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Perfect Salt Cubes Produced by the Dead Sea.

A natural phenomenon creates perfectly shaped cubes.

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Authentic Palestinian Cuisine? There’s an App for That

“Palestine on a Plate” courts controversy in an effort to reclaim a culinary legacy.

Image via the Palestine on a Plate website.

A Palestinian-British app is the brains behind a new mobile that gives people access to the popular national dishes of Palestine. Chef Joudie Kalla, who’s honed her craft Gordon Ramsay’s Pengelly's, London-based Italian restaurant Daphne's, launched Palestine on a Plate to document and share over 50 of her mother’s recipes and other recipes from her homeland. The app includes more recognizable dishes like hummus and labneh, but the most popular recipe right now is a lesser known dish called m'tabak, which is comprised of a flaky pastry, halloumi cheese, ricotta, and pistachios.

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Better Understanding Israel Through Art

This Place is an ambitious project meant to capture the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, both as place and as metaphor, through the eyes and lenses of 12 internationally acclaimed artists.

Complex issues concerning aspects of Israeli sovereignty have plagued the tiny, controversial country since its official creation in 1949. While these challenging and seemingly intractable problems have been approached and analyzed from many angles, a new traveling photo exhibit hopes to use documentary-style photography as an impartial medium for further exploration. This Place, which first opened October 24th in Prague at the Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, is an ambitious project meant to capture the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, both as place and as metaphor, through the eyes and lenses of 12 internationally acclaimed artists. Those participating include Wendy Ewald, who initiated 14 participatory projects throughout the region with communities that included schools, womens' groups, market stall owners, and high-tech workers, to Fazal Sheikh, who created a grid of 48 aerial photographs, each taken above the traces of disappeared Bedouin villages, meant to narrate a powerful story of community, land, and exclusion. Additional artists invited to take on a six-month residency in Israel, spanning from 2009-2012, include Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, Nick Waplington and Frederic Brenner. During this time thousands of original artworks were created, many seen in our slideshow above, as well as a series of monographs and a comprehensive catalog.

The show will continue to travel through 2016 internationally, and is curated by Charlotte Cotton, former head of the Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). “By its very nature, This Place is a multifaceted project. It provides entry points and participation in the ongoing cultural discussion about photographic representation of politically and philosophically contested spaces,” explains Cotton. “This Place embodies the idea of photography as itself a multifaceted notion – these incredible bodies of photographic work will be the prompt for discussions, the visual vehicles for sharing ideas and knowledge, as well as the material experience of the personal journeys undertaken by the commissioned artists.”

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You Can’t Print a Photo from Outer Space On Polyester

Celine Semaan Vernon’s new fashion project is a cosmic experiment in empathy.

Designer Celine Semaan Vernon made fans of fashion devotees and NASA scientists alike when she debuted her Mars-inspired Slow Factory collection. The collection’s scarves were silk-screened with open-source NASA images of everyone’s favorite little red planet. And the Mars, Revealed scarves were not just beautiful—they were also sustainably manufactured.

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How a Palestinian Artist Turned Detainment into Creative Opportunity

Khaled Jarrar would've attended his art opening in New York, but he was a bit preoccupied.

Khaled Jarrar, Still from NO EXIST, 2014. Live streamed projection. Courtesy Whitebox Art Center.

The name of the show that opened on July 16 at the New Museum in New York is called Here and Elsewhere, but one of the artists selected to be in the international art showcase, a gentle Palestinian man named Khaled Jarrar, wasn’t there in New York as he had intended to be. Nor was he at the opening of his concurrent solo exhibition at the alternative art space Whitebox Art Center, also in New York. The reason? A fascinating and unnerving story where Jarrar, whose passport is stamped with a U.S. visa, tries to enter Jordan over the only bridge out of the West Bank to catch a plane to New York, where he is subsequently detained and forced to return to Ramallah.

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People Are Awesome: Scarf Selling Judo Champ Is Palestine's First Olympian

Maher Abu Rmeileh is the first Palestinian to qualify to compete in the Olympics. Watch for his one arm shoulder throw next month.

Maher Abu Rmeileh can one arm shoulder throw you across the room and then help you accessorize your neckwear. His family runs a scarf stall in the old section of East Jerusalem where he still works, but he trains up to four hours a day in the local YMCA and with grit and determination has become the first Palestinian to qualify to compete in the Olympics. He has trained 20 years for this moment, starting with childhood sparring with his judo-practicing father.

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