This Tiny Picturesque Island Is Standing in for Greece in ‘Mamma Mia 2’

This Tiny Picturesque Island Is Standing in for Greece in ‘Mamma Mia 2’

In the original “Mamma Mia,” the Greek island of Skopelos played the fictional island of Kalokairi. But to shoot “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” filmmakers turned to the island of Vis, off the coast of Croatia. Because the island...
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A Brief (But Global) History of Ketchup

A Brief (But Global) History of Ketchup

Trade wars have an interesting way of revealing cultural stereotypes. Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading relationships – since that would be painful to them as well – but rather products iconic of...
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New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey

New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey

Millions of Americans grew up with Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, the gruff orange ball of fluff who doggedly guarded his forest of Truffula trees against the greedy Once-ler. Today, in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, scientists unveil a surprising possible.....
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A testament to the Andean gods survives in Bolivia’s capital

A testament to the Andean gods survives in Bolivia’s capital

LA PAZ, Bolivia — At the Witches’ Market in Bolivia’s capital city, llama fetuses hang above stalls as offerings to the mother earth spirit known as Pachamama. Tourists and residents line up to buy medicinal plants to heal their bodies...
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How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

“We need to forget about this so we can heal,” said an elderly white woman, as she left my lecture on the history of enslaved cooks and their influence on American cuisine. Something I said, or perhaps everything I said,...
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What’s Behind ABBA’s Staying Power?

What’s Behind ABBA’s Staying Power?

The plan was to see The Pink Panther Strikes Again, the fifth film in the Peter Sellers detective comedy franchise. It was March 1976 in Queensland, Australia, and as Chris Patrick’s family prepared for their evening out, someone in the...
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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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