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Don't Call It 'The New Ramen': Why Pho Is Central To Vietnamese Identity

I fell for pho in Saigon in 1974, when I was 5 years old. When my family came to America in 1975, my mom satisfied our family's cravings for the aromatic beef noodle soup with homemade batches, served on Sundays after morning Mass. As Vietnamese expatriates, we savored pho as a very special food, a …

Vietnam

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The people who look at Trump and don’t see a racist.

“It’s time for reporters and journalists to be honest with the American people,” warned Harry Reid on the floor of the Senate six weeks ago. “They …

Donald Trump

Henry Beston’s Beautiful 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Humanity by Breaking the Tyranny of Technology and Relearning to Be Nurtured by Nature

“Oh, work that is done in freedom out of doors, work that is done with the body’s and soul’s goodwill, work that is an integral part of life and is done with friends — is there anything so good?”<p>Twice a century, if we’re lucky, a writer comes along who re-enchants us with the glory and grandeur of …

Inflammation

17 Short Stories That Will Scare The Pants Off You In No Time

The air is growing crisp, jack-o’-lanterns appearing on doorsteps, huge bags of candy stockpiled in cupboards: Yes, it’s nearly Halloween. Maybe all you want to do is watch scary movies and work on your show-stopping costume, yet you’re stuck at work or school, just like every other week.<p>Of course, …

Books

Parables as a Guide to Jesus the Philosopher, Part 5: Inwardness

One day in Synagogue a rabbi and a cantor and a janitor were preparing for the Day of Atonement.<p>The rabbi beat his breast and bowed his head and said …

A process that ricochets between chance and order

A dozen recent paintings by New York artist Elizabeth Neel show how process has been moving into the foreground of her work in recent years. It has been there in prior paintings, but its prominence in her second solo show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is a provocative turn for an …

Into the light: how lidar is replacing radar as the archaeologist’s map tool of choice

A technology using rapid pulses of light is helping archaeologists to chart ancient settlements hidden beneath dense forest canopies<p>Colorado State University archaeologist Chris Fisher found out about lidar in 2009. He was surveying the ruins of Angamuco in west-central Mexico the traditional way, …

Archaeology

Eye-Popping Works of Street Art Made Using Masking Tape

Unlike other street artists, Buff Diss‘s medium of choice for decorating crumbling walls, the sides of old buildings, and asphalt roads with eye-popping art is masking tape. Treating the city as his canvas, the Australian artist creates strikingly unique street illustrations ranging in subject …

Streetwear

Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks

The dazzling thought-world of the Greeks gave us our ideas of democracy and happiness. Yet learning classics tends to be restricted to the privileged few. It’s time for ‘elitist dinosaurs’ to embrace a citizens’ classics for all<p>Just how special were the ancient Greeks? Was there really a Greek …

Ancient History

Artist Drills Coconuts into Lamps That Shine Gorgeous Patterns of Lights

Artist Vainius Kubilius carefully crafts lamps that project visually exciting and exotic patterns of light on adjacent walls. Unlike your typical light designer, Kubilius doesn't simply work with metals and manmade materials. Instead, this creative innovator incorporates coconuts into his products, …

Light Bulbs

A Biologist-Turned-Buddhist and His Philosopher Father on the Nature of the Self and the True Measure of Personal Strength

“You first need to have an ego in order to be aware that it doesn’t exist.”<p>For the past few centuries, Western philosophy has maintained that human beings are driven by enlightened self-interest — a view predicated on the needs and desires of a solid self. Meanwhile, Eastern philosophies and …

Agnes Martin: the artist mystic who disappeared into the desert

In the summer of 1967, Martin left New York and went off-grid before reappearing in New Mexico. The art she made there – with its buoyant bands of colour – offer no clues to the turbulent life of an artist who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Ahead of a major retrospective, Olivia Laing …

Art

Thich Nhat Hanh Shows Us How Eating Mindfully Can Nourish More Than Just Your Body

When we're busy at work, it's easy to quickly scarf down a meal at your desk or skip a healthy lunch altogether. But what does this kind of eating do to our souls and the environment?<p>In his short book <i>How To Eat</i>, Buddhist spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh argues that it's important to eat mindfully …

Meditation

Excerpt: A Significant Life

“A Meaningful Life”An excerpt from <i>A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe</i> by Todd May***Let us start with a question. What does it …

University of Chicago

The 30 Best TED Talks of All Time That Will Open Your Mind and Inspire You to Take Action

How to Program Your Mind to Stop Buying Crap You Don’t Need

We all buy things from time to time that we don't really need. It's okay to appeal to your wants every once in a while, as long as you're in control. …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

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Three Brothers Have Been Making Mind-Blowing Snow Sculptures In Their Yard Every Year

It takes the guys 11 front yards worth of snow and up to 300 hours.<p>Here's this year's: a 12-foot-tall sea turtle.<p>"This simulates the sticky snow that you would get on a warm winter day," they explained.<p>h/t Bored Panda

Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …

Literature

See the massive, stunning collection of art the Smithsonian just put on the web for free

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have an amazing gift for the world in 2015: a newly available collection of 40,000 digitized Asian and American artworks. The Smithsonian says its vast collection has mostly never been seen by the public, and the institution is …

Art

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their …

Nobel Prize

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

How to get off the beaten track...anywhere

Even the world’s most popular destinations have hidden delights - back alleys and secret doorways that let you glimpse a place from a fresh angle or even experience it free from the crowds.<p>Much like a detective, finding how and where to get off the beaten path, be that far from the tourist trail or …

Asia Travel