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10 Art Terms That Don't Mean What You Think They Mean

When talking about art, there are more than a few vocabulary words that -- let's face it -- we use to sound smart. Call them highfalutin and grandiloquent (see what we did there?), terms like "postmodernism" and "assemblage" are tossed about like badges of honor or passwords to an exclusive club. …

Where is the Milky Way on May evenings?

Tonight – May 7, 2018 – if you’re in a dark location at northern temperate latitudes, you might be searching for one of the sky’s most spectacular …

Astronomy

Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

They don't have eyes. Or ears. Or what we would call a nervous system. But plants can talk. And they listen. Let me show you how.<p>First, we'll need a plant eater. This one's perfect: It's an aphid, a hungry little critter who loves to munch on fresh, green leaves ...<p>Next, we arrange lunch. We choose …

Got 5 minutes? Learn to see Saturn

June, July and August are especially good months for viewing Saturn in 2017. But you can find Saturn in May, 2017, too, especially when the moon …

Why Is There No Pill For 'Asian Glow'?

Plus, why Esquire's consequence-free drinking method sounds like total bunk.<p>Between the two of us, my roommate and I have the, uhh, digestive problems that are more common in people of East Asian descent. She's lactose intolerant. I get so-called "Asian glow" when I drink alcohol. But at least when …

Alcohol

5 Sky Events This Week: Penguin Solar Eclipse, Comet Encounters Whirlpool

Changing Planet<p>This week a comet glides past the iconic Whirlpool galaxy. Courtesy: K. Rhode, M. Young, and WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF<p><b>From an exotic solar eclipse to a comet buzzing a galaxy, a veritable cosmic buffet of celestial sights greets sky-gazers this week.</b><p><b>Age of Aquarids.</b> Starting Monday, April …

A Graphic, Minimalist Apartment in Poland

Beginning with the homeowner’s love of minimalism and working with a tight budget, Peters Flat was designed by Mili Młodzi Ludzie in Łazarz, Poznań, …

Interior Design

Risk of nuclear accidents is rising, says report on near-misses

Chatham House report lists 13 instances since 1962 when nuclear weapons were nearly launched<p>A report recounting a litany of near-misses in which nuclear weapons came close to being launched by mistake concludes that the risk of potentially catastrophic accidents is higher than previously thought …

Sky

Lyrids Meteor Shower over South America<br>Taken: 2014 April 23<br>Copyright: Yuri Beletsky

All you need to know: Eta Aquariid meteors

In 2018, the forecast calls for the greatest number of Eta Aquariid meteors to fall before dawn on May 5. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will …

Is music really all about sex?

Charles Darwin argued that music evolved as a way to attract lovers, and a study claims to support his idea. But how strong is the evidence, asks Phil Ball.<p>Humans have been making music for at least 40,000 years. The earliest known instruments are flutes made from hollow animal bones. What is less …

Kurt Cobain

Asteroid Strikes (Even Big Ones) Are More Common Than We Thought

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Asteroid researchers revealed that 26 asteroids hit earth over a span of 13 years, a figure that is …

Milky Way's structure mapped in unprecedented detail

Astronomers are one step closer to solving a longstanding mystery — just what our Milky Way galaxy looks like.<p>It may seem odd that a comprehensive understanding of the Milky Way's structure has so far eluded researchers. But it's tough to get a broad view of the galaxy from within.<p>"We are fairly …

Why Apple has stopped growing

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer predicted in January that Apple will generate the same amount of revenue this past quarter—the company releases its financials today—as it did a year ago. Analysts agree with him. Apple generated more revenue than ever in the the first fiscal quarter of 2014, which …

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