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Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own

Last fall a friend told me a story about Ryuichi Sakamoto, the renowned musician and composer who lives in the West Village. Mr. Sakamoto, it seems, so likes a particular Japanese restaurant in Murray Hill, and visits it so often, that he finally had to be straight with the chef: He could not bear …

Sound Design

What would it mean for AI to have a soul?

To ask whether it’s even possible, we first must understand and define what a soul actually is, argues Brandon Ambrosino.<p><i>Siri, do you believe in God?</i><p><i>“Humans have religion. I just have silicon.”</i><p><i>Siri, do you believe in God?</i><p><i>“I eschew theological disquisition.”</i><p><i>Siri</i>, I insist, <i>do you believe in God</i>?<p><i>“I</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Mythical Creatures and Greek Gods Leap From Waves Captured off the South Coast of England | Colossal

<p>As a child, photographer Rachael Talibart would sit on a deck near her family’s home on the South Coast of England and imagine the mythical …

Dante and The Divine Comedy: He took us on a tour of Hell

Dante’s vision of the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy influenced the Renaissance, the Reformation and helped give us the modern world, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>“All hope abandon ye who enter here.”<p>That’s the inscription on the gate to Hell in one of the first English translations of The Divine …

Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of World's Deepest Ocean Trench

Planet or Plastic?<p>Even one of the most remote places on Earth couldn't hide from the scourge of plastic trash.<p>The Mariana Trench—the deepest point in the ocean—extends nearly 36,000 feet down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. But if you thought the trench could escape the global onslaught of …

Who Has the 'Cleaner' Bed: Chimps or Humans?

Weird & Wild<p>For the first time, scientists have compared microbes in human and chimpanzee sleeping areas. The findings may surprise you.<p>“Take your stinking paws off me, you damn, dirty ape!”<p>Charlton Heston's line in the 1968 classic <i>Planet of the Apes</i> epitomizes the way most of us view our closest …

Fast Facts About Plastic Pollution

Planet or Plastic?<p>Versatile, pliable, durable, cheap to produce—and ubiquitous. Plastic is all of that. It is also both a life-saving miracle product and the scourge of the Earth. Here are eight essential facts to keep in mind.<p>Some 18 billion pounds<p>of plastic waste flows into the oceans every …

Japanese Are Polishing Dirt Balls To Perfection, And The Result Will Blow You Away

The making of ‘dorodango‘ is a traditional pastime for Japanese schoolchildren, that has grown into an art form in its own right. The dodorango is …

'Sea Nomads' Are First Known Humans Genetically Adapted to Diving

For hundreds of years, the Bajau have lived at sea, and natural selection may have made them genetically stronger divers.<p>If you hold your breath and plunge your face into a tub of water, your body automatically triggers what's called the diving response. Your heart rate slows, your blood vessels …

How interest for African contemporary art is growing

Contemporary African artists have been gaining ground on the international art market, a boom that's been confirmed through record sales at …

African Art

Fine Art Photographer Captures the Melancholic Beauty of a Rainy Day

Rome-based Italian photographer Alessio Trerotoli captures the melancholic beauty of rainy days in his fine art photography series, <i>Raindrop Blues</i>. Believing raindrops can be compared to a blues song, as they “fall with a repetitive but fascinating rhythm,” Trerotoli aims to transport his viewers …

Photography

People Won’t Stop Demanding The Mona Lisa To Be Cleaned, So Someone Just Explained What Would Happen

From rust being washed off some old pots to dirt removed from crevices between tiles, watching something return to its previous state is oddly …

21 artists receive $6.75M after graffiti suddenly painted over

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A landmark compensation award by a New York court has caught the attention of artists across the United States - and beyond - as signaling a new strategy for safeguarding street art from development.<p>Judge Frederic Block awarded $6.75 million to 21 …

Streetwear

Lebanon is drowning in its own waste

Lebanon has been in a rubbish crisis since 2015. Three years on, how are local groups paving a path for a cleaner – and healthier – future?<p>We’re about five metres away from the Mediterranean Sea. To my right, the Zouk Mosbeh power plant pumps out plumes of thick grey smoke into an otherwise bright …

17 Journeys By Train That Will Change Your Life Forever

Take a slow and stunning journey by train across some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.<p><i>This photo essay is part of a series of stories about travel.</i>

H&M Wants to Steal Street Art For Its Marketing - PAPER

This week, fast-fashion retailer H&M — who, with their appropriation scandals and racist hoodies — have been upsetting the masses quite a bit lately, filed a complaint for declaratory judgment after being threatened with legal action over its use of graffiti art in a marketing campaign.<p>The claim …

The copy is the original

In China and Japan, temples may be rebuilt and ancient warriors cast again. There is nothing sacred about the ‘original’<i>By Byung-Chul Han</i>Read at Aeon

Mysterious Orcas Filmed Underwater for First Time

Weird & Wild<p>A ship returning from Antarctica has a chance encounter with a rarely seen type of killer whale.<p>Weird & Wild<p>Around 6 a.m. one morning last December, an announcement came over the loudspeaker of a ship heading from Antarctica to South America: Everyone was to go up to the deck.<p>The ship's …

Killer Whales

A Single Book Disrupts the Foundation of a Brick Wall by Jorge Méndez Blake | Colossal

<p>The Castle is a 2007 project by Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake that subtly examines the impact of a single outside force. For the installation, …

Literature

Beyond Banksy: 40 years of street art at ArtScience Museum

SINGAPORE: Earlier this week, 10 street artists from all over the world were in Singapore secretly working on wall murals.<p>But they weren’t out on the …

Streetwear

Meet Yemen's street artist: 'We want peace'

<b>SANAA</b> - Murad Subay sees the devastated streets and bombed buildings in Yemen's war as something more than just ruins: he sees canvases onto which he …

Giannis Antetokounmpo: streets - tsevis

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Made in the streets of Athens A mosaic portrait of the Greek Freak @Giannis_An34 based on the actual map of the part of Athens …

Maps

Brutalist Wallpaper for Your Concrete Jungle Apartment

Love it or hate it, Brutalist architecture makes up a substantial part of New York City. Now, you can bring a little bit of that concrete aesthetic</i> …

Facebook killing news is the best thing that ever happened to news

The end of the beginning. Finally!<p>On January 12, Facebook announced that it would begin to de-prioritize news publishers and their stories in users’ …

How brands secretly buy their way into Forbes, Fast Company, and HuffPost stories

An Outline investigation found that contributors to prominent publications have taken payments in exchange for positive coverage.<p>In late October,</i> …

These are the people paying journalists to promote brands in articles

How some publicists recruit writers to secretly mention or link their clients in stories on HuffPost, Forbes, and other sites.<p>When journalist Dimitar …

The Wild Architecture of Soviet-Era Bus Stops Photographed by Christopher Herwig | Colossal

<p>Photographer Christopher Herwig has circled the former Soviet Union, exploring the most remote areas of Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine to find and …

Mother Earth and Her Daughter Meet in a Mural by Jess X. Snow | Colossal

<p>A new mural in Philadelphia by Jess X. Snow depicts two abstracted female figures, one young, and one old, both formed of rippling branches, leaves, …

Pull Quote

Travel<p>Thirty-one years after the worst nuclear disaster in history, a group of self-proclaimed “stalkers” makes illegal trips into the abandoned radioactive city.<p>An estimated 200 tons of radioactive material festers beneath a steel containment structure inside Chernobyl, the site of the worst …

Meet Tatsuo Horiuchi, the 77-Year-Old Artist Who ‘Paints’ Japanese Landscapes With Excel | Colossal

<p>For over 15 years, Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi has rendered the subtle details of mountains, cherry blossoms, and dense forests with the most …