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Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here

Ectogenesis is a social and political minefield.<p><i>Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, philosopher, journalist, and author of the bestselling novel The Transhumanist Wager. He writes an occasional column for Motherboard ruminating on the future beyond natural human ability.</i><p>Of all the transhumanist …

How Do You Know You Exist? A Mind-Bending Animated Homage to Descartes Exploring the Conundrum of Reality

“When you’re awake, you know you’re awake. But when you aren’t, you don’t know you aren’t.”<p><i>“We don’t need to credit an all-seeing God with the creation of life and matter,”</i> wrote Douglas Rushkoff, <i>“to suspect that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”</i> But what …

A 500-mile solo hike cured my loneliness

The journey began at an unassuming trailhead on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. It was early July, and the morning sun was already unpleasantly hot. I hoisted a 40-lb. backpack onto my shoulders, paused for a photo, and started walking.<p>The plan was to hike the Colorado Trail, a 500-mile path …

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Alan Watts on What Reality Is and How to Become What You Are

This past holiday season, I attended a meditation retreat at a remote but renowned center for “deep change in self and society,” where I was struck — more sharply than I have been before — by our culture’s conflicting values of material success and self-transcendence. That disconnect was manifested …

5 Sky Events This Week: Blue Giant, Crab Nebula, and Jovian Shadows

Starstruck<p>Seven Sisters stand revealed, while Io, one of Jupiter's moons, plays hide and seek.<p>Venus snuggles up with Neptune for stargazers this week, while the moon points to the remnants of an ancient stellar blast. Backyard astronomers, meanwhile, confront the challenge that comes from a Jovian …

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Experts Tell Us 13 Ways to Have the Best Sex Ever

Thank you, science.<p>You can bottle up your sex-related questions or ask your idiot friends. Or, you can call up doctors and experts for sex advice on their one surefire trick in the bedroom. Listen and learn. (By the way, they go great with these sex positions.)

Jimmy Nelson's best photograph: the Huli wigmen of Papua New Guinea

This image encapsulates everything I'm trying to achieve with my tribes project, which has taken me around the world photographing tribes before they disappear. It shows the Huli wigmen from Papua New Guinea looking statuesque, iconic, beautiful and proud, in the midst of their extraordinary …

The Incredible Story of a Group of Orphans and Their Adopted Dogs

In a riverside concrete amphitheater in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a community of young street children live with their beloved stray dogs. Separated from …

Behind a Little House - Photographs and text by Manuel Cosentino | LensCulture

Photographed over a two-year period, “Behind a Little House” is an intimate participatory art project focusing on the notion of our place in the world beneath one sky. Place, both actual and imagined, plays a key role within identity.<p>“Behind a Little House” references the landscape as one of the …

This is What the Sony QX1 Lens Camera Looks Like With a Comically Massive Alpha Lens Attached

Now that Sony’s QX1 — basically a smartphone add-on that lets you use E-Mount lenses with your phone — has arrived, it was inevitable that people …

Fantastic Vintage Photos of Women at Work During WWII

Rosie the Riveter was more than a cultural World War II icon. To many women at the time, Rosie the Riveter was a person, an idea they aspired to …