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The Elusive Byzantine Empire

Dionysios Stathakopoulos surveys the history of the Byzantine Empire from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453.<p>To read this article in full …

Ancient History

These Physics-Defying "Metamaterials" Were Inspired by Islamic Art

Inspired by the geometries of Islamic stonework, researchers at McGill University created a stretchable material that is reversible.<p>Islamic art features several motifs and styles, with the arabesque perhaps being the most recognizable. But one of the more striking examples is its fixation on …

The effects of talk radio and Fox News are studied in 'The Brainwashing of My Dad'

The title and those lively Bill Plympton animations may suggest otherwise, but "The Brainwashing of My Dad" has something more serious on its mind.<p>Witnessing her aging Caucasian father turn from Kennedy Democrat into an "enraged and unreachable"<p>Fox Newsfanatic, documentary filmmaker Jen Senko …

The world’s biggest polluter is now the global leader in renewable-energy spending

“Twenty years ago Europeans were still teaching China how to draft environmental law.”<p>That’s a direct quote from Nick Mabey, CEO of climate change think tank E3G, in a press release accompanying the organization’s report on renewables this week.<p>How things have changed. In the past five years, China …

Flow, A New City Analytics Platform From Alphabet, Is Coming To Unclog Urban Congestion

Sidewalk Labs is building sensor-filled kiosks to create a real-time image of traffic in seven cities (also also give you free public Wi-Fi).<p>Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation company formed by Alphabet (neé Google), is now bringing Google’s wealth of transportation data–including data from Google …