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An American family saved their son from joining the Islamic State. Now he might go to prison.

<b>CONFRONTING THE CALIPHATE</b> | This is part of an occasional series.<p>SPRING, Tex. — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in the Islamic State, the militant group that had drawn him to the possibility of dying for Allah, or home …

The Museum Of Bad Art Has Been Celebrating Failure Since 1993

From the garbage to gallery walls, Boston's Museum Of Bad Art is dedicated to preserving “art too bad to be ignored.”<p>The Museum Of Bad Art has “exacting standards,” according to Permanent Acting Interim Executive Director Louise Sacco. When considering new acquisitions, MOBA looks for artworks with …

25,000 Indian Farmers Are Threatening to Kill Themselves Tomorrow | VICE News

Farmers in India are demanding compensation from their government for ruining their farmland — and they are putting their lives on the line.<p>Twenty-five thousand farmers signed a petition to India's President Pranab Mukherjee saying they will hang themselves on India's Independence Day — Saturday, …

Street Photographers Reveal the Raw Side of New York Living

A show comprising photography by Edwin DeLaRosa, Destiny Mata, and Jude Liana closes tonight at Superchief Gallery at Tender Trap in Greenpoint.<p>Tonight at Tender Trap in Greenpoint, Superchief Gallery is hosting the closing show of photography by Edwin DeLaRosa, Destiny Mata, and Jude Liana. The …

Art

These Mescaline-Inspired Paintings Are a Trip

Journey from the contemporary geometries of Tofer Chin to the darker side of the mescaline-fueled art of the 1950s.<p><b>This article was originally published on August 3, 2015 but we think it still rocks!</b><p>Tofer Chin wants to set one thing straight: "I never work under the influence," he tells Creators. …

US secret service conducts clandestine drone testing over Washington

Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the US secret service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington – usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone – are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, the …

Artist Evan Roth Used Ghost Hunting Equipment to Find the Physical Internet

Using instruments usually associated with hunting ghosts, artist Evan Roth attempts to rekindle his love affair with the internet by searching for its physical presence.<p><i>Evan Roth, Benben, 2015 Digital print on dibond, with Total Internal Reflection, Single-channel video, 2015 in the …

Jury Rules Pharrell and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" Copied Marvin Gaye

A jury has ruled that Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I.'s hit "Blurred Lines" copied Marvin Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up", AP reports. The jury awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million.<p><b>Update:</b> Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. have shared a statement:<p>While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely …

Pop Music

Miniature Street Art Installations Take Over London

Street artist Slinkachu's idyllic scenes play out in puddles and street cracks.<p>Street artist Slinkachu’s work is best viewed under a magnifying glass: a lady swings on a matchstick, children play in the pool made from melting popsicle juice, and a couple crosses a river of Sprite. In an upcoming …

Art

You Guys Realize The Apple Watch Is Going To Flop, Right?

I’m just saying what a lot of people are thinking.<p>Few analysts or writers will outright say it, but I will: the Apple Watch is going to flop. And I bet a lot of other people are thinking the same thing for many good reasons.<p>Apple has become a perennial hit maker, the company other companies copy. …

Smartwatches

Please Stop Using Bob Marley’s Face to Sell Terrible Merchandise

He’s a legend - you’re just a street-trader with a sub-par product.<p>It would be nice if the familiarity of Bob Marley’s face came down to his immortal association with music, peace and civil rights but unfortunately it has, since Marley's death, become more synonymous with armless t-shirts, posters …

How Will the Robots of the Future See Us?

VFX artists make an educated guess about machine vision in Oliver Daly's new sci-fi short, 'Miles.'<p>Whether they're relentlessly attacking or helping us get dressed, robots will use cameras, sensors, and software to look at the world, which means that they'll see things from a very different …

Mummified Monk Found Inside Buddha Statue

The master of impermanence becomes a permanent resting place.<p>When Buddha said “Peace comes from within,” he probably didn’t mean <i>inside</i> an actual Buddha statue. But Netherlands-based Drents Museum recently discovered that one of their Buddhas was hiding a secret: crouched inside was a monk who had …

Obama's Presidential Library Might Be a Floating 6-Lane Race Track

The other winning option is a giant, spherical peace sign.<p>For their 14th annual Chicago Prize Competition, the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) issued a call last year for designs for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Earlier this month, CAC announced the competition's two winners: a floating …

Apple really seems to be building an Apple Car. That's not as crazy as it sounds.

We've known since last week that Apple was working on some sort of car-related project. The big question was whether Apple was working on a line of car accessories — perhaps expanding on its existing CarPlay platform — or whether the company was going to start building its own cars.<p>New reporting …

Tim Cook

This Guy Is Throwing a Party for Men with Tiny Dicks

English poet Ant Smith wants to rid the world of penis anxiety and make men more comfortable with their bodies.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>Body shaming is a serious issue. What with the world's most popular news site being fixated on "ample cleavage" and "toned midriffs" and the …

Levitating Sculpture Takes 'All-Seeing Eye' to New Heights

Using a magnetic levitation technology, prosthetics, and a pinhole camera, Guy Bell takes the esoteric icon to new heights.<p><i>GIFv by Emerson Rosenthal</i><p>The Eye of Providence on the back of the dollar bill often draws several associations, from its original meaning of the 'Eye of God,' to the …

Trip the Light Fantastic with These Phosphorescent Paintings

Shayla Maddox uses special phosphorescent paints to create images of sunsets, landscapes, and even Middle Earth that look different depending on the time of day.<p>Gaze long enough at Shayla Maddox's paintings and they begin to transform right before your eyes. They're not projection-mapped or powered …

Lose Yourself in the Eerie GIFs of DarkAngelØne

Fabrics and textures come to life in these surreal animated portraits.<p><i>This article originally appeared on The Creators Project Netherlands.</i><p>When I was young, someone once told me that different materials could convey different emotions. In his new series, <i>poison</i>, DarkAngelØne proves that the adage …

Art

Enter the Sun Without Burning Alive in NASA Installation

It's like being in the movie 'Sunshine,' but without the murdery parts.<p>Inside the <i>Solarium</i>, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), you can enter the belly of the sun without worrying about frying to a crisp. In fact, the dynamic visuals of the giant star’s turbulent gas …

Art

16,000 Flowers Become A Living Sculpture

London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law creates ephemeral sculptures from living flowers.<p>It's raining roses, carnations, and baby’s breath. 16,000 freshly-cut flowers were arranged and suspended from the ceiling of 1515 Broadway in Times Square in January 2015, and over the course of three months …

Gaze into the Wobbly GIF Worlds of Julien Rivoire

From fluid physics to moving magnets, these GIFs will suspend you in a sea of surreality.<p>From an undulating sea of faces to an endlessly wiggling mirror hovering over pink train tracks, Julien Rivoire's GIF art maintains a healthy distance from reality. The founder of Bastard Graphics, a Lyon, …

Bill Cosby Nude Protest Statue Proposed by Teenage Sculpture Prodigy

We talked to Rodman Daniel Edwards, the 15-year-old sculptor behind 'Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable.'<p>Just yesterday, a Florida gallery and PR firm with the dubious name CACA unveiled details about a proposal to replace the Dr. Cliff Huxtable monument outside the TV Hall of Fame with a bronze …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Jawbreaker Release "Boxcar" Video Two Decades After the Song Came Out

Jawbreaker have shared the recently-unearthed video for "Boxcar", taken from their newly reissued 1994 album <i>24 Hour Revenge Therapy</i>. On the video's YouTube description, Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler wrote, "In 2013, I found an unprocessed Super 8 film cartridge of footage I shot in 1992. I had no …

Entertainment

A Brave Bonsai Goes Where No Plant Has Gone Before

Azuma Makoto and JP Aerospace sent bonsai and bouquets into the stratosphere. Here's how they did it.<p>Artist Azuma Makota launched a bouquet of over thirty different flowers and a miniature bonsai tree over 90,000 feet into the stratosphere this past summer, using a special, camera-equipped balloon. …

Zapping Instant Film Makes for Gorgeous Abstract Photos

Phillip Stearns creates gorgeous, abstract nebulas of color by running 15,000 volts through instant film in his new photo series at the Transfer Gallery, 'High Voltage.'<p><i>'And Rivers of Silver Halide Poured from Their Eyes', appearing at Transfer Gallery.</i><p>For over a year now, Phillip Stearns has been …

Avant-garde

This Skateboard Video Features an Army of Clones

Felix Loechel's 'Cliff' puts a surreal spin on the skate video.<p>Cliff from Felix Loechel - imadeafilm - on Vimeo.<p><i>This article was originally published on November 14, 2014 but we think it still rocks!</i><p>Documenting the globe's most accessible extreme sport, the skate video has always been an …

What Does The Face Of Power Look Like?

Alejandro Amarez's photo series layers images of political leaders to reveal composite Portraits Of Power.<p>Artist Alejandro Amarez explores depictions of authority by superimposing paintings and photographs of consecutive leaders and rulers from a chunk of history into one single image for a …

This Art Project Lets Anyone Paint With Brainwaves

Jody Xiong's 'Mind Art' enables the creative process in people with disabilities.<p>This is what a brainwave painting in motion looks like. For a series of abstract, Pollock-esque works, sixteen individuals with disabilities each filled a balloon with a paint color of their choice, donned an EEG …