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Iran: In-depth tour takes in Tehran, Yazd, Shiraz and Kashan

The changing faces of Iran are the focus of an 11-day tour with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and its executive director, former journalist Terry McCarthy.<p>The in-depth itinerary offers opportunities to meet in Tehran with citizens, including local artists and members of a wildlife …

In old Tehran, real-estate prices have left almost nothing intact

Developers are sweeping aside everything from orchards to the capital’s 19th-century architecture in favour of rocketing profits<p>Tehran’s Valiasr Street is a long, winding road with sycamore trees and streams that were once fed all year round by the cool waters of the Alborz mountains – when there …

Building the most productive data science stack with Python

At Base, we are all about productivity. We’re building Base to make sales professionals and whole organizations 10 times more productive. But there …

Machine Learning

Freedom Regained by Julian Baggini review – the question of free will

Men and women aren’t sole authors of themselves, but neither are they slaves, as some theorists argue, to neural firings and inherited genes<p>Two or three centuries ago, most of the common people of Europe believed in God, while a small bunch of intellectuals were convinced this was a delusion. For …

Divine genius does not exist: Hard work, not magical inspiration, is essence of creativity

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>Mozart knew it as well as anyone: Creativity is not magic — it’s work<p>Kevin Ashton<p>February 1, 2015 9:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery”<p>In 1815, Germany’s <i>General Music Journal</i> published a letter in which Mozart described …

The secret history of snowstorms: How blizzards shaped the modern American city

<b>(Reuters/Brian Snyder)</b><p>The Northeast ground to a halt last week after an onslaught of winter weather—revealing much about the way we live<p>Henry Grabar<p>February 1, 2015 3:29pm (UTC)<p>New Englanders awoke this week in a world of snow, a periodically recurring landscape molded loosely around existing …

’05 Hot Drives: 2005 Ferrari 575M GTC Handling package

You'll always have Paris. Hilton.<p>Assume for a moment that you won the lottery, or at least married Paris Hilton, so maybe $23,500 doesn’t sound like much. But those of us with more modest means are bound to have a different reaction when it comes to cars like the Ferrari 575M Maranello and its …

Many Entrepreneurs Are Too Busy, But Not Productive

If you define your self-worth as an entrepreneur by how busy you are, it’s time to find another lifestyle. We all know people who are extraordinarily busy, but never seem to accomplish anything. For survival, entrepreneurs need to be all about accomplishing results that matter for themselves, their …