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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 …

Learn About Music Theory with This Easy to Understand Online Book

If you've always wanted to learn more about song writing and the structure of music, but don't know where to start, this free online book is filled …

Songwriting

​2500 Year-Old Tattooed Siberian Mummy Had Breast Cancer, Used Marijuana

In 1993, Russian scientist Natalia Polosmak discovered the remains of a 25-year-old woman covered in tattoos who came to be known as the Ukok …

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Temple in Thailand

The Dark Hedges

Tibetans Can Thank Ancient Humans for Gene That Lets Them Live the High Life

High-altitude adaptation may have come from interbreeding with Neanderthal relatives.<p>One of the most remarkable human adaptations has an origin that's not precisely human.<p>The physiological ability of ethnic Tibetans to thrive at miles-high elevations, unaffected by oxygen levels that leave …

The Science of Mental Time Travel and Why Our Ability to Imagine the Future Is Essential to Our Humanity

Lewis Carroll’s <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> remains one of my all-time favorite books, largely because Carroll taps his training as a logician to imbue the whimsical story with an allegorical dimension that blends the poetic with the philosophical. To wit: The Red Queen remembers the future instead of the …

Budapest

The Smell of Overwhelming Sadness

The Smell of Sadness<p>Flick Candles recreate the aroma of life’s soul-crushing moments.<p>*<p>Your iPad Is A Keeper<p>A Trapper Keeper, to be specific. …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

The Last of the Real Mountain Towns

The best real estate isn't always the most expensive. There are some spectacular mountain destinations in the U.S. that haven’t yet been overrun by mega mansions. Take these five alpine getaways, which each have rustic charm and beauty—and a down-to-earth property prices. For now, at least.<p>Pigeon …

Real Estate

Leonardo da Vinci’s Life and Legacy, in a Vintage Pop-Up Book

As a lover of pop-up books, a celebrator of the intersection of art and science, and a great admirer of the vintage children’s book illustration of wife-and-husband duo Alice and Martin Provensen, I was instantly smitten with <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a glorious 1984 pop-up book that …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Human meddling will spur the evolution of new species

<i>A decade ago, ecologist Chris Thomas warned that climate change would wipe out a quarter of all species. Now he tells Fred Pearce that we might</i> …

The Most Irreplaceable Sites On Earth

In honor of World Environment Day, held each year on June 5, we are taking another look at the most irreplaceable sites on earth, identified in a study published in Science last year.<p>In that report, scientists listed more than 100 irreplaceable environments or regions where many animal and plant …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Top 10 New Species of 2014

A raccoon relative, an ice-loving anemone, and a tough but tender shrimp head up this year's list.<p>Forty years ago, Ringerl the olinguito had a problem: Her human matchmakers kept setting her up on bad dates. How bad? They weren't even males of her own species.<p>That indignity was belatedly righted …

A GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Mechanical Flipbook of a GIF of a Roller Coaster

Peter File (aka The Televandalist) recently turned a GIF of a roller coaster into a physical flipbook using a FlipBooKit. He then posted a short clip …