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What to Stream This Weekend

Five great movies that were made for television.<p><i>Each week, Richard Brody picks a classic film, a modern film, an independent film, a foreign film, and a documentary for online viewing.</i><p>“Cinema Verite”<p>The theatrical première next month, at Film Forum, of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 made-for-TV …

James Gandolfini

12 Unique Places In Italy To Visit (That You Wouldn’t Think Of)

It’s no surprise how much I relish a good Italian trip. I mean, it’s one of those countries that I could visit every week If I could (and I’m already …

Italy

Ai Weiwei: The artwork that made me the most dangerous person in China

In 2009, the dissident artist created a work to honour the thousands of children who died in the Sichuan earthquake. He recalls how the project, Remembering, angered China’s rulers – and changed his career for ever<p>This is an edited extract from The Start podcast<p>I trained as an artist in New York, …

Art

Roman Roads

The long straight roads built by the Romans wherever they conquered have, in many cases, become just as famous names in history as their greatest …

Ancient History

Economic collapse: The real message of the fall of Troy

<b>The fall and sack of the city of Troy at the hands of an avenging Greek army is one that has been told for some 3,000 years, but contained within it are clues to a much wider global collapse - with lessons for our own 21st Century.</b><p>In 1300BC, at the height of the Bronze Age, the great powers of …

Ancient History

Bronze Age Sicily

The Bronze Age in Sicily, considered one of the most important periods of the island's prehistory, witnessed the establishment of a unitary and in …

Ancient History

Why you need to watch ‘Troy: Fall of a City’ – the BBC’s answer to ‘Game of Thrones’

Here's five reasons it's gonna be amazing<p>The BBC’s new flagship drama <i>Troy</i> starts on Saturday night (February 17) and it’s looking like a big one. …

TV Series

Seven ways ... to deal with tinnitus

There’s no cure, so prevention is best – but hope is not lost for the 10% of adults who hear sounds that are not coming from the external world<p>Prevention is best<p>Tinnitus is the name given to sounds that you hear but that don’t exist in the external world – and no one is quite sure why it happens. …

Biomedicine

Portrait Camera App 'Focos' Gains Real Lens Optical Effects and Improved Shooting Mode

Portrait Mode photo editor Focos received an update today that should pique the interest of dual-lens camera iPhone owners. The app recently made our end-of-year best iOS app list for its impressive granular aperture and bokeh adjustment tools, but version 1.2 builds on the existing feature set by …

iPhoneography

Seven songs that will help you learn Italian

If the subjunctive just won't stick and you're fed up of the future simple, we've got the playlist for you. In honour of the 2018 Sanremo festival, …

Italy

This New Autism Genetics Study Could Help Explain Why It's Such a Huge Spectrum

One disorder or several?<p>Genes responsible for a number of autism's characteristics come in two varieties, which could help explain not only the …

Autism

Capital

Molina de Aragón County seems far from everywhere in Spain. Far from Barcelona and Madrid. Far from the seaside party towns and from the dazzling …

European Travel

10 Picturesque Towns In Northern France To Explore

<i>Featured header image by verrier.claude.</i><p>France isn’t a country that has incredible cities and towns in short supply. In fact, it’s almost unheard of …

European Travel

Observation Lounge

Resting on a stone pedestal, the Observation Lounge offers an entertaining space above the treetops. A wooden spiral staircase leads you through the …

Architecture

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter Recipe on Food52

Cooking is more fun with friends.<p>Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join.<p>Join Our Community<p>Follow amazing home cooks. Collect recipes and articles. Get inspired.<p><b>Author Notes:</b> The most famous tomato sauce on the internet, from Marcella Hazan's <b>Essentials of</b> …

Italian Food

The Unofficial Ranking of the Tastiest Authentic Italian Pasta Sauces

Because we all know it's all about the sauce.<p>January 24, 2018<p>Pasta is one of those foods that you can put whatever you want on it, from a thick, …

Italian Food

How to use channels to create masks in Photoshop – a comprehensive tutorial

If you are doing any kind of compositing or digital work that requires masking and object extraction you owe it to yourself to watch this video. …

Tutorials

Opera Takes A Giant Leap Into The Future

What do you get when Marco Brambilla, Marina Abramovic, and Iris Van Herpen band together to interpret a 1902 opera? We’re all ears—and eyes.<p>Trippy abstractions, over-the-top graphics, digital video collages of epic proportions—and, lest we forget, the 90-second music video for Kanye West’s …

The Arts

Astrophysicists release IllustrisTNG, the most advanced universe model of its kind

Novel computational methods have helped create the most information-packed universe-scale simulation ever produced. The new tool provides fresh …

Space Science

Top Museums To Visit in St. Petersburg, Russia

Art is everywhere in Russia’s second largest city, one of the world’s great cultural destinations.<p>St. Petersburg is a city of art. Peter the Great’s imperial capital is now Russia’s indisputable cultural hub, home to world-famous ballet, theater, and more. For fine arts, it’s unparalleled. Of the …

Museums

How To: Make Video Look Like Film

All video professionals and indie filmmakers put a great deal of effort into their final product. If you want to go a step beyond and achieve that …

Filmmaking

How to Convert a Photo to Black & White Using Photoshop Calculations

The best thing about Photoshop is that there are innumerable ways of getting the exact same result. For example,if you want to convert an image into …

Tutorials

Marlene McCarty

Designer<p>Marlene McCarty<p>Marlene McCarty is a visual artist, activist, and title designer. In film, she has worked with directors Todd Haynes, Kelly …

Photographers

Photoshop Tips | Blend Modes Crash Course

Photoshop’s blend modes are among its most powerful tools. They are one of those little things that are easy to miss for a novice. They’re “hiding” …

Tutorials

Nomad List

Find the best place to live, work, and play<p>Nomad List is the biggest crowdsourced database of cities in the world analyzing 250,000+ data points to …

A Woman Gracefully Demonstrates the Traditional Chinese Art of Making Paper by Hand

Vlogger Li Ziqi very gracefully demonstrated the traditional Chinese art of making paper from scratch. Throughout, Li showed each deliberate step …

The Blues in Jazz: Using the Classic 12-bar Form to Learn Bebop Improv

Bill EvansJanuary 13, 2018<p><b>From the March 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY SEAN MCGOWAN</b><p>In a sense, the genres of jazz and blues grew up together …

The 12 Best Games For Mac

Illustration by Sam Woolley<p>Hey, look! A sleek computer with a piece of fruit embossed on it. Contrary to popular belief, there's loads of games to be …

'AutoSleep 5' Brings Live Sleep Tracking to Apple Watch and iPhone X Support

Third party sleep tracking app AutoSleep reached version 5.0 on Tuesday, introducing a slew of new features and improvements, including iPhone X support and live sleep tracking on Apple Watch.<p>With later models of Apple Watch benefiting from major improvements in battery life, many Watch owners now …