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Reforestation of the Imagination

“This is nature reimagining itself. The imagination can’t be exterminated. It just recreates itself.”<p>—Ginny Ruffner<p>Ginny Ruffner (b. 1952) is an …

Art

Breathtaking Oil Paintings Capture Moments of Tranquility Below the Water’s Surface

Californian artist Isabel Emrich paints dazzling depictions of women submerged in water. Each colorful oil painting captures moments of tranquility below the water’s surface, as the artist’s subjects float meditatively, welcoming the dancing sunlight from above. The artist reveals, “My underwater …

Art

The Man Who Lives Inside His Dreams

When the most important people in his life all died in quick succession, Stephen Wright channeled his bereavement into turning his house into a work of art.<p>Every morning, Stephen Wright gets up at around 4:30 AM, makes a cup of tea, sits beneath the oak tree in his back garden, and pretends he's …

Recycled Bamboo Installations Intertwine in Site-Specific Configurations by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV | Colossal

<p>Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV produces twisting installations of woven bamboo that meld into their environment’s floor and ceiling. To bend …

Daniel Zeller’s Cyberpunk Abstractions

Daniel Zeller, “Conversion” (2017), ink and acrylic on paper, 21 x 26 inches (all images courtesy of the artist and Pierogi)Daniel Zeller is a master …

Iris Murdoch on Storytelling, Why Art Is Essential for Democracy, and the Key to Good Writing

“A good society contains many different artists doing many different things. A bad society coerces artists because it knows that they can reveal all kinds of truths.”<p><i>“One of the functions of art,”</i> Ursula K. Le Guin observed in contemplating art, storytelling, and the power of language to transform …

Aesthetics

Let there be light: 'ghost' particle found a mile beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in physics

The secrets of the origins of light are set to be unlocked by the discovery of an elusive “ghost” particle a mile beneath Antarctica, scientists have announced.<p>Astronomers have for the first time identified the source of a high-energy neutrino which shot through a solid ice laboratory at the South …

Physics

20 Art History Terms to Help You Skillfully Describe a Work of Art

Like any creative field, art history has its own language. While this reality can be overwhelming for aspiring art historians, having a handy <b>glossary of art terms</b> can make analyzing a work of art a lot less intimidating.<p>In this list, you'll find 20 words that will help you discuss art with ease. …

Art

Brett Kavanaugh Will Mean Challenging Times For Environmental Laws

“I call him Lord Voldemort,” conservation lawyer Bill Snape said about Kavanaugh.<p>In naming Brett Kavanaugh as his pick for the Supreme Court’s open seat, President Donald Trump is advancing a judge widely seen as unfriendly to environmental regulation.<p>The seat opened in June with the retirement of …

5 Literary Mysteries That Have Never Been Solved But Are Seriously Fascinating

Unexplained disappearances, strange and otherworldly manuscripts, deaths with no known cause — these are the mysteriesthat have been staples of …

The Story Behind Renoir’s Impressionist Masterpiece ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’

For centuries, viewers have been captivated by <b>Luncheon of the Boating Party</b>, an Impressionist masterpiece by <b>Pierre-Auguste Renoir</b>. In addition to its refined brushwork and eye-catching color palette, the piece is celebrated for simultaneously showcasing Renoir's three signature subjects: …

Art

Paul Gauguin Defined by His Paintings

Paul Gauguin famously stated: “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”Paul Gauguin in 1891 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Gauguin was both a provocateur …

How Philip Roth’s ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ scandalized — and forever changed — American literature

The audience kept hammering the writer. The angry words wouldn’t quit. In their eyes, here was a traitor.<p>It was March 1962, and Philip Roth was sitting on a literature panel at Yeshiva University. Only 29 years old, the Jewish writer had pocketed literary accolades and awards with his first book, …

Literature

Seriously: Drinking This Twice a Day Cleared My Acne

I'm a bit of an acne treatment aficionado. In high school and college, I tried prescription pills and topical treatments, OTC creams, pads, …

Mesmerizing New Collages by Lola Dupré Distort the Human Form into Gravity-Defying Shapes | Colossal

<p>Collage artist Lola Dupré (previously) continues to create mind-boggling manipulations of photographs in her surreal style. The Scotland-based …

15+ Best Woodworking Art From Around the World

Woodworking has a rich place in the history of human civilization. Used for thousands of centuries, it provided early cultures a way to construct shelters, furniture, boats, and more; in doing so, it made life easier and ultimately allowed a society to advance. The art of woodworking continues …

Woodworking

A little-known feature in Google Maps lets you explore our local solar system — here's how to visit Mercury, Venus, and other planets and moons in Google Maps

Most people just use Google Maps to get directions from A to B, but it's also an incredible educational tool in its own right.<p>Using Google Maps is a great way to learn more about the various cities and countries around the world. But many people might not know that Google Maps can also be used to …

Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency

A new study reveals that individuals with higher levels of belly fat and larger waistlines are more likely to have lower vitamin D levels.<p>Currently, …

Holistic Medicine

Our Solar System Captured an Asteroid That's Been Hiding a Huge Secret

A super super sneaky object lurking in Jupiter’s orbit has been up to something big.<p>According to a study published Monday in <i>Monthly Notices of the</i> …

Lord Byron: Don Juan in Hell

When English lyric poetry is the subject, one thinks first of the Romantics. To many readers for whom poetry is not a life-sustaining staple, and …

Stephen Hawking’s final paper makes a hopeful case for the limits of existence

The late physicist’s final contribution to science: How many universes are there?<p>Fourteen billion years ago, in the moments after the Big Bang first set into motion all the matter and energy that would come to form our universe, something extraordinary happened. The very fabric of space and time …

Physics

Dog Soldiers - Esquire Classic

<i>Few weeks ago, I visited with Mark Jacobson—who wrote some terrific features for Esquire in the ’80s and ’90s—and he told me that the best movie about the ’60s is</i> Who’ll Stop the Rain<i>, the Nick Nolte vehicle based on Robert Stone’s novel,</i> Dog Soldiers<i>. I haven’t seen it in years but when a guy like</i> …

Subversion of the Everyday: Artist MyeongBeom Kim Reinterprets Common Objects in Delightful Ways | Colossal

<p>MyeongBeom Kim (previously) builds unique works by combining everyday objects whose purposes are often in stark contrast. The sculptures are created …

What Is the Speed of Sound?

Why does the speed of sound vary? How does sound travel from a place like a speaker to our ears? What is a sonic boom?<p>A quick internet search tells …

Unlocking the secrets of a cancer-fighting flower

A chemical extracted from a small flowering plant has helped in the fight against cancer for decades. Now, after a 60-year hunt, scientists have …

What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?

<b>WHAT IS REAL?</b> <b><br>The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics</b><br>By Adam Becker<br>370 pp. Basic Books. $32.<p>Are atoms real? Of course they are. Everybody believes in atoms, even people who don’t believe in evolution or climate change. If we didn’t have atoms, how could we have atomic bombs? But you …

Quantum Physics

Breakthrough injection could help you shed 14 pounds a month

British scientists have developed a hormone injection that could help people lose 14 pounds in just four weeks.<p>The jab mimics the effects of a …

Your Body Acquires Trillions of New Mutations Every Day

And it’s somehow fine?<p>As you read this article, the cells in your body are dividing and the DNA in them is being copied, letter by letter. So long is the human genome—more than 3 billion letters—that even an astonishingly low error rate of one in many million letters could amount to 10 new …

Mutations

What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared?

Life as we know it probably wouldn’t exist.<p>The moon is more than just a pretty face to gaze upon at night. It helps direct our ocean currents and tides, the movement of Earth’s atmosphere and climate, and even the tilt of our planet’s axis.<p>So what would happen to Earth, and us, if it promptly …

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