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Scientists Say We’re About to Enter a New Epoch in Human History

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The news: Scientists are gathering in Berlin, Germany today to debate whether humanity’s impact on the planet (think global warming) is drastic enough to merit a new name that will mark the reign of humans: the Anthropocene. The interdisciplinary body of 30 scientists, called the Anthropocene Working Group, has a self-imposed deadline, 2016, to submit a formal proposal that would make the ... Read More »

Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against ‘immoral’ art

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has told artists, authors and actors that their work should present socialist values and not carry the “stench of money”. Mr Xi delivered a speech to some of China’s leading creative figures, according to state news agency Xinhua. He told them not to pursue commercial gain at the expense of artistic and moral value, Xinhua said. ... Read More »

Pictures at an execution: The condemned in art

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A new exhibition aims to humanise condemned prisoners. From the sword to the electric chair, the death penalty has inspired challenging art, writes Jason Farago. One man, before dying, said, “I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.” Another said, “I’m going to a beautiful place.” A third: “I am innocent, innocent, innocent.” Those were their last ... Read More »

Stunning Mosaic Floor Uncovered in Greece’s Mystery Tomb

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A large section of a stunning mosaic floor showing a chariot in motion has been unearthed in the burial mound complex at Amphipolis in northern Greece, the Culture Ministry announced on Sunday.  Made from small white, black, gray, blue, red and yellow pebbles, the mosaic emerged as archaeologists led by Katerina Peristeri removed dirt and soil filling the tomb’s second ... Read More »

Courage and Hope

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What the Nobel Peace Prize means to me. Today, I was honoured to learn I have been selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi — a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our ... Read More »

Gaudí, an inspiration to architects—and a famous chef

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This month’s congress on Gaudí will focus on the church of Colònia Güell A conference on the designer, alternately called a madman and a genius, is taking place in Barcelona It is said that when the head of Barcelona’s school of architecture gave a young Antoni Gaudí his degree in 1878, he said it wasn’t clear if he was presenting ... Read More »

11 things you didn’t know about marijuana

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1. Australian use of cannabis is three times the global average. UNODC estimates 10.3% of the Australian population aged 14 and above had used cannabis in the last year. This rate is also comparable to the rate in other former British colonies like New Zealand, Nigeria, US and Canada. Source: The Lancet, The Economist and UNODC 2. According to a small survey undertaken in Australia in ... Read More »

Moulin Rouge still alive and kicking after 125 years; Sold out nearly every night

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PARIS (AFP).- As quintessentially Parisian as the Eiffel Tower or the Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge cabaret on Monday celebrates its 125th anniversary and it’s in very good shape considering its age. Immortalised by the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and more recently by Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann’s eponymous film, the iconic red neon windmill in the heart of Paris’s Pigalle red-light ... Read More »