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The illusion of time

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.<p>Andrew Jaffe<p>Andrew Jaffe is a cosmologist …

Quantum Mechanics

Trump lowers hurdles for military drone sales to allies

The Trump administration has ordered government agencies to expedite and expand arms sales abroad, including exports of advanced drones to reinforce …

Middle East

Traumatic brain injury: The unseen impact of domestic violence

The last time Susan’s husband lost his temper, he smashed her head against the kitchen wall so many times she lost count before she managed to flee …

The Brain

‘I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn’t read or write’

<b>John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s - a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret.</b><p>When I was a child I was told …

Teaching

A Path to Peace and Stability Through Food Aid

Constant war drove Fazle, his wife and four children away from their home and farm in the Khyber region of Pakistan eight years ago. They loved their …

Africa

Britain Targets Russian Billionaires

As the U.S. goes after a handful of Russian oligarchs with its latest round of sanctions, the U.K. is under pressure domestically and from abroad to …

Deutsche Bank AG

Trinidad & Tobago's LGBT Community Speaks Out as Court Decision on ‘Buggery’ Law Approaches

A t-shirt with a “Pride” graphic spotted at the gay rights march in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on April 9, 2018. Photo by Brendon O'Brien, used with …

LGBTQI

The art of war: the artist who sketches under cover at arms fairs

Disguised in pearls and a suit, Jill Gibbon goes to weapons fairs and covertly draws the attendees – revealing the hidden faces of those hawking the tools of mass destruction<p>Among the sea of pinstripes at international arms fairs, Jill Gibbon doesn’t stand out. In her dark skirt suit, cream silk …

Freebies

Trump Just Dropped the Mother of All Bombs – On International Law

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast – known as the “mother of all bombs” – that the United States dropped in Afghanistan on April 13 may have …

Middle East

Maiden Castle

Jim Potts<p>Writing about South Dorset, Dorchester and Maiden Castle, Martin Papworth in his book <i>'The Search for the Durotriges, Dorset and the West</i> …

Archaeology

Iron Age study targets British DNA mystery

<b>A project to sequence DNA from about 1,000 ancient remains could resolve a genetic mystery involving people from south-east Britain.</b><p>A recent study showed that the present-day genetic landscape of Britain was largely laid down by the Bronze Age.<p>But Prof David Reich told the BBC that this wasn't the …

Archaeology

Chocolate as an act of resistance

In Mexico, Chocolate isn’t just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and …

Chocolate

EU Prosecutors Indict 11 Kosovo Ruling Party Members On Corruption Charges

Kosovo authorities have indicted 11 people from President Hashim Thaci's ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) for allegedly handing out state jobs …

Corruption

How babies learn – and why robots can’t compete

If we could understand how the infant mind develops, it might help every child reach their full potential. But seeing them as learning machines is not the answer. By Alex Beard<p>Deb Roy and Rupal Patel pulled into their driveway on a fine July day in 2005 with the beaming smiles and sleep-deprived …

Parenting

Is Southeast Asia’s Largest Lake Dying?

During the monsoon months, Tonle Sap expands as if inhaling, fed by a Mekong River so engorged with water that it changes direction. When that …

South-east Asia

Philippines' Duterte cites "genocide" in Myanmar, says will take refugees

Myanmar has rejected any suggestion genocide is taking place<p>MANILA, April 5 (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday …

Asia Pacific

A librarian discovered the secret codes used by elderly library-goers

A librarian has given the Twittersphere an insight into the world of elderly library-goers and their mysterious ways.<p>Twitter user and library-worker …

Books

The richest American family hired terrorists to shoot machine guns at sleeping women and children

The Rockefellers took on the striking miners of Ludlow, Colorado but didn’t expect them to fight back<p>The bloody history of the American labor …

Mining

Alarm as government rewrites UK 'torture guidance' in secret

Civil liberties groups fear guidance to prevent human rights abuses may be weakened<p>A British government guidance paper that is intended to prevent the country’s intelligence officers from becoming involved in human rights abuses is being rewritten in secret, much to the alarm of civil liberties …

Surveillance

Russia's deadly nerve agent, explained

<i>Russia apparently used Novichok, a deadly nerve agent, to attack an ex-spy on British soil. Aren't such weapons banned? Here's everything you need to</i> …

Russia

The oldest footprints in North America are right where native historians said they should be

The Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv people of British Columbia have long spoken of a time when most of Canada was entombed beneath glaciers, and their ancestors fished and foraged along the coastline that formed a thin green margin between open ocean and impenetrable ice.<p>Now an archaeological dig has …

Barristers go on strike in protest at 'collapsing' criminal justice system

Barristers are to go on strike in protest at the “collapsing” criminal justice system, meaning court proceedings across the country face massive disruption next week.<p>Leading legal chambers Doughty Street, Garden Court and 25 Bedford Row are among those set to take part in the action.<p>It comes after …

United Kingdom

What Might Happen to Mexico If Nafta Gets Wiped Away

Since May 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump gave notice that he wanted to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, there have been …

Economy

Here lies danger. Hungary is on the verge of full-blown autocracy

Viktor Orbán presumes victory and threatens vengeance to anyone who opposes him. Europe must see what he is doing<p>Having bussed tens of thousands of supporters into Budapest for a pre-election “peace march” on 15 March, prime minister Viktor Orbán addressed them, promising that after his victory on …

Europe

vox-mark

This is not “forbidden knowledge.” It is America’s most ancient justification for bigotry and racial inequality.<p>On Monday morning, I woke up to a tweet from Sam Harris, the bestselling author and popular podcast host, referencing a debate we never quite had over race and IQ.<p>Harris is touting a New …

Framing

Where a River of Life Became a Border of Control

<i> [no-caption] Wenting Li/SAPIENS</i> The floor of the El Paso International Airport’s baggage claim area is a marble mosaic design; blue stones represent …

El Paso

Cheap Political Trick in Barbados

Expand An unknown man on the Eastern Caribbean island of Barbados. © 2018 Boris Dittrich/Human Rights WatchAfter Human Rights Watch released a report …

LGBTQI

The Next Cold War Is Here, and It's All About Data

The headlines about the trade wars being touched off by President Trump’s new tariffs may telegraph plenty of bombast and shots fired, but the most …

Geopolitics

Baby bottle propping isn't just dangerous – it's a sign of a broken society

Bottle propping is a dangerous practice that goes back years. But it is now receiving increased attention as society tries to sell a “solution” for …

Parenting

Exclusive: ‘Redirecting' extremists away from radical content

<i>This story is from Codebook, the new Axios cybersecurity newsletter that launched today. Sign up here.</i><p>It’s no secret that the internet is a fertile …

Mental Health