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Depression, the secret we share | Andrew Solomon

The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing

<i>“Hundreds of people can talk, for one who can think,”</i> John Ruskin wrote, <i>“but thousands of people can think, for one who can see.”</i> <i>“We see, but we do not see: we use our eyes, but our gaze is glancing, frivolously considering its object,”</i> Alexandra Horowitz lamented in her sublime meditation on …

Daniel H. Cohen: For argument's sake

Bitcoin: how I made a virtual fortune What started off as essentially a hobby became a virtual company with market capitalisation worth around £250,000. http://gu.com/p/3hxpn Photograph: Rick Bowmer/AP

So near, and yet…

THE plot comes from a romantic novel. The protagonists will end up together—but only after hundreds of pages of bickering, misunderstandings, …

The cheapest thing going is gone

TEN years ago, the yuan made its debut as a global economic bugbear. In June 2003, America’s then treasury secretary, John Snow, publicly encouraged …

Economics

The size of it

<b>How the world's population has changed</b><p>THE world in 1950 looked very different from how it does now. Europe was home to 22% of the world's 2.5 billion …

Towards the end of poverty

IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the …

Economics

Why do identical twins end up having such different lives?

Barbara Oliver has had an intriguing relationship with her identical twin sister, Christine, over the decades. Throughout their childhoods, they were …

Who's who in Syria's battlefield

<b>A guide to the key rebel forces in Syria</b><p>AS THE civil war in Syria has dragged on, the rebels have become more Islamist and extreme. For Western …

Shrink wrapping

THE human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. It contains 100 billion nerve cells. Considering how complex that is, it goes wrong …

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood: Did it Really Happen?

<i>“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great</i> …

Archaeology

Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein

When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.<p>But they were sorely, …

78,000 People Apply for One-Way Trip to Mars

An ambitious project to establish a human colony on Mars has attracted applications from tens of thousands of would-be astronauts, just two weeks …

PowerPoint Rangers

A YOUNG consultant’s life is gruelling. A typical week starts before dawn on Monday, with a rush to the airport and a flight to wherever the client …

Text Messaging

What a waste

IN THE past 35 years, hundreds of millions of Chinese have found productive, if often exhausting, work in the country’s growing cities. This …