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Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Universe

nan goldin’s legendary portraits of disaffected youth get new life

The photographer's landmark series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, is comprised of nearly 700 portraits of youth from Boston to Berlin<p>Nan Goldin's seminal 80s photo series <i>The Ballad of Sexual Dependenc</i>y was controversial, personal and real. Often credited with developing the aesthetic that Bill …

Asia's underrated places: 9 great travel attractions | CNN Travel

Travel

Spanish Olive Farmers Find An Amazingly Low-Tech Alternative To Poisonous Insecticides

These fly traps get rid of a destructive pest, without the chemicals.<p>Next time you drizzle olive oil on your salad, give a thought to the larvae of the olive fly, which love olives as much as you do. Every year in Catalonia, Spain, farmers have to fight these pests so they don’t ruin the year’s …

Comedy in the age of outrage: When jokes go too far

Audiences today can be so sensitive to edgy jokes they publicly shame the comedians who make them. Have we lost our sense of humour? Nicholas Barber reports.<p>Warning: this article may offend some readers.<p>To be honest, it probably won’t, but it does include several remarks made by comedians, and …

Comedy

The Tartan Prancer is a 21st Century Wagon Queen Family Truckster

Have you heard of the Tartan Prancer? If you've been keeping up with the <i>Vacation</i> movie reboot, you have. The original flick from 1983 introduced us to the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, a George Barris-designed send-up of American motoring that almost immediately became a legend.<p>For the <i>Vacation</i> …

Watch Video: The making of the Island city of Mumbai

As part of the three-day Director’s Take screenings at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, catch Timeless Heritage in Stone, the best …

India

Hunger games in the dead of the night

In 1962, during the Indo-China war, power cuts were a frequent phenomenon in Madras. The city would be plunged into darkness and trains would come to …

How This Medieval Machine Turns Flat Metal Into Beautiful Car Bodies

How two hands and an old-world tool made some of the sexiest car bodies in history.<p>Americans call it an English wheel, but the English call it a wheeling machine. It's technically a rolling hammer—two steel drums that can form sheetmetal into complex curves. In the wrong hands, an English wheel can …

The Last Photo

Ever since junior high school, I was the kid with the camera. And many years later, I’m still the guy who shows up to every life event with camera in …

Grandparents

11 of the Greatest American Race Cars of All Time

Racing is in America's blood.<p>Racing is in America's blood. This country has created some of the boldest, most successful, and most innovative racecars in history. Here are 11 of our favorites—and they only scratch the surface of America's rich racing heritage.

The Decline of the American Actor

Why the under-40 generation of leading men in the U.S. is struggling—and what to do about it<p>Is it time for American actors to take a hard look in the mirror? Earlier this year Michael Douglas mused darkly to a magazine interviewer, “I think we have a little crisis going on amongst our young actors …

15 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World

Maps are all imperfect because they portray the globe in just two dimensions. Most maps, like the Mercator projection, distort the size or shape of land masses, which skews our perceptions of how big continents and countries are compared to one another.<p>When you consider square mileage though, a …

Scrublands - Photographs and text by Antoine Bruy | LensCulture

<b>Grant Winner</b> <i>This project was awarded a special cash grant by juror Sujong Song. Each of the five jury members selected one photographer from the Top 50 Emerging Talents to be awarded special distinction with a cash grant.</i><p><b>From Juror Sujong Song:</b><p>“<i>Scrublands</i> by Antoine Bruy is about people who have …

Buenos Aires

From the 2014 VICE Photo Issue: Zoë Le Ber

We talked to artist and filmmaker Zoë Le Ber about her creative background, the role of history in her work, and the power of spirituality.<p>This image of a pool on Mars ran in the 2014 VICE photo issue. French filmmaker and artist Zoë Le Ber made it, and it's part of a series that combines images of …

DMT: You Cannot Imagine a Stranger Drug or a Stranger Experience

"Why this is not four-inch headlines on every newspaper on the planet I cannot understand, because I don't know what news you were waiting for, but this is the news that I was waiting for." —Terence McKenna on DMT<p>N,N-dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is an illegal, psychedelic tryptamine compound found …