Boris Aleksandrovky

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My Hunt After the Captain

Holmes describes his frantic search through Civil War-torn landscapes for his wounded son, the future Supreme Court Justice<p>In the dead of the night which closed upon the bloody field of Antietam, my household was startled from its slumbers by the loud summons of a telegraphic messenger. The air had …

Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study

Dating from 1,000 years before Pythagoras’s theorem, the Babylonian clay tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today, say researchers<p>At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side …

Archaeology

When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election

It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.<p>Richard Nixon’s telephone calls came regularly during the 1968 campaign. And H.R. Haldeman took meticulous notes, jotting down the instructions he received from the candidate.<p>Sometimes Nixon needed …

Government

The Obsessive Art and Great Confession of Charlotte Salomon

In February, 1943, eight months before she was murdered in Auschwitz, the German painter Charlotte Salomon killed her grandfather. Salomon’s grandparents, like many Jews, had fled Germany in the mid-nineteen-thirties, with a stash of “morphine, opium, and Veronal” to use “when their money ran out.” …

Côte d'Azur

Frances Gabe, Creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home, Dies at 101

For decades, Frances Gabe did not clean her house, nor did anyone clean it for her. Yet for all that time, it was spotless.<p>Ms. Gabe, a once-celebrated inventor who died in obscurity late last year, was the creator, and long the sole inhabitant, of the world’s only self-cleaning house.<p>In January, …

Henry David Thoreau

The best African American figure skater in history is now bankrupt and living in a trailer

RICHLANDS, Va. — Debi Thomas, the best African American figure skater in the history of the sport, couldn’t find her figure skates. She looked around the darkened trailer, perched along a river in a town so broke even the bars have closed, and sighed. The mobile home where she lives with her fiance …

Figure Skating

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Andrei Tarkovsky Answers the Essential Questions: What is Art & the Meaning of Life?

"An artist never works under ideal conditions," says Andrei Tarkovsky, who, even under his own set of less-than-ideal conditions, managed to make …

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.<p>On a humid afternoon this past …

Theology

Why is English so weirdly different from other languages? – John McWhorter

English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively. The oddity that we all perceive most readily is …

Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road

Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. An adaptation from Nick Bilton’s new book shows how the empire collapsed.<p>I. …

Silicon Valley

Lessons of the Hermit

Hiding in a forest for 27 years, a man found what the rest of us can no longer comprehend: solitude in nature.<p>In the 27 years he lived in the Maine woods, Christopher Knight said a single word. Because he never spoke to himself and avoided humanity with the guile of a samurai, he went decades …

Nature

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

Our love of black holes continues to grow as our knowledge of these celestial bodies expands. The latest news is the discovery of a rare …

Parting Shot

“Famous last words” and Japanese death poems offer two strikingly different approaches to mortality.<p>I was born in the middle of March in a small town in China. My parents didn’t give me a name; they simply never got around to choosing one. On April 7, I nearly died after choking—and they saddled me …

Poetry

Linguists have been discussing "Shit Gibbon." I argue it's not entirely about gibbons.

A top Putin critic on how to oppose Trump: “making him look like a loser is crucial”

A conversation with chess champion Garry Kasparov.<p>Garry Kasparov knows what it is to oppose an authoritarian ruler. The longtime world chess champion was arrested twice in his native Russia for opposing Vladimir Putin. Since 2013, he has lived with family in self-imposed exile in New York City, and …

Democracy

The devil and Roger Federer

I know a grown man with not one but two framed images of Roger Federer in his house, the larger of which shows the sweatless Swiss revving up for a …

Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism / Georg • Scheel • Wetzel Architekten

<i>From the architect.</i> New construction of the Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism at Königsplatz in Munich. Permanent …

Luis Barragán’s iconic architecture recreated in evocative photography exhibit

Artist James Casebere uses “constructed photography” to capture the Mexican architect’s elusive work<p>Legendary Mexican architect and Pritzker Prize winner Luis Barragán’s work continues to enchant, a phenomenon fueled in part by the fact that his extensive archives are locked in a fallout shelter …

Architecture

How To Plan The Trip Of A Lifetime With Your DNA

As discerning travelers increasingly seek out journeys that speak to them in meaningful and unexpected ways, many outfitters—in response to a shifting definition of luxury travel that continues to evolve beyond five-star hotels and superior service toward ever-more-customized itineraries—are …

DNA

Life Under Alternative Facts

There was no real cognitive dissonance existing in the minds of most people in the Soviet Union of the nineteen-seventies and eighties. Everyone knew that everything said on the radio or on television, everything (with the exception of weather reports or sports results) was a blatant lie, spoken …

Soviet Union

A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Stunning Photos

Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

San Francisco

These trippy paintings depict reality as seen through VR

Author: Liz Stinson. Liz Stinson Design<p>Date of Publication: 11.13.15.<p>Time of Publication: 10:00 am. 10:00 am<p>Rachel Rossin’s Trippy Paintings of …

‘Up Side Down’ map quiz puts your geography skills to the test

See cities, countries, and lakes as you’ve never seen them before<p>Mapping is more than a handy reference tool: It’s a powerful technique to understand the world. But few people recognize the assumptions and Euro-centric conventions inherent in typical renderings of the earth. As a new project from …

Maps

The photographer who captures the expressions of tiny animals

<b>There are close-up images, and then there are the ones taken by Muhammad Roem, an amateur Indonesian photographer.</b><p>From dancing frogs to cheeky geckos, there is little that escapes 28-year-old Mr Roem's camera.<p>The full-time nurse started photography only three years ago as a part time hobby.<p>Now the …

Trump attacks Vanity Fair: 'Way down, big trouble, dead'

"Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine," Trump tweeted Thursday morning.<p>"Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, …

Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America

And it reveals everything you need to know about our next president.<p>Halfway through a recent late lunch at the Trump Grill—the clubby steakhouse in the lobby of Trump Tower that has recently become famous through the incessant media coverage of its namesake landlord, and the many dignitaries …

Restaurants

Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down

In a searing investigation into the once lauded biotech start-up Theranos, Nick Bilton discovers that its precocious founder defied medical experts—even her own chief scientist—about the veracity of its now discredited blood-testing technology. She built a corporation based on secrecy in the hope …

Silicon Valley