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An Ethereal Forest Where Japanese Commit Suicide

An Ethereal Forest Where Japanese Commit Suicide

Photographer Tomasz Lazar asks us to envision the final walk of those who have died inAokigahara forest—as well as the spirits that remain. At the base of Mount Fuji is…

Neutrinos: Ghosts of the Universe

Neutrinos: Ghosts of the Universe

Neutrinos and their weird subatomic ways could help us understand high-energy particles, exploding stars and the origins of matter itself. Why, after millions of years of steadily lighting the cold…

Photos Taken from Space to Make You Realize Just How Tiny We Are

Photos Taken from Space to Make You Realize Just How Tiny We Are

It all started with an educational video. Benjamin Grant grew up as one of those kids fascinated by the idea of outer space, and our place in the universe. He…

Scientists Discover That James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Has an Amazingly Mathematical “Multifractal” Structure

Scientists Discover That James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Has an Amazingly Mathematical “Multifractal” Structure

It has long been thought that the so-called “Golden Ratio” described in Euclid’sElements has “implications for numerous natural phenomena… from the leaf and seed arrangements of plants” and “from the…

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

Color is an essential part of how we experience the world, both biologically and culturally. One of the earliest formal explorations of color theory came from an unlikely source —…

Where The Walls Still Talk

Where The Walls Still Talk

Tales from the legendary hotel-slash-commune that housed Jackson Pollock, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, and Sid Vicious—told by residents like Rufus Wainwright, Betsey Johnson, R.…

These Intricate Tibetan Sand Paintings Are Swept Away Upon Completion

These Intricate Tibetan Sand Paintings Are Swept Away Upon Completion

Tibetan Buddhist monks have created sand mandalas for over 2,500 years, as it remains one of the religion’s most beautiful and symbolic traditions. Each mandala has a center point that…

Languages Are Products of Their Environments

Languages Are Products of Their Environments

The characteristics that make each language unique may actually be adaptations to the acoustics of different environments. Language is a universal hallmark of humanity, but it sounds different in different…

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