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What makes a summer jam, how lava lamps fight hackers, AI for newsrooms and more

Ada Chen’s Stereotype-Fighting Jewelry Calling out fetishization, objectification and ingrained racism, jewelry designer Ada Chen combines style and sharp humor to create pieces that are super-smart and super-creative. Chen (who is Chinese-American) oftentimes uses her own experiences as inspiration, and the results are sometimes jarring and uncomfortable—which is, of course, important to spark discussion and awareness. On her brilliant “Text Message” earrings, Chen tells Wonderland, …

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Lesbian archives, water on Mars, essential art terms, saying goodbye to Jonathan Gold and more

1. Farewell to Jonathan Gold More than a restaurant critic and Pulitzer Prize winner, Jonathan Gold was a champion of his native Los Angeles. Gold, who wrote with genuine fondness and excitement about his food adventures, passed away this weekend at 57 years old. With over a thousand reviews published throughout his career, he wrote about everything from “Korean porridge parlors, Lanzhou hand-pulled noodle vendors, …

The Architecture + Color Palette of North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea “stretches out beneath you as a pastel-colored panorama,” Guardian architecture critic Oliver Wainwright observed from the 70th floor of the 500-foot-high Tower of the Juche Idea. This, and many other surprising discoveries are revealed in Wainwright’s new book, “Inside North Korea,” published by Taschen. In addition to his analytical text, the book includes photography taken by Wainwright. It all helps to build …

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Tons of hidden diamonds, Jupiter's new moons, America's last Blockbuster and more

1. Some Recently Discovered Moons of Jupiter are Weirder Than Others Scott Sheppard’s astronomy division at the Carnegie Institution for Science hunts for objects in very distant parts of our Solar System. Sometimes, however, they’re able to scour areas closer—depending on the orbit of planets intersecting with their work. When the latter scenario arose with Jupiter, Sheppard and his colleagues discovered 10 new moons—bringing the …

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Making clouds, pet pampering, Snoopy in space, alternatives to banning straws and more

1. Hawaii Bans Common Sunscreens to Save Coral Reefs In a few years, the majority of common sunscreens available on the market will be banned in Hawaii in an effort to save their coral reefs. These sunscreens contain oxybenzone or octinoxate—both ingredients that make coral more vulnerable. As Mother Jones explains, oxybenzone “deforms coral cells, damages their DNA, and, most disturbing of all, disrupts coral …