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Interactive Billboards Let You Experience the Sounds of Faraway Cities

A new series of travel ads has pedestrians using their headphones to engage with the world, rather than block it out.

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When we travel to a new city for the first time, we often tell our friends back home that we’re “off to see the sights.” But, in truth, “the sights” represent just a slim wedge on the spectrum of senses with which we fully take in a new locale. Travel is more than just a visual experience. To really explore someplace new, we must also inhale new scents, taste new foods, and hear the ambient noises of a wholly different environment than what we’re used to.

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This Massive Land Art Portrait Fights for Women's Rights in Central America

The face of an anonymous human right's activist is the largest ever created on Dutch soil.



In support of women's rights in Central America, artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has created the largest portrait ever installed on Dutch soil. Spanning the length of two football fields, and located in Amsterdam, the picture was produced with the help of over 80 volunteers. The face, of an anonymous Central American activist, was made from sand and soil and will stay up as long as the elements allow.

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Feeding the Tiny Humans of the Future: Amsterdam's Disproportionate Restaurant

A new restaurant explores the way genetically-engineered one-and-a-half foot tall humans might cook, eat, and farm.


Since the dawn of space travel, scientists have approached the problem of human survival in such a hostile environment from two opposing angles: adapting the environment to humans, or vice-versa. The former approach has provided most of the solutions so far: spacesuits and spaceships shield humans from extreme temperatures and radiation, and one day, greenhouses may allow earth's crops to grow on Mars.

But, out on the fringes, big thinkers such as Manfred Clynes, who coined the word cyborg more than 50 years ago, and Craig Ventner, famous for sequencing the human genome, have wondered whether it might not be more effective to just re-design humans—using drugs, technology, and, most recently, genetic engineering—so that we can survive in space.

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Apparently antisemitic violence has become an issue in Amsterdam. Here's one attempt by city officials to curb the intolerant behavior:

Acting Amsterdam mayor Lodewijk Asscher is considering using police offcers posing as Jews in an attempt to stamp out anti-semitic violence, the Parool reports on Monday.

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