Allison Meier

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Extraplanetary travel has seemed tantalizingly close ever since the first moon landing over 45 years ago. Alas, we’re no closer to spending our summer holidays riding rovers on the lunar craters, and even with the advent of private space travel like Virgin Galactic and SpaceX it’s astronomically unattainable for the majority of Earth.

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From charts that show how swearing in public has changed over time to a graph tallying the crimes that have put people behind bars in New York, a new site is aiming to make data visualization more accessible and shareable.

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Satan, You’ve Changed

by Allison Meier on August 21, 2014

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The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is opening an exhibition this week — Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin and the Underworld — that explores the evocation of the devil over 500 years.

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Post image for Artists and Families Draw Attention to Death on the Roads of NYC

Earlier this month the New York City sites of 12 pedestrian or bicyclist fatalities by cars were memorialized with stencils of wings and roses.

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Photograph by Horace Poolaw at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York

For five decades at the beginning of the 20th century, Horace Poolaw photographed a Kiowa community in flux.

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Rendering of the new US Embassy in London

Some politicians are concerned that the new initiative to build better-designed United States embassies isn’t just expensive, it’s putting employees in danger.

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Riot at the Astor Place Opera House, newspaper engraving

This week the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, announced that its Digital Image Collection is now under a Creative Commons Attribution–ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Post image for A Chaotic Compendium of the World’s Depravity

No matter where French photographer Antoine d’Agata travels, he finds the same festering vein of marginalized depravity.

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Post image for The Renaissance Anatomist Who Celebrated the Beauty of Flayed Flesh

When it was published in 1543, Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica changed anatomical study with its elegant illustrations of the interior of the human body.

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A Will for the Woods film

In the United States, funerals often seem to be at war with death’s decay. Rather than let our bodies decompose into the soil, we embalm and coat them in makeup, seal them in wood and metal caskets, lower them into waterproof vaults.

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