Maxime Staelens

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Are You Flipping Kidding Me?

Let me take you inside my head for a second. It’s Game 5 of the ALDS against Texas. Do or die. Tie game, seventh inning. Two men on. Two outs.<p>I was …

The Valley Below

A century ago San Francisco dammed a pristine Yosemite valley. Now environmentalists are fighting to tear down that dam, and hundreds of others<p><b>Over an unseasonably warm</b> weekend this past October, Spreck Rosekrans, the executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy, led his board members on a hike …

A Native American Basketball Tournament Bounces Back

The Oglala Lakota—also known as the Oglala Sioux—consider South Dakota’s Black Hills to be their spiritual homeland, and on a Tuesday in mid-December, a record snowfall had turned their pine-covered peaks white. In the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, in nearby Rapid City, a former tribal president …

South Dakota

The Invention of Ambient Music

On YouTube, there is a clip of David Bowie submitting to an interview on German television, apparently in 1997. The sound quality’s a bit sketchy. Bowie has a translator, speaking to him through an earpiece. I do not, and can’t quite tell you what’s going on. But two minutes in, a few familiar …

13 Steps for Editing Street Photography in Lightroom from Start to Finish

Favorite editing tools for street photographyI admit it, I take too many photos. I know it, and I have too many images to deal with, and unless I am …

Tutorials

6 Classic Nintendo Gameworlds, Redrawn As Subway Maps

Metros go Metroid.<p>Video games and subway maps don’t seem to have much in common, but for Washington, D.C.-based graphic designer Matthew Stevenson, the connection between the two is obvious: both are ways to explore other worlds. That’s why, in his art, Stevenson mashes both up. As part of his NES …

The bizarre scheme to transform a remote island into the new Dubai | Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

In recent years, the market for passports and citizenship has become massive. One of the poorest nations in the world tried to cash in. Was this an ingenious way to raise money or simply a case of a country selling its soul?<p>On October 8, 2008, a group of government officials from the Comoro Islands …

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

"Sweet potato fries."<p>Ingredients<p>2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into French fry-size pieces<p>2 tablespoons olive oil<p>kosher salt and freshly ground …

How We Made ‘Making a Murderer’: Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi Pull Back the Curtain

The duo behind the addictive docuseries defend their work and warn against ‘destructive’ Internet sleuthing. [Warning: Spoilers]<p>You think <i>you’ve</i> got …

The 100 best food pairings ever

GLOBAL FAVORITES<p>Ramen and an egg<p>Guava paste & cream cheese<p>Down-Home Delights<p>Carrots & honey<p>Watermelon & salt<p>Avocado & toast<p>Guilty Pleasures<p>Warm …

Cream Cheese

Could bizarre skulls with 'non-human' DNA be proof of aliens on Earth?

The 3,000-year old Paracas skulls have long been held up by UFO hunters as evidence of ancient alien visitations due to their extraordinarily huge …

Irish Roots

<b>A storm blew over</b> a 215-year-old beech tree in Sligo, Ireland, revealing a skeleton tangled in its root system. Archaeologist Marion Dowd was called …

The Next Great Famine

Seven hundred years ago this month, people across northern Europe saw a comet in the sky and feared the worst. They were already running out of food. It had rained too much in 1315—sometimes every day for weeks at a stretch. Wheat, barley, and oats rotted in the fields, and it was too wet to make …

Climate Change

Thinking Rationally About Terror

Earlier this winter, in the first week of December, I set sail for Antarctica. During the cruise, which was arranged by the Origins Project, an academic institute that I run, I was to give a series of lectures about cosmology and other topics. As a physicist, I’ve always found cosmology to be a …

Terrorism

‘This is an existential moment in Labour’s history. It may not survive. And it may never win again’ | Peter Hayman

The former chief speechwriter and strategist for Tony Blair offers a devastating critique of how the demise of New Labour and the successive failures of Brown and Miliband have left Labour in a parlous state. It is now home to two parties – one made up of Corbyn supporters and the other a …

How “Homeland” Helps Justify the War on Terror

In October, a few days after U.S. air strikes on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, General John Campbell testified in a Senate hearing about the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan. Activists called the strike a war crime, but the air of controversy didn’t seem to influence the …

Claire Danes

Do All Roads Lead to Rome? The Answer is Surprisingly Beautiful

Moovel Lab has mapped European and American roadways to Rome, and the result is gorgeous.<p>The saying “all roads lead to Rome” has been used since the Middle Ages, and refers to the fact that the Roman Empire’s roadways radiated outwards from its capital. But does that maxim still apply today, now …

A Controversy Over Arabic Script on Nigeria’s Money

Last year, the Central Bank of Nigeria issued a new hundred-naira note to commemorate the union, in 1914, of the predominantly Muslim North and the predominantly Christian South. The redesigned bill includes a digital code that smartphone users can scan to see a timeline of currency used in the …

Africa

Serial swaps the obscure for the high profile as it analyses Bowe Bergdahl

Podcast will explore the story of the US soldier who disappeared from his post in Afghanistan, as series one did with the Adnan Syed case<p>It was one of the biggest and most unlikely media successes of 2014 – the story of an almost forgotten killing, told in podcast episodes that gained such huge …

Adam Schefter is wrong, you should go see 'Concussion'

On Christmas Day, <i>Concussion</i> will be released nationwide in movie theaters. The movie details the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, and his work discovering and publicizing the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players. The movie is based on a GQ article, "Game Brain," but also …

Shigeru Mizuki’s War-Haunted Art and Life

“In our military, soldiers and socks were consumables; a soldier ranked no higher than a cat,” the Japanese manga artist Shigeru Mizuki recalled in the afterword to his haunting illustrated Second World War memoir, “Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths.” “But when it came to death, it seems we were …

Comic Books

Why Kobe Bryant was so important to the NBA

LOS ANGELES -- It's not the where of Kobe Bryant so much as the when. We get so caught up in rankings that we don't think of timing. The polarizing …

Boundaries and Renewal in Bosnia

In November, 1995, the Dayton Peace Agreement brought the Bosnian War to a halt by formally dividing up the country among the warring parties. Diplomats accorded about half the territory to the Bosnian Serbs, and the other half to the Bosniaks (Muslims) and the Bosnian Croats. According to the …

Bosnia

The invisible network that keeps the world running

One of the world’s most dazzling engineering feats is largely hidden from view. Travelling with a group called Unknown Fields, Tim Maughan stepped on board a container ship to investigate the humungous, algorithmically-controlled network that supplies most of what you own.<p>It’s been just over 45 …

Answer to How does ISIS get so many Toyotas?

It doesn't surprise me at all that the vehicle of choice for ISIS is a Hilux.<p>Toyota Hilux is one of the most common vehicles in the world. It's …

Middle East