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Can You Believe Your Own Ears? With New 'Fake News' Tech, Not Necessarily

Soon, we might not be able to believe our own ears.<p>New technologies for creating faked audio are evolving quickly in the era of active information campaigns and their use of "fake news."<p>This has serious repercussions for politics: Influence-mongers could create fake clips of politicians to …

Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs

A conference in London this week brings together military and intelligence officials hoping to use social media as a tool in the armed forces.<p>A global conference of senior military and intelligence officials taking place in London this week reveals how governments increasingly view social media as …

New York Collective Paints Over Baroque Paintings with Art School Scrawlings

The Bruce High Quality Foundation's latest exhibition transposes the activity of an art school/studio onto the paintings of Caravaggio, Rubens, and Poussin.<p><i>The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Massacre of the Innocents,2015-17, oil on canvas, 203.2 x 304.8 cm, 80 x 120 in. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth</i> …

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

Quantum Physics

Tate Liverpool to exhibit works of German artists whose lives were shaped by war

Works by two German artists, the painter Otto Dix and the photographer August Sander, who chronicled the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic and were then banned by the Nazis, will be exhibited together for the first time at Tate Liverpool, in an exhibition with eerie contemporary echoes.<p>“It’s a …

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Russia Is Already Winning

If you understand what the Kremlin is up to, the news is grim. But it also gives us a clear path to fight back.<p>The whirlwind of Russian spy news over the past few weeks has forced Americans to confront questions that previously would only have seemed possible in fiction: Did a foreign power …

Streaming Oil Waterfall Paintings Question the Formal Line

Abstractions on 'the line' materialize as weeping paintings in Pat Steir’s series, 'Waterfall.'<p>London gallery Lévvy Gory is exhibiting New York artist Pat Steir’s bold oil paintings through January 2017, highlighting the abstract painter’s meditations on line, form, and reality in the material …

The Obama Legacy on Jihadism

One of the most memorable moments of the Obama Presidency was his abrupt appearance on nationwide television, shortly before midnight, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. The press pool, which had been given a “lid” to stand down for the night almost six hours earlier, received an e-mail alert from the White …

Long Seen As Victim, 17th Century Italian Painter Emerges As Feminist Icon

She was one of the great female protagonists of the late-Renaissance art world. Forgotten in the 18th and 19th centuries, she was rediscovered in the 20th as a feminist icon.<p>Thirty paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are on view at Rome's Palazzo Braschi, in a major new exhibit running through May …

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4 Ways for Artists to Fund Their Studios Without Actually Selling Any Art

If you’re an artist hoping to make a living from your work, you’ve probably realized by now that it’s not so easy. The most obvious and sought after …

Current, a world premiere exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, focuses on the last decade of the British artist’s vibrant work, including his recent body of painting titled 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life, as well as hundreds of images the 79-year-old artist drew on tablet apps.<p>“[They’re] …

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The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Artificial Intelligence

New book by journalist who spent years interviewing dozens of sources reveals a regime where disloyalty is the biggest crime<p>For many people in the west, Russian politics has become synonymous with the country’s secretive president, Vladimir Putin, who has been known to disappear for weeks without …

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The Power Pastor: How A.R. Bernard Built a New York Megachurch

One Saturday in mid-September, the Rev. A. R. Bernard took to the blue carpeted stage of the Christian Cultural Center, the 96,000-square-foot megachurch he built 16 years ago at the edge of Starrett City, in Brooklyn, with his usual accouterments: a smartphone, a bottle of water and a large glass …

Artemisia Gentileschi turned the horrors of her own life – repression, injustice, rape – into brutal biblical paintings that were also a war cry for oppressed women. Why has her extraordinary genius been overlooked?<p>Two women are holding a man down on a bed. One presses her fist against his head, so …

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'Hypocrisy': Many in Arab world are furious about the new 9/11 victims bill

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government has prompted reactions of outrage and ridicule among some in the Arab world. Many critics say the bill reinforces a long-held perception in the Middle East that the U.S. …

The Problem With Calling Hillary Clinton ‘Corrupt’

Trump’s moniker, “crooked Hillary,” has become standard fare in his stump speech, demonstrating his efforts to cast her and her campaign as corrupt. …

MEMO: Tony Blair tells George W Bush they can create 'post-cold war world order' in 2003 note

Among them is an 11-page note from the former Labour Prime Minister to Bush setting out his vision to create a "true post-cold war world order" with Bush. The memo was sent in March 2003, 6 days after the invasion of Iraq.<p>Blair comes across as a House of Cards-style political chess player …

Francis Bacon was a great artist, but a very bad record keeper. As the definitive inventory of his paintings is published, Stephen Smith meets the art history detective who catalogued his life<p>An unsparing observer of the human condition, Francis Bacon was as unsentimental about death as he was …

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Early Soviet architecture rapidly disappearing as constructivist buildings are abandoned and knocked down. The Moscow Times reports<p>When Moscow city deputy Alexandra Parushina asked the men in bulldozers whether they had permission to tear down a 1920s housing estate in her constituency in early …

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The thriving Russian black market in dissertations—and the crusaders fighting to expose the country’s fake Ph.D.s.

Late last year, Russian newspapers reported what would have qualified as a stunning piece of news almost anywhere else: The chairman of the country’s …

Noam Chomsky: America has made the world a more dangerous place

<b>(AP/Adel Hana)</b><p>America’s leftist conscience explores the devastating consequences of our war on terror. Part 2 of a 2-part excerpt<p>Noam Chomsky<p>May 11, 2016 9:15am (UTC)<p>[<i>This piece, the second of two parts, is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book,</i> Who Rules the World? <i>(Metro</i><i>politan Books). Part 1 can</i> …

This is how the Russian police say they will put down mass protests

MOSCOW — It has been years since Russia's protest movement showed much moxie, sending tens of thousands onto the streets of Moscow for raucous demonstrations against electoral fraud and Vladimir Putin's third term as president. But with the economy now mired in its longest recession in 20 years and …