Aicha Kapoor

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A Fresh Take On Nobuyoshi Araki At The Museum of Sex

One of my first reactions, upon entering “The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death in the Work of Nobuyoshi Araki,” an exhibition open at the Museum of Sex through August 31, 2018, was to feel ashamed. Next to a glossy image of a beautiful Japanese woman, a wall text read: “The curator and art …

Columbia University

The unseen significance of whales

Changing Planet<p>Co-authored by Jessica Perelman<p><i>Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in biological sciences. She will be attending veterinary school next year and plans to pursue a career in wildlife and conservation veterinary medicine.</i><p>When the …

Whales

Baby Frogs Have a Super-Speedy Way to Escape Snakes

How does a frog save itself when it hasn’t even been born?<p>Every red-eyed tree frog must confront this dilemma. The frogs lay their eggs on plants that lie over ponds. After a week, the tadpoles hatch and drop into the water—at least in theory. In practice, many of the defenceless, immobile, …

Zoology

The Disappearance of Self in Japan

You're drifting in a rowboat on a quiet pond. Another boat bumps against your own and jolts you out of your self-forgetfulness.<p>You stand up in a rage, and start berating the negligent rower in the other boat. Then you notice that it's empty. There's no one to blame (save circumstance or the current …

Japan

Counting Catsharks in Malaysia

Human Journey<p>Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia<p><b>Borneo has a shark problem.</b> Over 100 species of sharks live in this region of the Coral Triangle, a region of highest marine biodiversity in the world. Not only do large sharks like hammerheads, tigers and bull sharks swim here, but also endemic species like the …

I really love my daughter, but I'm not supposed to talk about that

When my daughter was 5 months old, we went to visit my husband’s family. A cousin shifted my daughter into her arms, and we gazed down at my baby’s sea storm eyes, her chick’s fluff of hair. “She’s beautiful,” the cousin said. “Don’t you just want to throw her out the window sometimes?”<p>In fact, I …

Orphaned Raccoon Thinks She's a Dog After Being Rescued and Raised by Family with Dogs

Pumpkin the Raccoon may have an adorable face and a family who adores her, but things weren't always easy for the lovable creature. When she was only a month old, Pumpkin fell out of a tree and broke her back leg. To make matters worse, the infant animal was incredibly weak and in need of medical …

Pets

Malala on Standing Up to World Leaders While Also Being a Teenager

Malala Yousafzai has opened a school for Syrian refugees, taken on the president of Nigeria, and won a Nobel Prize. Now, at age 18, her life is a movie, and she has big plans for the future.<p><i>Updated February 24, 2016</i><p>When Malala Yousafzai was born, the people in her Pashtun village felt sorry for her …

There Are 6 Types of French-Girl Style: Come See Which Is Most Like You

Around here, we're wild for the je ne sais quois that goes into chic, mussed, always perfect-looking French-girl style. As such, imagine our collective joy when we heard that there's not one type of stereotypical chicness but an amazing six different kinds. Angie Niles details the style habits of …

Clothing

Irina Ionesco: the grande dame, her ‘Lolita’ pictures, and a true Paris scandal

A four-decade feud between French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco, 84, and her daughter Eva returns to the courtroom<p>A French <i>rentrée</i> – the return to work after the summer break, and the start of the literary season – would be incomplete without a colourful cultural scandal. And the annual …

Biographies

Scans suggest Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tut's tomb

New scans give 'further evidence' that Egypt's lost Queen Nefertiti may lie concealed in King Tutankhamun's tomb<p>High-resolution scans suggest the tomb of Ancient Egypt's boy-king Tutankhamun contains passages to two hidden chambers, including what one British archaeologist believes is the last …

Ancient History

The Ancient Civilization With Perfect Teeth

Two surprising findings from new imagery of ancient human remains from Pompeii<p>It was with a force greater than an atom bomb that Mount Vesuvius erupted and blotted out Pompeii in 79 A.D.<p>Or, not blotted out, exactly.<p>The city’s destruction, and the thing that has kept Pompeii so fascinating over the …

Archaeology

Photos Of Matriarchal Societies Show What Gender Equality Looks Like Across The Globe

A girl poses confidently, hands on hips. She wears a delicate flower in her hair, and stands in the photo's background, but there's something commanding about her presence. For her age, she looks stern and self-assured -- where she lives, being a girl doesn't seem to be a strike against her …

Feminism

Japanese Storyteller Takes a New Approach to Sharing War Stories

Changing Planet<p>Fumioki Okayama, founder of the blog “70 seeds,” in front of his office building in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. PHOTO BY ARI BESER<p><b>Tokyo, Japan –</b> This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II. To commemorate this event, Fumioki Okayama, a designer from Nagasaki, …

23-Year-Old Welds Metal Canvases to Create Psychedelic Portraits

Engineer Richard Lauth uses his imaginative expertise to demonstrate how welding can serve an unexpected art form. Lauth himself prefers a TIG welding technique, which utilizes a tungsten electrode to deliver a current to the welding site. The puddle that forms is then cooled with a gas. While this …

Alice In Wonderland

Japanese Street Photography Highlights the Nation’s Rich Culture

If you've ever wanted to walk along the streets of Japan and become immersed in its remarkable culture, Japanese photographer Takashi Yasui can help you get there. With his vibrant snapshots, the artist effortlessly transports viewers to various locations all across this breathtaking country. There …

Photography

What’s a Saint, Anyway?

As the pope canonizes a controversial figure, it’s worth remembering the centuries of controversy surrounding sainthood itself.<p>How does a person get canonized? Or, to be more precise, what is it that distinguishes the 10,000 or so official Catholic saints from the rest of us 1.2 billion Catholic …

Christianity

Astonishing Color Photographs of Life in the Russian Empire of Czar Nicholas II

Between 1909 and 1915, Tsar Nicholas II commissioned innovative color photographer and chemist Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii to document what …

Foetal Cells Hide Out in Mum’s Body, But What Do They Do?

A mother’s children will remain part of her long after they leave her body and enter the world. This isn’t just a saying or a metaphor; it’s biological reality. Every foetus sends some of its own cells into its mother. They cross the placenta, travel through her bloodstream, and lodge in various …

Biology

Women in Gaza: 'If we want to live here, we want to live in dignity'

During the worst of the violence between Israel and Palestine last summer, Gaza student Hoda Elrayes shared her experiences of living on the frontline with GuardianWitness. One year on she tells us about three women in her community whose lives are still affected<p>The conflict between Israel and Gaza …

Israel

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness

Photos of a Surfer Riding a Giant Wave… While on Fire

How do go about making photos of big wave surfing even more extreme? Here’s one way: add fire to the mix. Surfer Jamie O’Brien recently tackled some …

Aquatic Sports

The Story Behind Steve McCurry’s Iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ Photo

Want to hear the story of how the iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo was shot? NPR’s <i>All Things Considered</i> interviewed renowned photojournalist Steve McCurry to …

Photography

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper – review

A jaunty biography shows how the landscape, culture and energy of his adopted country inspired the Russian author’s greatest works<p>“It had taken me some 40 years to invent Russia and Western Europe,” Vladimir Nabokov wrote in his afterword to <i>Lolita</i>, “and now I was faced by the task of inventing …

Literature

This is What Adobe’s Dehaze Slider Does to Photos of the Night Sky

Adobe’s new Dehaze slider has been wowing photographers since it was launched for Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW last month. We’ve seen what it can …

Photography

Can Arabic literature ever be fully understood in English?

Before 1987, modern Arabic literature was an “unknown” on the English-literature landscape. When Naguib Mahfouz was awarded a Nobel Prize that year, …

Literature

14 Snapshots of Vintage India

Annual_prayer_at_the_Jumma_Musjid,_Delhi_(c._1902-1910)<p>Indian culture is full of life and color—with or without color photography. These beautiful …

Jurassic World sequel coming in 2018

The sequel to <i>Jurassic World</i> will hit movie theaters on June 22, 2018, Universal pictures announced today, according to Variety. The fact that the dinosaur-filled action film is getting a sequel shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given that <i>Jurassic World</i> just became the third-highest-grossing …