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Tracing the Development of the Doppelgänger

From ancient Egypt to the Victorian era, an encounter with one’s double has proven inevitably unsettling.<p>Before people began taking photos with our …

Literature

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics, awarded overnight in Sweden by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, began with a discussion 42 years ago between …

Aziz Ansari has great advice for people in creative slumps

When you’re a creatively successful person, people always want to know what you’re working on. The problem is that sometimes the answer is: Nothing much.<p>Actor and filmmaker Aziz Ansari recently offered a refreshing take on the pressure that creative types feel to produce. In an interview with <i>GQ</i>‘s …

Creativity

This magical drug mansion in Upstate New York is where the psychedelic ’60s took off

Owned by one of America’s richest families, Millbrook hosted Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Mingus and more<p>William Mellon Hitchcock was not …

New York State

Why Indoor Plants Make You Feel Better

Houseplants are good for your health — and not just for their visual beauty. Why? They essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA has revealed …

Plants

What Happens to Time and Space When We Fall into a Black Hole?

Black holes have always been a bit of a mystery. That’s mainly because they’re so very difficult to study. The gravitational singularity is where …

Fusion Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer to Limitless Clean Energy

Taking It Slow<p>Scientists consider nuclear fusion the “holy grail” of energy production for good reason. Not only could it provide a virtually …

Energy

A Look Back At Monterey Pop, 50 Years Later

In the 21st century, destination music festivals seem like a dime a dozen. But just 50 years ago, there was only one: the Monterey International Pop Festival, which featured more than 30 artists and bands playing over the course of three days in the summer of 1967.<p>Monterey Pop set the template for …

Festivals

First Interview With the Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope

Alex Honnold reveals how he accomplished the greatest feat of rock climbing in history.<p><i>Writer and climber Mark Synnott took Alex Honnold on his first international climbing expedition to Low’s Gully in Borneo back in 2009, and subsequent trips to Chad, Oman, and Newfoundland. Over the years they’ve</i> …

Climbing

Outstanding Pasta Salad Recipes, Because You Deserve Better

Give pasta salad the makeover it deserves.<p>Pasta salad draws to mind images of sad, cold noodles, haphazardly chopped veggies and maybe some diced ham packed into a plastic tub. It’s filling, it’s fine, but it’s not even remotely exciting. It shouldn’t be that way though, because pasta is delicious, …

Healthy Eating

These arresting photographs by the young Stanley Kubrick show why he became a great director

From office lingerie models to Chicago street scenes, his camera caught it<p>The best filmmakers are often photographers. But not every snap shooter can …

10 Cult Classics That Are Worth The Read

It's a question that keeps book nerds up at night: what makes a book a <i>cult</i> book? Usually, a "cult" book isn't actually a book about cults. Rather, …

A new way to fake photosynthesis could help put CO2 back where it belongs

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered a method for triggering artificial photosynthesis using a synthetic material — …

How graffiti became a global art movement

According to Roger Gastman, the curator, producer and director behind the book and film <i>Wall Writers: Graffiti In Its Innocence</i>, graffiti first started showing up in the summer of 1967 in the cities of New York and Philadelphia.<p>Overnight, it seemed, writing appeared on walls, doors, pavements, …

Streetwear

This weed company grows pot for your specific moods

Green Crack. Cat Piss. Blueberry Lambsbread. Alaskan Thunder Fuck.<p>Sure, names of cannabis strain can be fun, but they're also ridiculous, confusing, …

These Bongs Are High Art in More Than One Way

An exhibition examines the fancy pipes and bongs of Bob Snodgrass, the "Godfather of Glass," and the legions of artists he inspired.<p><i>[Editor's note: David Bienenstock is a longtime cannabis journalist, author of the book</i> <i>How to Smoke Pot (Properly)</i> <i>, and an occasional VICE contributor. The following</i> …

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What is the Purpose of Life?

What if, you lived the rest of your life in Hanoi, Vietnam?<p>1. UTOPIA<p>Your rent is $380 a month. Your living expenses are $200 a month. You only need …

The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

According to Audrey Shafer, there is something profound in the moment a patient wakes up from surgery.<p>She would know — she's an anesthesiologist. She's responsible for people when they are at their most vulnerable: unconscious, unable to breathe on their own or even blink their eyes.<p>As a result, …

Medicine

The Future Of Energy Isn't Fossil Fuels Or Renewables, It's Nuclear Fusion

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that the climate doesn’t matter. That we’re completely ignoring the connection between carbon dioxide, the Earth’s atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, global temperatures, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. From a long-term point of view, we’d still need to plan …

Nuclear Energy

What's the Difference Between a Fruit and a Vegetable? | MyRecipes

I remember there was <i>always</i> that one snotty kid in my elementary school science classes who, as we were learning about how plants grow and the …

How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

Health care is a trillion-dollar industry in America, but are we getting what we pay for? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, a medical journalist who formerly worked as a medical doctor, warns that the existing system too often focuses on financial incentives over health or science.<p>"We've trusted a lot of …

Health Care

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

The Brain

Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods

After a startling encounter with a cuttlefish, Australian philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith set out to explore the mysterious lives of cephalopods. He was left asking: why do such smart creatures live such a short time?<p>Inches above the seafloor of Sydney’s Cabbage Tree Bay, with the proximity made …

Zoology

New Theory of Gravity Emerges

If a study carried out by researchers at the University of St. Andrews holds true then we may need to consider rewriting Albert Einstein’s theory of …

The Mysterious Origin of Our Galaxy’s Gold

After long believing that exploding stars forged the coveted metal, researchers are now divided over which extraordinary cosmic event is truly responsible.<p>Across history and folklore, the question of where Earth’s gold came from—and maybe how to get more of it—has invited fantastical explanation. …

This artist's Infinity Rooms are completely tripping us out

The world of art can be an incredibly beautiful place in its total insanity. “Infinity Mirrors,” the newest exhibit by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, …

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

Using the plant like scaffolding, scientists built a mini version of a working heart, which may one day aid in tissue regeneration.<p>Scientists have found a way to use spinach to build working human heart muscle, potentially solving a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs.<p>Their …

Biomedical Engineering

Get Excited — We're About to Learn a Hell of a Lot More About Jupiter

On Feb. 2, NASA's Juno spacecraft captured this stunning image of Jupiter's cloud tops. The mysterious dark spot is believed to be "a Jovian "galaxy" of swirling storms," according to a NASA press release. "Every time we get near Jupiter's cloud tops, we learn new insights that help us understand …

What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?

Every star will someday run out of fuel in its core, bringing an end to its run as natural source of nuclear fusion in the Universe. While stars like our Sun will fuse hydrogen into helium and then — swelling into a red giant — helium into carbon, there are other, more massive stars which can …

Universe