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Why Airplanes Are Safe

Your airplane ride may be the safest part of your day.<p>Frequent fliers, you may have heard the legend of the pilot who bid passengers farewell after …

The Making of The Last Waltz, the Band’s Concert-Film Masterpiece

When the Band decided to stop touring, they asked a young director named Martin Scorsese to put their farewell concert on film. In an excerpt from his new memoir, Testimony, guitarist-songwriter Robbie Robertson recalls the night of Thanksgiving 1976, where electric performances by legends such as …

George Harrison's South Pacific-Style Compound in Australia

The Beatles lead guitarist, and his wife, Olivia, built an isolated sanctuary on Australia's Hamilton Island in 1987<p><i>This article originally appeared in the August 2007 issue of Architectural Digest.</i><p>George was a Pisces, so he liked to have water around," Olivia Harrison says of her late husband, …

Dolphins recorded having a conversation 'just like two people' for first time

Two dolphins have been recorded having a conversation for the first time after scientists developed an underwater microphone which could distinguish the animals' different "voices".<p>Researchers have known for decades that the mammals had an advanced form of communication, using distinctive clicks …

The Essence of Every Moment: Inside the Mind of Cinematographer Natasha Braier

Natasha Braier always knew what she wanted to do; she just wasn’t sure where she wanted to do it. While growing up in Argentina, she became …

What Killed the Jingle?

Marketing ditties once had a distinctive, hokey sound, but today’s advertisers have ditched them for standard pop songs.<p>Most Americans can recite their share of jingles. Perhaps they can’t remember their partner’s cell phone number, but they know every digit required to reach Empire carpet. Or …

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That Sinister Asian

As an Australian crime writer of mixed Chinese, Indonesian and European heritage, I am interested in the portrayal of Asian characters in crime …

Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …

Microsoft Just Stored More Data on DNA Than Ever Before, Using an OK Go Video

So cool.<p>Microsoft announced on Thursday that it has set a new record by storing 200 megabytes of data on strands of synthetic DNA. That’s about 20 …

Astronomers spot giant planet with 3 suns

Imagine a planet with triple sunrises and sunsets every day for part of the year, and nonstop daylight at other times.<p>Astronomers revealed such a …

Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different

Why are almost all modern maps the same way up? Caroline Williams explores the intriguing history that led to this orientation – and discovers why it shapes how we see the world in more ways than we realise.<p>Imagine looking at the Earth from space. What is at the top of the planet? If you said the …

Guilty Pleasures: Brian De Palma - Film Comment

By Brian De Palma in the May/June 1987 Issue<p>My guilty pleasures hark back to 42nd St, when I was in college during the Sixties. What interests me in …

What You Wear to Make a Movie

What You Wear to Make a Movie<p>Chandler Levack, writer/director of the TIFF '17 short <i>We Forgot to Break Up</i>, shares her obsession with filmmaker's …

Coen Brothers New Documentary — Watch George Clooney, Jeff Bridges & More Pay Tribute to the Dynamic Duo

Vice Guide to Film's latest episode takes an in-depth look at everyone's favorite cinematic siblings.<p>In its latest episode, Viceland’s “Vice Guide to …

Sculptor builds tiny, elaborate treehouses in house-plants

Jedediah Voltzby's <i>Somewhere Small</i> sculpture series is composed of 25 tiny treehouses painstakingly built around houseplants, drawing on Voltzby's …

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Louis C.K. about Money, Investing and Business

The comedian Louis C.K. was born Louis Szekely in 1967. He began his career writing for other comedians including David Letterman, Dana Carvey, Conan …

In the 90s she was dubbed ‘the coolest girl in the world’. Now happily reunited with Whit Stillman, she looks back at her rollercoaster career<p>One warm April weekend, Chloë Sevigny arranges a boot sale in the heart of Manhattan’s East Village. She empties her wardrobe, batches up her belongings and …

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The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion | VICE News

Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked "specific information" on "many key aspects" of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.<p>But that's not what top Bush …

Reports: Authorities raid Panama Papers law firm

Authorities on Tuesday raided the law firm connected to the Panama Papers global corruption scandal, two news organizations are reporting.<p><i>Agence</i> <i>France Presse</i> and <i>ABC News</i> tweeted about the raid, as <i>The Associated Press</i> reported that organized crime prosecutors raided the Panama City headquarters of …

Panama Papers could add to outrage in presidential race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Panama Papers, which illustrate how a small class of global elites find elaborate ways to shield their wealth from tax collectors, bank regulators and police, offer a glimpse into what's driving the populist outrage that has marked this year's presidential campaign.<p>The …

Authorities seized documents and computers from local arm of Panama-based law firm at the centre of world’s largest data leak<p>Authorities in El Salvador have raided the local offices of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, seizing documents and equipment, the country’s attorney general’s office said.<p>…

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El Salvador Raids Mossack Fonseca Offices as Panama Papers Fallout Continues | VICE News

The founding partner of Mossack Fonseca, the controversial law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers leak, says the company has not yet been approached by any investigators, but a recent raid in El Salvador could be a sign that authorities may soon come calling at the firm's headquarters in Panama …

Malta's Opposition Calls For Prime Minister To Resign Over Panama Papers

Thousands gathered in the nation's capital to demand the prime minister step down.<p>VALLETTA, April 10 (Reuters) - Several thousand people filled a big square in Malta's capital on Sunday and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat after the leaked Panama Papers said two of his …

French tax police searched Societe Generale's headquarters in a Panama Papers investigation

The searches on April 5 were a "normal development in the context of such an investigation", a spokesman for the bank said, declining to comment further.<p>According to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, the searches were ordered to try to identify holders of offshore companies set up by the bank via …

Working together is about more than just great stories, it’s also how journalism will survive in a world of platforms<p>It has been a very effective week for journalism; the prime minister of Iceland has gone, David Cameron has been forced into an embarrassing volte face on how he benefited from …

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David Cameron protest: Recap after thousands call for PM's resignation over Panama Papers scandal

21:18<p>'Dodging taxes is a moral issue' - Corbyn<p>Jeremy Corbyn says the Panama Papers scandal highlights the current Government’s ‘failure to take …

Ukraine's embattled prime minister resigns as corruption scandals shake Europe

Fallout from corruption scandals continued to roil Europe on Sunday, as Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced that he would resign amid a growing political crisis.<p>His resignation came at a time when the country's president, Petro Poroshenko, is under scrutiny after the Panama Papers …

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Feds 'Chomping at the Bit' to Use Panama Papers to Catch Criminals

Federal agents and prosecutors are “chomping at the bit” to exploit the Panama Papers and launch prosecutions, a senior federal law enforcement official told NBC News -- but want to be sure that the way the huge data dump about offshore money was obtained doesn’t jeopardize their cases.<p>“It is a …

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Jodie Foster Recalls Working with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver as a Kid

Foster was 12 when she was cast as an underage prostitute in the drama.<p>Since she’s turned to directing, <b>Jodie Foster</b> does even less interviews these days than she did as an actress. But in honor of <i>Taxi Driver</i>’s 40th anniversary, the press-shy actress turned filmmaker has spoken candidly about her …