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Vibrant Paintings of Colorful Fish Merged With Their Coral Environments

Artist Lisa Ericson is known for her hybrid animal paintings, and her newest series of work continues this trend by depicting colorful fish merging into the coral that surrounds them. Fanning out from their delicate tails, the vibrant coral reminds us of the symbiotic relationship these two animals …

'I am not naturally magnetic': can you learn how to be charismatic?

From politics to business, charisma is the 21st-century must-have. But what is it – and can you really turn a shy type into a George Clooney?<p>It is a Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in the hairdressers, having both my usuals: a short back and sides and a mild attack of awkwardness. Apart from the …

Charisma

Artist Transforms Ordinary Bananas Into Whimsical Works of Art

Graphic designer Stephan Brusche (aka iSteef) continues his journey to transform bananas into art. These Fruitdoodles, as the Dutch artist has dubbed them, are one part sculpture, one part drawing, and one part pure imagination. Brusche is able to see unlimited possibilities with his edible canvas, …

The scientific explanation for why humans are so convinced that aliens look like octopuses

In the recently released film <i>Arrival</i>, Amy Adams plays a linguist charged with figuring out how to communicate with aliens who have landed on Earth. Visually, the aliens—called heptapods—are a testament to masterful movie magic: Everything from their subtle, fluid movements to the dense atmosphere …

Hayley Eichenbaum – The Mother Road

The Mother Road photo series, a celebration of colors and shapes captured by Hayley Eichenbaum.Hayley Eichenbaum is a Los Angeles, California based …

The Polyamorous Christian Socialist Utopia That Made Silverware for Proper Americans

A couple of years ago, we told you about the Oneida Community, a commune that practiced relative equality and complex marriage among all members and …

Women In the 1940s Black & White Portraits

Nina Leen is a mysterious Russian photographer that emigrated to the United States, and whose photos was on <i>Life</i>‘s magazine covers. We know that she …

Understanding Epigenetics—and What it Means for Aging, Cancer, and Obesity | Goop

As the field picks up steam, we’ve been hearing more and more about epigenetics—i.e., the idea that outside factors like the environment might …

The Latest Fitness Craze Isn’t About Weight Loss

What is fitness for? If you were to ask the average gym member why he or she is picking things up and putting them back down, or running in place, or …

Exercise

The case for legalizing psychedelic drugs

It's easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain's reward centres. What's less easy to explain is the appeal of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin that produce altered states of consciousness.<p>After all, there's no obvious reason why …

Psychedelic Drugs

Plan The Best Night Ever With These Facts About Stefon

Bill Hader is doing very well for himself these days. The 38-year-old comedian just scored a promising new HBO series, starred in one of 2015’s best comedies, and has been lending his vocal talents to more kids (and, in the case of <i>Sausage Party</i>, definitely-not-for-kids) movies than you can shake a …

Comedy

Thai “Drug Robin Hood” Accidentally Brings Down Meth Black Market Prices

A man from the Thai province of Ayutthaya was arrested last month and charged with possession of drugs and intent to distribute, after he allegedly …

patrick dougherty weaves daydreams from willow trees at tippet rise, montana

<b>patrick dougherty weaves daydreams from willow trees at tippet rise, montana</b><br>photo by djuna zupancic, all images courtesy of tippet rise<p><b>for more than</b> …

A Cultural History of Ugly Bridesmaids Dresses

Are they really that bad?<p>There is just one complicating detail. In reality, most contemporary bridesmaid dresses seem, on the hanger, to be objectively... sort of fine? "If you saw them on their own, they wouldn't be that ugly," observes Jen Doll, whose memoir <i>Save the Date</i> charts her experiences in …

Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

It's easy to think that evolution led inevitably to modern humans, the cleverest of apes. But there were some strange excursions along the way. Take, for example, the Hobbits.<p>That's the nickname for a 3-foot-tall human relative that once lived in what is now Indonesia. A new discovery suggests that …

Cross Japanese Culture With ASMR and This Is What You Get

Just don't confuse it with erotica.<p>A Japanese woman peers at you through a YouTube clip, whispering words in Japanese and English that are barely audible. In some videos she taps different materials gently; in others, she makes sounds with traditional Japanese instruments.<p>Welcome to the quirky …

Why African Albinos Are Hunted, Murdered, And Sold For Parts

An albino boy plays with a self-made ball on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi on March 11, 2016.<p>Albinos in several African countries have long been …

I AM Compensating For Something: A Bodybuilder Speaks Out

Bodybuilding addiction: When you become stronger and weaker at the same time.<p>People love to make anorexia jokes whenever a famous actress gets too …

Muscle

Could we be getting closer to solving the mystery of depression?

Researchers have identified a region of the brain that functions abnormally in people with depression, according to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.<p>The researchers (from University College London) found that the habenula, a pea-sized group of nerve cells which responds to …

Art and porn in Edo period Japan

There’s something seductive about fingering through ancient documents. The heady smell of old paper, running my eyes over rows upon rows of …

A Fascinating Look Into the Quiet Subculture of People Who Live as Dogs During Their Downtime

<i>There’s a certain type of person who may be a human pup: anyone…</i><p>Channel 4 in the U.K. recently ran a fascinating piece looking into the subculture of …

Pervert Park boldly expresses empathy for America’s most reviled

There’s no call to action at the end, no URL to visit. All the same, <i>Pervert Park</i> is an advocacy documentary. It’s advocating for a deeply unpopular …

The Vocation Myth

The Vocation Myth<p>The difficulty of defining a professional goal may be both serious and widespread, but it currently lacks the generous, extensive …

Psychedelic Artist Alex Grey Plans a Freaky Temple in New York

Perhaps the least-weird thing about the incredible “Entheon” pagoda is that it’ll hold the spectacles of LSD inventor Albert Hofmann.<p>New Yorkers in search of psychedelic experiences soon may no longer need to hit up shady dudes at rock concerts. They’ll simply want to travel to the Hudson Valley, …

See the Dramatic Changes In Bodybuilders’ Physiques Over the Past 125 Years

What men consider both ideal and attainable has changed throughout the decades. Here’s a history of male perfection, told featuring iconic physiques<p>I had never read a bodybuilding magazine before I started working at one. It was December 1992, I was a broke-ass graduate student, and out of pure …

Ricky Gervais' Message to America About Donald Trump: "You Get What You Deserve"

The sharp-tongued Brit made his fortune playing "delusional, middle-aged men" who run their mouths, but this comic acknowledges the GOP frontrunner …

China bans live-streams of 'erotic' banana-eating in bid to crack down on 'inappropriate' content

Eating a banana in an "erotic" manner while being broadcast on live-streams has been banned in China as part of the government's attempts to crack down on "inappropriate" content on the internet.<p>Hosts of the live-streaming sites are now required to monitor all their output every minute of the day, …

The Subreddit Dedicated to Trolling Makeup Vloggers Will Make You Blush

​Far off in a hidden part of Reddit, a conversation about lipstick is about to turn ugly.<p>Far off in a hidden part of Reddit, a conversation about lipstick is about to turn ugly.<p>The commenters have noticeably girly names, like "PrincessBatman," "BaroquePrincess," "KittenBeauty" and (ahem) …

China bans cam girls from sexy banana eating online

In its continuing effort to sanitize the Chinese internet, already this year, China has cracked down on homosexuality, raunchy time travel and …

The very real pain of ‘imaginary’ illnesses

How do you tell a patient that their paralysis, blindness, or seizures are “all in the mind”? As the doctor Suzanne O’Sullivan explains to BBC Future, our thoughts and feelings can move the body in mysterious ways that are just as frightening as any physical illness.<p>Soon after Suzanne O’Sullivan …

Disability