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Need to Know: Meltdown and Spectre
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Need to Know: Meltdown and Spectre

Software developers are working to release fixes and updates to protect computers and mobile devices from two security flaws discovered by a team of researchers from Google Project Zero working with academia and cybersecurity firms. The flaws, known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” affect computing devices with chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and...

Star Wars Is a Religion That Primes Us for War and Violence
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Star Wars Is a Religion That Primes Us for War and Violence

$1 That’s what it cost 14-year-old me to get into the 1977 Star Wars premiere. $10 That’s how much I eventually stole from my mom so I could see it again and again. I’m not ashamed to admit, as a 14-year-old boy, I was hooked. Standing along side Luke and Obi-Wan, I left this world....

The Secret to Creativity – According to Science
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The Secret to Creativity – According to Science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of mindblowing creativity. Imagination is what propels us forward as a species – it expands our worlds and brings us new ideas, inventions and discoveries. But why...

Volunteer Tourism: What’s Wrong with It and How It Can Be Changed
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Volunteer Tourism: What’s Wrong with It and How It Can Be Changed

Volunteer tourism, or voluntourism, is an emerging trend of travel linked to “doing good”. Yet these efforts to help people and the environment have come under heavy criticism – I believe for good reason. Voluntourists’ ability to change systems, alleviate poverty or provide support for vulnerable children is limited. They simply don’t have the skills....

How the Death of the Hip-Hop DJ Spawned the Superstar Rapper
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How the Death of the Hip-Hop DJ Spawned the Superstar Rapper

Since the inception of hip-hop culture, the DJ has been its cornerstone. The culture’s starting point is widely accepted as the birthday party Kool DJ Herc threw for his sister at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, The Bronx on August 11, 1973. Kool Herc’s selection spanned the funk genre, and using two copies of the same record,...

The 1960s Jazz Tribute to Malcolm X That Profoundly Expressed the Black Condition
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The 1960s Jazz Tribute to Malcolm X That Profoundly Expressed the Black Condition

By the late 1950s foremost musicians like Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane explicitly introduced politics in their jazz, as the civil rights movement started gaining momentum in the US. Musician and author Gilad Atzmon explained it in a 2005 essay: Black Americans were calling for freedom, and jazz expressed it better than mere...

Italy, Fall of 2010
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Italy, Fall of 2010

In September 2010, we commissioned Italian photographer Giacomo Cosua for a series on Fall in Milan, Rome, and Venice.

Exploring New York’s Subway Art
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Exploring New York’s Subway Art

My home subway station is Kings Highway on the Brighton line, in southern Brooklyn, and served by the B and Q trains. The station has three entrances and typically when I enter or exit, I rush in or out. Sometimes I slow down and look at something on the station walls. I am quite familiar...

What About Young Men Who Are Having Unwanted Sex?
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What About Young Men Who Are Having Unwanted Sex?

Time Magazine recently featured “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 “Person of the Year,” a nod to the countless women who have come forward with stories of unwanted sexual advances and sexual assaults. But missing from the conversation are men. For example, a number of surveys have found that about 8 percent of men are...

Iran: a New Kind of Protest Movement Is Taking Hold
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Iran: a New Kind of Protest Movement Is Taking Hold

When the news broke about a protest in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and a stronghold for the country’s religious hardliners, in the waning days of 2017 no one thought it would lead to a national rally against the government. But since then the demonstrations have rapidly spread to Iran’s other provinces and have left...