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Sesame Street: James Gandolfini Talks About Feeling Scared

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Iconic Records on the Turntables That First Played Them |  Kai Schäfer 

What the Night Sky Would Look Like If the Other Planets Were as Close as the Moon

It's not always easy to imagine just how big the other planets are. Here, a space artist's thought experiment turns into a lesson in Earth's relative size.<p>Space artist Ron Miller has created a series of images that illustrate the sizes of the other planets in our solar system in a way that makes …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

20 Most Important Restaurants in America

<b>By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit</b><p>No, we're not talking the fanciest, trendiest, or even the ones with the most stars. These are the places that define how we eat out. They're the fearless spots the drive chefs to innovate, restauranteurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up. In short, these are …

Food

The Ends of the Road

Inspired in part by the great geography game GeoGuessr, I spent some time recently in Google Maps, finding the edges of their Street View image coverage. I've always been drawn to the end of the road, to the edges of where one might be allowed to travel, whether blocked by geographic features, …

An MIT Project That Lets You Spy On Yourself

Of all the stuff on metadata I've seen in the past few weeks, this is my favorite:<p>It's my favorite in large part because it's <i>my metadata.</i> It comes from my Gmail account. The relationships it maps are, more or less, my life — orange circles for Planet Money, purple for Brooklyn, brown for college. …

Jay-Z's $5 Million Samsung Deal Will Change Music Forever

Well, not entirely for nothing - it comes with a catch. As part of a broader deal between Samsung and Roc Nation - estimated at $20m - a total of 1m copies of Jay-Z's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, were given away on Thursday at one minute past midnight (US eastern time), a full 72 hours before …

Music Industry

French nuclear tests 'showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity'

French nuclear tests in the South Pacific in the 1960s and 1970s were far more toxic than has been previously acknowledged and hit a vast swath of …

On Art and Government: The Poem Robert Frost Didn’t Read at JFK’s Inauguration

In January of 1961, as John F. Kennedy’s inauguration approached, his would-be Secretary of the Interior suggested poet <b>Robert Frost</b>, who had been appointed consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress in 1958, participate in the ceremony as the first inaugural poet. JFK asked Frost to either …

The N.S.A.’s Costly European Adventure

In the last few days, <i>Der Spiegel</i> and the <i>Guardian</i> published the latest revelations from Edward Snowden’s often random-seeming cache of PowerPoint slides, memoranda citing acronyms whose full import remains mysterious, and other top-secret files from the National Security Agency. The new disclosures …

Overlooked Records 2013

It seems clear that 2013 has been an exceptional year for new music. The months of May and June in particular saw an astounding run of great records, some of which arrived on a huge crest of hype (Daft Punk, Kanye West), some of which bubbled up from the underground (Deafheaven, Dirty Beaches, <i>After</i> …

Edward Snowden and the security state laid bare

Edward Snowden has given up almost everything in his previously comfortable life so that we could know at least some of the ways in which the US …

Grateful Dead - Standing On The Moon 7-7-89

World Building of the Year 2013 shortlist announced

<b>News:</b> the shortlist for awards at this year's World Architecture Festival in Singapore features over 280 projects, including a pleated theatre in …

The NSA To Design Security After Nuclear Fail-Safes

The NSA doesn’t want another Snowden. Because In the information age, data leaks are as dangerous as enriched uranium.<p>Edward Snowden didn’t know everything, the American public has been (darkly) assured. The NSA isn’t a collection of total imbeciles, meaning that while guys like Snowden may access …

A Surprising New Angle On Le Corbusier

In the first major U.S. retrospective of the modernist architect’s work, the ruler of right angles goes rustic, comes with curves.<p>Walk into the entrance gallery of the MoMA’s long-anticipated <i>Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes</i> and you might think you’ve stumbled into the wrong exhibition. …

10 inventors who didn't get mega-rich from their inventions

<b>Doug Engelbart, who has died aged 88, never really made any money from inventing the mouse. Here are 10 others who didn't get to be billionaires.</b><p>1. LEDs<p>When <b>Nick Holonyak Jr</b> invented the first practically useful LED in 1962 he predicted it would one day replace Edison's lightbulb. Holonyak's …

Inventions

10 Places You Should Go While They're Still Cheap

And while there are plenty of tricks for squeezing the most out of every vacation dollar, one of the simplest options is to find a place that has a lot to offer but hasn't yet been hit by the price inflation that comes with big-time popularity.<p>Here are 10 destinations great enough to make the …

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Infographic: A Timeline Of The 100 Most Important Cameras Ever Made

Over a century of photographic history on one poster.<p>Time travel back to 1950 with a Best Buy circular and you basically blow minds with every page. Flatscreen TVs? Crazy. Computers? Crazy. Smartphones? Double crazy. And then you get to the cameras, and the fedora-wearing fellow with the I Like Ike …

Sony world photography award winners – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/apr/25/sony-world-photography-award-winners-pictures<p>720<p>As the victors are announced in the Sony …

Historical Photos Colorized And Brought Back To Life

In a world of continual status updates, countless photos, millions of videos and internet speeds that continue to bring us information faster than …

Here’s why most users won’t be affected by the latest Android flaw

<b>UPDATE (3.45am PT): Google has reportedly tightened up security within its Play Store mechanisms, making this flaw less dangerous than it initially</b> …

Vine Responds To Instagram With A Big Update

With more competition than ever, Vine borrows some important features from its parent company.<p>It's been a long month for Vine. The company, which started June amid reports it was outperforming Instagram, has watched as its success story shifted almost overnight to speculation and even concern for …

M. Night Shyamalan Talks FOX's Wayward Pines and What Brought Him to TV

M. Night Shyamalan will be debuting his first TV project next year, executive producing and directing the pilot for FOX’s new Wayward Pines. Wayward …

PROTIP of the Day: How to Fold a T-Shirt in One Second

Hey, it sure beats folding a t-shirt in two seconds.

The 21 Most Ubiquitous Trends From Glastonbury, England's Less Naked Version Of Coachella

Warning: this gets dirty.