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The Conversation

Readers respond to our April 2016 cover story.<p>The Obama Doctrine<p><i>In April, Jeffrey Goldberg reported on the president’s foreign policy. John Bew called the article “a masterpiece of journalism” in</i> New Statesman<i>, while former U.S. Representative Barney Frank said Goldberg’s interviews with Obama</i> …

World's rarest marine creature spotted after 30-year absence

The Allonautilus scrobiculatus has inhabited the earth for 500 million years and has only been seen twice, until now<p>A rare species of nautilus, a marine mollusc, has been found by researchers for the first time in 31 years. It has been suggested that the Allonautilus scrobiculatus could be the …

How Many Steps a Day Should You Really Walk?

<i>(Photo: SuperStock/Getty Images)</i><p><i>By Jesse Singal</i><p>If you pluck someone off the street, whether in New York or Wichita or Seattle or Sacramento, and ask them how many steps people should aim for per day in order to get enough physical activity, they'll probably tell you 10,000. In an age in which …

Why this week is vital for Greece and the eurozone

Athens and EU finance ministers remain at loggerheads but if an agreement is not reached by this weekend there are many long-term consequences<p>The Athens government has been in debt talks with its international creditors for months in a bid to get them to release a last chunk of held-up bailout …

South Africa's Hindu History More Than Just Gandhi

Perhaps one of the strongest arguments for why Hinduism needs to be understood as a truly global religion is its nearly 200-year presence in South Africa, and its survival in the country despite systemic discrimination against Hindus prior to the end of Apartheid.<p>To be sure, the only mention …

Inside a volcano: Journey to the centre of the Earth, in pictures - Telegraph

San Francisco

Apple is trying to recreate a vast, legal conspiracy to make you pay for music — and it’s going to work

They see it as a confused mess, mushing together several different functions — streaming, radio and an artist promo platform — that might have been better broken out into separate apps. (In tech, the golden rule is that the best apps do one simple thing really well. This thing seems to be trying to …

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Here's what you need to know about the deadly MERS virus

South Korea confirmed its first two deaths from the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus on Tuesday. With the outbreak of the virus …

Conservatives are in denial: America is no longer a superpower (and it hasn’t been for years)

<b>(AP/Alan Diaz)</b><p>Washington hawks are still talking tough on China and Ukraine. They’re living in another century<p>Michael T. Klare<p>May 30, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in …