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The Pistorius Trial Is a Parable About Celebrity, Not South Africa

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ven as the world’s media began to converge on Pretoria’s High Court for the final act in the Oscar Pistorius drama, officials of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority were considering their options in a hauntingly similar case. Pistorius, as we know, was charged with murder after discharging four bullets into a locked toilet cubicle. He believed an intruder was lurking ... Read More »

Arts Education Transforms Societies

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Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans’ President Kevin Bailey credits the brand’s creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. At her promotion and swearing-in ceremony a ... Read More »

Can a Vacation Really Make You More Creative?

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Last week, we all got a little jealous when we heard that the creative agencyThinkPARALLAX gave its employees $1,500 each and an extra day off to travel the world in search of inspiration. “As owners of a creative agency, we’re always thinking about how to inspire creativity,” a blog post by the firm’s founders read. “Rather than send employees to ... Read More »

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 »

These Are The Real Stories Behind Some Of The Most Beautiful Colors In Art

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Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it’s as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when ... Read More »

Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don’t Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food

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Two billion people lack essential micronutrients in their diets. We need to create more nutritious food systems, says FAO director-general. Our current food systems face a tough challenge: ensuring food security as well as a balanced diet for everyone around the globe. The figures are striking: Around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and roughly two billion people suffer ... 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 »

Nobel Prize in medicine goes to discoverers of brain’s ‘GPS’ system

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The Nobel Prize in medicine went to three researchers who discovered the brain’s positioning system An Anglo-American scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain’s navigation system – the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world. The research by John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser represents ... Read More »