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Artist Noah Davis founded The Underground Museum to bring world-class art to a neighborhood in Los Angeles — for free. He was just 32 years old when he died from cancer in 2015. Ed Templeton/The Underground Museum hide caption

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

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When a person places a finger in the slot on the left, the robot uses an algorithm — unpredictable even to its creator — to decide whether to prick the finger with the pin on the end of its arm. Alexander Reben hide caption

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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

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Nina McLemore's Clothes Are A 'Weapon' Of Powerful Women

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The Chichu Art Museum, designed by celebrated Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is built mostly underground. Open courtyards and skylights bring in natural light. The island is internationally known for its works of modern art and architecture. Seiichi Ohsawa Courtesy of Benesse Art Site Naoshima hide caption

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Hilton Pray, 82, holds one of thousands of his photographs that were damaged after an estimated 4-feet of water filled his home in Denham Springs, La. Collin Richie/Humans of the Water hide caption

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After Louisiana Floods, A Photographer Finds Resilience

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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo on the TED stage. Ryan Lash/TED hide caption

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Can Slow-Moving Art Disrupt Our Hectic Routines?

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French designer Sonia Rykiel (right) and her daughter, Nathalie Rykiel, artistic director for the fashion house Rykiel, greet the crowd after the presentation of their Spring-Summer 2008 Ready-to-Wear collection, in Paris in 2007. Jacques Brinon/AP hide caption

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The Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building first opened to the public in October 1881, though back then it was known as the U.S. National Museum. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Barbie has taken over Paris — she has her very own exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs. Mattel/Les Arts Décoratifs hide caption

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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

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Former corrections officer Robert Fletcher says he bought this painting from artist Peter Doig in 1976. Bartlow Gallery LTD hide caption

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Artist Peter Doig Says He Didn't Paint This, And A Judge Agrees

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A wealthy American living in Paris, Romaine Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. Don't let her sober, 1923 Self-Portrait fool you — Smithsonian curator Virginia Mecklenburg says in the 1910s and 1920s, Brooks and her circle of friends had plenty of fun in Paris. Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

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'Reigning Men' Traces 300 Years Of Men's Fashion At LACMA

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