set up <i>Star Wars</i> made all the way back in 1977 when Alec Guiness first uttered the words: "Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." And we have yet to see the payoff.<p>We've …

TRUMP: I predicted terrorism

"I'm like a guy with vision," the Republican presidential front-runner said.<p>Trump was touting the predictions made in his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve."<p>Earlier in the campaign, BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski reported that Trump nailed some aspects of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack …

There's a Fire Burning in Indonesia So Big It's Releasing More CO2 Than the US Economy

It's a perfect storm for a true environmental catastrophe.<p>This week's stop on the <i>Great Climate Change Hoax World Tour '16: Wings Over The Apocalypse</i> brings us to Indonesia, which is, at the moment, being burned almost entirely to ash.<p>What I'm discussing is a barbecue on a different scale. Fire is …

Climate Change

'Renoir sucks at painting' movement demands removal of artist's works

The group has protested at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, while its Instagram account has drawn the ire of the artist’s great-great-granddaughter<p>A new movement born of an Instagram account has one central complaint: Pierre-Auguste Renoir - the French impressionist – was a terrible artist, and his …

Art

Yale Showcases 170,000 Incredible Photos of Depression-Era America

The photos taken by Farm Security Administration photographers in the 1930s are some of the most iconic images in American history. We’re all …