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Reflections of a dementia specialist: I want to stop working before I embarrass myself

My wife says that I love my work too much to ever retire. Perhaps she is right. However, my experiences as a neurologist and clinical director of an Alzheimer center have led me to think a lot about the circumstances under which it would be wise to move on. In fact, having reached my 60s — thereby …

Cognitive Impairment

Fstoppers Reviews the Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD Portable Hard Drive

Portable hard drives are no longer just boxes that let you carry large amounts of data on the go. They now aim to be hubs around which your mobile …

Battery Charging

At last, good news on Brexit: Britain is heading for Norway

Theresa May’s transition deal hints at the best option: remaining in the single market – plus the customs union<p>Norway here we come. This is the good news on the Brexit front. It will take two years. The voyage will be stormy and the destination messy. But plus-or-minus Norway offers the only …

United Kingdom

How Winston Churchill stole from India for Britain’s war

“I am glad to learn from the Minister of War Transport that a strict line is being taken in dealing with requests for cereals from the Indian Ocean area. A concession to one country at once encourages demands from all the others,” the prime minister commented in a memo on 10 March 1943. “They must …

India

The family of Dravidian languages is 4,500 years old, finds new study

Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam are the most-spoken languages in the family.<p>The family of Dravidian languages originated about 4,500 years ago, …

Linguistics

Keep Your Photographs Safe with This “Essential” Backup Solution (VIDEO)

We’ve all heard disaster stories about photographers who lost all of their images due to a computer or hard drive failure. So do yourself a BIG favor …

Photography
Asia

Fjord Norway: Visit One Of the World’s Greatest Landscapes

Sognefjord in a nutshell. Your trip starts in beautiful Bergen or Oslo<p>Picture deep blue inlets knifing into snow-roofed mountains. Green countryside dotted with peaceful towns and villages. Now put yourself in the picture. You’re in fjord country, a breathtaking vertical expanse of fjord, mountain, …

Life-Changing Lessons in How to Pack Right for Travel

I feel bad for most people I see in airports. Not only are they carrying larger, heavier bags than I am (or, gasp, <i>checking</i> luggage), but they’re lugging all that extra weight just to bring along clothing and other stuff that’s making them less comfortable. These lessons from the outdoors world will …

How to Replace a Sky With a Better One Using Photoshop

One of the most useful Photoshop skills you can have is the ability to convincingly replace the sky in an image. This great tutorial will show how to …

Why I could no longer serve this president

<i>John D. Feeley, who retired this week as a U.S. diplomat, will soon be working with Univision and the Fusion Media Group on immigration-themed content.</i><p>Shortly after the Charlottesville riots last August, I made the private decision to step down as President Trump’s personal representative and …

Trump Administration

As its wealth fund goes green, Norway's firms struggle to keep up

OSLO (Reuters) - Many Norwegian companies lag high standards for reporting their impact on the environment that the Nordic nation's $1 trillion wealth fund is championing abroad in 2018.<p>The world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, which is barred by the Norwegian government from investing at home, …

Energy

'We have lost a giant': athletics world hails Sir Roger Bannister

Sebastian Coe leads tributes to British athlete who was first to break the four-minute mile<p>Sir Roger Bannister obituary<p>Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to sprint through the four-minute-mile barrier, has been hailed as a trailblazer who “made the impossible possible” and inspired generations …

Roger Bannister

Raw Processors Compared: There’s a Lot More To It Than Image Quality

There has been a wave of updates to raw processors recently, including new releases this week from Topaz and ON1. Consequently, it has been difficult …

75 years ago, Norwegian commandos pulled off a daring raid that kept the Nazis from building a nuclear bomb

After handing them their suicide capsules, Norwegian Royal Army Colonel Leif Tronstad informed his soldiers, "I cannot tell you why this mission is so important, but if you succeed, it will live in Norway's memory for a hundred years."<p>These commandos did know, however, that an earlier attempt at …

War

Cross-Country Skiing Is Not a Boring Exercise in Martyrdom. It’s Actually Fun.

Last Friday, when the New York Times Magazine put its Olympics issue online, all of my social media accounts lit up in unison. I’ve been deeply …

Tour de France

Processing Night Photography

Panorama of the Milky Way over Elephant Canyon, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.We have a life-long association of the sky and the …

Nature Photography
Latin America
Latin America

How democracies die, explained

The problems in American democracy run far deeper than Trump.<p>There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy’s end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming.<p>Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky …

Political Science

Fujifilm's new X-A5 mirrorless camera launches with a seriously powerful lens | Trusted Reviews

<b>Fujifilm has taken the covers off the X-A5, a entry-level mirrorless camera with a properly powerful powerzoom lens.</b><p>Featuring a 24.2-megapixel APS-C …

Fujifilm announces X-A5 mirrorless camera and first X-series power zoom

Fujifilm has announced the X-A5, a new entry-level X-series mirrorless camera. It has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor (with a Bayer color filter, not Fujifilm’s own X-Trans array), phase-detection autofocus, automatic Bluetooth image transfer, and 4K video recording. It still has a 180-degree …

Cameras

Vikings

The Vikings were diverse Scandinavian seafarers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark whose raids and subsequent settlements significantly impacted the …

The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem

You might think that the kind of extreme poverty that would concern a global organization like the United Nations has long vanished in this country. Yet the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, recently made and reported on an investigative tour of the United …

Globalization

While You Were Sleeping

Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes …

Artificial Intelligence

Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History

We all know that the world is going to hell. Given the rising risk of nuclear war with North Korea, the paralysis in Congress, warfare in Yemen and Syria, atrocities in Myanmar and a president who may be going cuckoo, you might think 2017 was the worst year ever.<p>But you’d be wrong. In fact, 2017 …

Human Rights

Suicide at Chinese iPhone factory reignites concern over working conditions

A US-based Chinese workers’ rights organisation has claimed that a factory worker at a firm that produces Apple’s iPhones in China, died after jumping from a building on Saturday.<p>China Labor Watch (CLW) said that Li Ming, 31, jumped to his death from a building in the city of Zhengzhou, in the …

China

Puerto Vallarta: Get this Mexican beach to yourself

<b>(CNN) —</b> As soon as you touch down in Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico's Jalisco state on the Pacific Coast, you'll find yourself accosted by offers of "complimentary" tequila shots and greeters trying to sell you timeshares. But Puerto Vallarta was once a very different destination .<p>Even its name was …

Mexico

Keep an eye on incoming Amnesty International secretary general Kumi Naidoo

One of the more intriguing developments in the nongovernmental sector was the recent appointment of Kumi Naidoo as the next secretary general of …

South Africa

10 Amazing Viking Inventions And Innovations

Today, Vikings are known mostly for their ferocity as barbaric raiders who lived to loot, pillage, and burn. They were formidable adversaries whose …

Archaeology