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The Black Hole of Los Alamos

Wednesday April 19, 2017

Nuclear waste is something most people go out of their way to avoid, but for 40 years "Atomic Ed" and his military surplus store couldn’t get enough of it. 

From Dickens’ mahogany slab to Melville’s portable lapboard, here are eight desks writers penned their masterpieces on – and that you could have bought if you'd had the money.

In a forest just two hours out of Paris, a team of builders and archeologists is building a medieval castle from scratch, using 800-year-old methods.

Put away that straight razor: these lumberjacks will show you a thing or two about shaving.

Watch 60,000 newspapers flash before your very eyes in this mesmerising time-lapse.

Ever wondered what The Beatles would have sounded like if they'd come from the USSR rather than the freewheeling West? Quite odd, it turns out.

How silent-era Hollywood enchanted their audiences, with nary a computer to help them.

The Futuristic Houses We Almost Lived In

Wednesday February 22, 2017

If history had gone just a little differently, we might all be living in Buckminster Fuller's crazy "dwelling machines".

Built in 1487, the Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford is one of the oldest reading rooms in the world. And it’s not hard on the eye, either.

In the 1980s, Flying Nun Records shone a spotlight on New Zealand’s weird and wonderful music scene. We caught up with founder Roger Shepherd ahead of his upcoming talk at Melbourne's School of Life.

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