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When an Atheist Rapper Takes on Religion

Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rapper who writes complex raps about high-brow topics, and now the avowed atheist is taking on religion.<p>Kanye West is …

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

Biology

Coffee In Yemen: Past, Present And Future

On a cold spring morning in Seattle, my parents took me to breakfast at a cafe they had heard some good things about. I was groggy and bumbling my …

A Quick Look at James Turrell, the 72-Year-Old Artist Who Inspired Drake's "Hotline Bling" Video

Turrell has been a godlike figure in art circles since before Drake was a glimmer in his mother's eye.<p><i>*UPDATE - James Turrell's lawyer has since emailed Noisey with the following statement from Turrell: "While I am truly flattered to learn that Drake f*cks with me, I nevertheless wish to make clear</i> …

A new NASA website offers daily images of Earth taken from space

NASA has teased us with a few stunning images of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite — but now we'll be able feast on the spacecraft's photographs daily. The space agency launched a new website today that will post a dozen new images from DSCOVR each day, showing …

The Frozen Father of Modern Transhumanism

Fereidoun M. Esfandiary or FM-2030 was preaching bionics and immortality back in the 70s.<p>Transhumanism, the pursuit of using science and technology to transcend our biological limitations, is gaining momentum both as a philosophy and as a political movement.<p>This is largely thanks to high profile …

More Than 8,400 Never-Before-Seen Photos from NASA’s Apollo Moon Landings

Nearly half a century ago, NASA took one giant leap for mankind with the Apollo program, which landed 12 men on the moon on nine missions between 1968 and 1972. The astronauts were equipped with Hasselblad medium-format cameras and instructed to take photos that have remained largely unseen by the …

The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …

Unraveling Ceramic Sculptures Are an Eloquent Reminder of Quickly Passing Time

Seoul-based artist Haejin Lee creates ceramic works that look as though they'll unravel at any moment. Concentrating primarily on the human body, the sculptor fashions heads and feet that look mostly whole, but have ribbon-like strands rippling from the top of each piece. They appear in various …

Art

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes

Arrival of the Tall Ships at Sail Amsterdam

What I Learned When I Lost My Internship at Facebook

Steve Proehl—Corbis<p>Matt Harnack for Facebook<p>Steve Proehl—Corbis<p>Matt Harnack for Facebook<p>David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Matt Harnack for …

As women finish Ranger course, military faces new pressure on gender barriers

By Dan Lamothe<p>, Reporter<p>The graduation this week of two female soldiers from the Army’s famously difficult Ranger School has put new pressure on the U.S. military to make women eligible to serve across its combat ranks, current and former U.S. officials said.<p>The historic achievement by the two …

Military

Are Dogs Empathetic? It Depends on the Individual Dog

Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has …

Birds

'The New Yorker' Earthquake Warning. Another Alarm About 'The Big One' That Doesn't Explain Why We Aren't Alarmed.

A terrific story about the physical threat of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest fails to explain why people don't seem alarmed. That lack …

Earthquakes

Articles about grid prefab cabin completely tune surroundings on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dramatically wrapped in dark spruce panels, this self-sustaining tiny home in North Slovakia is the ultimate escape.<p>A small prefab cabin in Norway is offering an alternative view on the concept of luxury.<p>Airlifted into place via a helicopter, this energy-efficient alpine shelter adds a vibrant pop …

Off-grid

New Square Enix RPG Project Setsuna Will Be Themed Around Sadness

New information on Square Enix's upcoming new console role-playing game, Project Setsuna, have emerged online. Speaking to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu in an interview (translated via Siliconera) Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda revealed that the theme of Project Setsuna comes from the …

Enix

Secondhand Novels Are Carved into Extraordinary Mountainous Landscapes

Artist Guy Laramee has made a name for himself through his incredible ability to transform encyclopedias, dictionaries, and secondhand novels into extraordinary mountain landscapes. Drawing inspiration from places that he's visited, the artist carves away at printed materials that have been …

Sculpture

Trekking Australia’s Last Frontier: One Woman’s 500-Mile Survivalist Adventure

Adventure<p>Sarah Marquis is drawn to solitude. That’s why she spent three years walking the estimated 10,000 miles from Siberia to Australia, and then across that continent’s big, empty backyard. And that’s why she’s on a four-month survivalist adventure in Australia’s Kimberley region she’s calling …

Whimsical Photos of Everyday Objects Playfully Reimagined Through the Eyes of a Child

Photographer Peechaya Burroughs‘ playfully minimalistic shots contain a contagious amount of positivity. Through Burroughs' unique lens, a yellow/orange balloon becomes a perfect egg yolk, food is transformed into artistic material, and origami is magically brought to life. No matter what the …

Photography

Beautiful 3D Illustrations Breathe New Life into Discarded Books

Using a lot of glue sticks, an X-Acto knife, watercolor paints, and a whole lot of love, illustrator Isobelle Ouzman gives discarded books a new life. From the outside, they might look like your average texts. Just past the hardcover, however, is an incredible mix of drawing, painting, and paper …

Mountain

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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

A contractor at the Manila office of TaskUs, a firm that provides content moderation services to U.S. tech companies. Moises Saman/Magnum<p><b>The campuses</b> …

Vane TGS 2014 Teaser Trailer - IGN Video

Check out this gorgeous first footage from former members of The Last Guardian team.

The 'Extremely Deep Hidden Theme' of Borderlands

Cat herding, world building, and Robocop: Gearbox's Matt Armstrong outlines the origins of Borderlands’ massive universe.<p>When IGN interviewed …

The Cutest Backup Battery with 500% Power

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3<p>People say you’re the life of the party. You’ve been known to stay out until the wee hours of hte morning, but it’s …

Paradise Lost: The Portal in California City

"The Portal."<p>"Welcome to California City: Land of the Sun," reads a sign on the side of the road. The surrounding terrain is bordered by an expansive …

Los Angeles