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Empire of the Summer Moon

• <b>Author:</b> S. C. Gwynne<p>In the tradition of <i>Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,</i> a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.<p>S.C. Gwynne’s <i>Empire of the</i> …

74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017

The Atlantic’s science, technology, and health reporters learned a lot this year.<p>This past year, reporters on <i>The Atlantic</i>’s science, technology, and health desks worked tirelessly, writing hundreds of stories. Each of those stories is packed with facts that surprised us, delighted us, and in some …

Great Depression

Beyond Supply and Demand: How Artworks are Priced

The pricing of artworks is not a simple matter. And while the basic economic principles of supply and demand do still apply to the art market, the …

Statistical Image Properties in Large Subsets of Traditional Art, Bad Art, and Abstract Art

Introduction<p>In experimental aesthetics, the search for image features that characterize visual artworks has a long tradition. Already at the …

Biography of Salvador Dalí, Surrealist Artist

A Life as Strange as His Paintings<p>Spanish Catalan artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) became known for his surreal creations and his flamboyant life. …

Art

TIMELINE: 100 years of Balfour - Region - World

<b>1516</b><p>The Ottomans seize Palestine from the Mamelukes and incorporate it within the Empire<p><b>1596</b><p>The Ottomans begin compiling detailed taxation records …

Ending the Iran Deal Is an Invitation to War

Two former Pentagon officials game out the dangerous consequences of decertifying the agreement.<p>In several days, President Donald Trump will almost certainly refuse to certify that Iran is complying with its obligations under the nuclear deal. While this doesn’t amount to walking away from the …

Middle East

NASA Is Running Out of The Most Precious Ingredient Needed For Future Space Missions

Houston, we really do have a problem.<p>Classroom models lie - our Solar System isn't a bunch of bright, closely nestled orbs.<p>Instead, other planets are …

Nuclear Energy

What Bob Corker Really Fears

Why does the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee see the specter of World War III?<p>It doesn’t matter all that much that Bob Corker and Donald Trump are insulting each other via Twitter. Sooner or later, Trump insults almost everyone. What matters is that Corker, the …

North Korea

Six decades after the murder of Emmett Till, the cousin who saw him last dies at 74

On a warm August night in 1955, Simeon Wright woke to the sound of unfamiliar voices. Opening his eyes, he found two white men standing at the foot of his bed, holding a flashlight and gun.<p>They were after Wright’s cousin — 14-year-old Emmett Till — who was still asleep beside him but would soon be …

Black History

The US celebrates Labor Day because of a bloody clash over 100 years ago that left 30 people dead and cost $80 million in damages

<b>• Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, after the Pullman strike.</b><p><b>• The bloody strike led to 30 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.</b><p><b>• The strike prompted Congress and US President Grover Cleveland to establish the holiday.</b><p>Labor Day tends to be a pretty low-key US holiday.<p>Workers across …

Unions

The world's 20 oldest cities

3 ways to get rid of anger, according to neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

3D Scans of 7,500 Famous Sculptures Available Online to Download and 3D Print

A few weeks ago, the world-renowned British Museum made a 3D model of the Rosetta Stone—one of its most prized and popular artifacts—available online. This fascinating free resource is one of many in a wave of recent digitization projects carried out by museums and other contemporary cultural …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

In Earth’s hottest place, life has been found in pure acid

For the first time, scientists have found living microbes in the blistering hot springs of Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression.<p>In a surreal landscape of colours, dominated by luminescent ponds of yellows and greens, boiling hot water bubbles up like a cauldron, whilst poisonous chlorine and sulphur gases …

Earth Science

Declassified photos show the US's final preparations for the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The bombs, known as "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," were loaded onto bombers at the North Field airbase on Tinian Island in the Northern Mariana Islands, which are south of Japan.<p>Until recently, few photographs of the run up to the attacks were available.<p>But declassified pictures shed light on the …

World History

Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on from partition

The division of British India was poorly planned and brutally carried out, as fear and revenge attacks led to a bloody sectarian ‘cleansing’<p>On 3 June 1947, only six weeks before British India was carved up, a group of eight men sat around a table in New Delhi and agreed to partition the south Asian …

India

How art is being used to explore America's shameful legacy of lynching

A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum examines the history of racial persecution in the US while steering clear of explicit violence<p>With eerie, welded sculptures, tar-coated gold panels and a menacing piano affixed to a tree, a set of black American artists is exploring the history of racially …

Black History

'Quantum' technology is the future, and it's already here — here's what that means for you

Batteries that last 10 years per charge. MRI scanners the size of smartphones. Medical sensors that diagnose disease with nothing more than a breath sample.<p>At Moscow's fourth annual International Conference on Quantum Technologies, the world's quantum physics community acknowledges this …

Quantum Mechanics

The Real History Behind That Gruesome Greyscale Treatment on Game of Thrones

<i>Warning: This post contains spoilers for Season 7 of</i> <b>Game of Thrones</b><p>Nobody said it would be easy to cure greyscale, the fictional condition from which</i> …

TV Series

David Petraeus’s damning nonresponse on Trump’s fitness to serve

During a national security panel at last week's Aspen Idea Festival, retired general David Petraeus offered what the panel's host labeled perhaps the most robust defense of the Trump administration's foreign policy yet.<p>Then Petraeus was asked about Trump personally, and things took a turn.<p>As …

Foreign Policy

Conquer Composition

<i>A hiker soaks in the spectacular view of Dead Horse Point at first light. Proper subject placement is key to engaging and holding the viewer's</i> …

Landscape Photography

10 Step-by-Step Painting Tutorials

Develop Your Painting Skills With These Simple Lessons<p>Learning how to paint can be exciting and fun. When you're just getting started, you can …

Painting

Essentials of Composition for Landscape Photography

In this free webinar, Robert Rodriguez Jr explains the basic principles of composition for landscape photography, and share three tips to improve …

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Just Shattered What We Knew About Jupiter

The gas giant is getting really weird.<p>Just when we thought we had Jupiter all figured out, NASA's Juno spacecraft reveals new results that challenge …

A taste of freedom: black America in the 19th century – in pictures

An archive made public by Cornell University goes beyond the cliches of cotton-pickers to show African Americans embracing life after slavery

Black History

A history of sanctuary cities: How Black Americans protected fugitive slaves

Frederick Douglass called on free and enslaved people to defy state and federal laws that protected slavery<p>Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, …

Black History

The Trail of the Holy Grail

6 Stops on the Hunt for the Holy Grail. The relic might be nowhere at all, but the places in the legend's history are real.<br>*<br>Like the CIA and DARPA …

In New York's Lunar New Year parade, women are breaking barriers as lion dancers

On the fourth floor of a shabby walk-up fronting one of the busiest streets in New York's Chinatown, lions are dancing.<p>Okay, it’s <i>lion dancing</i>.<p>The New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club (more on that name in a second) hosts what’s believed to be the longest-running lion dance troupe in New York …

Kung Fu