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We’re not even close to discovering all the dinosaur types that ever existed

The human urge to recreate the world of dinosaurs never really gets old—<i>Jurassic World</i>‘s blockbusting is but the latest proof. Though the movie takes some liberties in imagining its dinosaurs, nature is hardly less creative. Recent discoveries include a long-nosed Tyrannosaur, a cat-sized …

Dinosaurs

The books that shaped the rise and fall of the British empire

When we talk about books, we generally think only of their inside—the words, ideas and themes that they contain. But what about the outside? Books are objects in the world. They undertake all kinds of work that exceeds just their words—they forge friendships, decorate our houses, store our …

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Can Libya Save Itself From ISIS?

Chaos and boat people make headlines, but on the ground in Libya there’s a weird kind of stability. If only the so-called Islamic State were not …

Everything you can expect Apple to announce on Monday

Now, there's a new addition to that lineup: the Apple Watch.<p>Apple doesn't usually talk about its plans or future products until it's ready to unveil them to the world. But the company wants us to know that big improvements for the Apple Watch are coming.<p>"Third-party apps will get much better," Jeff …

The Strange Journey of One of the World’s Most Famous Paintings

Mention <i>Flaming June</i> or Frederic Lord Leighton, and people squint. Show them the image on your iPhone, the painting of the sprawled, sleeping woman in a see-through saffron gown, and their eyes get wide with recognition.<p>They’ve seen <b>Jessica Chastain</b> as <i>Flaming June</i> on the December 2013 cover of <i>Vogue</i>.</b> …

The Differences Between Northern & Southern Indian Food

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Chitra Agrawal teaches us about the differences between North and South Indian cuisine by way of</i> <i>two variations on a traditional Indian side: South</i> …

Indian teens are having dangerous sex, while we dilly-dally about values

Nearly six years ago, I wrote a story about how the i-pill, a brand of morning-after pill, was being misused in India. I posted an internet notice asking people who had used the i-pill to contact me. I could not have predicted the flood of responses. Years later, I still get panicky mails from …

Private Schools

The railways need business management principles, not budget speeches

Earlier today, while inaugurating the 25-km rail link from Udhampur to Katra Vaishno Devi, (which took an unacceptable 12 years to build!) prime minister Narendra Modi said private investors would be invited to modernize railway stations.<p>A day earlier, a train did the 200-km Delhi-Agra lap in …

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