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Hitler’s World

Nothing can be known about the future, thought Hitler, except the limits of our planet: “the surface area of a precisely measured space.” Ecology was …

A 26-year-old explains how he travels the world on no more than $30 a day

In January of 2008, Will Hatton booked his first trip abroad for his 19th birthday — to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.<p>"I just wanted to do something different. I hadn't done anything remotely exciting with my life. I wanted to go up a mountain but I didn't have any climbing experience, so …

Travel

Inside the Rise and Fall of NASA's Beloved Worm Logo

One of graphic design’s most famous love triangle begins, as most graphic design stories do, with a request for proposal.<p>It was 1974, and Richard …

The FRONTLINE Interview: Dr. Bennet Omalu – League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis - FRONTLINE

'The Wanted 18': Palestinian animation film submitted for Oscar consideration

<i>CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said that the movie had been nominated for an Oscar. In fact, it had only been submitted for</i> …

Wes Craven reinvented horror three times: cinema looks scary without him

Through The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, Craven – who has died aged 76 – dictated the genre so confidently no Hollywood horror director isn’t deeply indebted, no audience member left untouched<p>If you can judge a film-maker’s influence by how many copycats they …

Horror

The Movies of My Youth

There were years when I went to the movies almost every day, sometimes even twice a day, and they were the years between 1936 and the war, around the …

Trump's mass deportation idea was tried in the 1930s

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years …

Immigration

The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>This article by Professor James Tracy first published in August 2015 is of particular relevance in relation to the “fake news” campaign directed</i> …

LEONARDO’S BRIDGE: Part 3. “Vebjørn Sand and Variations on a Theme by Leonardo”

Changing Planet<p>The Ultimate Fusion of Form and Function. The blue hour photo shows Leonardo’s Bridge inspired by a 500-year old sketch. “One of the five coolest bridges in the world,” declared Wired Magazine (2005). The photo above appeared previously in the author’s book, <i>Leonardo’s Universe</i> …

LEONARDO’S BRIDGE: Part 2. “A Bridge for the Sultan”

Changing Planet<p>I once heard of a tradition in Turkey that Leonardo was invited to Istanbul to paint a portrait of “Mehmed the Conqueror” (Fatih Sultan Mehmet) but was unable to accept the commission. No documentation exists to corroborate this story. But there is manifest evidence of Leonardo’s …

LEONARDO’S BRIDGE: Part 1. “The Master of all Trades”

Human Journey<p>Leonardo (1452-1519) created no more than 17 paintings during his lifetime. This part-time artist, who created the two most famous paintings in the history of art, was a consummate scientist-engineer, imbuing his art with science, and his science with art.<p>Although he had virtually no …

7 Essential Steps for Starting Your Own Art Movement

There's never been a more perfect time to kick Damien Hirst from his high chair.<p>If there's anything postmodern art does, it “obliterates the line—or the brow—separating the high from the low,” American sociologist Todd Gitlin once wrote. With pretention around the arts crumbling, bit by bit, over …

Art

5 silly new words in the Oxford dictionary that could come in handy

Slide 1 of 7<p>“Grexit” is an easy one. Anybody who’s frequented MarketWatch lately knows all too well that catchy mash-up is a word for the potential …

Language

The Science of Snobbery: How We're Duped Into Thinking Fancy Things Are Better

Wine snobs, string quartets, and the limits of intuition<p>Several months ago, this author sat at a classical music concert, trying to convince himself that wine is not bullshit.<p>That may seem like a strange thought to have while listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major. But Priceonomics had …