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It is not all in your head. Sometimes, it's in your legs

Everything we sense in our external and internal worlds has a distinct subjective quality. A blasting outburst of rage feels different than a lover’s tender ...

Researchers Recreate the Sounds Worshippers Heard in the Mosque of Cordoba Over 1,200 Years Ago

As we know from conversations in subway tunnels or singing in the shower, different kinds of spaces and building materials alter the quality of a ...

The Moonlight Sonata But the Bass Is a Bar Late, and the Melody Is a Bar Early

From composer and electronic musician Isaac Schankler comes an experimental take on Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. As the title says, the bass is a bar late and ...

Polish Lovers Find Cold Comfort In The Elliptical, Frustrating 'Cold War'

Pawel Pawlikowski follows up 2013′s Ida with this tale of Polish musicians living under Stalin; it’s “an ode to joylessness that feels historically credible but ...

'All Is True' Finds Melancholy And Magic In Shakespeare's Final Years

An aging Bard of Avon (Kenneth Branagh) returns to his hometown to reconnect to the family he barely knows in this touching film about the ...

Seven million years of human evolution

Through genome sequencing, we now know that chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, sharing nearly 99 per cent of our DNA. But in the roughly ...

Breath of life

Shinto is uniquely Japanese, yet embodies a once-universal animistic religion of wind and fire, gods and animal spirits By Brian Victoria Read at Aeon

Watch a Playthrough of the Oldest Board Game in the World, the Sumerian Royal Game of Ur, Circa 2500 BC

They may not surprise the average market analyst, but the gaming industry’s figures tell a pretty compelling story. Newzoo estimates that “2.3 billion gamers across ...

Take a Virtual Tour of Brazil’s National Museum & Its Artifacts: Google Digitized the Museum’s Collection Before the Fateful Fire

How to describe the magnitude of the loss when Brazil’s Museu Nacional caught fire in September? The New Yorker‘s Alejandro Chacoff ventured an analogy that would resonate with ...

16 Wellness Gifts For The Mom Who's Into Healthy Living

Healthy gifts for the organic mom.

12 Reasons To Ditch The Diet Mentality

Restricting yourself ultimately doesn’t work. Here’s why.

'The Disasters' Could Be The Beginning Of A Great Story

M.K. England’s new novel starts with a bang: A group of space-school rejects must save the universe. It never quite delivers on that premise, but ...

Julia Roberts Has An Unexpected Christmas Guest In 'Ben Is Back'

In a new movie, the actress plays a mother whose son is struggling with drug addiction. Lucas Hedges plays the titular Ben, and Peter Hedges ...

SpaceXX

Space exploration in film is overwhelmingly male, metallic and hard-edged. Could we get further with more women on board? By Margaret Wertheim Read at Aeon

Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism

Many of my best friends think that some of my deeply held beliefs about important issues are obviously false or even nonsense. Sometimes, they tell ...

The Beastie Boys Release a New Freewheeling Memoir, and a Star-Studded 13-Hour Audiobook Featuring Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, John Stewart & Dozens More

Quick way to date yourself: name the first Beastie Boys album you bought (or heard). If you somehow got your hands on an original pressing ...

Meet the Hurdy Gurdy, the Hand-Cranked Medieval Instrument with 80 Moving Parts

Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man” may be the creepiest song ever written about an obscure medieval instrument (made all the more so by its use in ...

Why Can't I Orgasm? Experts Explain What's Really Going On.

Breaking down the mental and physical reasons you can’t climax and how to fix it.

How Jennifer Lopez Fought For Her 'Second Act'

Lopez talks with NPR’s Sam Sanders about her decades of superstardom, her work imitating her life, and about being a boundary-breaking Latina woman in the ...

Aquaman, From Super Friend To Surfer Dude: The Bro-Ification Of A Hero

The Sea King has undergone a series of sea changes: once a generic fish-cop, then a widely shared joke, and now, finally, the star of ...

Skip day

On the Monday after prom, a bit before graduation, getting to class is the last thing on the minds of high-school seniors from the small ...

Why your favourite film baddies all have a truly evil laugh

Towards the end of the Disney film Aladdin (1992), our hero’s love rival, the evil Jafar, discovers Aladdin’s secret identity and steals his magic lamp. ...

Meet Henry Darger, the Most Famous of Outsider Artists, Who Died in Obscurity, Leaving Behind Hundreds of Unseen Fantasy Illustrations and a 15,000-Page Novel

In his cheeky invention of a character called Marvin Pontiac, an obscure West African-born bluesman, the avant-garde composer and saxophonist John Lurie created “a wry ...

Apple Lets You Download Six Free Audio Books Read by Celebrity Narrators: Start with Kate Beckinsale Reading Pride & Prejudice

A quick heads up: Apple has just released six classic books read by celebrity narrators. And they’re all free. The list includes: Pride and Prejudice, ...

From Slavery To 'American Wonder': Revisiting Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life

Historian David Blight’s new biography describes Douglass’ escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator.

CBS Denies Former CEO Les Moonves $120 Million Severance Package

The network explained its decision, saying “there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance” and failure to cooperate with the ...

Cosmologist Pedro Ferreira on dark energy

Dark energy is the term that scientists have given to the mysterious ‘something’ deemed responsible for the accelerating expansion of the Universe. However, unlike gravity, ...

Collective psychiatry

Chinese psychiatry remains committed to the political ideal of mental hygiene, long after its discrediting in the West By Emily Baum Read at Aeon

Pristine Footage Lets You Revisit Life in Paris in the 1890s: Watch Footage Shot by the Lumière Brothers

Pioneering filmmakers Auguste and Louis Lumière, the inventors of the projected motion picture, held their first private screening in Paris in March of 1895. The ...

A Short Video Introduction to Hilma af Klint, the Mystical Female Painter Who Helped Invent Abstract Art

It can be both a blessing and curse for an artist to toil at the behest of an influential patron. Financial support and powerful connections ...

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