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Family of Marcus Garvey seeks pardon in waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency

With less than a week left, there’s still hope<p>When the name Marcus Garvey comes up, most people remember him as the “Back-to-Africa” guy. But that’s …

Searching deep and dark: Building a Google for the less visible parts of the web

The web is a scary place, but modern open-source technologies funded by the Defense Department can help explore it<p>In today’s data-rich world, companies, governments and individuals want to analyze anything and everything they can get their hands on — and the World Wide Web has loads of information. …

Flying nuns to Olympic coaches: 100 years of the Irish in Kenya

To mark the Rising, an exhibition looks at the Irish contribution to the East African state<p>Fri, Dec 16, 2016, 15:00<p>Irish Carmelite nuns in Kenya in …

Cultural Heritage Project Strengthens Economic, Community Activity in Lebanon

Located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Lebanon, Tyre is an idyllic coastal town with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Besieged …

Want to Understand the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East? Start Here.

The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative has organized a collection of essays, entitled The Destruction of Cultural Heritage: From Napoléon …

Gartner's Top 10 Tech Trends You Can't Afford To Ignore in 2017

Steadfast robots replace hotel desk clerks and retail workers, autonomous cars and drones transport robots that deliver packages more efficiently, shopping sprees take place in virtual reality – these are just a few of the innovations Gartner, Inc. predicted during a webcast entitled, “The Gartner …

Machine Learning

3,000 years ago, it ruled the Mideast, now blown to pieces

The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone.<p>The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State …

Death and the Daguerreotype: The Strange and Unsettling World of Victorian Photography

Victorian photography reveals obsession with immortality.<p>Having an eternal thirst for commemoration and remembrance, the 19th century was influenced by the Victorian obsession with spirituality and early photographic techniques. The introduction of the daguerreotype, a 19th century photography …

Art

The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

The Stories NPR One Listeners Loved The Most In 2016

For those of us at NPR, 2016 was chock-full of big news stories, so much so, it sometimes seemed the horrors in the headlines would never stop — the migrant crisis, police shootings, terrorist attacks, and on and on. But when we looked at stories that you, our NPR One listeners, loved <i>listening</i> to …

Artificial Intelligence Gained Consciousness in 1991

Why A.I. pioneer Jürgen Schmidhuber is convinced the ultimate breakthrough already happened.<p>For as long as humans have had consciousness — two or two …

Artificial Intelligence

A British scholar has uncovered thousands of letters written by Indian Muslim soldiers during the First World War

“We visited a shop where 2,000 men and women were working and everything can be bought,” wrote an Indian Muslim soldier posted in Brighton during World War I. “There is no need of asking as the price is written on everything!”<p>The letter, addressed to his family back in India, was penned by one A …

World History