How Poetry and Math Intersect

How Poetry and Math Intersect

April is both National Poetry Month and Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, so a few years ago science writer Stephen Ornes dubbed it Math Poetry Month. If the words “math” and “poetry” don’t intuitively make sense to you as a...
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Just Like Faces, Buildings Have Features That Algorithms Can Recognize

Just Like Faces, Buildings Have Features That Algorithms Can Recognize

About a decade ago, a modest update to Apple’s iPhoto software showed me a new way to study architectural history. The February 2009 update added facial recognition, allowing users to tag friends and loved ones in their photos. After a...
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A Window into the World of Diane Arbus

A Window into the World of Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus is known for her unsettling photographic portraits of people on the outskirts of society. She also was one of the first photographers to successfully leap from the commercial sphere to the art world, at a time when critics...
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These Two Brothers Are Helping Keep Armenia’s Stone Carving Tradition Alive

These Two Brothers Are Helping Keep Armenia’s Stone Carving Tradition Alive

Two brothers set about chiseling slabs of milky gray limestone, each using a hammer bluntly pounding the end of a long, thin, and sharp instrument. Stone dust falls away, revealing delicate channels underneath. They work silently, only stopping to light...
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Modern Takes on 80s Artwork Hit Washington D.C. Streets

Modern Takes on 80s Artwork Hit Washington D.C. Streets

It’s becoming clear that the 1980s’ penchant for flamboyance and spectacle is making a cultural comeback. February’s New York Fashion Week was ruled by shoulder pads, lamé leggings, and animal prints, for example, and Spielberg’s over-the-top adventur...
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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm

When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm

In the heyday of American vaudeville—roughly 1880 to 1930—few shows were complete without an animal act or two. Rats in little jockey costumes rode cats around racetracks. Elephants waltzed and danced the hula. Kangaroos boxed, sea lions juggled, monkeys p...
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Somebody’s Got a Case of the Blues: Timeless Season 2, Episode 6, Recapped

Somebody’s Got a Case of the Blues: Timeless Season 2, Episode 6, Recapped

A couple episodes ago we had witches, now we have deals with the devil. This week “Timeless” is all about music. We haven’t had such a musically interesting episode yet, unless you count last season’s romp through 1920s Paris. Even...
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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838

How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838

If you’re a fan of the TV series, “Westworld,” you’re probably aware that it’s based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. What you may not know is that the concept has been kicking around for a very...
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Ten Rarely Seen Springsteen Photographs That Capture the Exhilarating Power of The Boss

Ten Rarely Seen Springsteen Photographs That Capture the Exhilarating Power of The Boss

The precise recipe for the musical genius behind the hardest working rock-n-roller of our times is lately of interest to the fans of Bruce Springsteen. Parsing his 2016 autobiography Born to Run and his current one-man blockbuster Springsteen on Broadway,...
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Artist Kumi Yamashita Creates an Amazing Human Figure Out of Shadow

Artist Kumi Yamashita Creates an Amazing Human Figure Out of Shadow

In the early 19th century, artisans created silhouettes of Americans of every social stratum, from enslaved people to presidents. These profiles, often cut from black cardstock and pasted against a contrasting background, could be made in minutes and duplicate...
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