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No joking matter

IN A recent television show, Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian satirist, gave special thanks to President Muhammad Morsi. The Egyptian leader provided such …

Middle East

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This Is Now The World's Lightest Material

This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!<p>Check out this contender for the title of "world's lightest solid." To demonstrate just how light it is, Zhejiang University in China, where the material's creators are based, has published pictures of chunks of it perched on small leaves, …

Emergency

Emergency flares piercing icy conditions in a series by photographer Kevin Cooley

Abandoned

German photographer Daniel Schmitt has created a stunning photo series of old abandoned buildings…

Broken promises

ENJAMBMENT rarely makes the news. It may have reams of academic essays devoted to it, but less recondite publications have, understandably, steered …

Buddhist text's true author identified as Thai woman

Khunying Yai Damrongthammasan was wealthy and extremely devout<p><b>A little-known Thai woman has been identified by researchers as the most likely author of an important Buddhist treatise, previously attributed to a high-profile monk.</b><p>Thammanuthamma-patipatti is a set of dialogues, supposedly between two …

Hinduism

Is pigeon racing cruel?

<b>It’s a bit like an Olympic training camp. Only the athletes are pigeons.</b><p>The lofts at Birtsmorton in Worcestershire are clean and modern. The bleached-wood roost boxes might have come from the Ikea catalogue.<p>Bad experiences in Trafalgar Square had led me to foresee a flutter of mangy birds in a loft …

Birds

Charles Darwin letters reveal his emotional side

<b>In a collection of previously unpublished letters that have been made available online today, naturalist Charles Darwin reveals a highly emotional and personal side.</b><p>In letters to his closest friend, the botanist Joseph Hooker, he pours out his grief over the death of his daughter-in-law, Amy. He …

Literature

Brain Scan Predicts Whether Convicts Will Re-Offend: Welcome To The Sci-Fi Future

Activity in one very particular part of the brain shows a high correlation with recidivism.<p>Researchers at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico--a non-profit, partially government-funded neuroscience facility--have discovered a way to predict whether released convicts will return to their own …