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Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

This was a year when books — like the rest of us — tried to keep up with the news, and did a pretty good job of it. Novels about global interconnectedness, political violence and migration; deeply reported nonfiction accounts of racial and economic strife in the United States; stories both imagined …

Books

Intisaab Poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz Read by Naseeruddin Shah

Soon we'll cure diseases with a cell, not a pill

Current medical treatment boils down to six words: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee points to a future of …

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The Vital Question with Nick Lane

At its heart, Nick Lane's work is an attempt to right a scientific wrong by getting people to fully appreciate the role that energy plays in all …

Five classic drawings by Mario Miranda

Architect Gerard da Cunha, who collaborated with the illustrator to publish several of his books, has opened a Mario Gallery in his office in …

Art

Traveling Faster Than Light? Four Phenomena That Put the Cosmic Speed Limit to the Test

The Cosmic Speed Limit<p>The speed of light is widely known to be the absolute pinnacle of movement. When Albert Einstein first entwined mass and energy …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

LIGO

A Farewell Letter to A.B. Bardhan

A life long communist, Comrade Bardhan, as he was widely called, was general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI) from 1996 to 2012. Born …

Banjara on Flipboard

By Nirman Philloura | Nirman Philloura created a magazine on Flipboard. “Banjara on Flipboard” is available with thousands of other magazines and all …

A Hindu Soldier’s Aurangzeb

Bhimsen is distressed that landowners are exploiting the peasantry, there are defections to the Marathas, and lawlessness in the countryside. But …

Hinduism

NDTV’s Ravish on the Dark World of News Television

In a wide-ranging interview, the iconic TV journalist discusses his recent decision to urge the profession to break the mould of an anchor as an …

Journalism

Listen: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves, a New Window to the Universe

Albert Einstein first came up with the concept of gravitational waves, with the theory of relativity as the basis for their existence. A century and …

Albert Einstein

Zee News Journalist Quits in Disgust Over JNU Coverage, Tells All in Letter

In a moving letter of resignation from Zee News, a journalist accuses the channel of “toeing the government’s line” on JNU and “pushing towards ruin …

India

Why I Think Using Digital Technology Is Good For My Six-Year-Old Son

"Dad, please don't delete my game, I'll lose all my high scores," said my six-year-old son as he came running towards me. Oops! One look at his …

Space Archaeologist Wants Your Help to Fight Looting

Sarah Parcak, winner of the million-dollar TED Prize, hopes to equip an army of citizen-scientists to discover and protect ancient sites.<p>For years, archaeologists have waged a desperate global battle against the looting of ancient sites and the ransacking of humanity’s past. They have pressed …

Archaeology

This glorious NYC storm photo has been compared to an impressionist painting

Photographer Michele Palazzo woke up extra early to capture this stunning image of the Flatiron building in New York during Storm Jonas<p>As Storm Jonas battered the US east coast with heavy snow and high winds, one plucky photographer went out in search of the perfect photo.<p>Michele Palazzo’s …

Weather

Spaced repetition: a hack to make your brain store information

Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works<p>Late night dates with a 600-page textbook and a multipack of Red Bull are a familiar encounter for many people. Whether in school, university or work, we all find ourselves in …

Learn to Write, for God's Sake

In our politically correct culture, words speak louder than actions. I can’t tell you just how screwed up I think that is, but, like it or not, it is the new normal. And for purposes of this post and this post only, we’re simply going to accept that at face value.<p>In today’s digital world, people …

Productivity Tips from Flipboard Curators

Every Monday, we put the spotlight on a wonderful curator in our MagMaker blog. We ask them to share insights about their media diets and habits, both on and off Flipboard. In doing so, we also learn about what makes them tick.<p>At the end of each post, we ask for a special productivity tip. And …