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Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

Algorithms

Restaurant noise levels are climbing. Here’s how to fight back. - Vox

“I can’t hear you.”<p>When the Line Hotel opened in Washington, DC, last December, the cocktail bars, gourmet coffee shops, and restaurants that fill its cavernous lobby drew a lot of buzz. Housed in a century-old church, the space was also reputedly beautiful.<p>My first visit in February confirmed that …

Hospitality

Framed for Murder by His Own DNA

When the DNA results came back, even Lukis Anderson thought he might have committed the murder.<p>"I drink a lot," he remembers telling public defender …

Crime

San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble

The city’s building code does not protect its people from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.

San Francisco

Arnold Newman's Incredible Artist Portraits (25 photos)

<b>Pablo Picasso, Spanish Painter and Sculptor, 1954</b><p>“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds,” so said Arnold Newman, one of the world's best-known and most admired photographers to have ever lived. Known for his “environmental portraits” of artists and politicians, he …

Art

The Evolution of Picasso's Art—and Love Life—Over 91 Years

DECONSTRUCTING PICASSO<p>STROKES OF GENIUS<p>From his early childhood years sketching in<p>the dirt to his final hours at age 91, Pablo<p>Picasso was devoted to mastering his deeply<p>personal art. He’s considered one of the most<p>influential artists of the 20th century, and his<p>work continues to be studied for its …

Pablo Picasso

How Picasso’s Journey From Prodigy to Icon Revealed a Genius

Intense, provocative, disturbing, and captivating, the legendary artist led a life of restless brilliance.<p><b>It's the morning</b> before Christie’s Impressionist and modern art evening sale in New York City, and suddenly, there it is.<p>Just past the auction house’s entrance at Rockefeller Center, Pablo …

Art

The buildings that make us think

These museums are more than archives of important work. Their architectural forms help tell their stories, writes Devon Van Houten Maldonado.<p>Museums do more than allow us to engage with history and art. They are forms in and of themselves, which, to varying degrees, enable and propagate missions …

Black History

TOO MANY MEN

The Food Ingredient Panic Meter

Food shortages have been making dramatic headlines for the past half-dozen years. The end of the avocado is in sight. Maple syrup could become a …

Agriculture

Proof that Americans are lying about their sexual desires

What Google searches for porn tell us about ourselves.<p>Last year, I interviewed Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of <i>Everybody Lies</i><i>,</i> a new book that uses data on America’s Google habits as an insight into our national consciousness.<p>Two findings from the book dominated the conversation: America is …

The Simpsons

We Are All Confident Idiots

The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise. A leading researcher on the psychology of human wrongness sets us …

Van Gogh’s love affair with Japan

An exhibition in Amsterdam devoted to their relationship shows how Japanese art influenced his style<p>In 1854 America forced Japan, which had sealed …

Art

'The most significant development since the safety belt'

<b>Here is an extraordinary statistic: since the Volvo XC90 went on sale in the UK in 2002 it has sold over 50,000 vehicles, yet not a single person has been killed while driving it, or as a passenger.</b><p>It is, according to the independent laboratory Thatcham Research, the safest car it has ever …

Autonomous Cars

Mothers who regret having children are speaking up like never before

Photoillustration by Stephen Gregory & Heshmat Saberi<p>‘I regret having children’<p>In pushing the boundaries of accepted maternal response, women are …

Parenting

What Your Urinal Stance Says About You

Hi. My name is Panama Jackson, and I’m a reliever. I’m the Mariano of the Uri-nott. I hit the restroom—public or private—and I get to that gee whiz. …

Library Studies

How to Not Die in America

On the second Tuesday in June, I start to feel fluish. If this is 2016 and I’m still a freelance writer, I’m losing money immediately on the …

Medicine

The Right Not to Know: When Ignorance Is Bliss but Deadly

REYKJAVÍK—It was her first day of summer vacation in 2015. Erna Ingibergsdóttir was lounging in her home in Iceland, watching her 2 youngest children …

This is how the world’s most covetable cameras get made

Have you ever wondered what goes into that ‘Handmade in Sweden’ inscription?<p>This past December, I took a trip to Gothenburg, Sweden, to visit the place that storied camera brand Hasselblad calls home. For Hasselblad, it was an effort to introduce and endear itself to a wider audience than the …

Cameras

Welcome to Powder Mountain – a utopian club for the millennial elite

When these young entrepreneurs bought a remote ski resort in Utah, they dreamed of an exclusive, socially conscious community. Is this the future, or Mt Olympus for Generation Me?<p>Jeff Rosenthal is standing near the top of his snow-covered mountain wearing a fluffy jacket, fingerless gloves and …

Hudson Valley

Spain's Best Kept Secrets- 15 Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of Spain

The beauty of Spain lies in its sleepy, forgotten corners. This is where the real drama unfolds- mesmerizing sights and timeless heritage. If you’ve …

European Travel

The evolutionary advantage of having eyebrows

Eyebrows, we all have them, but what are they actually for? While eyebrows help to prevent debris, sweat, and water from falling into the eye socket, …

Humanity

Why Scientists Are Battling Over Pleasure

A battle over pleasure has broken out. On Twitter and in the pages of scientific journals, psychologists, neurologists and neuroscientists are forging alliances over the question of whether pleasure we get from art is somehow different from the pleasure we get from candy, sex or drugs.<p>The debate …

University of London

Why the world isn’t nearly as bad as you think it is

If you asked a group of supposedly sophisticated people at Davos three simple questions about the world they live in, how would they do? This is not …

Geography

Transhumanism: advances in technology could already put evolution into hyperdrive – but should they?

Biological evolution takes place over generations. But imagine if it could be expedited beyond the incremental change envisaged by Darwin to a matter …

Singularity

Why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year

The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed – a distinction that the country has earned …

Happiness

Research: Learning a Little About Something Makes Us Overconfident

As former baseball pitcher Vernon Law once put it, experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first, and only then provides the lesson.<p>Perhaps this observation can explain the results of a survey sponsored by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Among college students, …

Psychology

The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind - Facts So Romantic

<i>Demystifying the luck skillset has been a personal project of Christine Carter, a sociologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center,</i> …

Sociology

Catherine the Great and her great art collection

Because she did so many reforms during her rule of over three decades, it is hard to not get lost in the monumental reign the majestic Russian queen, …

Ancient History

The Woman Who Saved Vincent Van Gogh

<i>More than a century after his death, Vincent Van Gogh continues to enjoy such Brobdingnagian love and fame that it would nearly be an exaggeration to</i> …

Fine Art