1850s-1950s Photoshop before Photoshop

1856-57 “Cloud Study, Light-Dark,” Gustave Le Gray. Two separate negatives (the sky and the sea) are joined at the horizon. This enabled Le Gray to balance two different exposure levels. IMAGE: “FAKING IT: MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE PHOTOSHOP” AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART c. 1855 “Two-Headed Man,” unidentified American artist IMAGE: “FAKING IT: MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE PHOTOSHOP” […]

How Did Salt And Pepper Become The Soulmates Of Western Cuisine?

Salt and pepper shakers are so omnipresent on tabletops that adding a dash of the white or black stuff (or both!) is almost a dining rite. The seasonings pair well with just about everything and they go together like — well, salt and pepper. But these two culinary staples have not always occupied such a […]

Trump postpones decision on allowing import of elephant parts

President to delay action ‘until such time as I review all conservation facts’ Leonardo DiCaprio: decision to reverse ban on elephant parts ‘reprehensible’ Donald Trump said he would delay his administration’s decision to allow the importing of elephant body parts from Zimbabwe “until such time as I review all conservation facts”. The postponement came just one […]

Fears of new virus trigger anti-China sentiment worldwide

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A scary new virus from China has spread around the world. So has rising anti-Chinese sentiment, calls for a full travel ban on Chinese visitors and indignities for Chinese and other Asians. Restaurants in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam have refused to accept Chinese customers. Indonesians marched near […]

The Underground Inferno that Created a Ghost Town

Fifty years ago, this prosperous Pennsylvania coal town was ripped apart by a devastating subterranean mine fire. Today, the flames still burn in Centralia. The road is dark, sharp and slippery, winding through naked trees and into the wintry Pennsylvanian mist. Thick layers of clouds are concealing the hills, black rocks and silver birches lingering […]

Chinese influencer Wang Mengyun, aka ‘Bat soup girl’ breaks silence

A Chinese internet influencer has revealed the truth behind a video of her tucking into a bowl of bat soup after it caused global outrage. WARNING: CONFRONTING IMAGES [embedded content] A Chinese celebrity vlogger has defended a gruesome video showing her devouring a bowl of bat soup went viral in the wake of the new […]

Borneo Earless Monitors Resemble Dragons And Are The “Holy Grail” Of Lizard Species

Called “the Holy Grail of herpetologists” among the global community of reptile aficionados because so little is known about them, the ultra-rare lizards are native to the island of Borneo and concentrate in lowland rainforests near rivers. [embedded content] Until recently, scientists and collectors had captured fewer than one hundred specimens since the species’ 1877 discovery. […]

Meet the nuns who are healing the world with marijuana

BY: CAROLINE ROLF Sister Abbey lives just outside Merced, California. Sister Kate lives close by with Sister Darcy and her youngest son. They posses the discipline, dedication and empathy required to live a life of a nun, although they aren’t members of any religious order. Sisters Kate and Darcy may call themselves nuns, but their […]

Rainbow Eucalyptus: The Most Beautiful Tree in the World

When Nature feels like painting… Eucalyptus deglupta is commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus because of its unique way of shedding its bark. Once shed, the inner bark that is revealed is bright green, but eventually matures to blue, purple, orange, and eventually maroon. The rainbow eucalyptus does not shed its bark all at once, but […]

Neo Returns! The Matrix 4 is Happening with Keanu Reeves

The first movie celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. But those who think The Matrix is a thing of the past are in for a surprise. Warner Bros are to dust off the red and blue pills for a new adventure in the reality-bending series. Originally created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Matrix 4 sees […]