From Astrophysical Observatories to Abandoned Factories, Art Pop-Ups Are Taking Over Armenia’s Unusual Spaces

From Astrophysical Observatories to Abandoned Factories, Art Pop-Ups Are Taking Over Armenia’s Unusual Spaces

In 1971, at the height of the Cold War, renowned U.S. and Soviet scientists gathered at Armenia’s Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) to ponder what contact with alien life would mean for humankind and how communication would be possible. “Communication with...
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Future of Art

Future of Art

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An Elementary Lesson in Women’s Suffrage: “Timeless” Season 2, Episode 7, Recapped

An Elementary Lesson in Women’s Suffrage: “Timeless” Season 2, Episode 7, Recapped

The most important fact to come out of this week’s “Timeless” episode: NOTHING HAPPENED, THEY JUST TALKED, OKAY? Of course I’m referring to Lucy disappearing into Flynn’s room at the end of “King of the Delta Blues” an...
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This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It’s Been Bombed

This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It’s Been Bombed

On August 6, 1945, Shigeru Orimen traveled from his rural home near Itsukaichi-cho to Hiroshima, where he was one of nearly 27,000 students working to prepare the city for impending U.S. airstrikes. For lunch that day, he had brought soybeans,...
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The Smithsonian Is Using a Swahili-Speaking Robot to Break Down Language Barriers

The Smithsonian Is Using a Swahili-Speaking Robot to Break Down Language Barriers

How do you get a robot to speak Swahili? That’s the challenge that faced Michelle Edwards, the docent coordinator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Pepper the Robot was developed by Softbank Robotics and debuted this week at...
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This African Warrior Ceremony Was Highly Intimidating

This African Warrior Ceremony Was Highly Intimidating

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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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