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Tech Hacks Art: teamLab + Pace Gallery at Stanford

A giant, rosy shimmering cube hangs high above your head, like some unearthly AI God. The cube chimes lightly at your arrival, the music heightening in volume and intensity as you near. This must be what a bee experiences, entering…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Opportunity Knocks

California is getting walloped by El Niño, which means it’s been raining pretty much non-stop since last week, but on one recent afternoon I spied a rare streak of blue sky outside, and abruptly ran down to the dock and…

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Skyrunning: The Art of the Possible

Mix running, alpine climbing, and mental grit, and what do you get? Skyrunning: the quirky adventure sport in which you run up and hurtle down mountains for kicks. This isn’t a quick, smooth road race or a slow, steady assault…

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Take Five, Japanese-Style

There are thousands of shrines all over Japan, from the middle of a bustling Tokyo street, to the farthest outlying corners of the country. In an island nation where humanity is tightly packed into urban spaces, the shrine is a…

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