Shiladitya Mukherjee

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Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks

Just how special were the ancient Greeks? Was there really a Greek “miracle”? The question has become painfully politicised. Critics of colonialism and racism tend to play down the specialness of the ancient Greeks. Those who maintain that there was something identifiably different and even …

Ancient History

Will 'Batman V Superman' And 'Captain America: Civil War' Be The Same Movie?

<b>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War will be two of the bigger, if not the outright biggest, box office smashes of 2016. But to what extent can they avoid coming off like the Olympus Has Fallen/White House Down of superhero team-up/versus sequels?</b><p>If you were in a movie …

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Online Life

Sensational Trailer For DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED

Mario Berracus Vs. Piranha Plant in Art by Felipe González

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

Albert Einstein

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Put your health first and get into shape with the best iPhone fitness apps

Health and wellness<p>Though these aren’t necessarily apps for exercise, eating right is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. Pair it with weekly …

Apps

Cartoonists show solidarity after Paris Charlie Hebdo attack, in pictures - Telegraph

France

Tonino Lamborghini's 88 Tauri phone is leather, steel... and $6,300

Having a lot of money entitles you to buy expensive things, but fast cars or Bel Air mansions aren't the only ways you can showcase your wealth. Companies like Vertu and Tonino Lamborghini make smartphones for people with -- let's be honest -- more money than sense, and because I have neither, …

Tech Heads Unite! CES 2015 in Photos

When Nature And Geometry Collide, These Photos Get Surreal

David Copithorne takes photos of classic subjects, mountains, beaches, street scenes, and then edits them to add floating geometric shapes which reflect the images around them, or twisting them into fractals-like forms. He uses Photoshop CS6 to create his work, and says he came upon his techniques …

A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle

When the Union and the Confederacy charged into battle in 1861, the whole world was watching — and waiting<p>"So it seems your Republic is going to pieces?” an unnamed high officer of the French imperial government snidely remarked to the American guest attending a concert at Emperor Napoleon III’s …

Dentists debate need to extract wisdom teeth

The decision to remove wisdom teeth often seems like a routine part of young adulthood. But more people are starting to ask whether it's always necessary.<p>Those who oppose automatically taking out those four teeth say "watchful waiting" is a better path because the teeth and surrounding gum tissue …

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …

Explorers Get Close to Boiling Lava Lake in Vanuatu

Unease in Singapore over Filipino workers

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1109000/1109670_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524697994_63e202b72da112f87fc3913f280f3712<p><b>One of Singapore's most popular comic characters happens to be a Filipino maid called Leticia Bongnino.</b><p>A fictional character from a television sketch …

Tanzanian town builds for the future after Rwanda tribunal concludes

The pioneers of the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda arrived in Arusha, Tanzania in 1996. They were destined to spend the following 18 years prosecuting those accused of responsibility in the Rwandan genocide. The lepers on the potholed avenue leading to the courthouse, who used to reach …

2014 Had the Fewest Crashes in the History of Air Travel

But there has been a spike in casualties since last year.<p>Judging by media coverage, 2014 has been a bad year for the aviation industry. But as the world anxiously awaits updates from the year’s fourth major air tragedy, an examination of the data shows air travel has never been safer.<p>It has …

Alberta’s deficit is being dug by spending, not oil prices

<i>Steve Lafleur and Charles Lammam are co-authors of the Fraser Institute study Alberta's Budget Deficit: Why Spending Is To Blame.</i><p>When Finance Minister Joe Ceci unveils Alberta's budget on Oct. 27, Albertans can expect a sizable deficit. In fact, the government's latest data suggest a $5.9-billion …

Ten Years Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

On this day, ten years ago, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean near Indonesia, generating a massive tsunami that claimed more than 230,000 lives in fourteen different countries, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded. Today, many of the communities have …

Forty Years of Saturday Night Live in Pictures

The Best New TV Shows of 2014

VF.com TV writers Richard Lawson and Joanna Robinson name their favorite shows that debuted this year. Ranging across networks and platforms, these series are proof that we’re still living in a golden age of television.<p><b>Outlander</b><p>Starz’s adaptation of a popular book series, about a headstrong nurse …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

3 Ways to Squash Burnout and Boost Productivity

<i>Joelle Steiniger is the co-founder of Small HQ, HookFeed and Minimalytics. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>You have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it’s going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can’t help …