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Pharrell, Bruno Mars and the Age of Pastiche Pop

Are chart-topping retro-style hits honoring the past or simply retreading it?<p><b>On a recent drive</b>, I flipped on Z100 and had a curious case of déjà vu. …

Amy Winehouse

A Photographer's Personal Look at Vietnam 40 Years After the War

Hanoi's street in an afternoon in May, 2010.<br>Maika Elan<p>1 of 16<p>Today, Vietnam commemorates the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which led to the …


'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoonist Says He Will No Longer Draw Prophet Muhammad

The French cartoonist who drew the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> cover featuring Islam's Prophet Muhammad after the deadly attack on the magazine in January by Islamist militants says he will no longer draw the figure.<p>"He no longer interests me," Luz, as Renald Luzier is professionally known, told Les …

A little black box makes it easy to unlock almost any iPhone even when it's secured with your fingerprint

The International Business Times reports that for just £120, anyone on the internet can buy specialist hardware that lets them hack into even the newest iPhones.<p><b>Here's how it works:</b><p>The main device used is called an IP-BOX. It works by "bruteforcing" iPhone passcodes, repeatedly guessing the …

Information Systems

Pictures of the Week 3.19.15

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Digital Art

Obesity rises faster in areas covered by Los Angeles fast-food ban

Rate of obese or overweight people in areas of south LA covered by 2008 ordinance rose from 63% to 75% – faster than in those areas not covered<p>Levels of obesity have risen faster in areas of Los Angeles covered by a fast-food ban than in those parts of the city not included in the ban, a new study …

Los Angeles