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Five years after its release, the thrilling, subversive film Donnie Darko had already cemented itself as a cult classic and its writer/director, Richard Kelly, as one forward-thinking filmmaker to …

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Everyone's earliest LEGO experiences begin with stacking bricks. This is an observation documented by the team at LEGO Education, an entity within LEGO Group that builds kits and classes to coincide with the STEAM learning system. Founded in 1980, LEGO Education signifies the toy brand's expansion from pieces and puzzles to lesson plans. Their latest release, SPIKE Prime for middle…

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Located on the outskirts of Xiadi, a tiny town in China’s Fujian Province, a stunning new Trace Architecture-designed bookstore occupies a once-abandoned residence. A model for sustainable structur…

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Legendary Bristol-based outfit Massive Attack is turning over data from various tours and recording stints to Manchester University in the name of research. The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research will use the volunteered information to assess the primary sources of carbon emissions within the industry, from “band travel and production, audience transport and venue.”…

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With the release of Seven Up! in 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted introduced a documentary series that would become one of cinema's most ambitious, groundbreaking and beautiful projects. Every seven years, Apted has produced an installment that follows the same 14 British people—from age seven to this year's final installment, in which they've reached 63 years…

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For years now, luxury hotel group Six Senses has impressed upon travelers the positive effects of adhering, honestly, to the values of the destinations they visit. This is undeniably evident in Bhutan, the mystifying, mountainous nation in South Asia, where Gross National Happiness factors into the daily lives of its population. Set high in the Eastern Himalayas, landlocked between India and China, Bhutan’s natural beauty and its mythological history appeal to many who dream of remote travel—but several roadblocks prevent rampant tourism. This has been to the benefit of the Buddhist nation. In building blockades, the Bhutanese have preserved their culture and lands for dedicated, respectful and patient visitors.

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In hopes of convincing car owners to opt into electric models, Britain is considering awarding green drivers benefits for being eco-friendly—thus allowing “civic authorities to give the greenest vehicles preferential treatment, such as allowing them to drive in bus lanes, use special parking spaces, or access areas that are barred to more polluting alternatives.”

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From the tight medieval alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter to Eixample’s carefully planned, uniquely shaped octangular blocks (the cut-off corners transform every intersection into more open plazas), Barcelona bursts with history, spirit, and inspiration—it’s a city that renders even the most fervent minimalist design lovers speechless and transforms them into romantics, with a little help from Gaudí and friends. In between the voluptuous, biomorphic, elaborate, and ornate Catalan takes on Art Nouveau (aka Modernisme), below are recommendations for where to stop and take a breath. For additional Barcelona take a look at our Word of Mouth: Barcelona guide from earlier this year and our personal notes on visiting the city.

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There’s a lot to learn from London, a city with perhaps the most storied music history in the past 150 or so years. During a recent visit, we delved into several multi-sensory, sonically-driven experiences—some as simple as a live orchestral concert and others as creative as a five-story flat transformed into a living diorama of a time machine. It’s this kind of evolving energy that makes London a hub for future-forward dance music venues, too.

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One in three people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and women are 70% more likely to suffer than men. In London, Buzzbar (the walk-in digital and marketing production service) has responded to these statistics by creating the world’s largest SAD lamp for passers-by to up their serotonin levels on the way to and from work.

Dubbed “Wellness Window,” the idea was inspired following a friend of Buzzbar’s CEO, Anna Downey, being diagnosed with SAD. “She was a different person,” Downey tells us. “And the stats around SAD are shocking. Buzzbar already brightens up one of the busiest intersections of London; the Lumie installation takes this to the next level. We’re hoping that the installation will help hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors from around the world. People seem to be enjoying it… We’ve had a few locals having coffee breaks in front of the lamp.”

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Venice is a reality apart. Every time you arrive in the city you're catapulted into reflections on water and glass, too many tourists along small crowded streets, palazzos and alleys and gondolas. It's a place where senses are constantly stimulated. It's real, but somehow imaginary.

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Respected biographer Meryle Secrest seeks to uncover a Cold War era conspiracy in her new book The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World’s First Desktop Computer. The story revolves around the Olivetti company and family, best known for their typewriters, but also the brand behind the first personal computer—some 10 years before competitors like Apple and IBM. The book begins with Adriano (the son of founder Camillo Olivetti) dying on a train to Switzerland in 1960—suspicious considering he had previously worked to remove prime minister Benito Mussolini during WWII and had ties to spy networks. In her book, Secrest seeks to understand why Olivetti, being such a pioneering company in the world of tech, fell into obscurity and what really happened to Adriano and lead engineer Mario Tchou, who also died mysteriously a year later.

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Cleo Le-Tan’s A Booklover’s Guide to New York is a thoughtfully selected collection of the city’s most charming book stores and libraries; as well as writers’ homes and favorite cafes, bars and restaurants; and well-known literary landmarks. With whimsical illustrations by beloved French artist Pierre Le-Tan (whose work graced countless New Yorker covers) and contributions from Tavi Gevinson, Marc Jacobs and Hamish Bowles, this guidebook can function as a real-life city guide or the entry-point to a daydream.

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Available in two sizes (either five or 12 inches tall), sculptor and toy designer Jason Freeny's Brick Man Anatomical Puzzle is fun for kids aged eight and over—and adults, too. Easy to assemble, with just 16 pieces, the 3D puzzle can then be displayed as a playful objet d'art.

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A delicious, soothing blend of 12 botanicals, the Love Conquers All organic tea utilizes rose, saffron, ginger, shatavari and more. This USDA-certified bouquet aims to support energy, focus, productivity and even the libido. The vision of actor, designer and entrepreneur Waris Ahluwalia, and created with the help of leading herbalists, Love Conquers All is one of three debut functional blends—and joins the roster of other thoughtful House of Waris products. Each tea tin includes 12 sachets.

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Officially on display at the Paris Zoo from 19 October, this unicellular organism will be the first-ever “brainless blob” to be showcased in a zoo. Despite not having a brain, the mass can complete a bevy of tasks from improvising music to maneuvering through a maze, remembering which food it likes best, and crossing a…

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Stunning architecture strikes visitors arriving at Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in Yorkshire long before the art inside does. The David Chipperfield-designed building has a stark, neo-brutalist beauty that’s underlined by a verdant new garden created by Tom-Stuart Smith. Behind it, the grey concrete edifice of the gallery, whose shape echoes the statues by Barbara Hepworth that…

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A departure from the uniforms that NASA astronauts require for trips beyond Earth's atmosphere, the spacesuits ticketed passengers will wear on Virgin Galactic's flights are comfy, blood-flow-regulating, and designed by Under Armour. “The big difference between suits of the past and this suit is that those suits were to perform a task, and this suit…

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Rising along the central Freedom Square of Tallinn, Estonia, the Tallinn Art Hall consistently hosts thought-provoking exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. One of three institutions comprising the historic Tallinn Art Hall Foundation, the gallery's mission includes advancing the dialogue around art internationally. And with The Art of Being Good, a recent group show that…

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