February 14, 2020

Finland Solves Its Homelessness by Providing Apartments for Anyone Who Needs One

Homelessness is a problem all over the world, but Finland is leading the way with an initiative that could provide a long-term solution. In 2008, the Northern European nation introduced the “Housing First” policy. The concept is simple: everyone is entitled to a small apartment, even those with mental health and financial issues. Since then, the number of homeless people has fallen drastically, and continues to decline.

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January 21, 2020

Van Gogh Self-Portrait Thought to Be a Fake for Decades Is Now Confirmed as Real

Vincent van Gogh is known for both his extreme talent and tumultuous history. Plagued by mental illness, he had periods of great suffering, which eventually led him to sever part of his left ear. Aside from famous works like Starry Night and his Sunflowers series, he is also known for the 35 self-portraits he created. Now, experts have confirmed an additional self-portrait and, interestingly, it’s the only one he ever painted during a bout of psychosis. Self-Portrait (1889)

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December 21, 2019

World’s First Human Composting Facility for Funeral Services Will Open in 2021

Thanks to changes to Washington state law, people will soon have a new option when it comes to how their bodies are treated after they’ve passed. Recompose is a company that will begin offering an alternative to traditional burial or cremation called “natural organic reduction.” Through this process, the human body is gently converted into soil as a way to continue the cycle of life long after one has passed.

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