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African Americans in the armed forces – in pictures

From the civil war to Iraq, African Americans have played a key role in the US military. A new book in the Double Exposure series, Fighting For Freedom, features a concise history of their involvement, drawing on the photographs held in the collection of the Smithsonian

Black History

The Signs Were Always There

If you're surprised that the system suddenly seems broken, you don't know the system.<p>I've been black in this country too long to shed tears for any FBI director, even James Comey. He was no J. Edgar Hoover, mind you, operating COINTELPRO to subvert civil rights work in the name of "national …

Donald Trump

The (Fading) Art of Street Photography

I am a street photographer currently based in Manila, the Philippines. I prefer to photograph the streets alone or with a non-photographer, but on …

I used to be tired all the time too. 'Segmented sleep' solved that

Until Thomas Edison came along, our ancestors preferred to have two sleeps per night with a break in between. Converting back to it has been tricky, but worth it<p>Do you get enough sleep? Of course you don’t. Very few people with busy jobs, young children or smartphones do. Last week, there was yet …

Streaming Media

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His 45-Year Obsession with Sherlock Holmes

The basketball legend's new novel, Mycroft Holmes, prequelizes Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories.<p>Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scorer in NBA history, turned his chair sideways to the conference table, lowered his lanky, 7-foot-2-inch fame into the seat, and emitted a weary sigh. Two days …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Counterfeiter gets green card after evading US lawsuits

SHANGHAI (AP) — This could be the story of an American dream. An immigrant family builds a successful business and buys a four-bedroom house in a quiet neighborhood with good schools for their young son. But not all is as it seems on the steep, curving streets of San Diego's Rancho Penasquitos.<p>A …


Truly Vintage Street Style

A look back at the ladies who ruled the street style scene first.<p>Long before Bill Cunningham hopped on his bicycle or Tommy Ton launched Jak & Jil, photographers captured stylish women in black and white film sporting Dior and Balenciaga on the street. Take a look back at the ladies who ruled the …

Hiking in Honshu, Japan

Trekking through bamboo forests, around glorious lakes – accompanied by tinkling 'bear bells' – Japan is one of our favourite walking spots. Here's …

The Science of Why Dying Your Hair May Not Be as Safe as You Think

In the 1970s, anthropologist Justine Cordwell wrote a paper entitled 'The very human arts of transformation'. In it, she wrote: "The anthropological …

Cost polarisation and the divergent retail sector

It is estimated that by 2015, the middle class would have disappeared. Most consumer markets are In the midst of what is becoming a vastly polarised …

Pictures of the Week 10.16.14

The week in wildlife – in pictures

An elephant bull attacking a hippopotamus, butterflies fighting and deforestation are among this week's pick of images from the natural world

Portraits of a ravaged land: incredible photography by Nick Brandt

Nature Photography