December 28, 2012

The History of the Universe in 127 Seconds

From the Big Bang to the dawn of the 21st century, this video from Now This News reflects on the roller coaster ride of existence. The montage sequence is more impressionistic than fact-driven, juxtaposing powerful images of humanity at our best and our worst. The narrator ends on a positive note, however, saying, “we hold on to hope, because that’s what we do best. Happy new year!” 

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Filed under: 2012 Video Astronomy Humanity 
December 27, 2012
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Charting 2012’s Top Cultural Obsessions
You can’t talk 2012 without talking GIFs: the year’s cultural superstar, the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year, and the means by which the internet shared its obsessions (and we all know the internet really likes to obsess). From the GIF to politics to the apocalypse to Honey Boo Boo, the guys from I Love Charts bring you the year’s top cultural obsessions — in GIF form, of course.
Zombies
2012 was a year where major issues dominated the global narrative. Mainly we talked about the election and zombies.

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Charting 2012’s Top Cultural Obsessions

You can’t talk 2012 without talking GIFs: the year’s cultural superstar, the Oxford American Dictionary’s word of the year, and the means by which the internet shared its obsessions (and we all know the internet really likes to obsess). From the GIF to politics to the apocalypse to Honey Boo Boo, the guys from I Love Charts bring you the year’s top cultural obsessions — in GIF form, of course.

Zombies

2012 was a year where major issues dominated the global narrative. Mainly we talked about the election and zombies.

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Filed under: 2012 GIF 
December 26, 2012
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Take a minute to remember the artists we lost in 2012 and the music they left behind. 


Check out this cool interactive incorporating audio, photos and web features!
-Emily

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nprmusic:

Take a minute to remember the artists we lost in 2012 and the music they left behind

Check out this cool interactive incorporating audio, photos and web features!

-Emily

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Filed under: Music 2012 
December 11, 2012
The Best Book I Read This Year
The Atlantic editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.

The Best Book I Read This Year

The Atlantic editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.

December 6, 2012

In Focus: 2012: The Year in Photos, Part 3 of 3

2012 was an eventful year, from big events like the London Summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential race, to regional conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, to smaller issues closer to home. Reverberations from last year’s transformative Arab Spring still heavily affect Syria and Egypt; and the slow recovery from the recent global economic crisis brought bitter austerity measures to parts of Europe, leading to widespread protests. Collected here is Part 3 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering its last few months. Be sure to also see Part 1 and Part 2. The series totals 135 images in all.

See more. [Images: Obama for America, Reuters, AP]

December 5, 2012

In Focus: 2012: The Year in Photos, Part 2 of 3

2012 was an eventful year, from big events like the London Summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential race, to regional conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, to smaller issues closer to home. Reverberations from last year’s transformative Arab Spring still heavily affect Syria and Egypt; and the slow recovery from the recent global economic crisis brought bitter austerity measures to parts of Europe, leading to widespread protests. Collected here is Part 2 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering its first four months. Be sure to see Part 1from yesterday, and come back tomorrow for Part 3. The series will total 135 images in all.

See more. [Images: Getty, AP, Reuters]

December 4, 2012

In Focus: 2012: The Year in Photos, Part 1 of 3

2012 was an eventful year, from big events like the London Summer Olympics and the U.S. presidential race, to regional conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, to smaller issues closer to home. Reverberations from last year’s transformative Arab Spring still heavily affect Syria and Egypt; and the slow recovery from the recent global economic crisis brought bitter austerity measures to parts of Europe, leading to widespread protests. Collected here is Part 1 of a three-part photo summary of the last year, covering its first four months. Be sure to come back tomorrow for Part 2 and Thursday for Part 3. The series will total 135 images in all.

Read more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]

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Filed under: Photography 2012 
May 23, 2012
"We tried the post-partisan thing. It wasn’t working, and that’s where the carpet bombing comes in,” Espinoza said. “We know the Republicans are not going to stand down. They’re not going to play nice. They’re going to fight dirty, so the Obama campaign is braced for it, and they’re going on offense early."

The New, Nasty Obama Campaign (via The Atlantic)

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May 1, 2012
Pressured by Conservatives, Openly Gay Romney Staffer Quits Campaign

May 1, 2012
"The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand."

Rep. Paul Ryan, on how Ayn Rand inspired his political career.

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