May 29, 2015 Man Has Marble Addiction A 70-year-old man and his wife are interviewed on a Belgian TV station to reveal more details about this addiction for marbles. After developing a passion for these objects at 12 years old, he now spends eight hours per day with his marble alley.
May 28, 2015 Do Ho Suh. Perfect Home Korean artist Do Ho Suh draws attention to the ways viewers occupy and inhabit public space. Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity (Miwon Kwon - The Other Otherness: The Art of Do Ho Suh).
May 21, 2015 Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos An approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections that is completely automated and leverages the vast quantity of photos available online, clusters 86 million photos into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Then, it sorts the photos by date and warps each photo onto a common viewpoint. Finally, it stabilizes the appearance of the sequence to compensate for lighting effects and minimize flicker. The resulting time-lapses show diverse changes in the world’s most popular sites, like glaciers shrinking, skyscrapers being constructed, and waterfalls changing course.
May 20, 2015 How Do Trees Know When It's Spring? It’s a warm, sunny day in April, and all the trees are in bloom. But how did they know it was warm and sunny? And on a warm, sunny day in February, what keeps them from blooming? Scott Aker, a horticulturalist at the U.S. National Arboretum, tells Robinson Meyer how the process works and what to look for.
May 18, 2014 National Anthem of Income Inequality The Federal Minimum Wage in the U.S. is $7.25 per hour, while the Top 5 Paid CEOs all make more than $8.91 per second (over $30,000 an hour). So here's a new version of The Star-Spangled Banner to fit the times we live in.
May 8, 2015 Slavoj Žižek: Political Correctness is a Form of Totalitarianism Slavoj Žižek doesn't buy into political correctness. In fact, it frightens him. The famed philosopher and social critic describes political correctness as a tacit form of totalitarianism, an act of coercion built upon the premise that "I know better than you what you really want."
May 6, 2015 Color Footage of Berlin in 1945 Recently found footage of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II shows famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in ruins as ordinary citizens try to go about their everyday lives.
May 4, 2015 Bad Taste You often hear it said that taste is all in the eye of the beholder - and that there is no such thing as 'bad taste'. We think there is - and that bad taste is often down to excess; caused by trauma.