Natasha Schischakin

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The Man Who Predicted Putin

Vladimir Voinovich, Russia’s 82-year-old satirist, on why the rise of a KGB man was inevitable but why Russia’s decline and fall into …

Celebrating Zoos and Aquariums on Endangered Species Day

Changing Planet<p>WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) commemorates Endangered Species Day today at all five of our wildlife parks in New York City. It is an opportunity to recognize that we are all stewards of this planet and that the fragile balance of the Earth’s biodiversity is in our hands. Many …

French free Dutch hostage in Mali four years after kidnap

France's defence ministry said Sjaak Rijke, kidnapped in Timbuktu in northern Mali in November 2011, was freed during "military action carried out by the French army's special forces."<p>"This combat action has also led to the capture of several individuals," added the ministry, referring to the dawn …

Is Exotic Diet Giving Giant Tortoises a Boost in Galapagos?

Some of the rare reptiles are chowing down on plants brought accidentally to the islands—and may be healthier as a result, a new study says.<p>Some Galápagos giant tortoises are developing a taste for exotic cuisine—invasive plants that people have unwittingly brought to the volcanic islands off …

Zoology

8 Mysterious Van Gogh Theories That Haunt Us To This Day

Today is the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved outsiders, the iconic post-Impressionist whose melancholic spirit and rapturous paintings forever colored our notion of the "tortured artist." Yes, we're talking about Vincent van Gogh, a man whose life is as widely renowned as it is …

How to Overcome Writer's Block

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Writing

21 Totally Breathtaking Trails To Hike Before You Die

Hit the dusty road.

Stop Wasting Time: Tips to Raise Productivity and Reduce Procrastination

It’s been said that “knowledge is power.” However, an argument can be made that it’s more accurate to say, “applied knowledge is power.” Let’s be …

Is “Extinct” Forever? Central Asia’s Caspian Tiger Traverses the Comeback Trail

Wildlife<p>In reeds tinged red in the Central Asian sun, a tiger once roamed. Will it again? (Illustration: Helmut Diller, WWF)<p><i>I imagine a tiger.</i><p><i>He’ll move through the forest and his days</i><p><i>Leaving his traces on the mud banks</i><p><i>Of a river whose name he doesn’t know.</i><p><i>In his world there are no names or past</i><p><i>Or</i> …

Wildlife

A Cidade Brasileira Onde a Herança dos Confederados Norte-americanos Ainda Vive

Os confederados são um dos últimos enclaves restantes dos filhos do sul norte-americano não reconstruído.<p>Num dia de primavera do ano passado, perto de um antigo cemitério rural no sudeste do Brasil, um cara negro chamado Marcelo Gomes segurava as pontas de uma bandeira confederada norte-americana …

A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War One That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare by Diana Preston, review: 'authoritative'

Nigel Jones applauds a lucid study of a pivotal moment in the history of warfare: spring 1915<p>On April 22 1915, French soldiers north of Ypres saw a strange green-yellow cloud form above the German trenches and roll menacingly across no man’s land. As the cloud engulfed them, they experienced a …

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Which books are you planning to read next? Show us your TBR pile

As we approach a million followers on Twitter, we’re celebrating with a series on our favourite books. After our earliest reading memories, classics and book gifts, we’ve moved on to to-be-read piles and the pleasure of discussing them. We’ve narrowed it down to the next three books we’re planning …

Books

Chimps learn each other's grunts, but is it language?

Chimpanzees can learn a new sound for a common object, suggesting that the ability to acquire the building blocks of language may be more ancient than humans, according to a new study.<p>When a band of captive chimpanzees was transferred from the Netherlands to Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo in 2010, they …

New restaurants and bars offer deals that let you drink (and eat) cheap

The happy hour deals at some new Houston hotspots give you the perfect reason to leave work early. These are bars and restaurants where you can have …

Pittsburgh zoo ordered to stop stressing its elephants through use of dogs

The Pittsburgh zoo is defending its use of dogs to control its African elephants and protect their handlers, after officials with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) ordered it to stop stressing the animals through this practice.<p>Late last year, USDA officials with the animal and plant health …

Elephants

Crock-pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe - Freezer Friendly

<i>My friends and family can’t get enough of this crock-pot chicken tortilla soup. It’s the best! Healthy, easy, freezer-friendly and full of veggies.</i><p>As …

The Crazy Story Of A Cat Named Tibbles Who Killed Off A Whole Species Of Bird

Recent research suggests that domestic cats kill billions of birds and other small animals every year, and could even pose a significant threat to local wildlife populations.<p>It's a hot-button issue today for conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts, but in fact cats and wildlife have been at odds …

The Cutthroat World of Elite Public Schools

Can selective-admissions policies ever be fair?<p>In September 2012, the NAACP’s legal arm joined forces with two other advocacy groups to file a federal civil rights complaint against New York City’s public school system. The issue at hand was—and still is—the city’s nine elite public high schools. …

My Paris Kitchen

• <b>Author:</b> David Lebovitz<p><b>A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.</b><p>In 2004, David Lebovitz packed up his …

The Diabetic Cookbook: Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for a Diabetes Diet

• <b>Author:</b> Shasta Press<p>Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all your favorite comfort foods. <i>The Diabetic Cookbook</i> will show you how you can regulate your blood sugar and lose weight, all while eating meals that are hearty, flavorful, and nourishing.<p>The key to effectively …

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Moon Bear Rescue

Wildlife<p>Moon bears are being killed in Laos for use in Chinese & Vietnamese medicinal tonics & may soon be wiped out. I visited a Free the Bears rescue center in Laos that’s trying to stop the poaching. My wife & I helped feed the bears & watched them get excited about being spritzed with bear …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

The real truth of the Galveston oil spill: Ignored birds covered in oil, a dead dolphin in a plastic bag

A day after the oil spill in Galveston Bay, I called a guy I’d met a few weeks ago on Oak Island, six miles south of Anahuac. I had gone there to pay …

Siamese fighting fish

These stunning portraits show Siamese fighting fish seemingly floating in mid air, displaying their long, flowing fins and brilliant colours. Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich uses specialist lighting and crystal-clear water to capture exuberantly finned and coloured varieties of <i>Betta</i> …

Cockatoo perched in Renaissance painting forces rethink of history

With its religious iconography and ornate throne, the 15th century painting Madonna della Vittoria seems a typical Italian Renaissance work – apart, that is, from the appearance of an Australasian cockatoo in the background.<p>The discovery of an animal more closely associated with suburban Sydney …