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Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky review – not to be missed

National Portrait Gallery, London This once-in-a-lifetime show of portraits on loan from Moscow is like seeing Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy et al for the first time<p>In the spring of 1881, the composer Mussorgsky sat for his portrait in the St Petersburg hospital where he was being treated for …

Literature

Santa Monica firm says it has found a way to salt away electricity, literally

In the energy world, the ability to store electricity at an affordable price is the treasure sought by utility engineers and financial wizards.<p>SolarReserve believes it has found a solution.<p>The Santa Monica company recently completed what it touts as a first-of-its-kind solar power plant that stores …

Artwork by Adolf Hitler could fetch hundreds of thousands: More than a dozen paintings by the Nazi dictator go under the hammer at auction in Nuremberg

• <b>Paintings include watercolours of houses, castles, town squares and rivers</b>• <b><br>Artwork to be sold in Nuremberg and could fetch hundreds of thousands</b>• <b><br>Comes</b> …

Who is the 'phantom girl of Siberia'? Mystery surrounds identity of girl who appears in dozens of photographs taken in Russian city 100 years ago

• <b>Image of girl is seen next to landmarks in the city of Krasnoyarsk, central Russia, during reign of the last emperor</b>• <b><br>Photographs showing the</b> …

This Babylonian Astronomy Text Changes History

More than a thousand years before the first telescopes, Babylonian astronomers tracked the motion of planets across the night sky using simple …

Second World War sea forts could become luxury hotel

Second World War forts off the coast of Kent built to defend the UK against a Nazi invasion could be turned into luxury suites.<p>The Red Sands forts, otherwise known as the Maunsell Forts after their designer Guy Maunsell, have long been on the minds of developers and conservation groups, with plans …

The Only 8 Moves Necessary to Be Fit and Build Muscle

We train to be fit and to build muscle by doing a myriad of exercises and different moves, adding weight as we get stronger. That’s how we load the …

Workouts

Artificial intelligence, free money and the end of capitalism

<b>Hey did you see that the Dutch city of Utrecht is experimenting with giving a ‘basic income’ to citizens whether they work or not? Pretty crazy, huh?</b><p>Yeah, it’s a bold experiment, but not the first time someone’s tried it. In Alaska, for example, every resident of the state gets a payout every year …

There's an 'invisible' trait that makes leaders more effective — here's how to develop it

The difference seems to lie at least partly in charisma — a trait that can be hard to define but relatively easy to spot.<p>Yet a growing body of research suggests that charisma is both definable and replicable. Scientists who study charisma say it's less a natural gift bestowed only upon some lucky …

Charisma

Putin makes 99-year-old daughter of Tsarist general a Russian again

Irene de Dreier, whose family fled Russia for Paris when she was five, gets her Russian citizenship back days before she turns 100<p>After 95 years in exile, the daughter of a Tsarist-era army general has been granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, before her 100th birthday on 15 …

Russia

Humai Wants To Resurrect Humans Within 30 Years

A new quest to defeat death--or at least make it optional<p><i>Spoilers ahead for those who aren’t caught up,</i>​ but last season of Game of Thrones ended with a true Caesar ​outcome​ for all-around-hero (and potential Azor Ahai) Jon Snow. But unlike Caesar, today HBO teased the ​apparent​ resurrection of …

Singularity

Google's genius futurist takes 100 pills a day to help him live forever — here's what some of them do

Google's resident futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil takes 100 pills a day to help him reach "singularity," the point at which he believes exponential developments in technology will allow him to live forever. He stopped by our office and talked to us about food science and supplemental …

Singularity

North Korea's Interior Design Is Unlike Anything You've Seen

Is it a movie set? Is it a model home? No, it's North Korea.<p>When London-based architecture critic Oliver Wainwright visited North Korea over the summer, he was stunned by the symmetry and color inside some the buildings he toured. Whether a sports complex, children's nursery or office building, the …

North Korea

The House That Calculus Built

The Integral House, a millionaire mathematician’s 18,000 square foot love letter to calculus, is a modern design masterpiece.<p>Calculus made James Stewart a millionaire. Starting in the late 1970s, when the Canadian-born mathematician published his first calculus textbook, Stewart wrote over 30 …

Calculus

The Futuristic Bridge Rolls-Royce Designed For Its New Ships Looks Like a Spacecraft Cockpit

Norwegian shipping company Simon Møkster Shipping got a brand new offshore platform supply vessel back in August. That might not mean anything to …

How America’s Wars Have Changed The English Language

Speech, much like the world, is in a constant state of flux. The way that wars alter the world, they also modify the way we speak and redefine the …

31 controversial quotes from Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart that will either terrify you or make you excited about the future of food

Before formally launching the food-replacement product, he used his own body to experiment with the recipe. He tinkered with different doses and types of nutrients, sometimes hurting himself in the process.<p>But Rhinehart truly believes in hacking food to make something affordable, easy, and …

McDonald's

The unorthodox productivity hacks of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

Approaching their ambitions with a single-minded intensity, none works less than 70 hours a week, including weekends, even at the expense of aspects of life other people value.<p>However, being armed with a strong idea, determined to be the best, and supported by a superhuman work ethic pays off: Mark …

Bill Gates

Drugs, Porn, and Cartoons: Jesse Edwards' Modern Still-Lifes

If Monet painted bongs and junk food...<p>Drug paraphernalia, porn stars, and renowned cartoon characters line the walls of the 6817 gallery in Los Angeles for artist Jesse Edwards’ new show, <i>Lets Watch TV All Day</i>. Jam-packed with social commentary, Edwards’ new exhibition upholds his unforgiving, …

Art

On the Road with Paul Theroux: Photographs and Words from His New Book

In Deep South, Paul Theroux takes the back roads of the South with photographer Steve McCurry.<p>Road Candy: Traveling in America<p>Most travel narratives, perhaps all of them, even the classics, describe the miseries and splendors of going from one remote place to another. The quest, the getting there, …

Books

DNA from 4,500-year-old Ethiopian reveals surprise about ancestry of Africans

DNA from a man who lived in Ethiopia about 4,500 years ago is prompting scientists to rethink the history of human migration in Africa.<p>Until now, the conventional wisdom had been that the first groups of modern humans left Africa roughly 70,000 years ago, stopping in the Middle East en route to …

A private art collection of mysterious origins is possibly worth $2 billion — and will eventually go to Vladimir Putin

And ultimately, this collection will go to none other than Putin, per Moleva's wishes.<p>Moleva maintains that a Paris-based auction house valued this collection with a starting price of $400 million and an estimated real value of $2 billion after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.<p>However, there are …

Russia

The Madness Of Chinese Communism, Seen Through China's Propaganda Posters

SHANGHAI, CHINA—Shanghai is China’s financial capital. The former Western concession today shows little sign of the many bitter political battles fought over the last century. Tourists throng the Bund along the Huangpu River while global corporations fill the skyscrapers in Pudong, across the water.<p>…

China

Russia Begins Construction of World’s First Underwater Church

A group of Russians are trying to construct the world’s first underwater church at Cape Fiolent, about 200 meters off the Crimean coast. Divers …

The World’s First Fully Robotic Farm Opens In 2017

A better kind of factory farm<p>Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the …

Aquaponics