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The 25 Best Universities In The World For Computer Science

Deciding among the top universities is tougher than ever, with many schools building out their tech programs in recent years. QS World University Rankings crunched the numbers to make the choice clearer.<p>QS's annual ranking highlights the best universities in the world for studying computer science …

University of Texas clenches top 30 ranking among world universities

The University of Texas at Austin has clenched another top ranking among world universities. UT ranked No. 30 in the world in <i>U.S. News & World …

Ranking the top teams in college basketball: 351-1

We simulated the season 10,000 times so we could tell you the most likely national champion -- and how the other 350 teams fall in line after that. …

Chart suggests college football polls tend to be biased against the ACC

And suggests SEC teams tend to rank about a spot better than, say, Big 12 teams of similar quality.<p>SEC bias has become one of the storylines of 2014's college football season, with four teams from its West division ranking in the top four of the computer consensus and in the top six of the first …

More than 250 cyclists fined in Oxford police blitz on riding without lights

Officers fine almost 100 more riders than last year in just 3 hours - fines can be avoided by buying lights

Benedict Cumberbatch gets everyone suitably excited in ‘magnificent’ BBC British drama ad

Benedict Cumberbatch was back on the tele tonight and this time he’s celebrating a lifetime of Original British Drama on the BBC. Marvelous.<p>Tonight’s …

BBC Drama: trailer

Check out this extraordinary trailer of BBC dramas, with Benedict Cumberbatch referencing Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage” for ‘A Lifetime of …

Nightafternight playlist for Halloween

— Ustvolskaya, Violin Sonata, Clarinet Trio, Duet; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Markus Hinterhäuser, Reto Bieri (ECM)<p>— Milhaud, <i>L'Orestie d'Eschyle</i>; Lori …

Does world travel make CSO first-class?

The term "cultural ambassadors" is heard often when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra travels the world and performs in places where it rarely, if ever, has appeared before, countries such as Poland last week and Russia in 2012.<p>The notion is that the orchestra is building bridges, making connections, …

Carnegie Hall Will Start Livestreaming Concerts Next Week

In 1950, the New York Philharmonic music director Dmitri Mitropoulos led his orchestra half a dozen blocks south from its home at Carnegie Hall to …

The Coolness Of Coltrane

Looking back on the man who defined what it meant to be hip in the middle of the 20th century.<p><b>John Coltrane was messy</b>. He was not, technically speaking, "the best" jazz saxophonist to ever walk the earth. But Coltrane overflowed with style and tone. He possesed a wholly unique signature, a way of …

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Has the Mystery of Amelia Earhart's Disappearance Been Solved?

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart somewhere over the Pacific Ocean back in 1937 created one of the most compelling and enduring mysteries of the …

Chris Ofili’s Thumping Art-History Lesson

It was a shitstorm that ended in a witch hunt. “If this painting is censored, I’m canceling the show,” snapped English megacollector Charles Saatchi. …

Newly discovered painting could be $32.3 million Italian masterpiece

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported one of the great recent discoveries in the art world last week. It claimed that 90-year-old Mina …

Paul Strand, Master of Modernism, in Retrospect

Blind Woman, New York, 1916<br>Paul Strand Archive—Aperture Foundation<p>1 of 17<p>Though he had a long and varied career -- one that saw him experiment with …

Here Is Your Nasty, Glorious, Freewheeling Alternative History Of American Art

It's possible to create a neat and tidy map tracing the progress of American art over the last 50 years. Yes, you can draw some sort of shape connecting Pop Art to Minimalism to Conceptual Art, highlighting the famed (often white and male) artists associated with each.<p>It's certainly viable, and …

Orson Welles and Hollywood Are Finally Getting Along

The late director won't have final cut, but the piecemeal restoration of The Other Side of the Wind may be his best industry gig since Citizen Kane.<p>Orson Welles famously struggled to finish his films while he was alive, so now, nearly 30 years after his death, Hollywood’s helping him out. On …

Lost and unfinished Orson Welles film set for release

A legendary lost movie by Orson Welles is to be completed by the film-maker Peter Bogdanovich and screened to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Citizen Kane director’s birthday next year, reports the New York Times.<p>The Other Side of the Wind was shot between 1969 and 1976 and stars …

Film-noir traditions enter bright, modern world

A man wonders what his lover is thinking. As with the opening scene in <i>The Lady from Shanghai</i>, the camera looks closely at this woman, she whom the audience believes to be the object of the man's affection. The beauty of this fascinating siren frozen in the male gaze fills the frame. "It was a …

Top 10 Most Persuasive Film Noir Femmes

How do I love film noir femmes fatales? Let me count the ways.<p>I love them for their striking beauty – how did Virginia Christine expect to stand a …

How Jewish émigrés impacted the birth of film noir

In the 1930s, as the National Socialist Party gained power in Germany, people around the world did what they could to help Jews escape the Nazi …

Music Video & ‘Next Day Air’ Director Benny Boom Attached to Helm Film Noir ‘Wild for the Night’

Music Video & 'Next Day Air' Director Benny Boom Attached to Helm Film Noir 'Wild for the Night'<p>Award-winning music video director, Benny Boom, who …

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The lurid amnesia thriller Before I Go To Sleep is smarter than it lets on

Rowan Joffé’s drizzly, workmanlike thriller <i>Before I Go To Sleep</i> turns a ludicrous premise into a fitfully suspenseful, consistently interesting …

Jake Gyllenhaal finally gets his breakout with Nightcrawler

As Louis Bloom, the dangerously enterprising young man at the center of <i>Nightcrawler,</i> Jake Gyllenhaal sports an unnerving new look. He reportedly lost …

Illinois hopes emotional win carries over to Ohio State game

CHAMPAIGN — Watching the Illinois defense near the end of the Minnesota game, quarterback Reilly O'Toole was waiting for luck to bounce the other way for the Illini.<p>It never did.<p>"I got the chills standing on the sideline," he said. "That's never happened before."<p>The Illini (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) …

Illini basketball finds temporary home for 2015-16 start

Illinois basketball has found a temporary home for the start of the 2015-16 season.<p>While the State Farm Center renovations are completed, the Illini will play five games at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill., the school announced in a news release Thursday.<p>The first game …

2014-2015 MLB free agent power ranking

Who are the best free agents on the market this offseason? Here are the top 34 baseball players that money can buy.<p>Let's make one thing perfectly clear: Your next five months are going to be spent arguing about the following names. How will they do? How many wins will they contribute? Will they be …