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Glass transition temperature

While the familiar melting and freezing transitions of water occur at well-defined temperatures, the transitions in polymers are surprisingly different<p>At this time of year it always becomes obvious when the temperature has plummeted, not simply from the ice on the puddles but from the difficulty I …

University of Cambridge

Best Book Covers: Penguin Drop Caps

In 2009, Jessica Hische (a featured New Visual Artist that year) started her Daily Drop Cap site, where she showcased a different hand-drawn letter …

The Next Big Social Idea: Unconditional Basic Income

Total Freedom Short from Tree Media on Vimeo.<p>In 2014, serious voices from Pope Francis to Thomas Piketty, in his book <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century</i>, have lamented ever-widening inequality. Others have expressed concern that "the second machine age" of digital technologies will entail the …

Economics

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Art

How Working Past Age 65 Can Hurt Your Finances

Every month, approximately 250,000 Americans turn 65 years of age. For most, retirement represents an opportunity to enjoy life and the leisure activities for which they simply didn't have time during their working years. But it's also a time to make important decisions about personal finances. If …

Retirement

Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan | Colossal

<p>When it comes to fancy studio portraits of pets, it’s no surprise people are willing to hire photographers for loving photos of their cats and dogs, …

You've Heard of Shooting Stars, but This is Ridiculous

The idea that stars live in galaxies has been astronomy’s conventional wisdom since the 1920’s. It took a serious hit recently, though, when …

Universe

Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings By Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen

If we could actually capture the appearance of a spirit on film, like those ghost show guys claim to be able to do, we might end up with a result …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

DIY Photo Night Light

As the dark days of the winter solstice approach, it’s a great to to get started on this brilliant DIY photo night light project from Hewlett-Packard.<p>This project looks like a super easy way to add a customized and crafty touch to your darkened domicile. Nearly any lightweight fabric could …

Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate

Why is it so hard to hire someone to fill a creative position? At this point I'm afraid that art school might be making most graduates unemployable …

A Convincing Theory About Human Evolution

No ape had done that before.<p>It was an important milestone in the story of human evolution.<p>The ancestor in question, Homo erectus, could use simple tools and hunt. His diet was more meat-based than plant-based. Meat has more calories than food derived from plants. Humans had transformed themselves …

Harvard

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The Rolling Stones Illustrations by Stavros Damos

Illustrated portraits of the the legendary Rolling Stones.<p>Thessaloníki, Greece based illustrator Stavros Damos has created this amazing series of The …

Glenn Ligon: Layers of Meaning

<i>“Like any artwork, things become richer if you know more about them, but I don’t think that’s crucial.”</i> —Glenn Ligon<p>Today’s <i>Exclusive</i> features Glenn …

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

In art classrooms, the word <i>value</i> means different things to different people. To the teacher, it describes the lightness or darkness of a color, but …

Intangible Possessions

When it comes to embracing the new, the art market tends to move at a glacial pace. However, last Fall Phillips Auction House, in connection with the …

Ten Artists on Value

“A lot of artists feel uncomfortable with their work being shown in this context. But, I mean, it is necessary in terms of income, and also to figure …

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

In 2008, SuttonBeresCuller (SBC), the Seattle-based artistic team of John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler, received a Creative Capital grant for …

8 Lessons Robert Capa Has Taught Me About Street Photography

<b>Robert Capa</b> is one of the greatest photographers to have ever lived. When he was still alive, he was proclaimed as “The Greatest War-Photographer in …

Harvard's so-called 'white privilege' class

<b>It was the kind of story tailor-made for the right-wing echo chamber. Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government wanted all its first-year students to attend a mandatory orientation session to consider their "power and privilege". To "check it", even.</b><p>After all, just a few weeks ago Princeton …

Harvard Kennedy School

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book | Colossal

<p>In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit …

Fantastical Clouds Magically Suspended in Empty Rooms

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical <i>Nimbus</i> series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a …

Art

Tilapia Tots

Fish haters everywhere! You gotta gotta gotta try this recipe. Tilapia was never this fun to eat! Who knew? These amazing little balls are filled …

Crushed Green Olive Salad with Celery and Mint

I knew I was going to love this salad as soon as I read the recipe. I am a big fan of good green olives and celery. In fact, when I travel I always …

Homemade Caramel Made Right Every Time

<i>Dawn Perry, photos by Zach DeSart</i><p>A salted caramel always makes for the ideal winter fix. With a few tips from the BA Prep School, you can have homemade caramel candies in your dessert arsenal.<p><b>SEE MORE:</b><b>Ingredients We Can't Cook Without</b><p>Undercook your caramel mixture and you'll end up with a stiff …

Baking