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Inside Paris’ Secret Archive of Architectural Antiques

Inside Paris’ Secret Archive of Architectural Antiques

Hundreds of antique wood panels lie stacked against the walls of a glass-roofed warehouse just north of Paris’ Champs-Élysées. Beside them are shelves laden with cornices and sculptures.

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On Building New Worlds

On Building New Worlds

As the production designer on such seminal films as The Crow, Fight Club, and Minority Report, Alex McDowell created what he calls “future realities”—gathering real information from laboratories, corporations, architects, and urban planning to envision worlds that don’t yet exist but one day very well might. 

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A Guide to Tasting Wine: the 5 S’s

A Guide to Tasting Wine: the 5 S’s

The standard tasting has 5 steps which involve the sense of sight, smell, taste, and somehow even touch. To make them easier to remember, they are often called “the 5 S’s”.

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Insect Stings Ranked

Insect Stings Ranked

One passionate entomologist poetically describes and ranks over 70 species' painful stings.

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2,000 Pigeons with LEDs Light Up the New York City Skyline

2,000 Pigeons with LEDs Light Up the New York City Skyline

The artist Duke Riley sets two thousand homing pigeons, outfitted with L.E.D. lights, into motion across the New York City skyline. 

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Sound art imagines a different kind of zen garden

Sound art imagines a different kind of zen garden

Shanghai-born artist Jingying (Eric) Jiang developed the installation, Path, which lets users use perform classic raking movements with a sensor-enabled wooden rake.

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Every Noise at Once

Every Noise at Once

The story of music is the story of connections between genres and artists and eras. What does “mellow gold” sound like and how does it relate to r&b, rockabilly, and “pinoy alternative”? Discover and explore these musical relationships at Every Noise at Once by Glenn McDonald, a comprehensive map of every genre of music, including notable practitioners of each genre.

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How to make the smoke bomb?

How to make the smoke bomb?

One of the coolest tricks we know is this "smoke bomb": Fill an ice ball with smoke, only to smash it open over your cocktail. 

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In a World of Mixed Reality

In a World of Mixed Reality

Windows Holographic enables a world of mixed reality – where devices work together – regardless of whether they are developed for virtual reality, augmented reality, or anything in-between.

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Surfing in One of the Most Hostile Environments on Earth

Surfing in One of the Most Hostile Environments on Earth

Konstantin Kokorev, Sergey Rasshivaev, and Nikolay Rahmatov ride the wave in Russia’s Murmansk region.

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Why We Love The Smell Of Old Books

Why We Love The Smell Of Old Books

There are certain strange smells that always seem to get us--old books, summer rain, gasoline....?! While they can be attached to fond memories, there's more going on here. Trace breaks down the intoxicating chemistry behind several of our favorite funky aromas.

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Wild flowers and herbs of Sardinia

Wild flowers and herbs of Sardinia

If you were to travel to the island of Sardinia by sea, it would become evident to you of its unique eco-system. The climate and the rich soil are what makes these scents would travel out on the breeze to greet you...

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Have you tried kombucha?

Have you tried kombucha?

Kombucha is any of a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY).

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A visit to India

A visit to India

Inspired by Wes Anderson’s film Darjeeling Limited, David Dworkind wen to India. 

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Mint Julep, The official Kentucky Derby Recipe

Mint Julep, The official Kentucky Derby Recipe

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. Here's the official recipe.

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A Closer Look at Oud

A Closer Look at Oud

Oud, Oudh, Aloeswood, Agarwood, Gaharu is known as "Jinko" in Japan, which translates as "sinking incense" or "incense that sinks in water," due to the weight of the resin in the wood.

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Covered in Hanging Gardens

Covered in Hanging Gardens

MIA Design Studio 's PURE SPA is a 15 room treatment center as part of Naman Retreat, located in Da Nang City, Vietnam.

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Lukas Furlanby's Canary Islands

Lukas Furlanby's Canary Islands

Located off the coast of Morocco, the Canaries are a cluster of volcanic islands that are among Spain’s farthest-flung territories, rich in biodiversity and no shortage of scenic views. 

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The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

The 116 images NASA wants aliens to see

Here are all the photos flying through interstellar space on Voyager's Golden Record

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René Redzepi makes the signature Noma dish: Vintage carrot and camomile

René Redzepi makes the signature Noma dish: Vintage carrot and camomile

If you haven't yet made it to the restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, the next in our behind-the-scenes series sees the chef René Redzepi give an exclusive, step-by-step guide to making the signature Noma dish 'vintage carrot and camomile'.

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A new dawn for ylang ylang

A new dawn for ylang ylang

Rich and buttery like custard, the tropical ylang ylang tree originated in the Philippines, where it was crowned the ‘flower of flowers’. The blooms of this flower are so delicate that they must be picked by hand at dawn, and distilled within two hours.

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Apparition Grand Finale

Apparition Grand Finale

Dance meets technology. Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab, featuring Rob Tannion.

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The Tranquility of Central Park

The Tranquility of Central Park

Welcome to our home, New York City! Escape the noise and grime of the city as you enter Central Park. Traffic and horns drift away and are slowly replaced by birds, laughter, and the sound of wind in the trees.

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Tiny rooms inside manholes in Italy

Tiny rooms inside manholes in Italy

Milan-based artist Biancoshock wants to raise awareness about this homeless hardship. In his latest installation, "Borderlife," he turned three abandoned manholes into small decorated rooms.

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Jackfruit is trending as a plant-based protein

Jackfruit is trending as a plant-based protein

When you hear the phrase “vegan protein,” you probably think of soy, nuts, beans, quinoa—the usual suspects. But jackfruit may soon be making its way to a plant-based, protein-packed plate near you.

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Sou Fujimoto's Forest of Light

Sou Fujimoto's Forest of Light

In their fifth year exhibiting at Milan Design Week, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto to create an immersive installation, named ‘Forest of Light’.

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This Artist Has Changed the Face of Barcelona

This Artist Has Changed the Face of Barcelona

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a Cuban-American Contemporary Artist. Born in Cuba on February 5, 1966, and raised in the United States. He predominantly creates his work in urban spaces on a large scale.

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Wrapped

Wrapped

The clash between civilization and nature, Wrapped is a stunning animated timelapse that depicts powerful plants reclaiming New York.

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Magical houses, made of bamboo

Magical houses, made of bamboo

You've never seen buildings like this. The stunning bamboo homes built by Elora Hardy and her team in Bali twist, curve and surprise at every turn.

"We have had to invent our own rules," she says...

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This Color-Changing Cakes is Magic You Can Eat

This Color-Changing Cakes is Magic You Can Eat

So cool, we know. Color-changing cakes may be even better than the rainbow bagel trend... This technique is achieved by airbrushing the textured frosting from opposite directions, using different colors. If you feel up for the challenge, a tutorial is enclosed. So now, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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How to Speak French with Camille Rowe

How to Speak French with Camille Rowe

The French language is very sensual, and who better to teach you some phrases en Français than the super sexy Camille Rowe. Directed by Spanish duo Pensacola, our latest Model Mother Tongue episode sees us hop across to the City of Love where la plus mignonne Victoria’s Secret Angel is waiting for her class to assemble.

Écoutez bien!

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Orkestra Obsolete

Orkestra Obsolete

Released 33 years ago this week, New Order’s “Blue Monday” (hear the original EP version here) became, according to the BBC, “a crucial link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the Eighties.” If you frequented a dance club during the 1980s, you almost certainly know the song.

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An Aromatic Spring

An Aromatic Spring

We're celebrating the arrival of spring with the Acca Kappa's White Moss collection and pairing it with a perfumed spirit! Scroll down for Mindy's NAKED GIN & TONIC recipe for you to enjoy at home!

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Lucky Thirteen: A Dance Film Starring Maddie Ziegler & Narrated by Chloë Sevigny

Lucky Thirteen: A Dance Film Starring Maddie Ziegler & Narrated by Chloë Sevigny

Maddie Ziegler may be no ordinary 12-year-old, having starred in Dance Moms, achieved global fame as the face of Sia’s Chandelier trilogy and amassed an Instagram following of 3.9 million. But like any other 12-year-old, she’s on the cusp of becoming a teenager and that means a whole bunch of growing pains.

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Capturing the Smellscape of Cities

Capturing the Smellscape of Cities

You Probably didn't realize it, but your nose is a big data machine. Smelly Maps analyzes social media data to map the entire smellscape of cities, not only the bad odors, but also the positive ones. 

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Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time

Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time

Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication.

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