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Handwritten 19th-Century Color Guide Poetically Describes Where Shades Are Found in Nature

Today, many color-loving creatives aim to illustrate and identify tones found in the natural world. From landscape-based color palettes to real-world Pantone matches, these polychromatic pieces sort and specify the colors that surrounds us. While new technologies have made this task easier than …

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

Creativity

The 2018 Golden Globes’ Must-See Stars

At the first major awards show of 2018, the fashion on the red carpet meant more than ever. Men and women, including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kelly Clarkson, and Kerry Washington, opted to wear black to the Golden Globes in protest against harassment in Hollywood, turning couture designs from the …

SpaceX launches secret satellite on first flight of year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched a secret satellite codenamed Zuma on its first flight of the new year.<p>The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted …

See 2018's Golden Globes Nominees at Their First-ever Awards

HELEN MIRREN, 1997<p>In 1997, Mirren was a double nominee for both TV’s Elizabeth I and film’s The Queen, and she scooped up the best performance by an …

NASA Plans First Interstellar Space Flight for 2069

Even if it never happens, space companies could win millions of dollars in contracts trying to "make it so."<p>Floating 4.4 light-years from Earth is …

How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink?

You are what you eat — but if you want to get literal about it, you are mostly what you drink. So, how much of that should be water?<p>About 60 percent …

Readers Picked This Title As Book of the Year

Add it to your reading list, stat.<p>While there were countless compelling book releases in 2017, more than 100,000 members of Book of the Month, a book …

Books

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Vincent van Gogh Timeline

A Chronology of Vincent van Gogh's Life<p>1853<p>Vincent is born on March 30 in Groot-Zundert, North Brabant, The Netherlands. His parents are Anna …

NASA’s plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid

The dinosaurs could have used this.<p>There are a lot of bad ways to wake up from a nap. Getting hit with a space rock is certainly one of them.<p>One afternoon in 1954, Ann Hodges was dozing on her living room couch. At 12:45 pm, a meteorite ripped through her living room ceiling and woke her up with a …

Are Black holes really as powerful as we think?

India

What Would Happen if The World Started Spinning Twice as Fast?

Spoiler alert: nothing good.<p>What would happen if the Earth started spinning twice as fast tomorrow? As we find out in this video from RealLifeLore, nothing good. There are the obvious impacts, such as 12 hours days instead of 24 hour days. But other effects are fairly surprising. The centrifugal …

15+ Online Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

The time of New Year's resolutions is upon us as we vow to put our best foot forward for the upcoming year. For many, these types of promises involve learning or improving on a creative skill. Whether that’s getting better at drawing or understanding your DSLR camera, online classes can help you …

Photos

96 Things to Do When You're Bored

Years ago when I was going through a hard time, my therapist recommended that I read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s <i>Your Erroneous Zones</i>. This book changed my …

Oscar de la Renta

Palettes of the Masters: Vincent van Gogh

The colors Van Gogh used in his paintings.<p>The most commonly known facts about the artist Vincent van Gogh are that he cut off his left ear (actually …

Vincent Van Gogh

This app is like Shazam, but for works of art

Smartify, a London-based social enterprise, just launched an app that works like Shazam, only for artwork.<p>The app is already live in 30 museums …

God, gold and lagoons: a snapshot of Kerala, India – in pictures

In our weekly look at people’s travels through three of their Instagram shots, Marc Nouss has his lens trained on the sights of southern India

India

Kazuo Ishiguro: “Jane Austen’s comedy of manners plus Kafka’s psychological insights”

Kazuo Ishiguro, the Japanese-born British novelist best known for <i>The Remains of the Day</i>, won the <b>2017 Nobel Literature Prize</b> on October 5. The academy …

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro may have won the Nobel, but he’s by no means done as a writer

As his recent work subtly indicates, the new Nobel Laureate for literature is more political and more creative than ever before.<p>Before Kazuo Ishiguro …

Literature

Raghuram Rajan’s name in Clarivate list of worthies for Nobel Prize in economics

Raghuram Rajan is currently the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business, University of …

Nobel Prize

What Salman Rushdie’s new book, The Golden House, says about the bankrupting of magical realism

Salman Rushdie burst onto the literary scene in 1981 with his novel <i>Midnight’s Children</i>, immediately recognised as a work in the ‘magical realist’ …

Nobel prize 2017 in Economics awarded to American Richard Thaler

The 2017 Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to American academic Richard Thaler.<p>Richard Thaler is from the University of Chicago and has been …

Five novels from America you must read (because they’re shortlisted for the US National Book Award)

War, immigrants and race make these works of fiction a commentary on our times as well.<p>A search for oneself, the need to belong, especially in a land …

How the shadow of the battle of Karbala has shaped Urdu literature

Events that took place on a far-off battlefield exactly 1,337 years ago have exerted a defining influence on Urdu literary tradition.<p>More than a …

Literature

Uncommon Type review: Tom Hanks’ short stories demand to be savoured at leisure | books | reviews

When celebrities have a go at writing, most prefer to stick to the safe genre of memoirs. Fiction is attempted in rare cases. Rarer still is when …

GQ Book List: Curated reads every man needs

GQ Book List: Curated reads every man needs<p>Is a book only as valuable as the amount of time it takes you to get through it? Nope. Ditch the snobbery …

Books

Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders On His Craft, The Internet, And A Reading List For Donald Trump

The pleasures and pains of the writerly life.<p>On 18 October, George Saunders became the second American to win the Man Booker Prize, since it was …