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What Anime Architecture Teaches Us About the Future of Cities

The Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin hosts an exhibition on the architecture of anime.<p>Within the world of animation and the subculture of anime, <i>Akira</i> and <i>Ghost in the Shell</i> stand apart as iconic and highly influential. Released in the late 1980s, both animated films featured dystopian …

Anime

How Screen Addiction Is Damaging Children's Brains

"I've worked with hundreds of heroin addicts and crystal meth addicts, and what I can say is that it's easier to treat a heroin addict than a true screen addict."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE US</i><p>In the 80s, Graham Nash from Crosby Stills & Nash appeared on MTV for an interview. The …

Mental Health

Architects Are Designing Buildings for the Age of Mass Shootings

More buildings are being designed to make people feel safe.<p>Architect Aaron Betsky is not a fan of the Freedom Tower.<p>The 1776-foot-tall building, officially called 1 World Trade Center, is a contemporary behemoth in the New York City skyline, and the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. …

Mass Shootings

What Does a Former NASA Employee Think of 'No Man's Sky'?

We went and asked one, to see if the imminent space-faring epic from Hello Games could encourage a new era of interstellar exploration.<p>This is it. Following three years of waiting and a last-minute delay, one of the most anticipated video games ever, <i>No Man's Sky</i>, is out in just a few days. It's no …

No Man's Sky

Hermann Hesse - misunderstood but loved | Culture| Arts, music and lifestyle reporting from Germany | DW | 09.08.2012

Half a century after his death, the works of Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse are back on the shelves. He's one of the most popular German …

Literature

My 10 Favorite Books: Tilda Swinton

<i>For his bookshop and website One Grand Books, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next in the series is Tilda Swinton, who shares her list with T.</i><p><b>“Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems,” Mahmoud</b> …

Literature

How nature helps us overcome trauma

Writers have long explored the healing powers of nature. Fiona Macdonald looks at how 21st-Century authors are weaving memoir with landscape in dealing with difficult times.<p>In his book The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy mentions research carried out in a hospital in the 1980s. Architecture …

Books

Encased in salt, a new clue to the evolution of life on Earth

Almost all living things need oxygen to survive. The Earth’s atmosphere is currently around 21 percent oxygen, but it didn’t always provide that big of a breath of fresh air to its inhabitants. Millions and billions of years ago, oxygen levels were much lower, but exactly how low was unclear.<p>Now, a …

Earth Science

The secret to Silicon Valley’s success is mass delusion, says ‘Chaos Monkeys’ author

“The Silicon Valley vibe is like democracy, or religion: If everyone believes in it, it sort of becomes true.”<p>Antonio García-Martinez knows that his new book about Silicon Valley, "Chaos Monkeys," is making some people mad. The tell-all tale about his stab at the startup world, including a $10 …

Silicon Valley

Best Selling Author Malcolm Gladwell Shares His Opinions On Donald Trump and Brexit

Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for the <i>New Yorker</i> and best-selling author of <i>The Tipping Point,</i> <i>Blink,</i> <i>Outliers, David and Goliath, and What the Dog Saw,</i> …

Donald Trump

The E-Reader: The Most Daunting Anthology

What is lost when the vast expanse of the internet’s literature is at a student’s fingertips?<p>As screens occupy more and more of our mental space, a lot of ink—or screen space, as the case may be—has been spent on the issue of what, if anything, is lost in electing to read on devices rather than on …

High School

What Happens When You Let an Artist Design an Office?

Yuri Pattison creates his own hyper-accelerated version of the workday.<p>A recent study estimates that 40% of the American workforce will be freelance by 2020. This new normal isn't limited to the United States, as it's a situation London-based artist and Frieze Artist Award winner Yuri Pattison …

Art

PICASSO’S CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT ON REALITY

<b>(The Dream) By Pablo Picasso</b><p>What do you love? Reality or fantasy? I love fantasy. I am a huge fan of Pablo Picasso. I am an art lover. Being a …

Surf's up: Peter Alexander’s water-inspired resin sculptures hit LA

Information<p>'Peter Alexander. Sculpture 1966–2016: A Career Survey' is on view until 2 September. For more information, visit the Parrasch Heijnen Gallery website<p><i>Photography courtesy Parrasch Heijnen</i><p>Address<p>Parrasch Heijnen Gallery<br>1326 S Boyle Avenue<br>Los Angeles, CA 90023<p>Telephone<p>1.323 943 9373<p>At …

Art

Jean-Paul Sartre rejected Nobel prize in a letter to jury that arrived too late

The Swedish Academy has released a letter from the Huis Clos author – who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1964 but declined it – in which he asked not to be chosen<p>Jean-Paul Sartre’s letter informing the Swedish Academy that he would decline the Nobel prize, were it to be offered to …

Literature

What It's Like to Be Gay and Part of a Conservative Christian Sect

To Canada's Hutterites, family is more important than anything—unless you're gay.<p>The epiphany came packaged inside an issue of <i>People</i> magazine.<p>Tyrone Hofer, 16 years old at the time and living in a Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba, knew from a young age that he was different than his peers. He …

LGBTQI

The best optical illusions of 2016 will give your brain a workout

If the blue-or-gold dress or the giant red dot weren't enough to give your brain a workout, this group of the best optical illusions of 2016 should do the trick.<p>Selected by the Neural Correlate Society every year, the illusions "are perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality,'' …

Snoop Dogg

What Can We Learn from 5 Centuries of Unfinished Art?

The Met Breuer’s inaugural show, 'Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,' lays bare the artistic process.<p>For its inaugural show, The Met Breuer reflects upon broad philosophical questions that have consumed artists for centuries: When is a work of art really “finished?” Beyond that, does it even need …

Art

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

A Comic Book Artist Reinvents His Craft For Blind Readers

The Shapereader allows blind people to experience the language of graphic novels in a highly tactile form.<p>Comics seem like they would be easy to adapt for visually impaired readers. Just raise up the comic lines, like braille, and you can “feel” the story, right? Think about it for a few moments, …

Arctic Circle

Nintendo shares soar as new Pokemon mobile game captures hearts | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Japan’s Nintendo Co surged on Friday as consumers flocked to try out its new Pokemon GO smartphone game, raising hopes that the company’s long-awaited shift into mobile gaming will pay off.<p>Attendees walk past the Nintendo of America Inc. booth during the Electronic …

Pokémon

Why George Takei Didn't Want Sulu to Be Gay in the New Star Trek Movie

"I think it's really unfortunate."<p>On Thursday, <i>Star Trek: Beyond</i> star John Cho revealed that his character, Hikaru Sulu, was to be depicted as the first openly gay character in <i>Star Trek</i> history. The decision was seen as a tribute to the original Sulu, George Takei, who came out in 2005 and has since …

Star Trek

Witches, Dinosaurs, and Athletes: The Art of Woonyoung Jung

Occasionally I stumble across someone’s art that is so delightful that it makes me smile every time I see it. Woonyoung’s paintings are just that. He …

How Gay Is 'Pokémon Go'?

You've probably seen this all over your social media feeds: Nintendo and the Pokémon Company have unveiled the latest iteration of their kooky gaming …

Pokémon

32 stunning poster designs to inspire you

Poster design is a seductive field, giving designers and artists a blank canvas to provoke and inspire. Posters sometimes go wrong, as we have seen, …

Graphic Design

The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it

Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was an immaterial soul, housed in …

Consciousness

Michael Simpson wins 2016 John Moores painting prize

Wiltshire-based artist wins £25,000 for Leper Squint 19, a depiction of a structure outside a medieval church window<p>Michael Simpson has been named winner of one of the UK’s most prestigious art prizes, for an austere work that one judge admitted made her feel slightly uncomfortable.<p>Simpson’s …

Art

New Data Analysis Suggests Only Six Book Plots Exist

Everyone who secretly thought that all novels have the same plot can feel vindicated by new research supporting that suspicion. Sort of.<p>Researchers …

Higher Metacognition is probably what separates Geniuses from the rest

Metacognition is “thinking about thinking”, or “knowing about knowing”. It comes from the root word “meta”, meaning beyond. It can take many forms; …

Vintage Film Posters From The Golden Age of XXX

While obviously the content of these posters is unapologetically dirty, not to mention the films themselves, we have to say, the design on some of …