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How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or …

The etiquette of drinking before noon

We examine the handful of occasions when it is acceptable to drink alcohol before midday<p>Midday is often seen as the earliest appropriate hour to order a glass of wine - there's something vaguely inappropriate about boozing while the sun is still rising.<p>But President Barack Obama, leader of the free …

Alcohol

Maggi Row: It started from six overworked men and a Gorakhpur lab

On March 26 last year, it was this lab, tucked away in a corner of the campus, that found the presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour …

India

40 trips you should take before you turn 30

Your 20s are an ideal time to take on some adventure and travel to faraway places.<p>Chances are you'll end up having some wild experiences that you'll never forget.<p>From partying at the world's largest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro to paragliding in New Zealand, here are the trips you should take when …

National Parks

The Tech Threat

<i>This is the first of a two-part special report from People & Power's Bob Abeshouse. Scroll down for part two.</i><p>By Bob Abeshouse<p>The United States and other developed countries are in the midst of a digital revolution that may be even more profound than the industrial revolutions of the past. Advances …

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

How one of the world’s largest railways is using technology to reinvent itself

With a track length of 116,000 kilometre and 23 million daily passengers (pdf), India has one of the world’s largest railway networks. But this massive enterprise is bleeding money and in urgent need of reforms.<p>And in an attempt to fix the mess, India’s railway minister Suresh Prabhu is banking on …

How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.<p>While the White House has said the breach only …

U.S. State Department