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The Love Lives of Bolsheviks

Berkeley, Calif. — The Bolsheviks were a millenarian sect formed in the expectation of world revolution.<p>Revolution was inseparable from love. It demanded personal sacrifice for the sake of future harmony and required harmony — in love, comradeship and book learning — as a condition for its …

Literature

Bosch and Bruegel review – more gripping than a thriller

Two master painters of the macabre and the mundane come together in Joseph Leo Koerner’s frightening, fascinating study<p>Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder work like antagonistic muscles in the imagination, pulling with and against each other. Bosch is a painter of medieval hellfire whose …

Books

Tate Modern to host 'once in a lifetime' Picasso exhibition

Landmark show will focus on ‘year of wonders’ 1932, at height of painter’s affair with young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter<p>Picasso’s greatest works of art are being brought together for a “once in a lifetime” exhibition in London and Paris that will take visitors through a pivotal year in the artist’s …

Art

Ballerina: the animated kids' film that gets to the pointe of ballet

Ask any ballet dancer about the film Black Swan and you’ll immediately get a groan that falls somewhere between disdain and disgust. They’re tired of the myths about ballet being a world of competition and cruelty, of freakishly talented and freakishly driven dancers – never mind that there’s some …

Dancing

Carrie Fisher showed the way. I want to acknowledge my own mental struggles

The actor’s honesty about her illness helped many other people to speak out – including me<p>Lots of people said Carrie Fisher was wonderful. Lots of them said she was wonderful not because of the achievements in her career, but because she used her fame to talk and campaign about how she managed her …

Mental Health

Watch Kanye West's Provocative, Voyeuristic 'Famous' Video

Kanye West debuted his music video for <i>The Life of Pablo</i> track "Famous" Friday night at a watch party at Los Angeles' Forum, where a 7 p.m. and 11 …

Kanye West

How Your Brain Understands Visual Language

Or, “why email is still represented by an envelope.” Design professor Josiah Kahane explains.<p>Semioticians classify signs or sign systems in relation to the way they are transmitted. To illuminate one way semioticians look at things, let us peek at stage and film semiotics, which study the various …

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

<b>Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in "The Big Lebowski" (Gramercy Pictures)</b><p>It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p>Douwe Draaisma<p>May 3, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations”<p><i>There’s no time to</i> …

Consciousness

When Fatigue Boosts Creativity

Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we're most awake. But some problems require a mind that's just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.<p>Most people know, instinctively, whether they are morning people or evening people. Some are hit with a wave of dread whenever they hear a stranger’s iPhone …

What a Handshake Smells Like

A new paper argues that the gesture may have evolved to allow people to judge one another's scent signals.<p>In 2010, to prepare its dealers for the launch of a new sales promotion, the U.K. arm of Chevrolet commissioned Geoffrey Beattie, a professor of psychology at the University of Manchester, to …

Body Language

Will the Next Recession Destroy Europe?

The initial hardline posturing on both sides of the Greek debt stand-off is already moderating. This latest European crisis can be resolved and, as I …

Economics

We’re losing the physical touch from our lives – and it’s changing us

Here’s a test that may date you, with the same rough accuracy as counting the rings of a tree. Imagine you need to write something down: a shopping list perhaps, or a reminder to do something, or even a phone number. If you have so much as scrawled on a Post-it today, you’re probably over 35. If …

TV Stations

Britain's House of Lords approves conception of three-person babies

Britain has become the first country in the world to permit the use of “three-person IVF” to prevent incurable genetic diseases.<p>The House of Lords voted by 280 votes to 48 on Tuesday evening to approve changes to the law allowing fertility clinics to carry out mitochondrial donation. Babies …

Genetics

Britain becomes first country to legalize '3-parent' babies | DW | 24.02.2015

After more than three hours of debate on Tuesday, Britain's upper house of parliament approved a law passed by the House of Commons earlier in the …

IVF

A Dominatrix's Take on Fifty Shades of Grey

What's fact, what's fiction, and what really happens in the BDSM bedroom.<p>Last night, <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> premiered across the country. And now that you've seen it, or at least been bombarded by its very presence at the theater, wouldn't you like to know the truth about Mr. Grey's fetishes? We spoke …

Western leaders warn that this Ukraine peace bid might be the last chance to stop an all-out war

In a dramatic gesture at a gathering of world leaders in Germany, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko brandished passports and military ID cards he said were seized from Russian soldiers deep inside his territory, offering what he said was "evidence" of Russia's presence in the country.<p>"Today a …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

<i>Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it's the focus of Fearless, the second episode of</i> Invisibilia<i>, NPR's new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.</i><p><i>This segment of the show explores how a man decided to conquer his fear of rejection by getting rejected</i> …

Mind

What Happens When You Try Anal — And Hate It?

Chloe relives some memories of her ex.<p>Read Chloe's previous post.<p>YAY! It's Friday! And I am <i>so</i> ready for the weekend. This week has been full, and I've actually been <i>working</i>. I booked the Bellagio and (thanks to Nicole's relationship with Floyd) I managed to get the room I'm sharing with the models …

Peek Inside 24 Decked-Out Holiday Homes

These deck-the-halls house tours are sure to spark holiday cheer.<p>These deck-the-halls house tours are sure to spark holiday cheer. This article originally appeared on CountryLiving.com

20 Concealer Hacks Every Woman Should Know

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, life-changing ways to cover under-eye circles, blemishes, and more.<p><b>1) If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer.</b><p>If you apply your foundation first, you'll find that you don't need to use as much concealer. If you apply concealer …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge first Impressions!

<i>Editor’s Note: This first impressions comes from a Japanese edition of the Galaxy Note Edge. It’s likely that many of the issues and specifics mentioned below are unique to the Japanese variant of the Galaxy Note Edge, and will be likely rectified before it reaches European and Western markets. We</i> …

Phones