Dennis Ward

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‘Old Age Is a Ceremony of Losses’

Before Donald Hall died this June, the 89-year-old American poet laureate let a filmmaker into his home in bucolic New Hampshire. Paul Szynol’s <i>Quiet Hours</i>, premiering on <i>The Atlantic</i> today, observes Hall—whose prolific body of work is preoccupied with death, loss, and memory—in his senescence. Much …

New Hampshire

Cuneiform: 6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the world’s oldest writing system

Cuneiform is an ancient writing system that was first used in around 3,400 BC. Distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, cuneiform …

British Museum

Why Madagascar's Largest Predator Has Remained a Mystery Until Now

Smile, you're on candid camera.<p>Mention wildlife on Madagascar and the first thing listeners probably picture is the island’s famed lemurs. As many …

Lemurs

The Bomb That Wasn’t Needed – Allied Intel Agencies Had News That Might Have Prevented the Atomic Age. Sadly, They Didn’t Share It

<b>By Peter Watson</b><p><b>IN MID-1942</b>, just as the Battle of Midway was raging in the Pacific, British military intelligence received five pieces of highly …

Military History

Messing around with gouache, step-by-step

After I posted my pegboard gouache sketch the other day Donna asked a few questions in the comments sections and I thought it might be better to …

Audio Mixing

How We Speak Reveals What We Think, with Steven Pinker

My name is Steve Pinker, and I’m Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. And today I’m going to speak to you about language. I’m actually not …

Linguistics

Henry VIII's 'Holy Grail' tapestry woven with gold and silver thread which was last seen in Windsor Castle in 1770 is found in Spain

A monumental tapestry that cost a king's ransom when Henry VIII commissioned it in the 16th century has been discovered in Spain. It was long ago …

Henry Viii

Galileo’s newly discovered letter shows his clever attempt to outsmart the Catholic Church

When astronomer Galileo Galilei got in trouble with the Catholic Church over his theories of the universe in the 17th century, he didn’t have the benefit of a public-relations flack to help him with damage control. So he took matters into his own hands, and engaged in some old-fashioned trickery.<p>A …

1,500-Year-Old Maya Altar Reveals Amazing Secrets of the 'Snake Kings'

Archaeologists have discovered a nearly 1,500-year-old carved stone altar in the ancient Maya city of La Corona, deep in the jungles of northern …

Guatemala City

The era of the sports god who shuns politics is sadly over

As a kid growing up in Nashville, I had three sports posters on my bedroom wall: Michael Jordan in mid-flight dunking from the free-throw line in the …

Social Media

More Hominin Bones Have Been Found In Siberia’s Denisova Cave Where Human Hybrid Denny Was Discovered

The human hybrid, Denny, who had a Denisovan father and Neanderthal mother, may have relatives, as new hominin bones have been found in Denisova Cave …

Natural History Museum

How to write the perfect sentence

A sentence is much more than its literal meaning. It is a living line of words where logic and lyric meet<p>A good lesson for any writer: make each sentence worth reading, and something in it will lead the reader into the next one<p>Every writer, of school age and older, is in the sentences game. The …

Columbia University

The Underestimated Reliability of Oral Histories

Not only written narratives have stood the test of time.<p>It all started with a stray goat.<p>On an otherwise nondescript day in the spring of 1947, a young Bedouin boy searched for a goat that had strayed from his flock just northwest of the Dead Sea. While he was looking, Muhammed the Wolf, as the boy …

Dead Sea

13 New Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Fall

As we say goodbye to summer and embrace foliage, cozy sweaters and pumpkin-spiced beverages, we also say hello to a slate of new must-reads. From …

Michelle Obama

The Sisters Brothers Is a Brutal, Funny, and Surprisingly Graceful Western

Jacques Audiard’s adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s novel stars Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as a pair of hired guns growing sick of their work.<p>Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli Sisters (John C. Reilly) are hired guns who roam the Pacific Northwest in the 1850s, as the Gold Rush booms in new …

The Sisters Brothers

What Does Hell Look Like?

Six out of ten Americans believe in an afterlife in which people are punished for evil deeds, a 2014 Pew survey found. Whether your sense of hell is …

Bible

Van Gogh was murdered claims new film at Venice

A new film about the artist Vincent Van Gogh claims that he was murdered rather than having shot himself.<p><i>At Eternity's Gate</i> starring Willem Dafoe as …

Art

Ahmadinejad’s Acolytes Arrested. Will he be Next?

Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly appealed to the Supreme Leader to intervene on the case of his close ally and confidant Hamid …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Quantum Physics May Have Proved There Is Life After Death And There Is A Quantum Code For All Living Beings

The subject of afterlife has been debated for thousands of years and modern scientists still struggle to explain what happens when we die. Is death …

Albert Einstein

“Picasso. Blue and Rose” exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay

CULTURE SEE<p>For the first time, Picasso’s blue and pink periods are the exclusive subject of an exhibition. Coinciding with Picasso’s formative years …

Pablo Picasso

A Sneaky Theory of Where Language Came From

It might have hijacked our early ancestors’ brains.<p>I’m sitting in the sun on one of the first mild days of the spring, talking with a modern-day flintknapper about the origins of human language. His name is Neill Bovaird, and he’s neither an archaeologist nor a linguist, just a 38-year-old bearded …

Scientists Confirm That Cats a) Are Pretty Smart, b) Don’t Really Care What You Want

Yes, your cat is very special, and your dog is very cute. Millions of years of evolution, however—tens of thousands in the company of humans—have …

Cognitive Science

Nicolas Cage Explains The Art Of A Full Nicolas Cage Freak-Out In Mandy

His best movie in a decade involves the actor, a homemade battle axe, and death metal-inspired grindcore<p>Nicolas Cage knows people are mad right now. And few actors in Hollywood history know how to channel the purest, most meme-able expression of anger on film as he does. As a performer, he's …

Nicolas Cage

Jack the Ripper’s victims were not prostitutes

It remains one of the most enduring mysteries in British criminal history with budding detectives desperate to unveil the true identity of Jack The Ripper.<p>But less is known about the serial killer's victims, who were assumed to have been prostitutes targeted by the Ripper, because many became so …

Archives

Double amputee who climbed Pikes Peak arrested for DUI, assault: report

A double amputee who climbed Pikes Peak and the Manitou Incline in Colorado was arrested this week for alleged DUI and assault of a medic, a report said.<p>Police said officers smelled alcohol on Mandy Horvath's breath and said her speech was impaired, after a man called police when he saw her leave a …

Pikes Peak

Ralph Steadman's critters on the edge of extinction – in pictures

Animals across the globe are struggling to survive the perils of the Anthropocene era. Writer and environmental campaigner Ceri Levy introduces the much-loved artist’s portraits of these embattled beasts

Australian archaeologists dropped the term 'Stone Age' decades ago, and so should you

“Stone Age” is a term often used to refer to early periods in human cultural evolution, when deliberately manufactured sharp stone flakes were the …

Anthropology

Blue bird from 'Rio' movie now extinct in the wild

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Spix's macaw achieved onscreen fame in 20th Century Fox's "Rio" as a charming parrot named Blu who travels thousands of miles in an attempt to save his species.<p>But a study released this week found that the Brazilian bird is now extinct in the wild.<p>The Spix's macaw is one of eight bird …

Extinction

The making of a masterpiece: Picasso's landmark pieces on show

What elevates a simple work of art to the rank of masterpiece? A new show at the Picasso museum in Paris delves into the question, with the help of paintings like "On The Beach", "The Three Dancers" and "The Young Ladies of Avignon". Olivia Salazar-Winspear takes in some of the pieces that …

Art

Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you’re no Leonardo da Vinci

“I just can’t draw.” It’s a refrain most adults say when confronted with a blank piece of paper. Something happens in our teenage years that makes most of us shy away from drawing, fretting that our draftsmanship skills aren’t up to par, and leaving it to the “artists” among us.<p>Spartan Holiday<p>But …

Leonardo Da Vinci