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Faig Ahmed's Glitchy, Distorted Rugs Destroy The Stereotypes Of Eastern Tradition

Faig Ahmed, a visual artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, reworks the aesthetic of carpets, an “indestructible symbol of the Eastern tradition”, by weaving …

Watch: A Captivating Time-Lapse Of Snowflakes Forming In Midair

What does a snowfall look like? Not as it floats down from a gray sky to land upon an outstretched tongue, but as it grows from a single molecule? It looks like some kind of crystal flower, blossoming from a singularity in space-time.<p>Backed by a soft piano nocturne taken from Aphex Twin, Russian …

Time-lapse Photography

Bruce Springsteen Thrills Australian Fans With 'Highway to Hell' Cover

Perth show kicks off with an AC/DC tribute<p>Bruce Springsteen knows just how to endear himself to an Australian audience. He kicked off his show at the …

Pope Francis Goes Off-Script to Call for an End to Violence

From a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis used his first public appearance of 2014 to call for a spirit of community on Earth and an …

5 Christian right delusions about history

If these extremists are to be believed, Joe McCarthy was a decent man and the Founding Fathers were theocrats<p>The Christian right is most known for their denial of inconvenient science, but in many respects, they’re just as bad when it comes to the facts of history. After all, no matter what the …

The Pope Just Published One Of The Most Powerful Critiques Of Modern Capitalism That You Will Ever Read

Pope Francis is out with the first big, written text of his papacy. The full text can be found here (via Izabella Kaminska).<p>The section of the text that's getting the most attention is his powerful denouncement of our current financial system, the obsession with consumption, inequality, and the …

Ideology

Pope Francis: Capitalism is “a new tyranny”

“The culture of prosperity deadens us,” the pope writes in a document laying out the platform for his papacy<p>Pope Francis on Tuesday called capitalism "a new tyranny" and very explicitly called on global leaders to act on poverty and growing inequality.<p>Francis' remarks are part of an 84-page …

From Paper, A Stylus That’s Like A Pencil

By the team behind Paper, this isn’t any old stylus. If the Pencil takes off, the iPad may never be the same.<p>The iPad never came with a stylus. Steve Jobs’s famous quip was, “God gave us 10 styluses–let’s not invent another.” In some ways the quote epitomizes Apple’s legacy of design simplicity, …

Apps

Relativity by Alex Hall

Working with oil paint on panels, the artist Alex Hall combines surrealism and figuration to create beautifully rendered, contemporary works. He …

Stop thanking the troops for me

Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Their claims are wrong in more ways than one<p>The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the "NBA Cares" commercials that run quite frequently during the season. The …

Geometric Forms in Nature

The French artist Ludovic Fesson seizes natural elements and reinstates them in the environment from which they come from, making sculptures both …

AFA - art for adults - Heather Horton

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Powerful Portraits of Secluded Cultures on the Brink of Extinction

Before They Pass Away is a powerful documentary series by photographer Jimmy Nelson featuring dozens of cultures around the world whose people live in seclusion and are at risk of fading away. Traveling across five continents, the English photographer manages to embrace the various cultures he has …

Anthropology

Secrets of the Maya Otherworld

<b>On the edge of a small cornfield near the ruined Maya city of Chichén Itzá, in the sparse shade of</b> a tropical tree, a voice ricochets wildly up the mouth of a well. <i>“¡Lo vi! ¡Lo vi!”</i> the shout proclaims. “I saw it, I saw it!” <i>“¡Sí, es verdad!</i> Yes, it’s true!”<p>Leaning over the mouth of the well, …

The Beatles 'On Air': win tickets to a live event at Abbey Road

To celebrate the release of Live at the BBC Volume 2, a special event is taking place at Abbey Road studios later this months. We've got 25 pairs of tickets up for grabs<p>Do you remember when the Beatles' music first touched on your life?<p>Was it hearing Strawberry Fields Forever for the first time? …

Food52

Inside Flipboard / October 14, 2013<p>How you eat is how you live. That’s the “cooking manifesto” of Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, creators of …

Nixon proposed today’s Affordable Care Act

It’s easy to forget amidst all of the conservative handwringing that this is the kind of plan GOP has always wanted<p>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Republicans will seek to delay a requirement of the 2010 Affordable Care Act that all Americans obtain health insurance or face a tax penalty. …

The 9 Greatest Pumpkin Recipes

You spot a flash of orange out of the corner of your eye. There it is again! Either you really wanta Fanta, you're being followed by a rogue basketball team or...it's fall! You're finally allowed to buy the tiny, adorable day-glo-orange pumpkins from the grocery store and arrange them on your …

Lou Reed: What I've Learned

Musician, 58, New York City.<p><b>You know the expression</b> "God protects fools and drunks"? I qualify for both.<p><b>There are things I cannot even think of taking credit for.</b> Pure luck. Dumb luck. Literally. I didn't get in the car. Or I moved two steps to the left. I could just as easily be in jail as be …

Lou Reed

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Galicia EP, by Zachary Cale

supported by<p>Folkadelphia Zachary's a hard working musician that backs up that ethic with tremendous imagination and songwriting chops. Heck of a …

Visions of Earth 2012 - Photo Gallery

Photograph by Musadeq Sadeq, AP Images<p><b>December 2012</b><p><b>Afghanistan</b>—Overnight snowfall slows the pace of a Monday-morning commute in residential Kabul. The street is lined with flags heralding the opening of the Afghan parliament.<p>Photograph by Sergey Anisimov<p><b>December 2012</b><p><b>Russia</b>—Rosy from the bitter …

Britney Spears' music used by British navy to scare off Somali pirates

'As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can,' says merchant naval officer<p>• Being Britney: the ups and downs of a pop superstar • How Britney Spears became a feminist role model<p>In an excellent case of "here's a sentence you won't read every day", Britney …