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10 great vegetarian recipes

Did you get the message that it's a good idea to eat less meat, for environmental reasons? Because it's probably better for our health? Or perhaps …

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

<b>For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.</b><p>It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and …

Sell your data to save the economy and your future

<b>Imagine our world later in this century, when machines have got better.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessRooted in techTech finds profit in poo in DubaiBringing Lebanon's designers onlineWords of wisdomTracking Miss Daisy<p>Cars and trucks drive themselves, and there's hardly ever an accident. …

Canon Fodder: Denouncing the Classics

In an essay in a 1933 issue of the magazine <i>Scrutiny</i>, the critic F. R. Leavis delivered a vicious hatchet job on one poor, unsuspecting poet:<p>To say that [his] verse is magniloquent … is to say that it is not doing as much as its impressive pomp and volume seem to be asserting; that mere orotundity …

“When Night Falls” and “Django Unchained”: Movie Censorship in China

I’ve never been to the Cannes Film Festival, and this year I regret missing it—judging from the word of critics whose judgment I value, it’s an extraordinary harvest, and one of the movies premièring there that I’m most impatient to see is “A Touch of Sin,” the new film by the Chinese director Jia …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

The 5 Coolest Car Stunts of the Last 5 Years

We may no longer live in the golden age of the stuntman, with names like Evel Knievel attempting death-defying stunts. But don't believe that everything that can be done with a car or motorcycle has been done. These five recent stunts prove there is no en<p>We may no longer live in the golden age of …

Clock ticks on Swiss banking secrecy

<b>Switzerland is facing mounting pressure finally to abandon its long tradition of banking secrecy. The United States has already told the Swiss government it expects Swiss banks to provide the US authorities with automatic information about US clients.</b><p>Now the European Union is demanding the …

Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond says Scotland can afford independence

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/980000/980075_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524710246_214416799a64be2c6bac6d5177265e41<p><b>Scotland can "more than afford' to be a successful independent country, its first minister has said.</b><p>Alex Salmond was speaking as he launched a …

A Trip That Doesn’t End

Early one night in the fall of 1987, a college freshman ate half of a microdot of lysergic acid diethylamide on his way to a party. He was young, but more than a little familiar with mind-altering chemicals: LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and other, less common psychedelics. This trip, by comparison, …

5 Things Google Play Music All Access Needs to Match (or Beat) Spotify [Updated]

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Google may launch a streaming music service to rival Spotify’s as soon as this week, possibly to coincide with …

Star Wars and Doctor Who fans clash at Norwich convention

<b>Police were called to a science fiction convention after an argument between two rival groups of fans.</b><p>Trouble flared at the fourth Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention at the University of East Anglia, organised by Norwich Star Wars Club.<p>Police were called after members of the rival Norwich Sci-Fi …

Comment Podcast: Preventive Measures

Listen to the podcast of “Preventive Measures,” Hendrik Hertzberg’s Comment on the changing public opinion about counterterrorism in the United States.<p><i>Illustration by Tom Bachtell.</i>

France and Germany: A tale of two countries drifting apart

<b>A political, economic and demographic divide has opened up between France and Germany. And, if that were not trouble enough, a new Pew Research Center survey suggests that these two countries, which have for decades been the driving force behind European integration, increasingly see the world</b> …

The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink

The Web browser you’re probably using to read this article is a small marvel of engineering. It can be broken down into many discrete parts—a URL bar, a set of bookmarks, perhaps a built-in video player. But the most important component is hidden: the “rendering engine” is the specific part of the …

Heavy metal degree is a 'waste of time' claim campaigners

<b>A two-year degree in heavy metal music has been branded an "easy option" by education campaigners.</b><p>The foundation degree - believed to be the first of its kind in the world - is being offered by New College Nottingham (NCN).<p>The college said the degree is rigorous and is being offered in response to …