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Stephen Hawking, in His Own Words

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant physicist who died at 76 in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday (Einstein’s birthday), never won a Nobel Prize. But his book “A Brief History of Time” made him a star beyond his field, and his penchant for dropping bons mots on subjects large and small made him an …

Stephen Hawking

10 Signs Aliens Could Have Influenced Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is one of the most mysterious civilizations in human history. It has left behind obvious proof of infrastructure and technology that …

Ancient History

How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud

Most Americans have assumed their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers.<p>Once upon a time, in 1970, long before …

Ralph Lauren’s American Dream

The iconic brand is struggling. How did we get here, and what happens next?<p>Each room presents one lavish scene after the next, and it's not hard to imagine Lauren himself toiling at the displays to make sure everything sits just right. Spaces are small and illuminated with candles and the softest …

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Thirty years of the Apple Macintosh – in pictures

It is 30 years since Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne sold their most valuable possessions – a VW bus and a calculator – to launch what would become a revolution in home computing. Here we take a look back at Apple history over the years

Google's Street View maps the watery roadways of Venice

Google's Street View has taken us all the way up (to the Burj Khalifa) and all the way down (to the Great Barrier Reef), so where else is there to go but the world's most romantic city? That's right, the search giant has taken its backpack-worn Trekker units to Venice, letting you explore its …

Twitter / Account Suspended

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

28 Excellent Books You Can Read For Free

The problem is that in order to read a lot of books, you have to buy them from the Kindle bookstore. Yes, there are other options out there - you can check out some e-books from your local library, for example - but the selection is often really limited.<p>Naturally, my frugal side wanted to find ways …

Literature

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The 15 Greatest Masterpieces At The Louvre

The grand art museum houses 35,000 masterpieces, from prehistory to contemporary works. But with over 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, navigating the enormous museum can be overwhelming if you don't know what to look out for.<p>Christine Kuan, the chief curator at Artsy, selected 15 must-see …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Most Extreme Foods People Eat Around The World

But the world is getting smaller, and ideas about what's acceptable to eat are changing. The U.N. recently told people to suck it up and learn to eat bugs, which are filled with protein and fiber.<p>And in the wake of the January's horse meat scandal in the U.K., many people wondered aloud: Why don't …

South America

The History of Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery: Part I

I can think of no finer way to inaugurate the ISCG Blog than to explore the history of cosmetic vaginal surgery. Where possible I have linked to …

Every vulnerable older person to have assigned medic, says Hunt

Every vulnerable older person will have a named medic who is responsible for their care, the health secretary has said.<p>The move means that one doctor …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

In Defense of Henry Kissinger

He was the 20th century's greatest 19th-century statesman.<p>In the summer of 2002, during the initial buildup to the invasion of Iraq, which he supported, Henry Kissinger told me he was nevertheless concerned about the lack of critical thinking and planning for the occupation of a Middle Eastern …

The 10 Happiest Cities For Young Professionals

Planning to relocate or settle down? When you think about where you’d be happiest, Riverside, Calif., Philadelphia, and Phoenix probably aren’t the first places that come to mind. But as it turns out, these three cities are where some of nation’s most satisfied young professionals live and …

Bob Edwards, Father of Five Million

The Nobel laureate died yesterday at age 87, feted as the technological father of millions of babies around the world -- the oldest of whom is 36-year-old Louise Brown. He is responsible for in vitro fertilization, which in the 1970s was as controversial as embryonic stem cell research is …

Margaret Thatcher obituary

Margaret Thatcher, who has died aged 87, was a political phenomenon. She was the first woman elected to lead a major western power; the longest …

1977

The First Paintings Of 14 Famous Artists

Before they hit the Louvre, they were just like us. Okay, except they painted brilliant works of art.

Stress In Pregnancy Increases Stillbirth Risk: Study

Women who face significant financial, emotional or other personal stresses in the year before they give birth may be at increased risk of stillbirth, according to a new National Institutes of Health study.<p>Recent data estimates that there is one stillbirth for every 167 births in the U.S. Though …

California city launches free public WiFi to all residents

This week, Santa Clara broke some new ground by blanketing its entire city with free public WiFi. The public WiFi network spans across 19 square …