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Overtourism: a growing global problem | View

<i>By Claudio Milano, Joseph M. Cheer, and Marina Novelli</i><p>The summer holidays are in full swing – and protests against overtourism have begun (yet again) in a number of popular European cities. Overtourism is not a new problem.<p>Barcelona, in particular, is at the centre of these mounting concerns about …

Tourism

16 Epic Places in Germany Even Germans Don't Know About

Whether or not most people realize it, Germany is a country filled with spellbinding scenery and marvelous historical buildings, towns, and villages. …

'Māori has gone mainstream': the resurgence of New Zealand's te reo language

Max Smitheram, 54, has attempted to learn <i>te reo Māori</i> (the Māori language) on numerous occasions, but he has never stuck with it – until now. A <i>pakeha</i> [European New Zealander], Smitheram attends free weekly classes and practises at home with his Uruguayan partner, who is also learning the …

New Zealand

Go ahead, white Australia, eat your kebabs while you remind us of your 'values' | Randa Abdel-Fattah

Whiteness is fascinating in the lies it tells itself and the moral contortions it insists upon<p>I know who I am. Most racialised people do. History matters to us. We know that the answers to who we are as a nation lie in a story that did not start with the last election or 9/11 or Tampaor deaths in …

Australia

My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

My parents’ home, in Umujieze, Nigeria, stands on a hilly plot that has been in our family for more than a hundred years. Traditionally, the Igbo people bury their dead among the living, and the ideal resting place for a man and his wives is on the premises of their home. My grandfather Erasmus, …

Black History

See Seven Famed Ancient Ruins Restored Back To Their Former Glory

The Ancient Wonders of the World are but seven. In truth, every country has a building, a monument, a relic of something ancient and historic that could qualify as a ‘wonder’.<p>Fascinating as these ruins are, every visitor will at some point start to imagine what they were like in their heyday and …

Archaeology

For the past 25 years, in novel after novel, Michel Houellebecq advanced a case against modern sexuality. Now his dystopia is our reality

For the past 25 years, in novel after novel, Michel Houellebecq advanced a case against modern sexuality. Now his dystopia is our reality

Academic expert says Google and Facebook's AI researchers aren't doing science

The field of artificial intelligence, to those on the outside, must appear to be an orderly gathering of intellectuals collaborating at the cutting edge of technology. It’s not. If you dig beyond the hyperbole of Elon Musk and the wonders promised by Google, there’s a number of gnashing dissenters …

Artificial Intelligence

How Christians Destroyed the Ancient World

<b>THE DARKENING AGE</b> <b><br>The Christian Destruction of the Classical World</b><br>By Catherine Nixey<br>Illustrated. 315 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $28.<p>Vandalizing the Parthenon temple in Athens has been a tenacious tradition. Most famously, Lord Elgin appropriated the “Elgin marbles” in 1801-5. But that was hardly …

Ancient History

2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to tyrannical leaders

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.<p>In the <i>Republic</i><i>,</i> written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a …

Political Science

Scents of antiquity revived for exhibition at Athens museum

Chemists resurrect scent of Aphrodite’s Rose for global first show<p>When the National Archaeological Museum of Athens decided to mark its 150th anniversary, it seemed a no-brainer that it should celebrate the ancients’ love of beauty.<p>“After all, beauty is a word that exists in every one of the 6,000 …

Beauty

The strangest (and tastiest) ways people drink coffee around the world

Americans love coffee – and for good reason. It reportedly has a host of health benefits (that is, if it doesn’t cause cancer); in some ways, it …

Russian Artist Uses Ancient Technique To Turn Walls Into Art, And The Result Is Gorgeous

Bas-Relief is a technique as old as humankind’s very first artistic endeavors, a way of sculpting figures that are slightly raised from a flat …

These are some very important reasons why the government’s plan for the Irish border after Brexit will never, ever work

Much to my bitter disappointment, the Northern Ireland team won't be going to its first World Cup in my lifetime this summer. Given that, it'd be …

The Moral Rot That Threatens America

I asked a senior German diplomat the other day what issues the United States and Germany are cooperating on. He looked blank. Not Iran, obviously. Not trade, evidently. Not climate change, blatantly. Not Russia, plainly. Not migration, pointedly. With alliances like these, who needs enemies?<p>From a …

Iran Nuclear Deal

10 beautiful colour palettes from the most stunning locations in the world

For your home styling inspiration.

Aldous Huxley Tells Mike Wallace What Will Destroy Democracy: Overpopulation, Drugs & Insidious Technology (1958)

Overpopulation, manipulative politics, imbalances of societal power, addictive drugs, even more addictive technologies: these and other developments …

Rebuilding Maslow’s Pyramid on an Evolutionary Foundation

If you’ve ever taken a general psychology course, you’ve seen Maslow’s pyramid of motives—it’s one of the field’s most vivid and memorable images. …

Psychology

The Truth About Sex Differences

It's time for a grown-up conversation about sex. No, not <i>that</i> one. The other one, about the minds of men and women. Converging lines of empirical …

Psychology

Watch 7 ancient ruins come to life before your very eyes

GIFs recreate pyramids, temples, and forts from around the world<p>Ever wonder what ancient ruins looked like in their heyday? Thanks to a series of fun GIFs made by NeoMam Studios and Thisisrender for Expedia “recreating” a few iconic monuments including the Parthenon in Greece, the Luxor Temple in …

How knowledge about different cultures is shaking the foundations of psychology

The academic discipline of psychology was developed largely in North America and Europe. Some would argue it’s been remarkably successful in …

When splashy headlines become the goal of science, the process suffers

Internal and external pressure drive a rush toward prestige.<p>Brian Wansink’s research almost always made the news. The social psychologist is the head of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, known for turning out eye-catching studies on everything from behavior at pizza buffets to inspiring children to eat …

University of California

Top Websites for Fiction Writers to Share Their Writing

So you’ve written a story and don’t want to self-publish or have it sit in a literary agents slush pile? But also want to post your work online and …

How to Fly the Best First-Class Seats, Cheaper Than Economy

Airline industry experts have been proclaiming the death of first class for years. While some airlines have done away with it altogether, others are …

MACQUARIE: Capitalism is dead and finance has become a 'poison' — and there are 3 ways this era will end

Capitalism, as it is described in textbooks, is dead, according to Victor Shvets, global strategist at Australian investment bank Macquarie.<p>The traditional business cycle that characterised post-World War II capitalism until the 1980s has been replaced by ever-increasing debt levels and an …

The Sickness That Is Depression

Note: best read on a sizeable computer screenForeword »Like most woke twenty-somethings, I broadly agree with the often expressed notion that mental …

Depression

7 phrases that will make you seem less confident at work

<b><br>Hey, I'm not sure if you have the time right now, but it would be great if you can read my latest column. Is that OK?</b><p>…said the weakest communicator ever.<p>Confidence is a powerful tool to gain respect and get stuff done.<p>As you compose emails/documents (and in conversation too), remove these …

Employment

As Muslim women we don't need you to speak for us, and we don't need to be saved | Ghena Krayem

We face an ongoing struggle to be heard. This denies us the very agency that is claimed we don’t have in the first place<p>Rebecca Solnit, in “Men Explain Things to Me” writes: “Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would …

Scottish nationalists are salivating over the Brexit spoils | Kevin McKenna

The only question for the SNP is how long to wait before calling a new vote on independence<p>Like a drunk man leaving the dance floor, the UK’s slow, anarchic exit from the EU continues and the Scottish nationalists can scarce believe the abundance of fresh opportunities that have landed at their …

Great Britain

According to Science Our Perfect Partners Are Probably Not What You Think

Do opposites really attract?<p>Everyone seems to agree that opposites attract. Young and old people, happy and distressed couples, single folks and …