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The Internment Artist

The sculptor Isamu Noguchi, the son of a Japanese poet and an American writer, had the gnawing wanderlust of those who feel they never belong. His world had always been spinning: a blur of steel towers in Manhattan, of arch cafés in Montparnasse, of bowed pagodas in Kyoto. He’d walked the patchwork …

Translation Startup Unbabel Unveils New Smartcheck Technology

Unbabel, a startup backed by Y Combinator, that combines human editing and machine learning into an online translation platform, announced a new feature today called Smartcheck.<p>The system consists of a translation service built on top of an intelligent translation engine. Translators sign up for …

The Quest to Reproduce the World’s Oldest Shipwreck Beer

In the summer of 2010, Christian Ekström, a diver from the Åland Islands, an autonomous region of around sixty-five hundred isles off of Finland’s west coast, began searching for a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, based on a tip he’d received from a fisherman. The Baltic’s temperature is unusually …

8 Secret Amazon Prime Perks You Don't Know About

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Family-funded reverse mortgage can help elderly parents keep home

WASHINGTON — Could there be a way to help senior homeowners with their cash flow needs without saddling them — and ultimately their families — with high costs?<p>That's a key question at a time when millions of seniors are flooding into their post-retirement years, many of them with equity in their …

Personal Finance

What does online shopping have to do with hyperinflation?

2014-12-24T14:27:27.000Z<p>By: Izabella Kaminska<p>As the WSJ reported on Tuesday, the Russian rouble’s collapse is taking a particularly heavy toll on …

Remembering Christmas Day in Afghanistan, 1979

On the morning of December 25, 1979, I was shopping in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Late the previous night there had been garbled news on the BBC and on …