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China and India: Twin engines of world economy

Global economic growth has slowed considerably in the past few years and black swan events have only aggravated matters. The US economy grew slower …

Archaeologists have uncovered genetic evidence that rewrites a fundamental aspect of American history

Turns out that last bit might be wrong.<p>According to a new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, the first people to reach the Americas most likely never even saw this route.<p>Instead, they took an alternative, more westward path along the Pacific coastline across lands that are now …

Anthropology

The Mystery of Hieronymus Bosch

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius<p>an exhibition at Noordbrabants Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, February 13–May 8, 2016<p>Catalog of the …

Artists

Can China Really Ignore International Law?

In a recent essay, eminent political scientist Graham Allison downplays international criticism of China’s blatant rejection of an unfavorable legal …

15 Hacks to Make Periods Suck Less

How have you lived without knowing about no. 5?<p><b>1. Keep spare panties in a desk drawer at work or in a pouch in your backpack.</b> Leaking blood onto your undies is an inevitability. It's going to happen, you know it's going to happen, so why not prepare and keep a few pairs of good panties (not bad …

Amazing Balloon Sculptures of Animals and Insects by Masayoshi Matsumoto | Colossal

<p>Forget your run-of-the-mill cutesy balloon dogs and crowns twisted at kids birthday parties, Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto (previously) …

The Man Who Spent 30 Years in the Rainforest Preserving the Music of the Bayaka

Louis Sarno went to record the music of the Central African Republic's Bayaka community in the 80s and never turned back.<p>In 2005, Noel Lobley—then a DJ and anthropology graduate from Oxford University—made an astonishing discovery. By sheer fluke, he stumbled across a neglected collection of over …

13 Ways We Can Fix The “Free Market” So It Works For Regular People, Not Just The Rich

The free market doesn’t exist. The market is governed by many rules, almost of all which don’t benefit workers. But people made the rules, and people can change them.<p>In his book <i>Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few</i>, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich provides an outstanding guide to …

‘A True Liar’: A short story about a man who lied when awake and told the truth in his sleep

An excerpt from a book of short stories set in the fictional town of Karuthupuza, a la Malgudi.<p>Velu lived to lie but he never lied to live. Lie was, …

Van Gogh's 'The Bedroom' coming to the Norton Simon Museum

Vincent van Gogh painted three versions of his Arles, France, bedroom — its crookedly hung paintings set within narrow confines — from 1888 to 1889, while staying at the psychiatric asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Soon the second in the trio will be exhibited for the first time on the West …

Political Philosophy and the Problems of International Order: Machiavelli, Kant, and Aristotle

(2017). Political Philosophy and the Problems of International Order: Machiavelli, Kant, and Aristotle. Perspectives on Political Science: Vol. 46, …

Political Philosophy

Why Does Japan Have Such Great Art Porn? A Short & Steamy History of Japanese Erotica

<i>After more than piquing our interest in historical Japanese erotica, we're taking a second, more intimate look at the history and influences behind</i> …

Are Garden Cities Sustainable?

The Garden City concept has a long and honorable pedigree within urban planning. Analysis of Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community outside of …

Sustainability

8 Textile Artists Weave a Narrative of Racial Injustice

'The Fabric of Emancipation' exhibit focuses the craft of textile art to stitch a deeper conversation.<p>Inside the Morris-Jumel Mansion, a historic house museum and Manhattan’s oldest residence, an exhibit, entitled <i>The Fabric of Emancipation</i>, addresses a history of injustice against African …

Thought-Provoking Paintings Explore the Intersections Between Wildlife and Humanity

Artist, illustrator, and designer David Rice forms organic images overlaid with graphic styles to extend his branch of artistic creations. Focusing on natural landscapes and animals as primary subjects, his work is multi-dimensional, revolving around the intersections between nature and humanity. …

Painting