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The most successful activists don’t fight backlash, they embrace it

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By many measures, America is slowly moving to a more equal and socially just climate. It may take hundreds of years, but advocacy and activism are inching us closer to an idealized version of society: child poverty rates are at record lows, high school graduation rates are up, and public support for same-sex marriage continues Read More

Grapefruit: Born in the USA

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As American as apple pie—it’s a phrase that suggests a gingham tablecloth, a plate full of warm pastry cooling in an open window, a grandmotherly type bustling in a tidy kitchen. It’s the invocation of an idealized past. As we barrel toward the Fourth of July this year, let’s set the apple aside for a Read More

China’s testing some of its most liberal ideas on this palm-fringed tropical island

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Forty years ago, the architect of China’s economic reforms Deng Xiaoping adopted the philosophy of “crossing the river by feeling the stones” in his approach to opening up China’s economy. That idea—which refers to cautiously testing out new methods before expanding them—shaped the reforms that turned China into an economic giant and has been directing Read More

Rich people are buying up dinosaurs because museums are too poor to get them

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On June 4, an auction house in Paris will put a highly coveted item on the block: A nearly complete skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur, almost 9 meters (30 feet) long, believed to have lived during the late Jurassic era 154 million years ago. The world’s paleontologists would love to get their hands on the Read More

Meghan Markle’s beautiful veil was stained by Britain’s ugly colonial past

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Meghan Markle wore a beautifully simple, ivory silk dress at her wedding to Britain’s prince Harry on Saturday (May 19) morning. The royal wedding has been a global media event though of not much relevance even to the British crown. After all, Harry is the sixth in the line of succession to the throne. And Read More

Stephen Hawking’s moving argument that human evolution has gone far beyond biology

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Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died today (March 14) at 76. Hawking’s major achievements included developing the first theory of cosmology unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics, and some of the most essential research on black holes ever accomplished—but he was better known in popular culture for his ability to convey impossibly complex cosmological concepts Read More

Photos: The dreamy 16th century Italian villa from “Call Me By Your Name” is up for sale

5 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Photos: The dreamy 16th century Italian villa from “Call Me By Your Name” is up for sale
In a genius stroke of real estate marketing, the owners of the sprawling mansion featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Call Me By Your Name have put the property on the market for $3 million (€1.7m). House & Loft Curb appeal. The Lombardian mansion in Moscazzano called Villa Albergoni provided a lush and “sexy” milieu for director Read More

The disappearing world of Lucknow’s Badla embroidery artisans

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There was a time when Lucknow’s Mukaish Badla embroidery thrived in the city, found on the finery worn by the elite. Popularised by the Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries, this unique art of weaving threads of gold and silver into beautiful designs required intense focus and hours of practice. But the glory days Read More