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Travels with The Tamils: A Sri Lankan Warzone’s Fragile Peace

For the 30-year duration of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the Jaffna peninsula was a Tamil Tiger stronghold. Now its natural beauty is superceding the …

10 Classic PC Games You Can Play Right in Your Browser

Meet the Shaggs

Three girls from New Hampshire who became one of music’s strangest legends.<p>THINGS I WONDER (2:12)<p>Depending on whom you ask, the Shaggs were either the best band of all time or the worst. Frank Zappa is said to have proclaimed that the Shaggs were “better than the Beatles.” More recently, though, a …

The Cheater’s Guide to Love

YEAR 0<p>Your girl catches you cheating. (Well, actually she’s your fiancée, but hey, in a bit it so won’t matter.) She could have caught you with one sucia, she could have caught you with two, but because you’re a totally batshit cuero who never empties his e-mail trash can, she caught you with …

Brave Divers Delve into the Depths of Cleavage

Trust the Japanese to come up with something as awesome – and kitsch - as this.<p>In a fabulous showing of whimsy meets fashion, Japanese designer …

Here's What Happens When Strangers Draw Selfies Of Each Other

Would you like someone to draw your portrait for free? Of course you would and we're not talking about a street artist who then hustles you for half …

The Places in Between

The struggle to define Indonesia.<p>After India and China, Indonesia was the biggest new nation-state to emerge in the mid-twentieth century. Consisting of thousands of islands large and small, it sprawls roughly the same distance as that from Washington, D.C., to Alaska, and contains the largest …

An Honest Voice in Israel

Shortly before the announcement Thursday night of the ceasefire in Gaza that went into effect Friday morning and was immediately broken, the Deutsche Welle, the German radio station, posted the transcript of an interview with the Israeli novelist Amos Oz. Here’s how it started:<p><i>OZ</i>: I would like to …

Collective Punishment in Gaza

Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the <i>Times of Israel,</i> “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, …

Eric Rohmer’s Tribute to His Younger Self

Two of the most important openings tomorrow are the work of veteran directors, only one of whom is alive to witness the event. The first is Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys,” which I’ll revisit soon; the second is “A Summer’s Tale,” the late Eric Rohmer’s lyrical romance, from 1996, which is only now …

NYC's Met museum is offering 400,000 works of art as free downloads

The NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art is making some of its gigantic collection of masterpieces available for you to use in your next project. The Met just marked almost 400,000 digital images of its works as Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC), which is bringing some pieces to the web for the …

Glowing mice aid nanoparticle research

We've seen glowing animals before, but there's no jellyfish DNA in these luminous mice.<p>Science has a pretty decent menagerie of glowing animals, what with all the pigs and cats and rabbits and mice. All those glowing animals, though, have one thing in common: they've been genetically modified with …

Nanotech

Stuck in the iMessage abyss? Here’s how to get your texts back

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>About a month ago I switched from an iPhone(s appl) to a Nexus(s goog) 5. It was easy: I swapped the SIM card and synced my …

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

Squatters in Venezuela's 45-Story 'Tower of David'

In 1990, construction began on the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, a huge high-rise office complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Construction halted in 1994, after a banking crisis and the death of the building's main investor, David Brillembourg. The 45-story tower stood vacant until 2007, when squatters …

Legendary British newsreel collection is now free to watch

British Pathé's entire collection of newsreels is now available for free on YouTube. The 85,000 videos showcase 80 years in global events, ranging from the historically significant to the downright weird. The repository includes newsreels from the First and Second World Wars, footage of the 1937 …

Fresh Air Sells for $860 a Jar in China

A Beijing artist has decided to auction off a jar of fresh air from a business trip to southern France, as a form of artistic protest against his …

What We Mean When We Say Hello

The curious geography of American greetings<p>Reinvention and resilience across the nation<p>Last week I wrote about conversation starters that follow “Hello” and “How do you do.” Many dozens of you have written in and generously included your comments and interpretations of what you think people …

When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees

“During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple.”<p>Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do.<p>In a blog post published yesterday, the company’s team of data scientists …

DVD of the Week: “Lost in Translation”

In movies, style and substance are inseparable; Sofia Coppola’s films, including “Lost in Translation” (which I discuss in this clip), are among the recent works in which the bond is most conspicuous. The story of a pair of Americans adrift in Tokyo luxury—a photographer’s young wife (Scarlett …

How Those Mesmerising Slow-Motion Train Videos Are Made

Adam Magyar is a wizard who knows how to freeze reality, capturing the passing of time into one single image, turning daily moments that are …

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Macmillan) In the early hours of 14 March 1828, a servant called Agnes Magnúsdóttir ran along a rocky shoreline in northern Iceland. Illugastadir, the turf farm where she lived and worked, was on fire. Reaching the neighbouring croft, she woke up the occupants and told …

Firefox plugin reveals how your internet browsing is being monitored

If someone screams "they're watching you!" into your face, then you're either starring in a horror movie or living in these surveillance-conscious times. Still, if it's the latter, at least now you can put a name to the faceless entities observing your every move. Mozilla has released Lightbeam, a …

World's slowest-moving drop caught on camera at last

Once-forgotten 'tar pitch' experiment yields results after seven decades.<p>How long would you be willing to wait for a drop of the black stuff in …