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Food Security: The End of a Golden Age

This article first appeared on www.opedspace.com<p>The golden age of agriculture is over. Growth based on the expansion of cropland area as seen until the 1950s, followed by improving land productivity through new technologies and productivity-based agricultural policies will fail us. It resulted in …

Your charity checklist: 5 things to consider before donating

The holiday season is one of the most popular times of year to give back. But how do you know which organizations will ensure your charitable dollar …

'Hunger Games' and U.S. inequality

All hail The Capitol! In anticipation of the November 2014 release of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" the franchise has released posters of "district heroes" representing their areas. Here Lily Elsington, the 6-year-old ambassador from the Mining District, District 12, is shown.<p>HIDE …

How to Nail Your Enemies: Ancient Egyptian Spells Deciphered

Australian researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells.<p>Among other things, the "Handbook of Ritual Power" tells readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil spirits and treat "black jaundice," a bacterial infection that is still around …

Ancient History

The Fluid Dynamics of “The Starry Night”: How Vincent Van Gogh’s Masterpiece Explains the Scientific Mysteries of Movement and Light

In 1889, inspired by a famous astronomical drawing that had been circulating in Europe for four decades, <b>Vincent van Gogh</b> (March 30, 1853–July 29, 1890) painted his iconic masterpiece “The Starry Night,” one of the most recognized and reproduced images in the history of art. At the peak of his …

‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’

A new exhibition at New York’s MoMA features meticulous copies of famous artworks. It raises the question: is originality really that important? Jason Farago investigates.<p>On the fourth floor of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, alone on a wall in gallery 18, is one of Jasper Johns’ most famous …

Garama: an ancient civilisation in the Central Sahara - World Archaeology

<b>It is one of the most inhospitable places on earth. A sun-scorched furnace of rock and sand 700 miles from the coast: the Central Sahara. Summer</b> …

South Africa among the most unequal countries

South Africa is narrowing the gap between the rich and poor, but still remains one of the most unequal societies globally according to the World Bank.<p>…

NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with …