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Turn your iPhone into a microscope

With $10 and a little elbow grease, you can turn your iPhone into a really nice digital microscope capable of 175x magnification,

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Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable …

Panasonic reportedly plans to pull plug on plasma TVs next year

Panasonic's days in the plasma TV market appear to be numbered.<p>In a long-rumored move, the Japanese electronics giant is planning to exit the market by March 2014 when its current fiscal year comes to an end, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters. That Panasonic was contemplating a …

The 100 top things you honestly don't need to do before you die

"OMG, you have to watch Breaking Bad! You simply have to. Stop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. Stop resuscitating that patient, and watch Breaking Bad. Stop flying that plane, crash it into that field and fire up Netflix."<p>As I understand it, we are now all legally obliged to watch …

10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

Ray Green<p>Mick Jagger: can't get no satisfaction. Photograph: Ray Green<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2013/9/30/1380555309268/Mick-Jagger-010.jpg<p>460<p>Snap/Rex Features<p>Who or whom? The Ghostbusters know which call to make Photograph: Snap/Rex Features<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>…

In 2013, What Does "Cool" Even Mean?

<i>Part 1 of a monthlong series on the history and future of cool.</i><p>Carl Wilson is Slate<i>’</i>s music critic.<p>Last month the electro-psychedelic band MGMT …

What are These Giant Concrete Arrows Across the American Landscape?

Backpacking through Europe in my 20s, my sense of direction served me well—until I hit the cities with the truly medieval street plans. So in …

Desert Bus: The Very Worst Video Game Ever Created

Morgan van Humbeck completed his shift in front of the television and passed out. Ten minutes later, his cell phone woke him. “Morgan, this is Teller,” said a small voice on the other end of the line. “Fuck off,” replied Morgan in disbelief. He hung up the phone and went back to sleep.<p>* * *<p>The …

10 great films that flopped

Heaven’s Gate is in cinemas, including an extended run at BFI Southbank, on 2 August 2013.<p>Box office failures come as no surprise in Hollywood. It is …

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Atheism is maturing, and it will leave Richard Dawkins behind

Increasingly, Richard Dawkins' public output resembles that of a man desperately grasping for attention and relevance in a maturing community.<p>In the …

Beyond Bogart: 7 (Other) Faces of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe

Let’s just get this out of the way now. Philip Marlowe is the quintessential hardboiled detective of American noir, and Humphrey Bogart, who played …

15 Over-Used Movie Poster Clichés

To signify that your movie is a “big independent film,” go for a super-saturated golden yellow.<p>There is only one color of dress for romantic comedies.<p>…

John Updike’s Advice to Young Writers: ‘Reserve an Hour a Day’

John Updike once said of his task as a writer, "My only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due." …

'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

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35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Amazing Before And After Images Of The Visual Effects In 'The Great Gatsby'

While some of the film may have appeared to be shot on location in New York, the only minimal filming took place in Sydney, Australia.<p>Chris Godfrey, the visual effects supervisor on the film, released a before and after reel showcasing the amount of work that went into bringing the film to …

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Intro to Murder Ballads

Murder ballads are the true crime novels of the 16th-19th centuries. Lyrics telling the story of a murder were written, printed on broadsheets, and …

David Simon’s The Wire: A behind the scenes look at McNulty, Kima, Bunk, and Omar.

By the time the fourth season of <i>The Wire</i> rolled around, it had already become a cocktail party cliché to say that the show operated like “a Dickens …

Geek Deal: The Largest Blu-Ray Collection Ever for Only $178.99 – /Film

Amazon has an amazing deal on the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, the largest blu-ray collection ever produced. The set, which includes 50 …

The greatest literary takedowns of all time

Attacks on literature’s sacred cows are nothing new. Here are some of the most memorable<p>Laura Miller<p>July 3, 2013 11:00pm (UTC)<p>It has been a season of literary takedowns, but then it usually is. You can always get a rise out of the otherwise lethargic reading public by launching an offensive against …

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The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio

A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash

It’s tempting to think of sacred tombs and ancient monuments as our best window into other cultures. But archaeologists have long known that if you …

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The Weird, Recursive “Mad Men” Ads

“Mad Men” is a prestigious television show with devoted fans who fit into a desirable demographic, and so its broadcaster, AMC, likely has little trouble selling the advertising spots. One can even imagine meetings in which men and women talk breathlessly about the opportunities for “synergy” in …

Single photograph looks like 4 individual photographs

Photographer Bela Borsodi fastidiously manipulated household items in the photograph below to create an image that looks like 4 photographs. Created …

The Pace of Modern Life

((This strip is in the form of a long series of quotes. Here, each quote is given as a separate panel. Attribution is delimited with a --. Some text …

Faking It: A Visual History of 150 Years of Image Manipulation Before Photoshop

<i>“The painter constructs, the photographer discloses,”</i> Susan Sontag famously asserted in <i>On Photography</i>. But in the quarter century since, the rise of digital photography and image manipulation software has increasingly transmogrified the photographer into a constructor of reality, a reality in which …