Julian Wheatley

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Top 10 films of 2014: complete US chart

10. The Lego Movie<p>What we say: Everything is awesome. And forever compromised. The Lego Movie is a $60m (£38m) advert that’s clever, smart and extremely funny. It’s marketing as art, art as commerce, and commerce as fun. It’s also an attack on corporate mono-culture. And a deconstruction of stupid …

New Viral Website Explores the World Behind 'Jurassic World'

The Masrani corporation has launched a new website, outlining its work in communications, genetic research, and oil production -- oh yeah, and a little place called Jurassic World, home to some genetically-engineered dinosaurs.<p>Yes, while MasraniGlobal.com appears at first glance to be just your run …

Lady Gaga's Lead Keyboard Player Develops Innovative Circular Piano

A regular, linear piano with 88 keys was just not enough for musician Brockett Parsons. So, the Lady Gaga lead keyboard player put together a team of designers to develop The Piano Arc, also playfully known as the Brockettship.<p>The innovative keyboard design is a circular instrument composed of 294 …

Lady Gaga

Review: Kenu Stance is a must-have miniature iPhone tripod

The Stance compact tripod, Kenu’s latest accessory for iPhone, is one of my favorite gadgets I’ve tried out lately. It’s a tiny, pocketable stand for holding up your iPhone during video recording, FaceTime calling, and more. The Kenu Stance attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch by connecting to the …

YouTube Doubles Its Frame Rate (And Here’s Why You Should Care)

Frame rates are boring tech jargon, we know. But YouTube has just made a major upgrade that will affect content creators everywhere.<p>This is a video of <i>Mario Kart</i> playing on the Wii U. I know, you might not play video games. That’s not the point. Watch it anyway, using YouTube’s 1080P60 setting, …

Mario Kart

My Top 5 Meat Cities in the U.S.

What's the best meat city in the U.S.? A reporter from a major international newspaper asked me this question recently, and it set me thinking about some of the most interesting carnivorous excesses I had during my 30-city book tour for <i>Man Made Meals</i> this spring and summer. Not just the obvious …

BBQ

It’s time to bring James Franco's reign of half-assed artistry to an end

As Franco launches yet another project, it’s clear the ‘artist’ can’t say no to himself. It’s time for the audience to stop him<p>You might not know it, but James Franco has a new movie coming out this weekend.<p>His documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will be released on Hulu on …

Is it really healthier to live without shampoo?

A new book supporting the 'no-poo' movement suggests that chemical detergents ruin your hair, but you'll need to pass through a smelly stage to achieve luscious results<p>• Could you give up washing?<p>When I was a teenager in the early 90s, there was a definite trend adopted by a specific type of hippy …

How Does Exercise Make You Smarter?

<i>A:</i><p>We posed your question to Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, author of <i>Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain</i><i>,</i> and a Reebok ambassador for active children.<p>Exercise, he says, has three effects on the brain that make …

The Brain

Watch: Interpreting 'Synedoche, New York' with Amy Nicholson (Part 1) – /Film

The recent, tragic passing of <b>Philip Seymour Hoffman</b> prompted me to look back at some of his most memorable work. One of his films that I’ve always …

Rock Climbing Building Blends in Naturally with Environment

Sensing the potential for a climbing community in Polur, Iran, New Wave Architecture designed this new rock climbing hall that mimics the surrounding, rocky landscape of Mazadaran. Equipped with a dynamic climbing hall, temporary accommodation zone, fitness gym and maintenance areas, the building's …

Architecture

Introducing Forgotify: Where Unpopular Spotify Songs Go to Be Heard

Awhile back, Lane Jordan heard an interesting fact: Spotify, the streaming music service, said that 20% of the songs in their catalog had never once …

Super Creative iPhone Photos

Brock Davis is a very talented designer who likes to use his creativity and his iphone camera to work together. In 2013 he took some awesome photos …

mashed potatoes

15 Whimsically Surreal GIFs To Get Lost In

These amazing GIFs, created by artist Romain Laurent, will definitely bring a smile to your face.

13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

Creativity

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

Rock it Out! Blog: “A Beginner’s Guide To Guitars”

If you’ve got dreams of becoming a guitar god, but don’t know the difference between a fret and the whammy bar, today’s Rock it Out! Blog episode is …

VFX Breakdown Videos: 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' 'Pacific Rim' and 'Now You See Me' – /Film

The summer of 2013 has come and gone. We’ve reached that moment where movies we were so excited for only six months ago can begin to collect dust on …

How to give your kids everything but a sense of entitlement

Kids who understand gratitude have better grades and are less likely to get depressed. This was the conclusion of a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that struck a chord with both my husband and me.<p>Both of us hail from immigrant families who arrived to the US in the 1970s. Both of us grew up …

Kids

How Playing Fruit Ninja Can Help Stroke Victims

Researchers discover that using a video game motion sensor such as Xbox Kinect has the potential to spur the brains of stroke victims to reorganize and restore some motion in limbs.<p><b>Video games that employ virtual reality and</b> motion sensors have been shown to help stroke victims recover function in …

One Step Closer to Hover Boards: Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation | Colossal

<p>While we’ve seen examples of objects suspended mid-air using quantum levitation and acoustic levitation, a team of three Japanese engineers from The …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an increased risk of heart disease and suicide. Treatments typically …

Listen to Michael Jackson’s isolated vocals for “Man in the Mirror”

Michael Jackson has been pretty busy since his death in June 2009, thanks to a litany of posthumous projects. Whether it’s Timbaland’s mysterious …