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Legendary Celebrity iCons

Robert DeNiro<p>Some of Hollywood's most revered celebrities are letting every blemish and wrinkle shine in these photographs by London and New York-based photographer Andy Gotts. Known for his portraits of the stars, Gotts has been photographing celebrities for more than twenty years. He travels …

Clint Eastwood

iPad Pro

Apple may never give us a touchscreen MacBook, but, for now, we have the next best thing: The iPad Pro and its companion Smart Keyboard.<p>This …

My father’s medical mystery

Something was very wrong with Dad, something he couldn’t describe because it was something wrong with his own mind<p>My grandmother’s death was my first. I was 6 years old. She lived with us in a house full of artists and kids and pets, a household in which she was the oldest and I was the youngest, …

Mind

Why has the murder rate in some US cities suddenly spiked?

Murder and violent crime rates have risen in multiple US cities since the beginning of 2015, after falling for two decades. Some have put this down to a so-called Ferguson effect, referring to the protests against perceived police brutality, that sometimes became violent. Could that be true?<p>What do …

Justice

OMGFacts

Flickr redesigns web and mobile apps to create a powerhouse in online photo storage

A major renovation for the once-neglected photo-sharing service<p>When Marissa Mayer became Yahoo’s CEO in 2012, she was greeted with a viral internet campaign from one of the company’s most loved — and neglected — properties. "Dear Marissa Mayer," began the website created by entrepreneur Sean …

Apps

The Art of Stumbling: David Brooks on Character, “Résumé Virtues” vs. “Eulogy Virtues,” and the Humility Code of Living a Meaningful Life

“We are all stumblers, and the beauty and meaning of life are in the stumbling.”<p><i>“Do not despise your inner world,”</i> philosopher Martha Nussbaum admonished in her letter of advice to the young. <i>“By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong,”</i> Henry Miller wrote in contemplating …

Catalonia And The Costs Of Independence

Spain is a success story for democracy and development, and a net contributor to the global liberal order over the last four decades. One reason for this success has been Spain’s ability to maintain national unity for over five hundred years despite ethnic and linguistic diversity. A push for …

Europe

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Columbia University

Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from Spain

Artur Mas says symbolic poll is a ‘lesson in democracy’ and calls for a binding referendum on independence<p>Catalan leader Artur Mas vowed to step up the push for independence after early results from Sunday’s symbolic vote showed that four out of five voters in the region backed breaking away from …

Catalonia's President Makes His Case For Independence From Spain

When the international press corps descend on the Catalan capital Barcelona, as they are this weekend to cover the region's symbolic independence vote, Catalan President Artur Mas often holds a news conference. Here's how he usually begins:<p>"I'll try to answer your questions in whatever language you …

What Is Really Tearing America Apart

What separates Americans the most?<p>Race ... religion ... gender ...<p>According to Shanto Iyengar, a political scientist at Stanford University, often the most divisive aspect of contemporary society is: politics.<p><b>Divided We Stand</b><p>"Unlike race, gender and other social divides where group-related …

Mirror Year: How Old Are You Really?

Life is short, but not that short. To put your lifespan into historical perspective - and for an intellectual ice-bucket challenge - try this quick …

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

My family name, "Maron," is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors' expulsion -- along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews -- from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success …

Middle East

Max Schmeling - summary

One of most politically-charged sporting events took place in New York’s Yankee Stadium on 22 June 1938 – a boxing match between the then heavyweight …

Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest or riding a bicycle across the country. Mike Davidson's dream has been to create the perfect toothbrush, and now he thinks he's done it.<p>The thing about brushing is that, if you do it right, it feels a certain way. It feels like a golf swing or a perfect …

Men Over 50 -- May I Give You Some Dating Advice?

I've been dabbling in online dating, and I'm actually enjoying it. I realize that my enjoyment goes hand in hand with not having anything at stake, no enormous expectations. I'm not looking to replace my beloved husband, who died in 2008. (That would be impossible.) I don't need to find someone to …

Relationships

14 Simple Ways to Get Considerably More Done

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to</i> <i>entrepreneurs and business owners</i>. <i>The article below was</i> …

The World's Only Known White Gorilla Was The Result Of Incest

How the world's only known white gorilla came to be.<p>Snowflake, the long-lived gorilla who died in 2003, was famous for being the only known albino gorilla. He became a wildly popular attraction at the Barcelona Zoo in Spain, where he lived almost his entire life, becoming almost a mascot for the …

Anatomy of a hack: even your 'complicated' password is easy to crack

In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars Technica deputy editor and a self-admitted newbie to password cracking, downloaded a list of …

Intelligence archives: Britain bribed Spain to stay out of Second World War

Britain paid millions of pounds to military and political leaders in Spain to ensure they remained neutral during the Second World War, secret files reveal.<p>Some $10 million was paid to one double agent alone to distribute to key individuals, including General Franco’s brother Nicholas, in the hope …

Churchill and Stalin made 'merry' until early hours

<b>Wartime talks between Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin were proving awkward until a drinking session lasting until 3am, newly released files show.</b><p>In a Foreign Office account of the 1942 Moscow visit, an official recalls finding the men enjoying "food of all kinds... and innumerable bottles".<p>The …

Winston Churchill

Gavrilo Princip - a summary

In the annals of notoriety, the name Gavrilo Princip should perhaps rank higher than it does. For this 19-year-old Serb committed a crime that, …

April 16, 1889: Charlie Chaplin is born

<b>April 16, 1889: Charlie Chaplin is born.</b><p><i>A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.</i>

The Titanic

History for busy people. Read a succinct account of the sinking of the <i>Titanic</i> in just one hour.<p>The sinking of the <i>Titanic</i> 101 years ago in 1912, and …

HP Lovecraft, pulp philosopher

Graham Harman’s “Weird Realism” examines the metaphysical underpinnings of the cult author’s bizarre oeuvre\<p>H.P. LOVECRAFT'S WORK has not received a great deal of attention from literary critics. Until relatively recently, the majority of “treatments” of his oeuvre have been in the form of …

Roger Ebert’s 10 Best Reviews and 10 Best Zingers

The venerable film critic died Thursday at age 70. Kevin Fallon curates his finest reviews—from Casablanca to Titanic—and his most memorable …

Roger Ebert: Elegance And Empathy

Roger Ebert was a critic, not a blowtorch. He could be sharp if he thought a movie insulted the audience, but had a champ's disdain for a cheap shot.<p>Many critics ridiculed the film <i>Deep Throat</i> when it came out in 1973. Who couldn't mock its absurdities? Roger just wrote, "If you have to work this …

The First Gun In America

Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Like feuding cousins, their histories have been linked ever since.<p>Often helpful in American history — and often harmful — the portable gun has been inarguably influential in the national direction. The American Revolution would …