Earth’s “Deep Biosphere” Thrives Beneath Our Feet

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), composed of 1,000 scientists from 52 countries, studies the underground ecosystems between Earth’s surface and its core. In a recent statement, this has been referred to as “Deep Biosphere” as a “subterranean Galapagos” potentially filled with millions of undiscovered species. Despite darkness and harsh conditions, life has been found as far as three miles below the continental subsurface and six-and-a-half miles below the ocean’s surface. The …

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Inside Japan's KitKat factory, Hockney's $90 million painting, hidden continents and more

Tavares Strachan and SpaceX Send Art to Space On Monday, 19 November, SpaceX will send its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But, this time the launch will be adorned with a Tavares Strachan sculpture of Robert Henry Lawrence Jr, the first African-American NASA-trained astronaut. Sadly, Lawrence Jr never made it to space (he died in a jet crash in 1967) but, thanks to this collaboration, …

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Ise Gropius aka Mrs Bauhaus

Walter Gropius is the name most commonly attached to the wildly influential Bauhaus movement, but his wife Ise was an equally significant creative partner. Oftentimes remembered as a “widow, archivist, interpreter and promoter of his work,” Ise has her own powerful legacy beyond this. As Katy Kelleher writes for Artsy, “From her handmade headdresses to her carefully planted garden to her experiments with photography, Ise’s entire life was her art.” She collaborated with her husband on many projects, wrote essays on fashion and design, and (after Walter died) ran their house like a museum in order to share it with the public. Find out more about “Mrs Bauhaus,” Ise Gropius at Artsy.

The Aboriginal Artist Finally Being Shown in America

John Mawurndjul—an Aboriginal artist living in the remote community of Maningrida—is highly regarded in Australia and across Europe. While his art has garnered praise from critics proclaiming him as “one of our greatest artists of all time,” it (and other work by Indigenous Australians) is not commonly shown in the United States. To rectify that, two Miami-based collectors, Dennis and Debra Scholl, will be giving over 200 pieces from their private collection to three different US museums. “This, folks, is what contemporary art looks like. You might not recognize it. The worldview it comes out of might feel deeply, wondrously foreign. But that is part of what draws the eye to it,” Sebastian Smee of the Washington Post writes. Find out more at the WP.

Frieze Art Fair’s First-Ever Los Angeles Edition

The internationally renowned Frieze Art Fair will make its LA debut next year (14-17 February) and promises to feature a long and impressive list of exhibitors, hosts and a rich music program. The entirety of the event will take place in Paramount Studios, but organizers are working diligently to guarantee attendees know they’re in Los Angeles and not some staged set. “All Frieze fairs are international, but it’s also important that they reflect the city and country that they’re in, so Frieze wanted to ensure a focused and thoughtful selection of galleries,” Frieze LA’s representative tells artnet. With that in mind, 20 of the fair’s 70 galleries are LA-based. Read more on artnet.

It Seems Trees Actually Can “Talk”

“Hub trees”—a name for the oldest and tallest trees with the vastest root systems—have better access to sunlight than other trees and this leads them to create excess sugar. That sugar is distributed through their roots, underground, to fungi. These fungi, that need sugar to survive, spread their threads (known as Mycelium) through the root system of trees to absorb excess sugar. In return, the Mycelium enter the root’s innermost point and exchange water and nutrients for the stolen sugar. This connection, as it spreads just below the surface of the earth, becomes a symbiotic web—used for communication, exchange and crisis management. Dubbed mycorrhiza, this system lets trees “talk.” Learn more about their language on National Geographic.

North America’s Cabin Typology Explored

In the Cabin Fever exhibition, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, dozens of images, artifacts and paraphernalia trace the development of the North American cabin—from the 1600s to present day. Stepping beyond architecture and typology, the exhibit addresses the cabin’s changing role in culture—from simple shelter to idyllic lodging. Curated by California-based writer Jennifer M Volland, the gallery’s senior curator Bruce Grenville, and associate curator Stephanie Rebick, there’s even a full-size prepper’s cabin on site. Read more at Dezeen.

The Slowest Porsche Race Ever

Though Porsche technically never made tractors, Porsche-branded ones still exist—some designed by Ferdinand Porsche were produced under license by a number of different companies. This Porsche stamp is good enough to grant entry into the sixth Rennsport Reunion. Organizers claim this race will be the first of its kind, and the race’s format is rightfully unique, too. Drivers will have to run across the track to start their tractors en route to the finish line; an abbreviated version of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will host the race. This leg of the track will take most tractors 15 minutes to conquer. Read more about the Porsche tractor race at Popular Mechanics.

Moto Guzzi Teases V9 Bobber Variant

The V9 Bobber Sport from Moto Guzzi was previewed with a single image released last week. For 2019, the brand will give “the V9 Bobber the extra edge raining it with top-spec equipment and new color schemes,” as well as a bit of a body change. Vintage ’70s-era styling meets futurism in the Centro Stile Piaggio Group and Piaggio Advanced Design Centre-handled design. Visible upgrades include Ohlins shocks, fork gaiters and a chopped rear fender. The mechanics of the bike will apparently remain the same. Little more is known right now, but you can read more about the teaser on Top Speed.

Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits that what the drawer was trying to convey remains unknown (and it may forever), but this discovery widens our scope of knowledge on early-human communication. Read more about the discovery, and what this drawing could mean on The Atlantic.

The First “100% Uncensored” Game is Finally Playable

Steam, the widely popular and incredibly expansive catalog of PC video games, has approved its first “100% uncensored” game. This comes on the heels of years of turmoil between developers and Steam executives. Representatives for Steam admit that the discrepancy between “adult games” and pornography was halting the genre rollout—they didn’t want people to see explicit content if they didn’t intend to. But Negligee: Love Stories, one of a handful of games that was removed from Steam for content deemed explicit and lewd, will return to the catalog tomorrow, 14 September. Read more about the content conundrum on Ars Technica.

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