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Brutalism: How unpopular buildings came back in fashion

Post-war concrete architecture was decried by many as ugly – but now Brutalist buildings are back in fashion, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>Could there ever be a more bizarre choice of name for an architectural movement than Brutalism? How odd that some of the very architects charged with creating …

The Theatre

The spiral arms of galaxy M106

From Nasa:<p>The spiral arms of bright, active galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiwavelength portrait, composed of image data from radio to …

A Google Employee Says Google Employees Are Too Confident, And Too Isolated From The Real World

At his blog, Apenwarr, Google Fiber engineer Avery Pennarun is largely complimentary of Google and its employees: "I continue to be amazed at the overall smartness of people at this place. Overall, very nearly everybody, across the board, surprises or impresses me with how smart they are."<p>However, …

Profit

A(nother) Study in Scarlett

Despite her screen-goddess superpowers—that voice (Her), those eyes (Under the Skin, out this month), the action-ready body (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)—Scarlett Johansson can also play real, talking to Lili Anolik about her recent endorsement controversy, her foxy French fiancé, and her …

Software Controls Every Aspect of Our Lives, So Why Do So Many Software Systems Fail?

We need to get better at coding.<p><i>Photo by alengo/iStockphoto</i><p>Forty seconds after it launched into the skies of French Guiana in 1996, the Ariane 501, an enormous rocket carrying four satellites, exploded rather unceremoniously. Scientists from the European Space Agency, which spent ten years working …

Cyber-attacks

Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1975 Illustrations for “Romeo and Juliet”

The greatest literary classics tend to attract a plethora of visual art and graphic tributes. But the highest convergence of text and image happens when an influential artist reimagines an influential piece of literature — take, for instance, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …

La Dolce Vita of 1960s Rome – in pictures

It was one of the most fertile periods in contemporary Italian cinema and saw the explosion of celebrity culture. This summer the Estorick Collection in London presents The Years of La Dolce Vita – 80 photographs capturing the dolce vita (literally ‘sweet life’) enjoyed by Italian film stars and …

Eatocracy - CNN

Arduino’s Servo Library: Angles, Microseconds, and “Optional” Command Parameters

Last Wednesday I spent most of the morning and part of the afternoon chasing a signal anomaly that, as it turns out, did not exist. I wouldn’t call the experience a waste of time, but the experience occupied more of my time than I would have liked. I described the account over at ToolGuyd (An …

Amateur Scientist: Experimenting with Light and Dark Sensors

Use cheap photoresistors, phototransistors, and photodiodes to make powerful sensors for your projects.<p><i>This project first appeared in MAKE Volume 38, on pages 94–95.</i><p>Robotics, manufacturing, intruder detection, and signaling. These are just a few of the applications for electronic circuits that …

11 Amazing Vintage Herman Miller Offices

If you haven’t discovered the lush Instagram account of American furniture giant Herman Miller, consider yourself lucky. I wasted an unseasonably glorious Sunday afternoon combing through images of secretaries with bouffant hairdos in prim little offices, and it made me long for eras I never lived …

Workstations

What Happened to Bob Ross' Paintings?

Bob Ross said he made over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime. If he didn’t sell them, where did his army of happy clouds go? We’ll let Bob</i> …

Kevin Spacey Bought Woody Allen a Netflix Subscription (and It Wasn’t Even Woody’s Birthday)

In a new profile of Kevin Spacey, the<i>House of Cards</i>lead confesses that not much gets him down professionally these days—except for the fact that Woody Allen has apparently not considered him for a single role in the actor’s Oscar-winning career.<p>To remedy this disappointing situation, the actor …

36 Clever Gifts For Food Lovers That You'll Want To Keep For Yourself

Give me a ceramic Chihuahua to hold my tacos or give me death.

Why We Eat What We Eat On Thanksgiving

When Americans sit down with their families for Thanksgiving dinner, most of us will probably gorge ourselves on the same traditional Thanksgiving …

Infographic: The Chemistry Of Thanksgiving

When it comes down to it, cooking is all about chemistry. Which, for those of us who never quite mastered the basics of stoichometry, makes it sound terrifying!<p>Luckily, the folks at Bytesize Science have thrown together a quick list of reasons why chemistry can make your upcoming Thanksgiving …

Chemistry

Silicon Valley Isn't a Meritocracy. And It's Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs

In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy, egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley …

Making The Economic Case For Cycling-Friendly Cities With Bikeonomics

A new book puts hard numbers to the intuitive case for more bike-friendly neighborhoods for all.<p>We all know that cycling is good for us and that it benefits the environment. But if you want to make the case for something, it helps to have numbers to back you up, especially in policy circles.<p>We’ve …

Fish Sauce: An Ancient Roman Condiment Rises Again

Fish sauce — that funky, flavor-enhancing fermented condiment — is part of what gives Southeast Asian cooking its distinctive taste. But it turns out, this cornerstone of Eastern cooking actually has a long history on another continent: Europe. And it goes all the way back to the Roman Empire.<p>Like …

White Truffles 2013: More Product, More Better... Less Expensive!

<i>2013 Alba white truffles arrive in New York</i><p>Gastronomes are well aware of the deadly upward spiral of the Alba white truffle, the jewel of Italian gastronomy. Priced at under $1000 a lb. within my memory (which seemed expensive then!), this very special tuber has climbed over the years...past $1500, …

Italy

Edison’s revenge

FIDDLY cables, incompatible plugs and sockets, and the many adaptors needed to fit them all together used to be the travellers’ bane. But the USB …

The Best Music Venues in America: Readers' Choice

Your picks for the most rocking rooms in the country<p>This March and April, our expert panel of artists and insiders picked the best clubs, big rooms …

The Art of Cooking

As most of the world’s gourmet chefs know, behind every meal is a series of complex chemical reactions. Chefs like José Andrés and Grant Achatz have based their careers on it, championing the molecular-gastronomy movement with blue-cheese almond nitro cups and cider gel shooters garnished with …

Biology's Big Problem: There's Too Much Data to Handle

Twenty years ago, sequencing the human genome was one of the most ambitious science projects ever attempted. Today, compared to the collection of …

Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

We're all guilty of it. Even if we don't want to admit it, we've all been suckered into grabbing a bottle of wine off the grocery store shelf just because of what's on the label. Seriously, who can resist the "see no evil" monkeys on a bottle of Pinot Evil?<p>But the tricks that get us to buy a $9 …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

The pioneering American scientist, who created the world's first synthetic life, is building a gadget that could teletransport medicine and vaccines into our homes or to colonists in space<p>Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk …

Walter White Will Get a Real Funeral

The charity event will benefit Albuquerque Community Foundation<p><i>Breaking Bad</i> fans will have the opportunity to mourn and pay their respects to Walter …

11 Common Words with Very Specific Meanings on Food Labels

One of the responsibilities of the Food and Drug Administration is to assure that foods are labeled properly. It provides regulations on what, where, …

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

<i>Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came</i> …