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Coreia do Norte, da fundação ao programa nuclear

Desde que se declarou independente, em 1948, República Democrática Popular da Coreia desafia normas internacionais para criar seu próprio lugar no …

A história da bebida alemã que passou meio século sob disputa no Brasil

Uma bebida amarga, a invasão de Hitler à Áustria, uma disputa familiar de meio século e um segredo guardado por monges beneditinos. A história do alemão Paul Underberg com o Brasil tem todos esses capítulos e começa de uma maneira não menos singular, em 26 de maio de 1932, quando ele embarcou em um …

Agatha Christie, reine cathodique

D’Hercule Poirot à Miss Marple, en passant par la récente adaptation de <i>Dix petits nègres</i> par la BBC, Agatha Christie aura fourni au petit écran un …

30 Great Literature Quotes About Happiness

<i>Here are 30 great quotes about happiness from authors and poets [gathered by Regina Kenney].</i><p><b>“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of</b> …

This is not an article: why René Magritte is a timeless genius

Blending surrealist imagery with mainstream painting, Magritte’s apples and pipes appear on fridge magnets worldwide. But there’s something eerie and existentially troubling at the heart of it all<p>We will never stop marvelling at the art of René Magritte. This Belgian surrealist who died in 1967 is …

Art

Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.<p>Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men …

Books

To Teach Kids To Read And Write, Sometimes You Have To Get Creative

Take a look at your hand, right or left, it doesn't matter. Now imagine every finger represents a word. How many sentences can you come up with?<p><i>I think therefore I am.</i><p><i>Don't sweat the small stuff.</i><p><i>All you need is love.</i><p>Ximena Martinez, from Texas, thought this one was good: "Las naranjas son muy …

Teaching

Was Einstein Wrong?

Last week's announcement of the direct detection of gravitational waves proved, once again, the enduring power of Albert Einstein's scientific vision. Once again, Einstein was right in that this theory accurately predicted the behavior of the world.<p>But with last week's triumph, a deep and …

Physics

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

From rediscovered greats by Octavia Butler to the sixth novel from a prodigious talent, there’s a lot to get excited about this month<p>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The …

Books

Creativity is being wiped out as we demand that art reflects modern life

Our digital age has left us unable to deal with fiction. At least The Revenant seeks to free us from reality<p>There is a lot to like about the Latif test. Like the driving test, and that one that involves sticking a knife in a cake and seeing if it comes out sticky, it is undeniably useful. Checks …

Mad Max

Director Cameron Crowe tells the amazing story of following David Bowie for 6 months

The writer and director faced reporters during Tuesday's Television Critics Association press tour in support of his upcoming Showtime series about tour crews, "Roadies," when a reporter asked him if he had anything he wanted to share about Bowie.<p>A former music journalist, Crowe's experiences …

David Bowie

George Lucas says he sold 'Star Wars' to 'white slavers'

Lucas, who created the "Star Wars" saga, said he was against making the new movie "for the fans" and felt he sold the company he created, Lucasfilm, to "the white slavers," referring to Disney. [<b>UPDATE:</b> Lucas has issued an apology for his remark to Disney.]<p>This is somewhat surprising because Lucas …

Star Wars

New Black and White Surrealist Self-Portraits by Noell Oszvald | Colossal

<p>Visual artist Noell Osvald (previously) creates startlingly bold works through simple gestures all performed in black and white. The self-portraits …

Avant-garde

RANKED: The 10 best movies of 2015

I was there for all of it and have to admit that there was more good than bad.<p>With so much interesting filmmaking, it was tough to come up with just 10 favorites of the year, but here they are — along with a few others that deserve recognition.

Kurt Cobain

Five great books you should think about reading in 2016

We read here. A lot. We're book nerds. Honest. I wore a Powell's hoodie to work recently. And some of us even search antique markets for the perfect reading chair.<p>We love books!<p>So do the correspondents we go to for news around the globe. We wanted to know what books they loved this year.<p>They gave …

Books

What George Lucas really thought of the new 'Star Wars' isn't so nice

However, that word came from Kathleen Kennedy, the current head of Lucasfilm who has, to be honest, a personal interest in the film getting the best press possible. Now Lucas has spoken publicly about the film himself.<p>What's the word from the horse's mouth? Well, he didn't really say whether he …

Star Wars

The seven stages of writing a novel

Anna Caltabiano self-published her first novel at the age of 14. Now with three published novels under her belt, the 18-year-old author and student shares some marvellous writing tips for teenage writers and beyond<p>Check out the Guardian children’s books homepage<p>The seven stages of writing a novel …

Creative Writing

The man who made America: Reason, religion and the brilliant mind of John Locke

There will be no lack of odes to colonial America today. Let’s also remember the man whose ideas made it possible<p>After his triumphant return to London, John Locke’s theory of the mind gradually spread, as did his views on the processes of thought, consciousness, delusion, and the capacity of reason …

Russia's Military Is More Advanced Than You Might Think

Putin is itching to fight after one of his jets was shot down by Turkey.<p>Vladimir Putin is not a man to back down from provocation, especially a direct, lethal provocation like the shooting down of a Russian Su-24 aircraft by Turkey on Tuesday. Such an attack raises the possibility of a direct …

Military

14 Rare Photos Of Albert Einstein That You've Probably Never Seen Before

It's the 100th anniversary of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and a new book reveals little-known pictures of the great physicist.<p>It's one of a set of rare photos that have been released to BuzzFeed by the Albert Einstein Archive and Princeton University Press, to coincide with the 100th …

143 Years Ago, Nietzsche Presaged Modern Debate on Relevance of Humanities

With the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities approaching, one might be surprised by the continuing debate over the …

Higher Education

A famous British philosopher says this nightly exercise is better than a sleeping pill

The Swiss-British philosopher Alain de Botton has made a career of bringing high-minded philosophical concepts to the masses with best-selling books like 1997's "How Proust Can Change Your Life" and 2006's "The Architecture of Happiness."<p>In his quest to help others find what makes them feel …

Self-improvement

The Thirty Tyrants

The Thirty Tyrants (οἱ τριάκοντα τύραννοι) is a term first used by Polycrates in a speech praising Thrasybulus (<i>Arist. Rhet.</i> 1401a) to describe the …

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

Consciousness

17 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Books