Cologne, Germany After The War

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262 air raids and over 34,000 long tons of bombs later, Cologne, Germany emerged from World War Two in tatters. The bombings reduced Cologne’s population by 95 percent, and it was rightly deemed by urban planner Rudolf Schwarz as the world’s greatest heap of rubble. Schwarz was behind the city’s reconstruction, and by 1959 Cologne’s population matched its pre-war numbers. Today, the city is quite prosperous, which just goes to show the transformative power of good design and urban planning.

The Surreal Reality of HR Giger

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If the purpose of art is to hold a mirror up to reality and encourage us to look at the world in new and different ways, then Hans Rudolf Giger was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. For over 40 years, from his first solo exhibition in 1966 to his 2011 death, Giger warped reality for audiences in art galleries and movie theaters around the world. His 1977 work, Necronom IV, caught the attention of director Ridley Scott and earned him a job as set designer for the 1980 film Alien.

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Why Not Vaccinating Your Kids Seems Safe (But Isn’t)

What every anti-vaxxer imagines, child in pain under vaccine

What anti-vaxxers imagines when they think “vaccine”- pain for their child. But it isn’t that simple. Source: Rauf Maltas, Getty

Last year, a massive measles outbreak in California led officials at the Centers For Disease Control to wonder just what might be causing so many new infections of a disease they thought had under control. The answer was simple: increasingly more people are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

The process of vaccination involves injecting a small amount of deactivated or dead virus into the body so that the body’s natural defenses can strengthen an immunity to it. It’s kind of like getting the other team’s playbook before the big game. These deactivated forms of viruses are used to prevent an extensive list of diseases, including pneumonia, whooping cough, influenza, and tuberculosis–preventable diseases that kill millions of people every year.

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Don’t Blame Millennials For Selfies; Blame 18th Century Monarchs

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Portraiture saw its artistic heyday in the 18th century, when royalty enlisted the world’s greatest artists to convey their monarchial power and immortalize themselves on canvas. Nowadays, self-portraiture and its associated egoism aren’t just for the wealthy; they’re owned by the people. With advances in technology and changes in social norms, the common man grasps at immortality using the self-portrait or selfie—this time not shared through the royal courts but social media.

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