Voices From Chernobyl,
an oral history of the nuclear disaster. Her fiction and nonfiction
tend to focus on the Soviet Union and its collapse—aside from Chernobyl,
she has also written about the Soviet experience during World War II
and the Afghan War.
Any “funny” or “personal” stories from the project that you can share?
Of course! It was probably one of the most fun projects I’ve worked on.
Having an excuse to comb through the Getty Images library was an
absolute dream. It sparked really interesting discussions on the
evolution of stock photography. But of course, in talking so much about
stock photography, we also become obsessed with finding terrible stock
images (not from Getty Images, of course). Just to give you a sense of
what we were talking about, check out this Buzzfeed gem we found: 50 Stock Images You’ll Never Use.
These types of creams are the most popular attempt at skin lightening.
Some women begin applying Fair and Lovely, Fair and Handsome’s female
counterpart, when they are in primary school, hoping to become fairer in
the future. Older women who are more aggressive and adamant about
lightening their skin use Fair and Lovely and more — skin-bleaching
facials, which are laden with harmful chemicals, have become
increasingly popular in recent years.
wealth of his experience at how to avoid glassy-eyed stares from an
audience, how to save them from “death by a thousand slides,” and how to
get your idea across in a way that gets people talking about it.
There’s no requirement to use PowerPoint, Windows or even a computer.
Stage presence is a life skill that you can tap into whenever you need
to communicate an idea.
You may think you know what you're doing when it comes to simple tech
-- but there's a chance you might be doing it all wrong. In the new CNET
video series "You're Doing It All Wrong", CNET experts show you the
best ways to stop abusing your tech.
There are several small inaccuracies in both Weir’s book and Scott’s
film. The wind from a dust storm that initially strands the astronaut on
Mars would in reality barely ripple a flag, because the Martian
atmosphere is so thin. Instead of extracting water from rocket fuel, a
real-life Watney might mine and purify water from deposits of ice
thought to exist beneath the soil across large swaths of the planet. And
because Mars’ atmosphere and magnetic field are too insubstantial to
shield against cosmic radiation, Watney’s skittishness about warming
himself with heavily shielded plutonium is misguided—in fact, most of
his radiation exposure would come from simply walking around outside in
But these are minor technical quibbles. The Martian’s
greater divergences from reality are less about science, and more about
technology and politics. The key question to ask about The Martian’s accuracy is this: Would Watney—or anyone else—even be on Mars in the first place for the story to unfold?
Neither the book nor the movie explicitly say when exactly the story
takes place, but Weir (as well as clever readers who reverse-engineered
the book’s timeline) has revealed that Watney and his crewmates land on Mars in November 2035.
Andy Weir started writing a book about an astronaut stranded on Mars. He hadn’t had any success with publishers in the past, so he started posting chapters to his website. That was 2011. People
really liked it — so much so that Crown Publishing came calling. The
book became a best seller. Now 20th Century Fox is bringing out the
movie, starring Matt Damon and a cast so full of stars
States are continuing to consider strategies to reduce the number of
plastic carry-out bags from grocery stores and other retail outlets.
Some states are targeting paper bags as well. Regulating bags can
mitigate harmful impacts to oceans, rivers, lakes and the wildlife that
inhabit them. Reducing bag use can also relieve pressure on landfills
and waste management.
The position was created by Charles de Gaulle in the 1950s at the
urging of André Malraux, who held the post for a decade, and among his
earlier successors were the novelist Maurice Druon, the essayist Alain
Peyrefitte, and the journalist Françoise Giroud. But the politicians
appointed today are at least expected to talk the talk, to know which
intellectuals are in fashion, which exhibitions must be seen, where the
summer cultural festivals are, and which novels they should pretend are
on their night tables. They must be hypocrites
New research shows that contagiousness is related to how familiar we are
with the yawner. The closer the relationship, the more likely the yawn
will be returned, and with a shorter response time. Because we're more empathetic
towards people we know well. So the next time your partner doesn’t yawn
right back at you, that’s definitely a red flag. It could mean a lack
of empathy. Or it could mean he or she is a psychopath. That's
because according to another new yawn study, people with psychopathic
tendencies are likely immune to contagious yawns.
Prevalence rates of overeducation exceed 40% for U.S. immigrants with bachelor’s degrees, 50% for those with doctoral or professional degrees, and 75%
for those with master’s degrees, says a team led by Julia Beckhusen of
the U.S. Census Bureau. For comparable natives, the overeducation
prevalence is 10 to 20 percentage points lower. The
mismatch between immigrants’ education levels and their job requirements
constitutes a “huge brain waste” that may ultimately drive immigrants
to go elsewhere in search of jobs that match their knowledge levels, the
Tanpinar’s The Time Regulation Institute is a brilliant comic novel from
1962 about life in a Turkey forced to adopt western ways. Pankaj Mishra
signals the dangers of a one-size-fits-all notion of modernity
From the evidence of The Time Regulation Institute – and Huzur (A Mind at Peace)
– Tanpinar may have a strong claim to this distinction. Born and
educated in the old Ottoman empire, Tanpinar was clearly a major artist
and thinker – a strong influence, among other Turkish writers, on Pamuk
இந்திய அளவிலான தீவிர மேடை நாடகக் குழுக்களில் இயங்கிக் கொண்டிருப்பவர் காளீஸ்வரி.
சென்னையில் வசிக்கிறார். நாடகத் திரைப்படக் கலைஞர். மாற்று நாடக அரங்குகளில்
சாத்திரமான பங்களிப்புகளைக் செய்தவர். காலச்சுவடு பதிப்பகத்தின் கலை-பண்பாட்டுச்
செயற்பாடுகளில் தொடர்ந்து பங்கேற்பவர். 2015 கான் திரைப்பட விழாவில் ‘Palme d’Or’
விருதுபெற்ற தீபன் படத்தில் நடித்திருப்பவர். மழைநாளொன்றில் தீபா ராஜ்குமாரின்
வீட்டில் நடைபெற்ற சந்திப்பின் பதிவு இது.
able TV revenues rose from $36 billion in 2000 to $93 billion in 2010. Profits of the giant conglomerates—ABC/Disney, NBC Universal, Fox, Viacom, and CBS—have
continued to climb in the years since. Cable operators thrive despite
antiquated technology, extreme customer dissatisfaction, and the
challenge of Internet streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, which
now create their own original content as well. Even local broadcast
stations remain highly profitable despite the declining audiences for
their core news product, thanks in part to a surge of political spending
following the Citizens United decision in 2010.
Thanks to these “retrans” fees, you pay eight dollars a month for ESPN
whether you watch sports or not. It’s not the cable operators who are
denying consumers the à la carte option many would prefer. It’s the big
five television companies who refuse to parcel out their offerings—(1) ABC/Disney, which owns ESPN, A&E, and Lifetime; (2) NBC Universal, which owns USA, Bravo, and the Weather Channel; (3) Fox, which owns Fox Sports, F/X, and National Geographic; (4) Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, BET, and MTV; and (5) CBS, which owns Showtime, the Movie Channel, and the CW.
For these companies, the indirect charges they receive for their
content have become the pot of gold at the end of the advertising
the Literary Review has an intriguing assessment by David Gelber of Roger Crowley’s book on Portuguese expeditions to the Indian Ocean between 1497 and 1516 and the process by which a small European kingdom gained control of its rich trade.[i] The Indian Ocean had previously been an area in which Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims had traded relatively freely without the exercise of naval power. Vasco da Gama’s expedition of 1497 reached Calicut within a year but had little in trade goods to interest its ruler. But the Portuguese were not deterred.
In the third century BCE, Ashoka ruled an empire encompassing much of what is today India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. During his reign, Buddhism spread across the subcontinent, and future generations of South Asians came to see him as the ideal Buddhist king. In Ashoka in Ancient India, the historian Nayanjot Lahiri disentangles the threads of Ashoka’s life from the knot of legend that surrounds it, presenting a vivid biography of this extraordinary Indian emperor and deepening our understanding of a legacy that extends beyond the bounds of Ashoka’s lifetime and dominion
Worldwide, human stampedes are so
common—and so confounding—that they’ve inspired their own body of
academic research within the larger field of study on crowd behavior.
According to one 2010 study
led by Edbert Hsu of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 215 human
stampedes took place worldwide between 1980 and 2007, leading to more
than 7,000 deaths and 14,000 injuries. Stampedes have been evaluated as a public health issue, and as a sociological phenomenon. Others have asked whether the right algorithm could help identify dangerous crowd surges before they turn deadly.
Large religious gatherings are a particular stampede danger in the developing world. A 2013 paper
out of India, for example, found that 79 percent of stampedes in that
country have taken place at religious events, as opposed to political or
entertainment-related events. In 2014, 178 people were killed in
various Indian stampedes, and the country’s annual total death toll from
stampedes has topped 300 four times in the past decade. According to
Hsu’s research, the deadliest stampedes are concentrated in Southeast
Asia and in Africa, and at religious events.
But they can and do occur anywhere, as evidenced by the notorious New York stampede at a 2008 Wal-Mart Black Friday sale, which killed a store employee.
one recent analysis of crowd disasters, which focused on 2010 stampede that killed 21 people at the Love Parade music festival in Germany, found that the disaster had more to do with physics than psychology
Americans and Europeans stampede for other causes: Black Friday sales, rock concerts, and sporting events.
No one person decides to stampede. But if there’s a connection between
what attracts a crowd and what a society holds dear, then stampedes are a
deadly illustration of those values.
In late July, Chinese authorities renewed travel privileges for
conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, ending a five-year
prohibition following his arrest in 2011. He promptly flew to Munich and
then Berlin, where he has accepted a three-year guest professorship at
the city’s University of the Arts.
After arriving in Germany, Ai gave two interviews that aroused some controversy, telling the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit
that repression in China is bad but not as bad as in the
past—defensible positions, especially if comparing today’s China to the
Cultural Revolution or the period immediately after the 1989 Tiananmen
massacre, but still surprising to some who had come to expect extremely
pointed and uncompromising statements from Ai.
Ai is now working out of his atelier, a series of converted
underground storerooms in a former brewery, in the gentrified district
of Prenzlauer Berg, next to the studio of star artist, collaborator, and friend Olafur Eliasson; on September 19, a major show of Ai’s work will open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
With each step and heavy breath through the Scottish Highlands, I was
actively discarding the years of disappointment, anger, and sadness
that led to my putting on so much weight. Walking through Scotland, it
turns out, was a way for me to actively grapple with my own darkness. I
assure you that the trek was neither business nor pleasure. I can say,
however, that it was exactly what I love about traveling.
The 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award honors two
scientists for their discoveries concerning the DNA-damage response, a
mechanism that protects the genomes of all living organisms. Evelyn M. Witkin (Rutgers University) established its existence and basic features in bacteria, and Stephen J. Elledge
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) uncovered its molecular pathway in more
complex organisms. The details of the two systems differ dramatically,
yet they share an overarching principle. Both coordinate the activity of
a large number of genes whose products shield creatures from
potentially lethal harm.
As political theorists from Spinoza to Arendt to the Zapatistas
have explored at length, pervasive fear is a threat to our very aliveness. Why
is that? Because—while fleeting experiences of fear may make our palms go wet
and cold, our voices shake, our eyes fill with tears and our throats unleash a
scream—it is prolonged, systemic fear that engulfs much of the world today.
This kind of fear is often experienced as a blunting of the senses at both the
personal and the societal levels. Cumulatively, fear creates a deadening effect
where everyone is afraid to think or express themselves differently.