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Photos from Life Off the Grid in a Sustainable Commune

In this week's installment of First-Person Shooter, a member of an Oregon-based sustainable community photographed a dozen or so residents who live off-the-grid and survive together using only materials readily available to them on their 40-acre land...<p>In this week's edition of First-Person Shooter …

Sustainability

How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.<p>Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it's not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that …

Consciousness

7 Scientific Ways to Become Smarter

You can vastly improve your brain's performance by making a few minor changes in your daily routine.<p>A while back, I posted a column describing five scientific ways to become smarter. Since then, I've been reading more about neuroscience, hoping to find additional easy techniques to improve brain …

The Brain

Microscopic Slivers of Artworks Reveal Hidden Truths | Conservation Lab

For art conservators, the inner geography of a painting speaks volumes.<p><i>In art institutions across the globe, time machines and investigation rooms exist behind closed doors. Dusty artworks go in and come out looking centuries younger; artists’ secrets are brought to light; and hidden, unfinished</i> …

Art

LSD makes the brain more ‘complete’, scientists say as they claim to have unlocked secrets of hallucinogenic drugs

LSD makes the brain more “complete”, scientists have claimed in a pioneering and controversial new study.<p>The drug breaks down the parts of the brain …

Consciousness

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …

Consciousness

Wind and solar are crushing fossil fuels

Here's what's shaping power markets, in six charts from BNEF:<p>Renewables are beating fossil fuels 2 to 1<p><i>Investment in Power Capacity, 2008-2015</i> …

Renewable Energy

Your Dead Body Will Be Really Bad for the Environment

Way to go, Dead You.<p>Let's talk about the future for a sec. Warning: It might get a little morbid.<p>Most people might debate burial vs. cremation, but it's generally taken for granted that your body will end up where most bodies end up. Then, tucked into your cemetery plot, your corpse will sit, …

Organic Chemistry

Robert Mapplethorpe's X-Rated Photographs Changed Culture Forever

We spoke to the filmmakers behind 'Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,' a new HBO documentary about the photographer who died 25 years ago, to find out more about his life.<p>Patti Smith's boyfriend, the gay New York artist who died of AIDS, the man who took a picture of fisting and called it art: …

Robert Mapplethorpe

World Meat Free Day 2016: Why everyone becoming vegan or vegetarian would save millions of lives

Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on red and processed meat will make you healthier. That’s obvious enough. But as chickens and cows …

Andy Goldsworthy creates ephemeral Land Art with natural materials found in the wilderness

Some of the best art out there is ephemeral and leaves almost no trace. Take the case of Andy Goldsworthy, generally considered the founder of modern …

Art

Paintings within Paintings Hit Disorienting New Show '#metadata'

“Information about the information." You might as well call Ryan McGinness' new show 'Artception.'<p>Paintings within paintings hung within a studio within a studio when I visited Ryan McGinness's workspace before his new show, <i>#metadata</i>, shipped to its resting place at Los Angeles' Kohn Gallery. …

Art

How To Tap The Only Three Types Of Creativity

There are three and only three ways to create. They come from connective, component and blank page creativity. That’s it. Those three. If you want to “<i>make new things or think of new ideas</i>” as Webster defines creativity, you must do one of these three.<p>• Do you see disparate things you can pull …

Creativity

Researchers want to grow human tendons on an incredibly advanced robotic hand

That alone is enough to improve the motion capabilities in prosthetics in a way that has never been seen before. But the researchers plan on taking the project even farther by growing human tendon and tissue on the robot hand.<p>That would mean people could have an <i>entirely new hand</i>, human skin and …

Robotics

Artist Transforms Herself Into Disney Characters Using Makeup And Her Hijab

A makeup artist has combined artistic wizardry with her extensive hijab collection to transform herself into various Disney and comic book characters.<p>…

Walt Disney Company

These Designers Reimagined The 2016 Oscar Best Picture Nominees As Pop Art Posters

Andy Warhol + Mad Max: Fury Road = genius.

The Strange And Beautiful Fashion Drawings Of Salvador Dali

"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook," Spanish painter Salvador Dali recalled in his autobiography. "At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since."<p>Dali wound up being a famous artist, so adored for his surrealist masterpieces that his works are now …

Art
Art

Texting Art Enthusiasts Take It All Off in LA

Installation artist Jana Cruder observes changes and behaviors to our naked, texting bodies in her participatory new work.<p><i>This article contains adult content.</i><p>The show-stopping <i>The Way Of The Modern Man</i> installation, from Jana Cruder at the Los Angeles ART Show this past weekend, had onlookers doing …

Art

Dark, Masochistic Self-Portraits Capture the Agony of Love Lost

Following the breakdown of a seven year romance, New York City-based photographer Hsin Wang re-staged her grief, giving physical presence to the …

Relationships

Ballet Dancers Portraits in the Backstage

Darian Volkova is a Russian photographer of 24 years old. Also a ballet dancer at the Saint-Petersburg Theater, she captures brilliant portraits of …

Dancing

Strange & Beautiful Women Portrait Paintings

Chloe Butta is a french artist based in Lyon and known as CannibalMalabar. Here, she unveils her feminine world, made out of eccentric women midway …

Stories of a South African Childhood in Sketches and Sculptures

Claudette Schreuders's latest exhibit captures the beauty of the everyday.<p>The sculptures and sketches in <i>Note to Self</i>, Claudette Schreuders's latest solo exhibit, feature plain-looking people doing plain-looking things. There are some celebrity guest stars, like Nelson Mandela or Bonnie “Prince” …

Art

The Best Things We Saw at Zona Maco 2016 [Photos]

These were some of the most popular pieces we saw during Mexico City's Art Week.<p>A few days ago we showed you some of the things you could do during Art Week in Mexico City. The festival, Zona Maco 2016 came to an end over the weekend, and now we present to you a selection of some of the most …

Art

DISNEY and Surrealism Come Together in a Salvador Dali Virtual Reality Exhibit | Nerdist

Had the legendary Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí been alive to experience virtual reality, we’re sure he would have approved. He might have …

Art

Europe's first underwater sculpture museum – in pictures

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museo Atlantico, off Lanzarote, is peopled with concrete casts of refugees and people taking selfies<p>Drowned world: welcome to Europe’s first undersea sculpture museum

Sculpture
Interviews

Performance Artist Strangles Peeps and Crushes Cakes

Mar Cuervo vents feminist rage on innocent confectionery.<p>In her latest project, <i>Destroyer</i>, photographer and performance artist Mar Cuervo vents her rage by crushing beloved confectionary into piles of crumbs and jelly. It’s a feminist expression of that emotion considered most …

Cotton Candy

Stunning Bent Wire Sculptures Feature Delicate Figures Emerging from Flowers

The work of self-taught artist Gavin Worth reveals a tender beauty in its simple lines of bent wire. We have previously featured some of Worth's amazing sculptures, and he just continues to impress us with pieces that are both stunning and conceptually moving. His newest collection, titled <i>Flora</i>, …

Art