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Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war.<p>The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting. Graham Allison, an …

Geopolitics

I Dug Up My Father’s WWII Guerrilla Past

Tom Carew’s daughter knew he had fought in France and Burma (where they called him ‘Lawrence of Burma’) but once she began investigating, the real …

Red Carpet

What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue

"Marcus Gavius Apicius purchased me on a day hot enough to fry sausage on the market stones."<p>So begins the tale of Thrasius, the fictional narrator of <i>Feast of Sorrow</i>. Released this week, the novel is based on the real life of ancient Roman noble Marcus Gavius Apicius, who is thought to have …

Ancient History

The Great Hokusai - Why do We Still Obsess over that Japanese Wave Painting ?

April 15, 2017<p>Smirna Kulenović is an Art History and Philosophy graduate, developing video and sound art projects, in love with improvisational …

‘Five Came Back’: When Hollywood Enlisted in WWII

A three-part Netflix documentary follows five great directors who went to the front lines to film the conflict and shows how it changed them and how …

Air Force’s WGS-9 Satellite Launched Atop Delta IV Rocket | Video

The United Launch Alliance rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 18, 2017. It was …

The Zambian “Afronaut” Who Wanted to Join the Space Race

At the height of the Cold War, a schoolteacher launched the Zambian Space Program with a dozen aspiring teen-age astronauts. Was he unfairly mocked?<p>My country was born on October 24, 1964. The former British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia, taking its new name from the great Zambezi River, would …

Why the US Navy wanted to communicate using whale language

In the 1960s and 1970s, the US Navy researched whether they could use synthesized whale sounds for submarines to have encoded conversations across …

How a Machine Learns Prejudice

If artificial intelligence takes over our lives, it probably won’t involve humans battling an army of robots that relentlessly apply Spock-like logic …

Machine Learning

Why Did Obama Pander to the UN’s Stunning Anti-Israel Bias?

There are horrific injustices all over the world, including and especially in the Muslim world, but those are ignored by an institution obsessed with …

Israel

Technical Developments in Cryptography: 2016 in Review

While 2016 may not have been the banner year for cryptographic exploits that 2015 was, researchers around the world continued to advance the state of …

Information Security

How the U.S. Could Retaliate against Russia's Information War

Pres. Barack Obama’s promise last week that the U.S. would respond “at a time and place of our choosing” to Russia’s alleged tampering in the recent …

Newt Gingrich Mocks Russia After Israel Vote

Earth Temperature Timeline

Geek Humor

“Westworld,” Race, and the Western

The term “robot” was first coined in the 1921 play “R.U.R.,” a tale of imagined artificial workers rising up against the masters who created them. The work, by the Czech writer Karel Čapek, was written and performed in the early days of the Soviet revolution, and—especially in the Czech …

Ur-Fascism

In 1942, at the age of ten, I received the First Provincial Award of Ludi Juveniles (a voluntary, compulsory competition for young Italian …

Avant-garde

7 of the Best Baroque Buildings in Rome Photos

Just before the year 1600, a new style of art and architecture emerged in Rome. The ideals of the Renaissance, which favored symmetry and proportion, were pushed to the limits as Mannerist artists exaggerated human anatomy in their paintings and sculptures—elegance was favored over balance. Soon …

Container Networking: A Breakdown, Explanation and Analysis

While many gravitate toward network overlays as a popular approach to addressing container networking across hosts, the functions and types of …

Provisioning Docker containers with Ansible

Setting up and extending an Ansible environment with playbooks, plugins, and the Docker module<p>Xavier Bruhiere<br>Published on September 03, 2015<p>Docker is …

A Tmux crash course: tips and tweaks.

~ Intro<p>If you are one of those devs who uses the terminal a lot and ends up with way too many tabs open, or practices pair programming, then this …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: ‘I think the things you might think up in a bar’

The astrophysicist has a unique perspective after a life pondering the universe – grateful to science’s risk-takers, but scathing about unthinking voters<p>Neil DeGrasse Tyson, 58, is an American astrophysicist who is the director the of Hayden Planetarium in New York. A committed science …

France’s Most Dramatic Little Secret: The Amazing History of St-Pierre & Miquelon

From major booze artery during Prohibition to key World War II stronghold, this small archipelago off Newfoundland holds its French identity …

German History

UN votes to start negotiating treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Australia votes with major nuclear powers against the resolution – including US, Russia and Israel – but 123 nations vote in favour<p>United Nations member states have voted overwhelmingly to start negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, despite strong opposition from nuclear-armed nations …

Museo del Prado Opens First Ever Exhibition Dedicated to a Female Artist

On View<p>The 200-year-old institution hosts the work of Flemish painter Clara Peeters.<p>,<p>One hundred and ninety-seven years after opening its doors as …

Art History

Installing and Running a Headless Virtualization Server

In recent years, hardware virtualization has become commonplace in the computing industry and more available to end users. The idea behind it is a …

Linux

Report proposes canceling U.S. aircraft carriers, investing in lasers to combat Russia and China

The U.S. military is at an inflection point. Unable to remove itself completely from two protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has been forced to respond to a resurgent Russia and a rising China, while remaining ready to combat myriad terrorist threats around the world.<p>The …

Military

Putin's dangerous games in the Baltic

Is the Russian president really crazy enough to launch a new wave of invasions, or is it all a clever bluff?<p>The old KGB headquarters in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, is a sinister place, full of ghosts. It is a solid 19th-century neoclassical building with walls thick enough to have muffled the …

Russia

The Failure of the Euro

By creating a single currency without the institutions to sustain it, the E.U. wound up with low growth, high unemployment, and popular disaffection.<p>It seems unlikely that anyone will ever write a rap musical about the foundation of the European Union, but until “Hamilton” it seemed unlikely that …