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Rhymes of passion: The murder and mayhem behind 10 traditional children's songs

You would think any teacher making pupils sing songs about death, destruction and murder would be hounded out by parents – and rightly so.<p>When Tory …

Is this the finest biography of Napoleon ever written?

<i>Saul David reviews Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age by Michael Broers (Faber)</i><p>The first instalment of Michael Broers’s monumental three-part life of Napoleon Bonaparte – subtitled Soldier of Destiny – was published in 2014 and covered the 36 years that separated his subject’s birth in 1769 to the …

Gabriel García Márquez: 5 Amazing Books You Can Read in an Afternoon

The prolific author would have turned 91 on Tuesday.<p>With a Google Doodle of the mythical city Macondo on Tuesday, Google honored the birthday of …

Innovation Isn't About What You Know, But What You Don't

An idea can never be validated backwards, only forwards<p>When Steve Jobs first came up with the idea for the iPod, it wasn't actually a machine he had in mind, but "a thousand songs in my pocket." It was, at the time, an impossible idea, because hard drives of that capacity and size just didn't …

All The Stuff You Wished You Knew About Fourier Transforms But Were Afraid To Ask

The Fourier transform underpins so much of our technological lives, in most cases probably without our realising it. The ability to mathematically …

Mathematics

China’s message to the world this year couldn’t be clearer: Choose between us and America

Last year, Xi Jinping defended globalization and free trade in the first-ever address given by any Chinese president in Davos, and rebuked many of Donald Trump’s “America First” policies without mentioning his name. This year, although Xi is not at the annual gathering of the global elite (while …

China

Why Companies and Universities Should Forge Long-Term Collaborations

In the last decade, there has been an explosion in the number of research deals between companies and universities. Companies, which have been reducing their spending on early stage research for three decades, have been increasingly turning to universities to perform that role, seeking access to …

The five philosophers who will shape global politics in 2018

Philosophy skeptics have a tendency to sniffingly dismiss the field as useless. “What’s the point?” they ask, shrugging at the greatest ideas in human history. Well, aside from the intellectual pursuit of the truth etc., one point of philosophy is it shapes the world around us: Societal instincts …

Antoine Blondeau's Sentient Technologies: AI For The Unknown Unknowns

<i>A Series of Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Antoine Blondeau, Co-Founder and Chairman, Sentient Technologies.</i><p>As former Secretary of the Defense Donald Rumsfield once so famously said: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are …

Jony Ive Talks All Things Apple with Hiroshi Fujiwara

Touching upon subjects like Steve Jobs, animoji and the new Apple Campus.<p>As you can imagine, a slew of influential individuals were invited to the Apple Keynote on Tuesday, September 12 for the unveiling of the iPhone X, celebrating 10 years of the mobile phone. Two of those individuals were Jony …

What It Takes to Train the Next Generation of Innovators

Sean Sheppard, founder of GrowthX Academy, discusses the critical skills for the upcoming Innovation Economy.<p>How do we educate people for a future we can't predict? It's a question that's been on my mind a lot lately -- and, it turns out, it's been on Sean Sheppard's as well.<p>Sean is a serial …

Innovation Economy

Lewis Carroll’s Original Illustrations For Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

When Lewis Carroll first wrote <i>Alice's Adventure in Wonderland</i> in 1864, it was a personal book in his own handwriting with illustrations he drew …

What you need to know before you walk the Camino de Santiago

<b>Before the movie The Way made it famous, no one really knew about El Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as The Way of Saint James.</b><p>If you are still …

Hiking

We Are at the Dawn of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Still Be Able to Compete?

A shift from disrupting markets to tackling grand challenges.<p>I recently appeared as a guest on Wharton Professor David Robertson's radio show, <i>Innovation Navigation</i>. David is an old pro and recently published an excellent new book on innovation, <i>The Power of Little Ideas</i>, so it was an interesting, …

The Top 10 Books Every Leader Must Read

Being a leader requires a strong drive to learn, something these 10 authors dwell on.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Were you to ask any great leader in the world for his or her secret to success, the answer would be simple: listening. That's because the best leaders …

Self-improvement

Why this poet is posting meaningless verse on Instagram

When Texas-based poet Thom Young joined Instagram around 2010, he noticed a number of poets were already using the platform to share their work. At …

Social Media

A neuroscientist explains why we can’t see the world objectively—and humanity is better for it

Humans have a primal, biological imperative to maintain the status quo, but seeking out answers to the unknown is also incredibly important to evolutionary innovation.<p>This dichotomy creates all sorts of kerfuffles. We’re taught to rid ourselves of implicit biases that don’t serve society and to …

Creativity

Shh… This Is Where French Girls Go on Summer Vacation (and Why You Should Too)

The sparkling Eiffel Tower might have been what first drew you to France, but trust us, the tiny towns outside the French capital are what will keep …

How to become a better copywriter

<i>Mark Duffy has written the Copyranter blog for 11 years and is a freelancing copywriter with 25-plus years of experience. His hockey wrist shot is</i> …

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out.<p>Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, …

Religion

The mystery — and true history — of a one-hit wonder | Salon.com

<b>"The Blue Madonna," 17th Century. Oil on canvas. (The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.)</b><p>The mystery — and true history — of a one-hit wonder<p>My favorite painting is by 17th century painter Carlo Dolci, who never made anything else like it. Now we know why<p>Noah Charney<p>April 9, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p>In …

Art

So You Want to Read Cli-Fi: Here’s Where to Start

A Novel<p>Perpetual drought has baked California to a crisp. While most Californians have opted for government relocation to more habitable regions of …

Did ISIS inadvertently uncover the secret to the “lost” Hanging Gardens of Babylon?

<b>(Wikicommons)</b><p>ISIS destroyed an ancient shrine — and archeologists may have discovered a wonder of the ancient world underneath<p>Noah Charney<p>March 12, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Last week, a group of concerned archaeologists, mapping out the extent of the damage wrought by ISIS when it occupied the Iraqi city …

The man with no name

When an anonymous Mexican man was taken to an American hospital after a car crash, a 16-year quest began. Lying in a persistent vegetative state, he became a source of hope for thousands of families looking for lost loved ones<p>Because the beginning was lost, his story always began in the middle, but …

Travelers

10 Great Novels on Freedom of Expression That Aren’t 1984

Recently I spent a while looking through a lot of novels in a New York bookstore. Two words that caught my eye among all the descriptions of plot on …

Wellcome book prize reveals longlist for 2017 award

Val McDermid, chair of this year’s judges, hails a selection that crosses divide between arts and sciences<p>Crime writer Val McDermid, who is chairing the judges for this year’s Wellcome book prize, has criticised the divide between arts and sciences in the UK’s education system, speaking out as the …

You, Too, Will Love Big Brother: A Life Of Reading And Rereading '1984'

It was a bright hot day in June. Or possibly July. And the clocks almost certainly weren't striking thirteen, because they don't do that in this country.<p>But it WAS the summer of 1984. I was 9 years old, and my father was handing me a beat-up paperback with an anonymous-looking white and green …

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern

George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality<p>Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller …

Donald Trump

The Young Pope — and pop culture in general — can't stop asking one question: where did God go?

From The Leftovers to Silence, movies and TV muse a God-shaped vacuum.<p>HBO’s <i>The Young Pope</i>is much more thoughtful (and much weirder) than the rampant memes it’s spawned would have you believe — and this only becomes more evident as the series continues. The actions of Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), …

Why Brazil’s Greatest Writer Stopped Writing

In 1984, at the height of his literary fame, Raduan Nassar announced his retirement, to become a farmer.<p>In 1973, the Brazilian writer Raduan Nassar quit his job. After six years as editor-in-chief at the <i>Jornal do Bairro</i>, an influential left-wing newspaper that opposed Brazil’s military regime, he …

Literature