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The Great Chinese Art Heist

Strange how it keeps happening, how the greatest works of Chinese art keep getting brazenly stolen from museums around the world. Is it a conspiracy? Vengeance for treasures plundered years ago? We sent Alex W. Palmer to investigate the trail of theft and the stunning rumor: Is the Chinese …

Museums

Russians mock Elon Musk's inventions with lifehack memes

While the rest of us have been scrambling to keep up with whatever just went down between Grimes, Elon Musk, and Azealia Banks, Russian Twitter has …

Madonna at 60: The Queen of Pop in seven charts

<b>Madonna turns 60 on Thursday. To celebrate, we're taking a look back at her 35 years in the industry.</b><p>Since Madonna's eponymous debut album hit the shelves in 1983, she's performed on 10 concert tours and sold more than 300 million records.<p>This has earned her a spot in the Guinness World Records as …

What's driving Elon Musk?

Elon Musk is a science-fiction character. That’s how one friend puts it. In some ways, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is the archetypical cartoon …

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

Google fined $5.04 billion for forcing its apps onto Android phones

The EU commission also ordered it to allow manufacturers to use Android forks.<p>Europe has imposed a record-setting €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine on Google for antitrust violations around its Android smartphone operating system. In 2016, the EU Commission charged Google with forcing mobile network …

Apps

What it’s like to attend a flat-Earth convention

At the end of last week, a group of people gathered in Birmingham, England for the first flat-Earth convention held in the UK. Most of the people at the convention attended because they believe in one of the most commonly held conspiracy theories of the modern era: that the Earth is flat.<p>Similar …

Flat Earth Society

48 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day

Earth Day<p>As Earth Day turns 48, we take a look back at the biggest milestones in environmental protection.<p>The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was a milestone event for the planet. An estimated 20 million people took to the streets across the U.S. to raise awareness about the impacts of human …

Endangered Species

Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook mistakes with user data, vows curbs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologised on Wednesday for mistakes his company made in how it handled data belonging to 50 million of its users, and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.<p>The world’s largest social …

Elon Musk’s new $2.6 billion compensation plan approved by Tesla shareholders

The stock options-based award could be worth even more if Musk helps the company meet some big goals<p>Tesla’s shareholders have voted to approve a new 10-year compensation plan for CEO Elon Musk valued at around $2.6 billion in stock options, according to multiple outlets.<p>Musk won’t get the full …

Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market

<b>At least 35 civilians have been killed in a rocket attack on a busy market in a government-held district of Syria's capital Damascus, state media report.</b><p>Rebels in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region fired the rockets at Kashkoul, police told the Sana news agency.<p>Six other civilians were injured in a …

Middle East

This Multibillion-Dollar Corporation Is Controlled by a Penniless Yoga Superstar

Twenty-three years ago, when he was a poor young yoga instructor living at the foot of the Himalayas, Baba Ramdev pledged to spend the rest of his …

Russia Rejects U.K. Ultimatum Over Former Double Agent’s Poisoning

Russia rejected a British ultimatum to come clean over a suspected chemical weapon attack on its former double agent in the U.K. as it braced for …

Sergei Skripal: former Russian spy poisoned with nerve agent, say police

Former Russian spy’s case being treated as attempted murder, with police officer also ‘seriously ill’<p>The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were deliberately poisoned with a nerve agent in a case that is now being treated as attempted murder, the police counter-terrorism chief …

Growth of AI could boost cybercrime and security threats, report warns

Wanton proliferation of artificial intelligence technologies could enable new forms of cybercrime, political disruption and even physical attacks within five years, a group of 26 experts from around the world have warned.<p>In a new report, the academic, industry and the charitable sector experts, …

One of the world’s most influential math texts is getting a beautiful, minimalist edition

Now on Kickstarter<p>A couple of years ago, a small publisher called Kroncker Wallis issued a handsome, minimalist take on Isaac Newton’s <i>Principia</i>. Now, the publisher is embarking on its next project: <i>Euclid's Elements</i>.<p>The publisher is using Kickstarter to fund this new edition. <i>Euclid’s</i> <i>Elements</i> is a …

It’s official: Washington governor signs landmark net neutrality bill into law

Internet providers will be required to treat all lawful content the same in Washington state under a landmark net neutrality law that just became …

Net Neutrality

Prep for the 2018 Oscars With a Look Back at the Nominees' First Ceremonies

Saoirse Ronan<p>Long before the Irish star earned a Best Acting nod for <i>Lady Bird</i>, Ronan dazzled at the 2008 ceremony in support of Best Supporting …

The Harvey Weinstein Joke That Killed at the Independent Spirit Awards

Hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll took no prisoners in their opening monologue: “Last year, everyone famous died. This year, everyone famous wishes they were dead.”<p>It was a wet and cold affair at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, where a rainstorm drenched the show’s constructed floor—as …

Japanese "forest medicine" is the science of using nature to heal yourself—wherever you are

The fountain of youth is a forest. Trees cast off years and grant health and cheer, or so transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed in his 1836 essay “Nature.” ”In the woods,” he wrote, “I feel that nothing can befall me [. . .] which nature cannot repair.”<p>Indeed, research shows that trees …

The world’s biggest drinkers meet the EU’s toughest alcohol laws

On a Friday night a team of two police officers and three officials from the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department (DTACD), carry out a number of raids in Lithuania's second largest city, Kaunas.<p>They aren’t looking for drug dealers, or tobacco smugglers but for vendors who are selling …

Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?<p>By Andrew Dickson<p>In February 2009, a Twitter user called @popelizbet issued an apparently historic challenge to …

Oxford University Press

Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant

Julian Assange will continue to face detention if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a British judge upheld a warrant for his arrest.<p>Handing down her judgment at Westminster magistrates court, the senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot said she was not persuaded by the argument from …

Price of Bitcoin halves in ‘cryptopocalypse’ as Ripple, Ethereum and other alt-coins take a battering

The price of Bitcoin has now reached its lowest point since November after a dramatic collapse which has seen its value slump by more than half.<p>This …

Cryptocurrency

Is solar power shining again in the UK?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In December 2011, BP shut down its solar energy arm, BP Solar, claiming the business could not make any money.<p>Fast forward six years, and the oil and gas giant has once again thrown its weight behind the power of the sun. Last month, it announced a $200 million stake in a company called …

Solar Panels

I Asked 5,000 People How They Stay Passionate at Work. Here's What I Found

The data shows a clear path.<p>When it comes to selecting a job or career, the usual advice is to love what you do. In fact, given all the talk about …

Los Angeles

15 Greatest Dog Breeds in the WORLD

Google bans sketchy UK ads for profiteering addiction helplines

A Sunday Times investigation exposed the questionable advertising practice.<p>Google's not having the best start to the year, as it's already been called out, yet again, for unscrupulous advertising practices. An investigation by <i>The Sunday Times</i> shed light on a significant money-making machine, which …

Rehabilitation

NVIDIA Takes G-Sync To The Next Level With 65-Inch BFGD At CES 2018

When I first saw that NVIDIA was making a “BFGD”, I thought that they were going to be making something for Doom. However, these BFGDs are a short name for Big Format Gaming Displays. While new displays are usually not that exciting, NVIDIA has succeeded in making things interesting with their …