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Saving the world at Plutonium Mountain

<i>David E. Hoffman is a contributing editor at The Washington Post. Eben Harrell is an associate at the Project on Managing the Atom in the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, which is publishing a detailed account of the Semipalatinsk operation. This report was supported by a grant</i> …

The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town's women. There was no other way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night.<p>For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought …

Who Is Ali Khamenei?

In June, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Rouhani ran as a reform candidate, and many have interpreted his …

South Asia

Complexity and the Ten-Thousand-Hour Rule

Forty years ago, in a paper in <i>American Scientist</i>, Herbert Simon and William Chase drew one of the most famous conclusions in the study of expertise:<p>There are no instant experts in chess—certainly no instant masters or grandmasters. There appears not to be on record any case (including Bobby …

Science is not the Enemy of the Humanities

The great thinkers of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment were scientists. Not only did many of them contribute to mathematics, physics, and …

Entrevista a Michael Ignatieff

Tras unos años como internado en un colegio de Toronto, decide realizar estudios en las universidades de Toronto, Oxford y Harvard, que lo preparan …

La revolución divertida»: el sueño de la política adolescente

El 22 de abril de 1969, <b>Theodor Adorno</b> iba a comenzar uno de sus últimos seminarios en la Universidad de Frankfurt. La sesión versaba sobre …

How the FBI Turned Me On to Rare Books

<i>On July 10, the historian Natalie Zemon Davis was one of several people awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. At the award</i> …

What Machiavelli knew

It’s a delusion to believe, as the western powers do, that law can ever supplant politics. And in politics, achievable and worthwhile ends justify …

El blog de Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez

Simon Schama fue a Estambul recientemente para conversar con Orhan Pamuk y visitar su museo de la inocencia, descrito por el historiador como la más …

Arranged marriage in America: My parents moved here from India, raised me American, and then they chose my husband.

The first time I met Alex was on my parents’ doorstep, the winter after I graduated from college. He was Prospective Groom No. 3, or 7, or maybe even …

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary

There’s a word— albeit one not recognized by the <i>Oxford English Dictionary</i> or any psychology manual— for the excessive fear of clowns: <i>Coulrophobia</i>.<p>Not …

Azerbaiyán, una democracia de cartón piedra que se sueña Dubai del Cáucaso

Irán y Rusia escoltan un país con ínfulas de grandeza. Azerbaiyán, que una vez fue rusa y ahora quiere ser la Dubai del Caúcaso, ha encontrado en el …

A Raised Hand

Can a new approach curb domestic homicide?<p>Dorothy Giunta-Cotter knew that someday her husband, William, would kill her. They met in 1982, when he was twenty and she was fifteen: a girl with brown eyes and cascading dark hair. Over the course of twenty years, he had kidnapped her, beaten her, and …

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Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown

Nothing is more emblematic of the American dream than chaotic mining and drilling towns such as Williston, North Dakota, and the people who flock to them in search of fortune. And no one knows better how these communities work — and don’t — than the traveling topless dancer.

Los soldados colombianos que combatieron en la Guerra de Corea

Uno de esos heridos, Rafael Quiroga, recuerda perfectamente el día (23 de septiembre de 1952) y la hora (11:30 de la noche) en que fue alcanzado por una granada de fabricación china.<p>"No explotó. Pero el proyectil me cayó en la cabeza, el casco de acero lo perforó y me rompió todo esto", cuenta el …

Rise of the Warrior Cop

Is it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing?<p>On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart at 8:40 p.m. The 12 officers were acting on a tip from Mr. Stewart's former girlfriend, who said that he was …

Law Enforcement

Watch the Professor!

Is America anti-intellectual? The jury is still out. One could make equally plausible cases for our country as a hotbed of hostility to organized …

Raymond Aron: 30 years on

Is Raymond Aron just a Cold War curiosity or a thinker whose ideas are still worth studying? (image © Erling Mandelmann)<p>On June 7th, the L’École …

Joseph Kony child soldier returns to terrorised boyhood village

When he was 13 Edward was kidnapped by Ugandan rebels and forced to become a soldier in the Lord's Resistance Army. He survived the longest–running …

In Search of Darkness: An Interview with Paul Bogard - Venue

Across the United States, natural darkness is an endangered resource. East of the Mississippi, it is already extinct; even in the West, night sky …

Big Law Firms in Trouble: When the Money Dries Up

Of all the occupational golden ages to come and go in the twentieth century—for doctors, journalists, ad-men, autoworkers—none lasted longer, felt …

Roadmap to Alpha Centauri - Issue 3: In Transit

Ever since the dawn of the space age, a quixotic subculture of physicists, engineers, and science-fiction writers have devoted their lunch hours and …

Space Travel