The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a “baby religion” off the ground. Cipinang prison stands like a huge fortress in East Jakarta, its massive walls and guard towers
Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships. One has greater global reach and fifth-generation family the
There are lots of reasons why cannibalism isn’t a good idea. For one, most cultures would consider it unethical, even if there was no actual killing involved. For another, it can make you pretty sick.
1. At least 131 people have been killed in a landslide in Guatemala, and hundreds are still missing. 2. ISIS militants have blown up the ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria. 3. The teen retailer
Imagine a kilo of sugar - the large bag that you might buy in a supermarket. It's a lot, isn't it? But that's exactly how much sugar the average adult consumes in a fortnight. Teenagers have even more.
What’s behind stagefright? Sara Solovitch, in “Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright” (Bloomsbury), says that while she was a good pianist as a child, she fell apart—sweating, trembling—when
The fight of the century, between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, takes place in Las Vegas on May 2 and will draw in millions of fans—including old-timers who had all but given up on the sport
Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they're all taken. Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America
Thanksgiving at the Brown house, with family, friends, ham hocks, a little football, and an empty chair. It is Thanksgiving at Mike Brown's house, three days after a grand jury declined to bring charges
A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person's name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S.
Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough. Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome.
They look awesome. But mostly, they mean less being eaten by flies and lions. Why zebras have stripes has long been something of a mystery. We have a pretty good idea they're used as protection, but the
Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you know why. Unfortunately for some people, that second day never occurs. For lucky people, though, the second day—the day
A mini-revolt by news organisations against White House press restrictions gathered momentum Monday as USA Today joined other media shops to have declared a boycott on officially issued photographs. “We
The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds. Roadside bombs, childhood abuse, car accidents—they form memories that can shape (and damage) us for a lifetime. Now, a handful of studies have shown
Here's a fact that will make any liberal cringe. Seven of the 12 richest people in the world have names ending in Koch, Walton or Adelson, according to a new calculation by Bloomberg Markets magazine.
Orgasms could be better for our brains than doing a crossword or a Sudoku puzzle, an academic has claimed. The sexual climax gives the whole brain a good workout, rather than just one area of it, Professor
The grand art museum houses 35,000 masterpieces, from prehistory to contemporary works. But with over 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, navigating the enormous museum can be overwhelming if you