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See how terrifying India looks once it has been run through Google's trippy Deep Dream engine

You'll never look at the Taj or an aarti in the same way again.<p>Google now allows you to look right into its artificial brain. Literally. At the start …

Taj Mahal

Portraits of Sex Cam Girls, Captured Through Skype (NSFW)

Kate Peters' <i>Cam Girls</i> is a startling and unusual portrait series. Her pixelated images are photographs of a computer screen, and the women on them …

Why this year's Associate crop is the best ever

The ICC deserves credit for helping weaker teams prepare better for this World Cup - though the Big Three are threatening to undo all the good work …

Private interests and public ethics

Leaks have become a recurrent and common phenomenon in our public life, but are they all equally justified? Should we encourage the culture of leaks …

Apple Watch Event: 7 Things You Need to Know

Apple's long-awaited smartwatch has finally arrived, and here are all the details<p>The Apple Watch is finally here—almost. Orders open April 10, with the watch actually available on April 24, the company announced today during a live event in San Francisco. The most basic version will cost $349 for …

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

Man walks into a bar, watches Afghanistan

It's natural that cricket's obsessives should relish the sparkle of Afghanistan's play this World Cup<p>The bar is the Cricketers Bar. It faces out …

Holi, the festival of colors

FOUND: Ferguson Mayor bragged about privatized law enforcement services months before Brown shooting

Ferguson mayor James Knowles is not happy with the Department of Justice's report about his city. Responding yesterday to the DOJ's claims of …

How break-out ecommerce companies outperform peers by 10x

<i>This sponsored post is produced by RJMetrics.</i><p>Over the last four years, the rapid rate of ecommerce growth has caused the physical-to-digital retail shift to happen even faster than many experts anticipated, and it shows no sign of slowing down. The most recent forecasts from eMarketer project the …

My Tesla Model S cross-country trip, without (many) Superchargers: days 8-10

After seven days of traveling cross-country in my Tesla Model S electric car — including routes without Supercharger DC fast-charging sites — I had made it as far as Texas.<p>The trip demanded both forward planning and considerable thought toward contingencies, should conditions not permit the Tesla …

Superchargers

Top Sierra Leone athlete arrested after he was found living rough in London

Jimmy Thoronka, who vanished after Commonwealth Games, says he can’t go home because Ebola has wiped out his family<p>Sierra Leone’s top sprinter, who vanished after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer, has been arrested after he was found in an emaciated state, living rough on the streets …

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders | William Dalrymple

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant<p>One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford …

India

‘Love jihad’ in India and one man’s quest to prevent it

Vijaykant Chauhan believes that, all over India, gangs of Muslims are seducing Hindu women and forcing them to convert to Islam – and he’s made it his mission to stop them. <b>Aman Sethi</b> reports on India’s rising religious tensions<p>Every few days, Vijaykant Chauhan WhatsApps me a photograph of himself. …

Desiree Akhavan on Appropriate Behaviour and not being the ‘Iranian bisexual Lena Dunham’

One of my favourite scenes in Appropriate Behaviour – Desiree Akhavan’s terrific debut film that she directed, wrote and stars in – comes very early in the film. The protagonist Shirin (Akhavan) meets up with Ken (30 Rock’s Scott Adsit), a stoner Brooklynite, in a trendy cafe, in the hope he’ll …

The real reason nobody is going to pay for Tinder? Creepiness isn't a business model

The dating app Tinder, which lets users accept or reject potential mates in their area by swiping right or left, has plenty of users -- 50 million, …

Relationships

Rue Royal

Another U-turn: Arun Jaitley'sbudget offers a vision of India with a not-so-minimum government

The budget increases expenditure and defends subsidies.<p>It's often asked if prime minister Narendra Modi will be India's Margaret Thatcher or Ronald …

Spotlight: Pocket Marketing Manager Simran Thadani

MagMaker / February 17, 2015<p>(Photo credit: Christopher Stark)<p><b>My name is</b> Simran Thadani, and I’m part of the team at Pocket. My work in Marketing …

The Greatest Commencement Addresses of All Time

The commencement address is the secular sermon of our time — a packet of timeless advice on life, dispensed by a podium-perched patronly or matronly shaman of wisdom to a congregation of eager young minds about to enter the so-called “real world.” But the genre’s finest specimens speak to all of us …

Why America's Two Biggest Cities Are Full Of Single People

Maybe singles in Los Angeles and New York are uniquely uninterested in notifying the world every time they find somebody to kiss on the mouth over an extended period. In cities where there's not a huge amount of pressure to enter into traditional romantic relationships, the couplings that do form …

Relationships

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Immune System

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

CES 2015: Smart watches and fitness trackers everywhere: solar, Swarovski crystals, and more

While Apple is set to release its Watch sometime early this year, CES 2015 is already packed with smartwatches with a range of focuses including fitness, fashion, and utility. We already saw Withings show off its colorful and affordable Activité Pop smartwatch with 8 month battery life, and others …

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Maria Popova on Twitter: "Kahlil Gibran on the absurdity of our self-righteousness in a sublime short poem http://t.co/M8hBnkmZT7 http://t.co/8V2n00fUHG"

Maria Popova on Twitter: "Sagan, who would’ve been 80 today, on science and spirituality – you are missed, dear Carl! http://t.co/Xxqv7Idl0I http://t.co/A6AyvTEb1J"

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Maria Popova on Twitter: "Richard Dawkins on the science of why you’re lucky to be alive – mind-bending, heartening read http://t.co/0QsFjxN1AJ http://t.co/HaliXUx4xC"

Maria Popova on Twitter: "What makes you and your childhood self the "same person" despite a lifetime of changes http://t.co/n2NwN0PjuY http://t.co/N6YyDHRIdM"