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These Paintings Look Like Strokes From the World’s Largest Paintbrush

Donald Martiny’s work captures the art of painting at the most micro level.<p>The myriad different styles of brushstrokes that artists render is part of what makes painting such an endlessly fascinating medium. In his series of large-scale works, Donald Martiny celebrates the evocative power of the …

33 Books Millennials Need to Read Before Turning 30 | Inc.com

Your 20s are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life.<p>While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never …

Books

The 13 best new buildings in the world

Five already-built and upcoming buildings were awarded top honors, and a dozen more — from office buildings and housing to sports arenas and schools — won for their respective categories.<p>Our favorites include the Interlace, a sprawling 42-acre LEGO-style apartment complex in Singapore, and the …

Viewpoint: How creativity is helped by failure

<b>When it comes to creating a great work of art, practice makes perfect, writes Matthew Syed.</b><p>A design college in the United States has just started a new exhibition about creativity, which will run till January. It is called "Permission to Fail". The curator asked a group of 50 prestigious designers …

27 gripping documentaries that are all essential viewing

<b>SeaWorld announced changes this week to the treatment of orcas at their theme parks, a move influenced by the 2013 documentary Blackfish which</b> …

Miami based artist Juan Travieso brings nature to life in his colorful and geometric paintings. Growing up in Havana, Cuba, he loved being outside and exploring his natural surroundings. This passion developed into his appreciation for nature, the core component of his design oriented style. In our interview with the artist, he shared, “As a part of nature, I am aware of the fact that we are trying so hard as a species to disconnect ourselves from what we are. I feel that it is my responsibility as an artist and as a citizen of the world to give voice to the powerless species on this earth.” Travieso recently made his debut in New York with a new series that offers a futuristic look at nature, particularly endangered species. His show “Little Robot [Future Loading]” at Jenn Singer Gallery addresses issues like the inevitable extinction of some animals as a result of our ignorance. To Travieso, technology plays a large role in our distraction from what is truly important. It is represented in cubic, abstract forms that intervene images of creatures like gorillas and numerous birds. Looking over them is a portrait of an innocent looking young boy, the Little Robot, who shares in their doomed future. @juantraviesoart #painting #art #painting #hifructose

Found in the Archives, Seldom Seen Photos From World War II

U.S. Army soldiers make an amphibious landing on the banks of Germany’s Rhine River. Navy sailors take a break from combat for a dip in the Pacific Ocean. A young marine cleans sand out of his shoe. These World War II–era images are part of a small collection of photographs currently on display in …

U.S. Army

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t …

How to Live Your Best Life, According to a Roman Emperor

Marcus Aurelius has been read for 1800 or so years now and he’s arguably just as relevant today as he was when he was ruler of the Roman …

The Search for the God Algorithm

So far no one has discovered the Master Algorithm that can reap and sort all knowledge, but not for want of trying. A new book details the hunt for …

This Is Your Brain on Love

Research shows love is as addictive to the brain as cocaine or heroin.<p>Psychologist JoAnn Deak opened her talk at a recent 92Y event by noting the …

CEOs with Daughters Run More Socially Responsible Firms: An Interview with Henrik Cronqvist

The Study: Henrik Cronqvist of the University of Miami and Frank Yu of China Europe International Business School compared the corporate social responsibility ratings of S&P 500 companies with information about the offspring of their chief executive officers. The researchers found that when a firm …

Interview: Beautifully Ethereal Portraits Blur the Line between Dreams and Reality

Parisian-born, Los Angeles-based fine art photographer Lola Mitchell blurs the line between painting and photo, beauty and unease, and dreams and reality in her digitally manipulated images of ethereal women drifting in watery realms. Staged primarily near, above, or underneath the surface of …

Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”<p>Centuries after Montaigne contemplated the double meaning of meditation and decades before Western science confirmed what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia — that meditation is our greatest gateway to …

Literature

In defence of airline food

Sometimes, you have to admit that you will never be popular. That people do not like you. That you are one of life’s ugly ducklings, forever condemned to be sneered at in the street, ignored by those you would seek to impress, and called names by all the cool kids.<p>Income tax can count itself among …

TfL forced to reveal secret geographically accurate London Tube and rail map

A secret London Underground map that accurately depicts the distances and locations of stations in and around the capital has been revealed by …

Trains

A Quick Guide to Avoiding Common Writing Errors

You’re looking at an e-mail you just wrote, and you’re not sure whether you have the right word: Do you want affect or effect? Further or farther? Gray or grey? Getting it wrong can make you look bad — people do judge you by the way you write — but you also don’t have all day to look up words. It …

Dishonesty pays off in negotiations if done in this particular way

There are lies of commission, where false information is passed. And there are lies of omission, where information is passively omitted. And then there’s a third, trickier type of deception called “paltering”: actively using factually true information to mislead someone.<p>Paltering may be a common …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Where Do Languages Go to Die?

The tale of Aramaic, a language that once ruled the Middle East and now faces extinction<p>If a Middle Eastern man from 2,500 years ago found himself on his home territory in 2015, he would be shocked by the modern innovations, and not just electricity, airplanes, and iPhones. Arabic as an official …

Language

The 7 Keys To Incredible Life Success

There was a time in my life, the majority of my youth, when I was a slacker whose primary skill was to find new ways to avoid anything worthwhile. I …

Motivation

Optical Illusion Paintings Framed as Colorful Portals to Another Dimension

Home / ArtOptical Illusion Paintings Framed as Colorful Portals to Another Dimension<p>By Anna Gragert on September 6, 2016<p>Anonymous street artist 1010 has downsized his substantially larger, building-sized murals to form intriguing artwork that you can actually hang in your home. Each one serves as …

Gazing at Nature Makes You More Productive: An Interview with Kate Lee

Izhar Cohen<p><b>The research:</b> University of Melbourne researchers Kate Lee, Kathryn Williams, Leisa Sargent, Nicholas Williams, and Katherine Johnson gave 150 subjects a menial task that involved hitting specific keystrokes when certain numbers flashed on a computer screen. After five minutes the …

4 body language moves that will change your life for the better

The answer to these problems may be as simple as changing body habits or adjusting your body language.<p>I like to call them body language boosts. It turns out that what the body does and how the brain responds are very closely connected.<p>As more and more studies prove, there are some easy ways to …

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Welcome aboard

In-flight announcements are not entirely truthful. What might an honest one sound like?<p>“GOOD morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to …

Seatbelt

The Works of H. Craig Hanna

Born in 1967 in Cleveland, artist H. Craig Hanna studied the arts in New York and first exhibited his work at the age of 29. He quickly gained …

The Illustrations of Johnny Dombrowski

Illustrator Johnny Dombrowski was born in Connecticut and now lives in New York City where he received his Bachelors degree at The School of Visual …

Paper Sculptures by Eric Standley

View Gallery<p>Virginia-based artist Eric Standley utilized laser cutting techniques to create these intricate and ultra-thin paper sculptures that are …