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The latest season of this Netflix series spins an idealized story of the primates who were forced to be space flight test subjects

an archival photo of scientists in lab coats and scrubs surrounding a juvenile chimpanzee strapped into a rocket

Spoilers for Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy ahead…

The much-anticipated second season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy dropped at the end of July, satiating fans with the fast-paced wild ride that fans of the show were accustomed to after the first season was released in 2019.

The second season builds on…

Photo of a water lily, colorized with pastel shades of pink, yellow, green, and blue.

Japanese artist Ogawa Kazumasa helped perfect this stunning technique

It didn’t take long after the first daguerreotype was taken in France in 1839 for artists to invent ways to colorize their black-and-white photographs by hand. Ogawa Kazumasa was born in 1860, when hand-coloring was well established in his home country of Japan; before his death in 1929, he helped…

Black-and-white woodcut print of a tortoise named Akbar, a dog named Max, and a cat named Puss. The text is in Dutch.

Dutch artist Julie de Graag (1877–1924) had a unique style that captures plants and animals perfectly

I first discovered the work of Dutch artist Julie de Graag while looking through public domain illustrations to illustrate Tenderly stories. I’m grateful for that chance encounter, because she’s become one of my favorite graphic artists ever since — and she might about to become one of yours.

It’s easier than you would think to tell a nice statue of a good boy apart from a nasty statue of a bad one

A statue, or monument, is a thing that we humans like to put up in a public place to celebrate someone who we think did a very good job of something. We also use them to show other humans what sorts of behavior we think everyone should emulate. It’s all…

Vintage Veg

The 1981 book argues for a fanatical, essentialist, white veganism that the movement has thankfully started to move past

“Do you perceive the veal floating invisibly inside every glass of milk?” asks Mark Mathew Braunstein in the preface to the revised 1993 edition of his 1981 book Radical Vegetarianism:

A dairy cow is not killed immediately, but condemning her to cruel conditions might be worse than saving her skin…

Karl Blossfeldt was never formally trained as a photographer, but he adapted his own special cameras to capture plants like no one before or since

Born in 1865, Karl Blossfeldt was an artist and professor who worked in Berlin, Germany. His best known work was photography, though he received no formal training for it. These stunning photos were made using Blossfeldt’s homemade cameras which could magnify plants up to 30 times their original size, resulting…

The origin of the original plant-based meat is clouded with multiple theories

Plant-based meats are exploding on the American market. Over the past two years alone, we’ve seen a 37.1% surge in their sales, with even more dramatic growth projected for 2020. Burger King credits their best quarter in four years to their new Impossible Whopper, and Dunkin’ Donuts easily doubled expected…

“Ad Astra” is about human hubris — and finding joy back here on earth

Numerous spoilers for “Ad Astra” ahead…

Halfway through James Gray’s pensive sci-fi / dad-feels film Ad Astra, a distress call leads Brad Pitt’s character, Major Roy McBride, and another astronaut to a small spaceship that they note has been approved for “animal research.” When they try to respond, no one…

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