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Correction: San Francisco-Foam Ban story

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story July 9 about a comprehensive ban on foam products in San Francisco, The Associated Press reported erroneously the …

LEDs Trick Fireflies into Performing a Synchronized Light Show

See a sea of lightning bugs orchestrated into a stunning performance.<p><i>Photo by Xenmate</i><p>Each summer, fireflies flood Thailand's mangrove forests with ephemeral yellow light. Where some people see natural beauty, artists Robin Meier and André Gwerder saw an opportutiny. In an experiment expressly …

An Art Project Over 40 Years In The Making Lets People Walk On Water

For Christo and Jeanne-Claude, art and magic are interchangeable.<p>In fairy tales past and present, magic is something that happens in a flash -- with the flick of a wand, an "abracadabra" or a "bippity boppity boo." With his latest piece, "The Floating Piers," 81-year-old artist Christo proves magic …

David Byrne Pens Gun Control Essay: “Guns Are About Freedom: Our Freedom to Live”

David Byrne has written an essay on his website about gun control in the United States. In the op-ed, titled “Guns Are About Freedom: Our Freedom to Live,” Byrne asserts his belief that gun control and reduced gun violence are realistic possibilities in America. He writes that the key to change is …

It’s Game Over For Adam Sandler As Honest Trailers Takes Aim At ‘Pixels’

<i>Pixels</i> could have been a good movie. No, really! It’s based on a solid premise! The original <i>Pixels</i> short film was cool, the episode of <i>Futurama</i> that obviously inspired it was great, and Disney tapped ancient arcade characters to great effect in <i>Wreck-It Ralph</i>. Unfortunately no premise, no matter how …

Movies

What's The Most Underrated Foreign Horror Movie?

You’re welcome for the nightmares.

This Director's Film Received Both Raves and Boos, and It Will Change Horror Movies Forever

Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon is a chilling and campy look at the fashion industry.<p>There are few directors working today as polarizing as Nicolas Winding Refn, and <i>The Neon Demon</i> may be his most polarizing film yet. At Cannes, it triggered hearty boos, a 17-minute standing ovation, and …

Emma Cline's 'The Girls' is a gorgeous, disquieting spin on Manson family dynamics

<i>"I was a daisy-fresh girl and look what you've done to me."<br>― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita</i><p>"The Girls" is gorgeous, disquieting, and really, really good.<p>Set mostly in the Bay Area at the tail end of the 1960s, the novel follows Evie Boyd through the "endless, formless summer" before she goes off to …

Otherworldly Animation Makes These Motion Captured Dance Moves Even More Amazing

New York studio Method Design was tasked with creating something for the Association of Independent Commercial Producers’ annual awards show. They …

Dance

Watch 166 Years of Climate Change Spiral in One Definitive GIF

The concepts of climate change and global warming seem straightforward, but despite their descriptive names there’s a lot of miscommunication and …

A Defense of Joel Schumacher, the Man Who Ruined Batman's Movie Career

Joel Schumacher will always be remembered for introducing the Bat-nipples to the world (even he thinks so). But the director has also made many, many …

Pulp Fiction

This Tattoo Ink Is Designed to Fade Away After a Year

If you decide to get a tattoo on your body, it better be something you don't mind looking at for the rest of your life. At least that's the case with …

Seeing Dolphins Swim in Glow-in-the-Dark Waters Is Beyond Stunning

BBC’s <i>Attenborough’s Life That Glows</i>is an absolutely gorgeous look at the mysterious creatures around the world that have bioluminescent powers. It …

TRON

Artist Photoshops John Cho Into Major Movie Posters to Protest Whitewashing

What would it be like if, instead of Tom Cruise and Daniel Craig and Matt Damon, the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood all starred Asian actor John …

Inside the Greatest X-Rated Animated Film You've Never Heard Of

At the 1973 Berlin Film Festival, overenthusiastic parents, eager to take their kids to a "family-friendly" animated film, crowded into a German …

Why Nature Prefers Hexagons - Issue 35: Boundaries

How do bees do it? The honeycombs in which they store their amber nectar are marvels of precision engineering, an array of prism-shaped cells with a …

Terreform proposes an autonomous and self-sufficient city with New York City (Steady) State project

Vertical farms in mid-town Manhattan to produce food for 30,000 people.<p><b>Terreform, New York-based urban research studio and advocacy group led by</b></b> …

7 Mysterious People Without a Past

As the TV show <i>Unsolved Mysteries</i> and its three comebacks proved, folks love a good mystery. History is loaded with people who have disappeared …

5 Conspiracy Theories We're Ashamed To Admit Make Sense

Conspiracy theories abound in the modern world, from the JFK assassination to the Moon landing. Most of the time, these theories are, to put it …

Jeb Bush

It’s hard to believe geek culture ‘sexism’ is responsible for all the bad buzz aimed at Paul Feig’s female-fronted remake. Now we need Bill Murray to save the day<p>Related: Melissa McCarthy admits she found Ghostbusters trailer 'very confusing'<p>You might remember a little 2010 superhero film titled …

Film Industry

Pakistan’s ‘Solar Kids’ Live Normal Lives by Day, Become Mysteriously Paralyzed at Night

Pakistani brothers Shoaib Ahmed and Abdul Rasheed are suffering from a mysterious condition that has left doctors in Islamabad scratching their …

India's limb-lengthening industry is booming — and completely unregulated

Some Indians who have opted for the painful surgery with a protracted recovery time of around six months say being short can hinder marriage and job prospects.<p>"I have so much confidence now," a 24-year-old woman who added 3 inches to her height told the <i>Guardian</i>. She didn't tell her friends where …

How Melatonin Helps You Sleep

If you’re having trouble sleeping, melatonin is a popular and easy remedy. It’s effective for many people, doesn’t have any serious safety issues, …

A Photographer Turned Thousands of Photos and Weeks of Work Into Incredible Insect Images

When you get super close to a photographic subject, some tricky things start to happen. Tiny bits of dust and dirt become huge distraction. Depth of …

Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

Mental illness has long been a mainstay of literature, from <i>Don Quixote</i> and <i>Jane Eyre</i> to <i>Mrs. Dalloway</i> and <i>Madame Bovary</i>. And why not? It's interesting. Novels like <i>Crime and Punishment</i> and <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i> find cultural insights in the tumult of nonconforming, besieged minds. Others, like Jeffrey …

This House Is Made From Cardboard

Welcome to the Wikkelhouse, a building that’s made not from concrete, brick or wood—but cardboard.<p>The building is made from a series of modular …

Architecture

Behind the Scenes and Into the Bizarre World of Dog and Cat Shows

“It’s safe to say you have truly ‘gone to the dogs,’” says New York City-based photographer Landon Nordeman of years spent documenting the …

Pets

Theft! Forgery! Murder!: Art History's Greatest Crimes

1350 B.C.<p>PHARAOH AKHENATEN ORDERS THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL AMUN ARTIFACTS<p>A statue of Pharaoh Akhenaten from his Aten Temple at Karnak, now at the …

America’s “Prince” problem: How Black people — and art — became “devalued”

<b>Prince (AP/John Shearer)</b><p>The reserved musical icon spoke hard truths at the Grammys — about art, artists and our disturbing racial politics<p>Brittney Cooper<p>April 21, 2016 6:06pm (UTC)<p>Near the end of the 2015 Grammy Awards, musical icon Prince presented the Grammy for Best Album, with this preamble: …

Stingrays Respond to Enrichment With Affection and Bonding, Phoenix Zoo Finds

Changing Planet<p>Aquarists are given the rare opportunity to learn from a wide variety of animals on a daily basis. The ability to constantly learn from animals in our care provides valuable insight and advances in animal welfare. The Phoenix Zoo has recently been providing significant insight to the …

Phoenix Zoo