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The forgotten history of how ancient Zoroastrians helped create the old Silk Route

China’s designs to build a massive network of land and sea links connecting four continents have revived popular interest in the old Silk Route, whose success was in small part owed to Zoroastrian merchants carrying goods from China across Central Asia and, often, all the way to Europe.<p>A recent …

How Twombly Changed Abstract Expressionism

I look at a lot of artists. I’m inspired by – I suppose I shouldn’t say ‘inspired,’ but it’s not really influenced. I am inspired. Art comes from …

15 Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood

Do you plan on binging the upcoming Hulu adaptation of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>? Us too, and afterwards, we’ll be left looking for the next engaging — if …

Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlements

The oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, an Aboriginal group based on the Central Coast of British Columbia, tells of a coastal strip of land that …

There’s a key way to get kids to read more books—and enjoy it

It has become conventional thought that gamification—the application of game-style challenges and rewards to traditional tasks—is changing the way kids learn. If there’s something being taught, it’s almost certain there’s now a gamified way to learn it.<p>Making teaching methods more entertaining is …

To understand the Women's March on Washington, you need to understand intersectional feminism

It’s much bigger than “check your privilege.”<p>The day after inauguration, tens of thousands of people — maybe more — led by a group of four women, are marching in Washington, DC. and around the country. Their goal, although they’re not officially pitching it as such, is to send a message about …

Looking For The Best Books Of 2016? NPR's Concierge Is Here To Help

NPR's annual Book Concierge is back. And to mark the occasion, correspondent Lynn Neary joins <i>Morning Edition</i>'s Rachel Martin to talk about the year in fiction — and to share a couple of her favorite titles from 2016.<p>If you're looking for the books mentioned on-air, here are links to:<p>The Underground …

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Travel photography, Fashion photography, Documentary photography, Editorial photography, and Portrait Photographers: Feature Shoot

Now in its third year, <i>Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit</i> brings together diverse and spellbinding travel photography to benefit Earthjustice, the …

The history (and future) of the November 14th supermoon is purely fascinating

Something BIG is coming our way next week – in fact, this “something” hasn’t been <i>this big</i> since 1948. It’s the November 14th supermoon, everyone! …

Astronomy

Scottish Witchcraft Book Published Online

The pages of a 350-year-old book used to record the names of those accused of witchcraft in Scotland have been published online.<p>The Names of Witches …

Japanese Artist Transforms Old Newspapers Into Expressive Creatures

Chie Hitotsuyama upcycles the animal kingdom in a colorful sculpture series.<p>Spirited monkeys, inquisitive rabbits, placid walruses, and other species come to life in Chie Hitotsuyama's studio. Working with glue and twisted rolls of newspaper, the Tokyo-based artist crafts three-dimensional …

10 mind-blowing space photos captured by the Hubble Telescope

NASA’s Hubble Telescope regularly blows my mind by taking some incredible photos of the universe that make me realize just how small our humble …

Will The Universe Expand Forever?

As impossible as it is to grasp, the answer is probably yes.<p>The universe is big, and it's only going to get bigger. The idea of a Big Crunch, everything collapsing in on itself, or a universal entropic death, certainly have a romantic appeal to them. But these ideas, as handily explained in this …

Physics

Breathtaking Visualization of the Universe Will Make You Feel Like an Ant

On the grandest scale, our universe is a network of galaxies tied together by the force of gravity. Cosmic Web, a new effort led by cosmologists and …

Top scientists explain how enormously exciting and important gravitational waves are

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described how gravity warps and distorts space-time.<p>While this theory triggered a revolution in our understanding of the universe, it made one prediction that even Einstein doubted could be confirmed: the …

How To Think Visually Using Visual Analogies - Infographic - Adioma

Visual learners are people who think in pictures[1] and use words to communicate that picture to others. About 60%[2] of the world population are …

In pictures: Exhibition traces rich cultural history of Zoroastrianism

A seventh century terracotta fragment representing six Amesha-Spentas (divine Zoroastrian beings), a 1250 CE enameled reliquary casket adorned with …

Women in tech history: Katherine Johnson, NASA maths genius

Katherine Johnson

U.S. Returns Historical Documents, Stolen From Russia In Chaotic '90s

The United States and Russia haven't been cooperating much in these days of heightened tensions, but the U.S. Embassy in Moscow this week returned 28 valuable historical documents to Russia.<p>They were stolen from Russian collections and archives during the turbulent 1990s, in the wake of the Soviet …

The world's most enchanting ruins

Inside 10 of the world's most ancient and beautiful libraries

I Have Very Intense Reactions to Music Documentaries and These Are My 4 Favorites

This article originally appeared on xoJane. For more stories like this, visit xojane.com.<p>As you may have noticed, I'm pretty into one Mr. John Prine. …

Pakistani Feminism Endures, From BNU to Dhabas

Middle East

Face-Off

Aysha Khan examines the effacement of the female voice in the literary traditions of the Persianate world, from the days of the Mughals to the present

How Animals Think

A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds<p>Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?<p>By Frans de Waal<p>Norton<p>For 2,000 years, there was an intuitive, elegant, compelling picture of how the world worked. It was called “the ladder of nature.” In the canonical version, God was at the …

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Art History Movies Everybody Needs to Watch

Woman in Gold (2015)<p>Let’s start the list with a recent achievement directed by Simon Curtis. With Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in the main roles, …

Susan Sontag on the Trouble with Treating Art and Cultural Material as “Content”

“Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art… Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all.”<p><i>“There are no facts, only interpretations,”</i> Nietzsche wrote in his notebook in the late 1880s. Nearly a century later, <b>Susan Sontag</b> (January 16, 1933–December …

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