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‘As if’: 40 comedies from the past 40 years that changed the way we talk

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>Some movies have a way of infiltrating our everyday conversations. “Clueless,” for example, influenced the way an entire …

Comedy

Watch the history of humanity unfold on this fascinating map

This video is an awesome teaching tool, but it's thought-provoking for us all.<p>What an undertaking it must have been to map the progress of humanity …

Leonardo da Vinci's Christ painting sells for record $450M

Call it the priciest piece of art — ever.<p>A once-lost portrait of Christ by the iconic Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci sold Wednesday at auction for $450 million, roughly triple its anticipated price and the most ever paid for a creative work of human genius.<p><i>Salvator Mundi</i>, or "Savior of the …

Art

Is This Our Moment of Decline? Lessons From Rome Before the Fall

At the Values Voter Summit this month, former White House strategist Steve Bannon compared Sen. Mitch McConnell to Julius Caesar. New York <i>Times</i> …

Ancient History

As a Photographer, These are 13 Free Apps I Wouldn't Leave the House Without

If you're a new photographer, let me let you in on a little secret...There are hundreds of photography apps available for iOS and Android devices …

Apps

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson’s biography portrays a man obsessed with knowledge and almost impossible to know.<p>In Renaissance Florence, a number of designated boxes placed throughout the city allowed citizens to make anonymous denunciations of various moral crimes—in 1461, for example, the artist-monk Filippo …

Incredible Galactic Photographs by NASA

Everyday NASA is publishing on its website photographs taken from outer space. From Mars, Jupiter and star constellations, NASA is showing us the …

Ghosts on the Great Plains: Sitting Bull, Buffalo Bill and the Battle for Standing Rock

Some time ago, I learned about a strange and heartbreaking moment that had transpired outside Sitting Bull’s cabin while he was being assassinated by …

See 15 Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings

Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio, located at 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, Ill. Built circa 1889.<br>Don Kalec/Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation …

Architecture

The House of Sculptor Jarnuszkiewicz / yh2

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The house of sculptor Jarnuszkiewicz is a collaborative work between client, sculptor Jacek …

7 Easy-to-Remember Steps for Taking Better Photos With Any Camera

Regardless of whether you take photos with your smartphone, a medium format camera or something in between, there are some essential photography tips …

Landscape Photography

Antelope Canyon via @ryanmillier

The universe, as seen by art and science – in pictures

A new Phaidon photobook, Universe, compiles visions of space from across history, as seen by astronomers, astronauts, painters and propagandists<p>• Read astronomer and author Dr Stuart Clark’s review of Universe

Hubble Space Telescope

One of These Images Could Bring Home the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award

A red squirrel pauses in its search for spruce cones on a frigid winter morning; a rain-soaked bald eagle boldly looks straight into the camera; a …

Wildlife

Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs join forces in harmonious supergroup

If you could cherry-pick a dream-team trio of singer-songwriters, the combination of k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs sounds like it would fit the bill. It may not be the most obvious lineup – the women have not collaborated with each other before, and they have different styles and lyrical …

The Roman invasion: Whose side were the Britons on?

The display of the Hallaton helmet reconstruction in 2012 sparked debate about how far Britons colluded with the Romans on their invasion in AD 43. …