The Supernova That Launched a Thousand Gorgeous Space Images

The Supernova That Launched a Thousand Gorgeous Space Images

In 1990, Dana Berry was messing around with a precursor to the software program Photoshop at NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute, where he worked as a science visualizer. The Hubble Telescope had launched that year, and all around him, the...
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Dubai Will Be Home To the World’s Biggest Vertical Farm

Dubai Will Be Home To the World’s Biggest Vertical Farm

Vertical farms—indoor facilities in which crops are grown in hydroponic systems stacked on top of each other—are ideal for all kinds of situations. Old, abandoned urban factories make for nice vertical farms. But they might be best suited for environments....
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What Knitting Can Teach You About Math

What Knitting Can Teach You About Math

One snowy January day, I asked a classroom of college students to tell me the first word that came to mind when they thought about mathematics. The top two words were “calculation” and “equation.” When I asked a room of...
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Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland

Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland

This summer, Cleveland joins the ranks of Venice, Miami, Berlin and other global cities known in the art world for their citywide art exhibitions with the introduction of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Kicking off July 14 and...
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Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition

Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition

In Armenia, you learn quickly that “cheers” doesn’t cut it: Feasts among friends often entail elaborate ordered toasts sprinkled with poetry, religion, folk song and history. Armenians take toasts so seriously that they often nominate a tamadan (toastmas...
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Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater

Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater

Behind a screen, puppets mounted on long, slim sticks dance and sway, twirling, backlit so that only their dark shadows appear, while puppeteers called Karagyoz players sing, provide sound effects and create voices for the characters. An interpreter translates...
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Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada

Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada

On an early June evening, the three-paneled video billboard that towers over one of downtown Toronto’s busiest intersections shuffles through its usual advertisements. Drive a Mitsubishi Outlander, the billboard urges. Sign up for Bell service provider. Buy ...
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Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit

Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit

At the Rubenstein Arts Center on Duke University’s campus, an image from a microscope makes an alien landscape out of the knobby, radial symmetry of a sea urchin skeleton. Turquoise ovals crowd a ring of fluorescent magenta flesh in another...
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Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since

Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since

Few images link the realms of Earth and heaven as simply or elegantly as that of a towering tree, one rooted in the mortal world yet aspiring upwards toward the firmament. The figure of a “tree of life” has long...
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Seven Artists Explore New Orleans’ Forgotten Histories

Seven Artists Explore New Orleans’ Forgotten Histories

The city of New Orleans has a colorful history that spans multiple centuries—yet, many new visitors’ historical points of reference revolve only around Bourbon Street or the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to shed new light on...
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