Arts & Culture

Lawren Harris painting goes for record $11.2 million

Auction house estimated Harris 1926 oil canvas painting “Mountain Forms” would go for $3-$5 million. By LAUREN LA ROSE The Canadian Press The Lawren Harris painting Mountain Forms smashed a Canadian art record in Toronto on Wednesday night by selling for just over $11.2 million, more than double the… Lawren Harris painting… Read More »

Why female genital mutilation still exists in modern Singapore

Female genital mutilation is carried out by communities around the world. But though it is not commonly associated with modern, cosmopolitan Singapore, it is quietly happening all the time, as the BBC’s Yvette Tan writes. By Yvette Tan BBC News Zarifah Anuar didn’t find out she had been circumcised as a child until she was 23. She was just two weeks old when her… Why female genital… Read More »

The secret of how life on Earth began

Today life has conquered every square inch of Earth, but when the planet formed it was a dead rock. How did life get started? By Michael Marshall How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For… The secret of… Read More »

The escaped American slave who felt an equal man in Edinburgh

It was after arriving in Scotland that former plantation slave Frederick Douglass was made to feel like an equal man for the first time. Frederick Douglass arrived in arrived in Edinburgh in 1846, eight years after escaping the brutal regime of his owner on a plantation in Maryland, and… The escaped American… Read More »

Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Yazidi women

Murad Basee and Aji Bashar are advocates for the Yazidi community, the Parliament said. By CYNTHIA KROET Two Yazidi women, who have advocated the plight of survivors of horrific abuse by ISIL in Iraq, have been awarded the European Parliament’s 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the… Parliament awards Sakharov… Read More »

The Road to a Treaty

Our nation’s future lies in settling the demons of our past. A Treaty with Australia’s First Peoples is best path to get us there, writes Jeff McMullen. Jeff McMullen If you make the long journey to Possession Island, that jewel in the turquoise sea off the tip of Cape York, the folly of our past and the path to a brighter and… The Road to… Read More »

Rottnest Island: Black prison to white playground

Today Rottnest Island, off Fremantle, is a popular holiday spot, but few realise the island’s dark past as a prison for Indigenous men. RN, By Kirsti Melville for Earshot Glen Stasiuk, a lecturer and Indigenous researcher at Murdoch University, was just a teenager when he first went camping with his mates on Rottnest Island — Wadjemup — in the… Rottnest Island: Black… Read More »

Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills Mo Constandi The Guardian The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warning that “claims promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times misleading”. Earlier this year, industry giant Lumosity was fined $2m, and ordered to refund thousands of customers who were duped by ... Read More »

Sweden places ban on drone filming without surveillance permit

If you were thinking of using a drone to document your travel to cities like Stockholm or Gothenburg, you will be disappointed to learn Sweden has now stopped your thumbs in their figurative tracks. The country’s Supreme Administrative Court has effectively banned personal drone filming, unless deemed to be for the purpose of… Sweden places ban… Read More »

The other Bob Dylan

Dylan’s silence and support for the Israeli oppressor makes a mockery of his stature as an “angry humanitarian”. by Ali Saad As the media hype surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature begins to fade away, the coverage – so far – appears to be concentrating only on one corner of the… The other Bob… Read More »

The Books My Dad Won’t Read? Mine

Last November, a week after I had last seen him, my father passed out while sweeping the driveway (he’s the kind of man who sweeps the driveway, the kind of man who thinks something like passing out is caused by either having had too much coffee or not enough coffee), and within 24 hours of being admitted to the emergency room, he was told he had leukemia. By JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET The doctors said that, without treatment, he… The Books ... Read More »