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Who's with Apple and who's with the FBI

Tech companies are coming to Apple's defense in its battle with the FBI.<p>A group of 15 companies -- including giants like Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YAHOF) and Cisco (CSCO) -- filed a joint brief on Apple's behalf.<p>The filing argued that the way in which data is stored and …

Astronomers just saw farther back in time than they ever have before

To look through the lens of a telescope is to peer back in time.<p>The light we view through it has spent hundreds, millions, even billions of years crossing the vastness of space to reach us, carrying with it images of things that happened long ago.<p>On Thursday, astronomers at the Hubble Space …

Universe

16 Times Home Decor Went Too Far

Scary price tags and also just scary.

Justice Department Wants Apple to Extract Data From 12 Other iPhones

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing additional court orders that would force Apple to help federal investigators extract data from twelve other encrypted iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>The revelation comes nearly one week after a U.S. …

Meet The Architect Who Helped Bring Modernism To The Masses

When you think of tract homes, you think of houses that look the same: the same color scheme, the same style; homes that form two uninteresting walls on either side of a suburban street. That might be the case today, but nearly 60 years ago — at a time when "real" architects wouldn't touch tract …

Hilma af Klint: a painter possessed

Was Hilma af Klint Europe’s first abstract artist – before even Kandinsky and Mondrian? As an exhibition of her extraordinary, occult-inspired works opens at the Serpentine Gallery, London, we travel to Sweden to find out<p>It is a cold afternoon in February and I am about to catch a plane to …

Art

On porn, prose and loneliness: An appreciation of David Foster Wallace

I've been thinking a lot this week, which marks the 20th anniversary of <i>Infinite Jest</i>’s publication, about the first time I ever read David Foster …

These Giant Pinecone Sculptures Are Exactly What Our Backyards Need

We'll take three!<p>Have you ever picked up a pinecone and taken a moment to notice how beautiful they are? Floyd Elzinga, a sculptor living in Ontario, Canada, certainly has. The seed dispersal enthusiast was so intrigued by nature's design that he decided to begin crafting massive pinecones of his …

Listen to These 7 Sound Sculptures

Some art is intended to be viewed—and some art is meant to be heard. These seven examples require the use of both senses.<p>1. THE SINGING RINGING TREE …

The American Invasion of Cuba

Artists, entertainment companies and tourists are leading the charge toward a new era in U.S.-Cuba relations<p>The U.S. invasion of Cuba has begun.<p>Following President Obama’s steps to ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba last year, the island has been overwhelmed by cultural visitors on the hunt …

Cuba

Litvinenko case: UK inquiry says Putin probably approved ex-spy's killing

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved the operation by Russian agents to kill former FSB spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, a detailed UK inquiry has concluded.<p>Retired High Court Judge Robert Owen, who conducted the inquiry, wrote that he was "sure" that two former …

Russia

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22 Home Decor Pieces That Will Make You Wish You Were Dead

You're not the boss of me, decorative pillow.

Bowie in America: how the US got under the singer's skin, and vice versa

David Bowie was dreaming of the country that would become his home since at least the 1960s. It fired his imagination, and his influence on US culture ran deep<p>“By the time I got to New York/I was living like a king,” sings David Bowie on Lazarus, his final single and also the title of the theatre …

The Strange And Beautiful Fashion Drawings Of Salvador Dali

In 1965, the surrealist master made a series of unconventional fashion sketches.<p>"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook," Spanish painter Salvador Dali recalled in his autobiography. "At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since."<p>Dali wound up being a …

Art

Chuck Palahniuk on How David Bowie Helped Him Sell ‘Fight Club’

This is hard to admit, but I have the 300-pound antique marble head of a Roman Centurion in my powder room. That’s David Bowie’s fault. The statue …

12 Awe-Inspiring Poets To Read In Your Lifetime

Medicine for the soul.<p>Poets have a way of evoking life's most complex philosophies in just a few short lines. And falling upon the right ears, those lines can change lives.<p>The 12 poets below are seekers, mystics, naturalists and more. In their words, we hope you find beauty and meaning:<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>…

Sartre Writes a Tribute to Camus After His Friend-Turned-Rival Dies in a Tragic Car Crash: “There Is an Unbearable Absurdity in His Death”

The friendship of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus ended, famously, in 1951. That year, increasingly fractious political tensions between the two …

Web status code tells you when sites are censored

With a few exceptions, web status codes are meant to indicate errors. A 404 page shows up when you tried to reach content that wasn't found, for example. However, there's now a code for those times when that absence is all too intentional. The newly published 451 code (a nod to <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, …

15 Weirdest Vintage Lingerie Ads That Make You Look Twice

<b>Jane Pain’s new lingerie ads just has everyone checking their eyes.</b><p>Yes, you’re looking at an elbow, not someone’s boobs. Sorry!<p>This ad just took …

Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival makes $5.7 million in record Kickstarter

Last night, the Kickstarter hoping to bring back cult TV hit <i>Mystery Science Theater 3000</i> wrapped its campaign, and it was a predictable smash, earning $5.76 million. Combining that with the $425,000 the creators say they've raised through other channels, the total funding for the revival has passed …

Town rejects solar panels for sucking 'up all the energy from the sun'

The good people of Woodland, North Carolina are not 100% convinced by these solar panel thingamabobs, to put it lightly.<p>On Tuesday, the Woodland Town …

Solar Power

Eco-Friendly Furniture Uses Glowing Bio Resin to "Self Heal" Salvaged Wood

In nature, trees can heal themselves when wounded while simultaneously promoting healthy growth. Inspired by this self-repairing process, German design company Manufract has created unique furniture pieces that combine salvaged oak with bio resins–this material repairs the wood and forms it into …

A House Designed to Show Up on Aerial & Satellite Photos

Now this is a new way to think about design when it comes to building a house. VMCF Atelier designed this house to be seen in aerial and satellite …

The 20 Most Beautiful Places in Italy

Few parts of the world can claim so rich a store of art, architecture, music, and food—or so intense a range of natural beauty, from craggy mountains to verdant hills to coasts of shattering beauty. No list of "bests" or "tops" from among the thousands of possibilities could be definitive. So …