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The Year of the Art Film: What We Learned on the Silver Screen in 2014

I love making lists. It simplifies life and allows the indulgence of a John Cusack/<i>High Fidelity</i> fantasy to play in my head. However, to sum up the year with the top 10 or 15 or even 20 movies in a tidy, little list that will be, for all intents and purposes, identical to every other …

From the Streets to the Galleries, Art Is Thriving in São Paulo

<i>Zipper Galeria in São Paulo. Photo by Stephen J. Grant</i><p>The city of São Paulo in Brazil is home to hundreds of museums and galleries. Browsing through neighborhoods such as Pinheiros, Jardim Paulista, or my favorite Vila Madalena, you are sure to find a space that meets your cultural desires.<p><b>Street</b> …

Murals of Greek Gods Rendered Against a Chaotic Backdrop of Graffiti by Pichi & Avo | Colossal

<p>Since first collaborating in 2007, Spanish street art duo Pichi & Avo (previously) have created an intriguing blend of traditional graffiti and …

Where were you when Kennedy for iPhone was released?

A minimalist journal that helps you contextualize your memories<p>There's no shortage of apps that want to help you document your life, but there are none quite like Kennedy. The critically acclaimed app Day One has carved out a niche for itself as the go-to journalling app for iOS users, offering a …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Seth Rogen and James Franco Parody Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Video - Rap-Up

Kanye West has inspired another parody. While on set of their movie <i>The Interview</i>, actors Seth Rogen and James Franco recreated Kanye West’s “Bound 2” …

Kepler: Reminding the World Why We Continue to Explore

This week NASA is holding a conference of 400 scientists from around the world to discuss the findings that continue to emerge from our amazing …

Crazy Bio-Hacks: A Mouse Cloned From Elvis’s DNA And A Human-Born Dolphin

Grow Your Own, a new exhibition about synthetic biology, features mindblowing bio-hacked creations.<p>This just in from science: One far-off day, a human woman might be able to incubate and give birth to a dolphin. This isn’t a sea-world sequel to <i>Stuart Little</i>, but one of the subjects explored in …

DNA sequencing: how much do you want to know about your health future?

Join us for a live chat with with Dr Robert Darnell, president of the New York Genome Center, where we'll examine both sides of the debate surrounding gene sequencing<p>This past July, the New York Genome Center opened its shiny new doors in downtown Manhattan. The massive, sparkling multi-million …

At least 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets found, study says

Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone -- not too hot and not too cold for life.<p>Astronomers using NASA data have …

America, The Primitive: 5 New Guitar Records That Would Make John Fahey Proud

The American Primitive guitar record is the soundtrack to the open road. It breathes in dust and exhales smoke. Blues, country, rock, psych, drone, folk, ragtime, bluegrass — it encompasses all of them and none at all. But ultimately, it's evocative of a landscape that doesn't know its boundaries. …

Smoke DZA - Legends In The Making (Ashtray Pt. 2) (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & Currensy)

Black Cobain - Perfect Contradiction (Mixtape)

Reports that NSA taps into Google and Yahoo data hubs infuriate tech giants

Files obtained from Edward Snowden suggest NSA can collect information sent by fibre optic cable between Google and Yahoo data hubs 'at will'<p>Google and Yahoo, two of the world's biggest tech companies, reacted angrily to a report on Wednesday that the National Security Agency has secretly …

Astronauts And Mice Return From Space With Altered Eyes

About one in five astronauts report vision changes after space missions. A new, small study in mice takes a look at what might cause those changes at a molecular level.<p>When he rocketed up to the International Space Station in March 2009, NASA astronaut Mike Barratt needed glasses to see things in …

Space Exploration

Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or <i>Star Trek</i>'s omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, "machines that behaved like people, …

Forget Big Data: The future is Small Data, and Facebook just bought it

This morning, Onavo, an Israeli start-up, announced it was being acquired by Facebook. Onavo’s flagship product is a data compressor. When you browse a web page or use an app on your phone, Onavo routes the traffic through its servers, where it compresses and optimizes the data before sending it on …

Developing Countries