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Humane prison to bring Greenland's most dangerous criminals home


Sarah Lazarus at CNN: Nestled into the stunning Arctic landscape with panoramic views of sparkling fjords and snowy mountains, Ny Anstalt could easily be mistaken for a luxury ski lodge.

The genius at Guinness and his statistical legacy


Karen Lamb and David Farmer in The Conversation: This St Patrick’s Day, revellers around the world will crowd the streets seeking one of Ireland’s national drinks: a pint of Guinness.

A Billionaire and a Nurse Shouldn’t Pay the Same Fine for Speeding


Alec Schierenbeck in the New York Times: If Mark Zuckerberg and a janitor who works at Facebook’s headquarters each received a speeding ticket while driving home from work, they’d each owe the government the same amount of money.

Stephen Fry & Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment Today

Virtuosos of Idleness


Charlie Tyson in THR: I begin to doubt beautiful words. How one longs sometimes to have done something in the world.

Stephen Hawking Was Very Particular About His Tea


Sean Carroll in The Atlantic: As a theoretical physicist who specializes in cosmology and gravitation, I naturally had many opportunities to interact with Stephen Hawking before his death.

Saturday Poem

The Juggler at Heaven's Gate Behind the dirty table where Kristofferson is having breakfast, there's  a window that looks onto a nineteenth- century street in Sweetwater, Wyoming.

Qatar went to extreme lengths to secure the release of a captured hunting party — including a disastrous population transfer in Syria


Robert F. Worth in the New York Times: The V.I.P. terminal of Baghdad International Airport is a clean and quiet place, about a quarter-mile removed from the noise and squalor of the main arrivals-and-departures hall.

Anne Enright: The Genesis of Blame

Friday Poem

Say Grace In my country our shamans were women and our gods multiple until white people brought an ecstasy of rosaries and our cities today glow with crosses like graveyards.

J.G. Ballard’s Eerily Accurate Dystopias


Becca Rothfeld at The New Republic: One of the great secrets of modern life is that we don’t actually want what we want.

Listening to Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s Final Tour


Richard Brody at The New Yorker: There’s a great story behind “Miles Davis and John Coltrane—The Final Tour,” the sixth volume in Sony’s “Bootleg Series” of live recordings by Davis (it comes out March 23rd), and that story makes itself heard in the music.

What is it to be a cow?


Tom Rachman at the TLS: Virtual reality – and much breathless exaggeration regarding it – has been part of tech daydreaming for a few decades, without yet becoming something anyone might keep in their living room.

Two new wearable sensors may replace traditional medical diagnostic devices


From KurzweilAI: Throat-motion sensor monitors stroke effects more effectively: A radical new type of stretchable, wearable sensor that measures vocal-cord movements could be a “game changer” for stroke rehabilitation, according to Northwestern University scientists.

The roaming empire


Jonathan Beckman in The Economist: At cocktail hour on a mild October evening, as thousands of Londoners are wadded face to armpit on their tube journeys home, half a dozen residents of a handsome, brown-brick townhouse in Chelsea have gathered in the basement kitchen.

How knowledge about different cultures is shaking the foundations of psychology


Nicolas Geeraert in The Conversation: The academic discipline of psychology was developed largely in North America and Europe.

Leonard Mlodinow on Stephen Hawking


Leonard Mlodinow in the New York Times: I always thought that Stephen Hawking would outlive me. I broke into tears when I heard on Wednesday that he had not.

The Detroit School of Arts collaborates with David Byrne

Here's David Byrne's original video of "Everybody's Coming to my House" from his new album American Utopia: And here is the version from the Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the Detroit School of Arts:

Responding to the rise of extremist populism


Benjamin A. Schupmann in the Oxford University Press Blog: The rise of extremist populism in recent years places liberal democracy, not to mention committed liberal democrats, in an awkward position.

Al Gore Does His Best Ralph Waldo Emerson


Gillian Osborne in Nautilus: There was no single job title for those who practiced science prior to 1834.


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