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The Best Classical CDs of 2014

<b>Here are our top ten classical CDs of the year, as chosen by our classical music specialists Kate Rockstrom and Alexandra Mathew. Displayed in no</b> …

The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis

What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age<p>This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure. Instead of …

See the Best in Your Flipboard Home

Inside Flipboard / November 18, 2014<p>Some of us catch up on the news in the morning; others enjoy a funny video before bed. But no matter what time …

NAFTA And The Future Of Canada, Mexico And The United States

The 20th anniversary of NAFTA’s implementation on Jan. 1 has revived some of the perennial arguments that have surrounded the bloc since its inception. The general consensus has been that the trade deal was a mixed bag, a generally positive yet disappointing economic experiment.<p>That consensus may …

Why do Americans write the month before the day?

We explore the possible reasons for this mad anomaly and hear your explanations<p>(For help crossing the rubicon between British and American cultural norms, consult English to English)<p>If you ask an American about the way their dates are formatted, you may get a response as defensive as 'my jumper is</i> …

Walter Bagehot

For the asteroid named after Walter Bagehot, see 2901 Bagehot.<p><b>Walter Bagehot</b> (/ˈbædʒət/ <i>BA-jət</i>; 3 February 1826 – 24 March 1877) was a British …

The one problem with Dropbox’s $8 billion valuation: The service is too easy to leave

Recently I ran out of space on the consumer-focused cloud storage service Dropbox, which as of this morning is reportedly valued at $8 billion. Dropbox has been (cleverly) backing up all my photos every time I connect my phone to my laptop, encouraging me to fill up my allotted gigabytes and get me …

Google Drive

John Cage on why he wished to make English less understandable

John Cage once made the following remark when asked why he wished to make English less understandable:<p>I let it be known to my friends, and even …

Edmund Blunden: Undertones of War

Edmund Blunden's memoir of life in the trenches <i>- Undertones of War</i> - is, as one might expect, horrific and heart-breaking. The style of <i>Undertones</i> is …

Poem of the week: 'On the Eastern Front' by Georg Trakl

This week's poem is John Greening's translation of "On the Eastern Front" by Georg Trakl. The original poem "Im Osten" (which follows the English here) was probably written in the aftermath of the Battle of Grodek. Trakl, a pharmacist with the medical corps, had been left alone with a barn full of …

9 out of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong about This Mind Blowing Fact

How Coffee, Citrus And Nuts Help Cut The Risk Of Diabetes

If you go back to the 1970s, people with a serious coffee habit often had an accompanying habit: smoking.<p>And that's why early studies gave coffee a bad rap. Clearly, smoking was harmful. And it was hard for researchers to disentangle the two habits. "So it made coffee look bad in terms of health …

Judge Permits Google To Continue To Make Books Relevant Online

As an author and former academic, I use Google Books almost every day. It’s become the primary reason I even bother exploring non-fiction books online, rather than looking up an article on the same subject. Today, a U.S circuit judge declared that Google provides enormous benefit to society and …

Pakistan private schools ban Malala book

Some private schools in Pakistan have banned teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai's book, calling her a tool of the West, according to the head of an association representing them.<p>Malala attracted global attention last year when the Taliban shot her in the head in northwest Pakistan for …

Grammatical structures as a window into the past

11/04/2013 06:00:00 PM<p>A new large-scale database and atlas of key structural properties of mixed languages from the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific …

1,000 year-old dog skeletons found in Lima, Peru

11/05/2013 08:30:00 PM<p>Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered remains of over 100 dogs thought to be 1,000 years old in the ancient ruins of Parque de …

Google is now pushing out some major updates to two of its Android apps. The new version of Hangouts with SMS integration is now live, as is an updated Google Keyboard with space-aware gesture typing. Will you use Hangouts as your default SMS app now that it's been updated? http://www.phonedog.com/2013/11/07/google-hangouts-update-with-sms-integration-pushing-out-google-keyboard-updated-too/

Google brings Android's text-to-speech engine to Google Play as a standalone download

Google puts a tremendous amount of work into its voice-synthesis technology, but that effort frequently goes for naught; the company's text-to-speech engine sometimes isn't even included on Android devices from Samsung and other key manufacturers. Thankfully Mountain View has figured out a way to …

Gravity and other films that changed Hollywood for ever

Every now and then a film comes along that totally changes everything: whether it is expensive new technology or a cute talking pig, nothing can be the same again. Gravity is the latest film that makes a whole swath of cinema look and feel redundant: its hard-won sense of documentary realism means …

Paul Lewis: Confronting Schubert's NightmareWGBH

Pianist Paul Lewis came to Boston to make his recital debut on Jan. 12. The evening before, at this performance he gave at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio, he told the audience he suddenly realized there was a certain magic in that date. It had been exactly 20 years earlier — Jan. 12, 1993 — when …

Piano

The Rest is Noise festival: Politics and spirituality - reviews from the archive

Religious belief was marginalised under the official state atheism of the Soviet Union and its satellites. However, from the 1960s onwards, some eastern bloc composers turned to spiritual themes. These were subversive acts, but, as Alex Ross explained in The Rest is Noise, "the long twilight of the …

Where to See Indie and Classic Films: Online Edition

As a rule of thumb, viewing a movie in a large dark room with a large white screen where an ever-changing stream of moving pictures is being …