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What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like: Hear a Reconstruction That is ‘100% Accurate’

Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. …

American Filmmakers in Japanese Ads: Quentin Tarantino Sells Cell Phones, Orson Welles Hawks Whisky

American movie stars have long found work across the pacific in Japanese television commercials: Nicolas Cage, Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Harrison …

10 Figures of Speech Illustrated by Monty Python: Paradiastole, Epanorthosis, Syncatabasis & More

Ah, the ancient art of rhetoric. There’s no escaping it. Variously defined as “the art of argumentation and discourse” or, by Aristotle in his …

9 Signs It’s Time To Slow Down And Reassess Your Life

By Cody Delistraty,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1fRaISU<p>It’s part of Newton’s first law of motion: an object in motion will stay in motion unless …

Pity poor Eleanor Catton, winning the Man Booker prize so young

In 1956 Samuel Beckett, then 50 years old, wrote to his American publisher about how he viewed his newfound fame, as Waiting for Godot suddenly gave him an audience that had hitherto been ignoring him for decades. "Success and failure on the public level never mattered much to me. In fact, I feel …

US government shutdown to end after Congress passes debt ceiling deal

The US Congress has endorsed bipartisan legislation to end a protracted budget crisis, pulling the country from the brink of a looming debt default and signaling the end of a two-week government shutdown.<p>The bill, a temporary fix that will last through until the start of 2014, passed the US Senate …

Rhett Bartlett on Twitter: "Remember the 'Iceman Mummy' found on the Austrian border in 1991? They've now located its LIVING relatives. http://t.co/Tu9PgicwCC"

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First 3Doodler 3D Printing Pens Ship to Kickstarter Backers

The first shipment of 3Doodler 3D pens are making their way to customers across the globe. Like a handheld 3D printer, the 3Doodler lets users make …

"3D Printing DNA From Mars Could Soon Be Possible" - 3D Printing

“Is there life on Mars?”, sings David Bowie in his 1971 song. More than forty years and a lot of discussions later scientist J. Craig Venter seems to …

British film on the crest of a new wave

At Cannes, in May, there was anxious talk. Of the 70-plus features showcased at the film festival only two of them were British. Did it signal a decline in the UK industry? By the end of 2013, would our film people be wringing their hands while cinemagoers queued up for American fare and the House …

Inquest hears neighbours complained of bad smell and overflowing mailbox after man died

A WA Coroner has heard neighbours of an elderly man, whose remains were not discovered until almost two years after he died, had reported a bad smell …

Our Albert Camus issue (Philosophy Now Issue 98) is already out for readers who subscribe on the Kindle. The print edition will appear in a couple of days.

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Death, and Redemption

On May 21, 2005 <b>David Foster Wallace</b> took the podium at Kenyon College and delivered the now-legendary <i>This Is Water</i>, one of history’s greatest commencement addresses — his timeless meditation on the meaning of life and the grueling work required in order to stay awake to the world rather than …

A trusting society: why children's affection for strangers is rooted in Rwanda's philosophy

What are male attitudes towards women and domestic violence in Rwanda, and how are they changing?<p>I was getting out of the car at Busanza Training Center run by Women for Women International (WfWI) on the outskirts of Kigali. Unbeknown to me, four-year old Mukahirwa - sitting in a verandah nearby - …

Philosophy is not a 'ridiculous' pursuit. It is worth funding

I remember a cartoon from the 1960s: a man in an office is leaning back in his chair, feet crossed on the desk, staring at the ceiling. The sign on the half-open door reads “philosophy department”. A passing colleague asks: “Dan, don’t you ever stop working?” A nice joke, having the right …

The first R: why we need to teach philosophy in the classroom

Philosophy has had an important role in shaping who we are today. The PreSocratic philosophers began the rational approach to understanding the world, the culmination of which is modern science. Computing came to us at the end of a long line of philosophical contributions, including Aristotle's …

From 1900 — 2013: The Incredible Evolution Of Outer Space On The Big Screen

From all accounts so far, the special effects and visions of outer space in the movie are being hailed as second-to-none.<p>Every few years — and sometimes every couple of months — a movie comes along that pushes the boundaries of what we believe is possible on screen. Ever since the first science …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

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Unique Natural Sculptures Blend Layers of Stone with Glass

Tokyo-born artist Ramon Todo creates unexpected sculptures by drawing upon basic, solid materials found in nature. To create each piece, he first locates stones and bricks discovered on personal walks through various landscapes. He then removes segments of the stone, which symbolize the history of …