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Real-Time Engagement<p>Consumer demand real time information – enable real-time visibility and two-way messaging related to their cards, accounts, …

Centuries Past, A sundial dating to the 13th century B.C. and...

A sundial dating to the 13th century B

A sundial dating to the 13th century B.C. and considered one of the oldest Egyptian sundials, was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the burial place of rulers from Egypt’s New Kingdom period (around 1550 B.C. to 1070 B.C.).<br>CREDIT: University of Basel

Music and Architecture in Renaissance Venice

voxEUROPP Episode 3: What does it mean to be European?

Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory

In celebration of National Public Gardens Day, join us on Friday for Earth Matters to Smithsonian Gardens – Garden Fest 2013! This year’s Garden Fest is inspired by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition, Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa.

“Sleeping Eros” traces the evolution of the image of Eros, the Greek god of love, from cruel and capricious to a beautiful winged youth. This exhibition is centered on the Hellenistic bronze statue Eros sleeping, the finest example of its kind. Bronze statue of Eros sleeping | Hellenistic period | 3rd-2nd century B.C.

Ancient Sicilian Coins: Miniature Masterpieces, Full-Scale Challenges

Coin with a Head of Apollo (detail), 410–403 B.C., Sikeliote (Sicilian Greek), minted in Katane. Silver <i>tetradrachm</i> signed by Choirion, 1 1/16 in. …

Ancient History

CEO to Wildlife Photographer

It’s not uncommon for for a person to take up new hobbies once they retire and it probably comes as little surprise to hear that a former CEO by the …

Nature Photography

'I Can't Help Envying You': Famous Authors' Fan Letters to Other Authors

Nine letters of admiration sent between writers, and one scathing letter of scorn<p>William S. Burroughs / Letters of Note<p><b>Fantasy Novel Maps, Spoofed</b><p>An excellent letter of admiration from William Gaddis to Don DeLillo was recently published over at <i>The Daily Beast</i>. It's a reminder that writers are the …

Amelia and the Animals

In this week’s issue of the magazine, Robin Schwartz photographed Lena Dunham’s dog Lamby for Dunham’s Personal History “A Box of Puppies.” Schwartz, who took her first photograph of an animal at ten years old, told me, “I am an animal person. I cannot survive without animals, this is who I have …

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The Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

One of the best known symbols of spring in Japan are the magnificent pink Japanese cherry trees, also called sakura. Starting in mid-March, the …


Colorized Black And White Photos Bring Historical Figures Like Darwin, Lincoln And Dali To Life (PHOTOS)

What would Charles Darwin or Jim Henson look like in color?<p>Thanks to Mads Madsen, an active Reddit and Facebook user with a knack for photo manipulation, we can find out what historical icons look like in color. The 18-year-old colorizes historical images, from close-ups of famed scientists Albert …

See Asia’s Most Creative Advertising Work

An animated viral smash about death and a solar stunt were among the top winners at last week’s annual Asia Pacific Advertising Festival in Thailand, celebrating the best creative work from across the region.<p>From 3,507 entries, jurors, led by Graham Fink, CCO of Ogilvy & Mather China, gave out …


'Tom Was Lestat For Me': Authors Who Loved the Film Versions of Their Books

Authors are notorious for hating the movie adaptations of their work, but Philip K. Dick, Dennis Lehane, Anne Rice and others found themselves pleasantly surprised.<p>Warner Bros.<p><b>Movies That Quietly Spawned TV Shows</b><p>Last week, <i>Flavorwire</i> had a good laugh at the recently uncovered notes from the …

The First Paintings Of 14 Famous Artists

Before they hit the Louvre, they were just like us. Okay, except they painted brilliant works of art.


The Wonderful World Of Whisky Art

Ernie Button was putting a Scotch glass left out overnight into the dishwasher when he noticed something — a white, chalky film on the bottom of the glass. He held it up to the light and, upon closer inspection, could see a series of fine, lacy lines running along the inside of the glass.<p>As a …

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

I want to go to there.

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Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop

A couple of weeks ago Amanda (@amlight) published a few articles showing stylish posters and albums with a very retro style, very simple but at the …

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in …

3D Printing

The iPhone Killed My Creativity

I love my iPhone. I take it with me everywhere. But I am starting to fear it may be killing my creativity.<p>Numerous studies and much accepted wisdom suggest that time spent doing nothing, being bored, is beneficial for sparking and sustaining creativity. With our iPhone in hand – or any smartphone, …

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Solid Sound: Wilco’s festival returns to Mass MoCA for a third time

NORTH ADAMS — Summertime in the Berkshires has much to offer, especially for those looking to relax in the bucolic surroundings and take in some …

LACMA’s Newly Reinstalled Latin American Galleries

In the last few years, LACMA has focused much attention on building a stellar collection of Latin American art, ranging from ancient to contemporary. …

This incredible Cibachrome print of Mount Tokachi captures the complex colors, depths, and textures of a volcano's eruption. Photographer Hiroshi Hamaya's landscapes and portraits can be seen in the new exhibition "Japan's Modern Divide." "Eruption at Mount Tokachi, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan," 1962; print, about 1980. Hiroshi Hamaya (Japanese, 1915–1999). Lent by the Estate of Hiroshi Hamaya, Ōiso, Japan. © Keisuke Katano

The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013

The Gettysburg battlefield draws over a million tourists a year, and this July, the 150th anniversary of the battle, will be especially packed. …