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How to raise a rock star, by Dave Grohl's mum

From Nirvana to Foo Fighters, Virginia Grohl knows what it’s like to be the mother of a rock star. Now she’s written a book comparing notes with other rock mothers including Pharrell Williams’ and Michael Stipe’s<p>What is it like to be the mum of a rock star? Is the strongest feeling pride at seeing …

Dave Grohl
The Arts

The Science Behind Why Things Really Get Popular | Heleo

“Originality needs familiarity, and even genius needs distribution.”<p><b>Daniel Pink</b> is one of the world’s leading business thinkers and the bestselling …


Inside the Daring Mission That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb

When the Nazis captured a heavy water facility in Norway, the chemist who helped design the plant took action.<p>On February 27, 1942, nine saboteurs scaled a cliff in the middle of the night to blow up a Nazi-controlled heavy water plant in Norway. Hollywood turned the story of the attack into <i>The</i> …

Winston Churchill

Peter Thiel just backed a startup that helps you sue companies algorithmically

If Peter Thiel was trying to convince the world he wasn’t a lawsuit-happy nerd, this probably isn’t the best way to do it. Reports today detail Thiel’s latest investment, a $100,000 Thiel Foundation grant to a company, Legalist, that makes trial-by-algorithm a real thing.<p>Legalist, founded by two …

Meet the Unsung Street Photographer of 1980s New York

CC train, NYC, 1985<br>Richard Sandler<p>1 of 17<p>To view Richard Sandler’s photographs is to look into the soul of a broken New York. From the pages of his …

Street Photography

Edward Burtynsky's corrupted landscapes – in pictures

Beautiful yet terrifying, Edward Burtynsky’s aerial photography is a reminder of just how much human activity has affected the planet – as industry and agriculture leave indelible scars everywhere<p>• Edward Burtynsky: ‘We’ve reached peak everything’

Las Vegas

Presidential Campaigns Are Talking Around The Robot In The Room

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump laid out his plan for the economy on Monday; Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will take her turn on Thursday.<p>While candidates are talking about tax rates, tax breaks and trade, they are ignoring an economic issue that soon may matter far more to …

William McKinley

Want to see America before Trump takes power? These are the 50 greatest US experiences

Given the ever-so-slightly negative reaction to Donald Trump's election victory, not to mention concerns that some nationalities will face difficulty just getting into the country after January 20, it's safe to say that many will want to make the most of the US before the 45th president takes …

Has technology made us more independent?

Technically Incorrect: As Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook have risen to become dominant forces, have Americans become more their true, free selves?<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>As the British celebrate their independence from the …



Sustainable Transport

Art Basel in Hong Kong: Pictures


The Reason

African Masks Warp in These Hand-Drawn GIFs

They kind of look like No Face from Hayao Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away'—but on ketamine.<p>A series of hand-drawn African masks by Brooklyn artist Matthias Brown, a.k.a., Traceloops transforms in a series of seamless GIFs as addicting to watch as the Domino's Pizza Tracker in winter (read: very …

Indie Music

Inside The California Desert Community Where Societal Rules Do Not Apply

Welcome to Slab City.<p>Slab City is an unregulated squatter settlement in the dusty Sonoran Desert, located about 140 miles east of San Diego. In a former life, it was a Marine training base, but over the past 60 years, it's become a community for hippies, rebels and misfits of all kinds. Living in …

Ireland Will Decriminalize Weed, Cocaine, and Heroin

Ireland Will Decriminalize Weed, Cocaine, and HeroinGetty Images/Universal Images GroupAs part of a self-described “radical cultural shift,” Ireland …


Everyday Empathy in the Photographs of Michael Dressel

<i>Michael Dressel, Los Angeles, 2014</i><p>Born in 1958, Michael Dressel grew up behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin obsessed with film and desiring to be a painter. In attempting to escape the Worker's Paradise he was captured climbing the wall and spent two years in a Stasi prison, years he calls "the …

Dirty car artist leaves masterpieces in the dust

He is an Eagle Scout, a versatile bar-band drummer and a senior GUI designer for a company that creates mobile apps for the health care industry.<p>But Scott Wade is famous for drawing dirty pictures.<p>It’s not the content that raises eyebrows but the canvas on which Wade creates. Present him with a …

40 Hidden Artworks Painted on the Edges of Books

A fore-edge painting is a technique of painting on the edges of the pages of a book. The artwork can only be seen when the pages are fanned, as seen …