Misc. news stories
When does a white artist have the moral authority to borrow a black art form? To tell a Latino story? To celebrate an indigenous culture without being of that culture? To profit from it? And, most central to the issue: Where is the line between appreciation and appropriation?
Article in Forbes features an image gallery representing a variety of ancient times, places, and cultures that archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians have carved into jack o’ lanterns for Halloween. There is also a link to similar pumpkin carving stencil designs released by the Getty Museum featuring ancient Greek pottery forms.
Nevermind determining whether or not a robot can be conscious, we can’t even decide what the word means.
Exciting new discoveries in Science get all the attention, often leaving equally important negative results in the dust ~ and fixing the problem is easier said than done.
Design studio Nervous System has released two new varieties of fiendishly difficult jigsaw puzzles focusing on the organic beauty of Earth’s banded agates. In this case, Art copies Nature, and no two puzzles are alike.
A Holland-based laboratory has created a heat-sensitive edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The lab-made pages of the 1953 novel, which is ironically about bookburning, are covered in what appears to be a soot-black, screenprinted layer. Readable text is only revealed when a high temperature is applied.
Help scientists document nature and health changes near you to study and predict future trends. Discover Magazine’s editors selected five projects to get you started. Find more citizen science projects on SciStarter’s Project Finder.
It has long been suggested that there was considerable “cultural exchanges” between the Islamic cannabis cult, the Hashishins or “Assassins” and the controversial heroes/anti-heroes of the Crusade era, the Knights Templar. Such a connection could explain many of the so-called crimes of heresy that the Templars were accused of.
Mylk Man offers home delivery of a wide range of different vegan mylks in the UK, ranging from classics like almond and cashew to more diverse flavours such as sweet chai, turmeric, and pistachio. Just like the classic old school milkman, you simply leave your empty glass bottles outside your doorstep for the mylk men to collect and leave fresh ones.
If you’ve spent any time exploring Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you know the irresistible draw of its Mayan ruins, colonial cities and Caribbean waters. The region boasts some of the world’s top stretches of whitewashed coastline and sandy fishing villages. This resort also offers cultural gems of traditional cuisine, sweatlodges, and shamanic ceremonies.