Month: February 2018

Gay men are winning this year’s Winter Olympics – and making it a joy to watch

Eric Radford is the first voluntarily out gay man to win a gold medal, while Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy have achieved other firsts on the slopesYou mentioned London fashion week last week, but have totally ignored the major cultural event happening right now. What have we learned from the Winter Olympics? James, by email Ah, the Winter Olympics! That giant paean to ancient sports you didn’t even know existed, such as the universally popular pastime of combining skiing and shooting, AKA the biathlon, and the equally beloved sport of chucking a kettle across a frozen lake, AKA curling. These are now coupled with various jazzy events involving people doing acrobatics on snowboards, which were quite possibly added because all that kettle chucking wasn’t really bringing in the TV viewers any

Jason Silva Is The Aristotle Of The Digital Age

“In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy you perform it.” That’s the motto of Jason Silva, one of the brightest young thinkers around today. Jason refers to himself as a performance philosopher and has become a modern-day YouTube star. His channel “Shots of Awe” has millions of views from people all over the world who listen intently as he expounds philosophically on the everyday issues of life.  Here, Jason Silva explains his views on the power of ideas, a very important subject matter for him. He claims that if Aristotle were alive today, he wouldn’t reach people on the streets as he did in ancient Greece, but rather through a YouTube channel. If that is correct, then Jason Silva could very well be the modern Aristotle. R...

Jason Silva Is The Aristotle Of The Digital Age

“In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy you perform it.” That’s the motto of Jason Silva, one of the brightest young thinkers around today. Jason refers to himself as a performance philosopher and has become a modern-day YouTube star. His channel “Shots of Awe” has millions of views from people all over the world who listen intently as he expounds philosophically on the everyday issues of life.  Here, Jason Silva explains his views on the power of ideas, a very important subject matter for him. He claims that if Aristotle were alive today, he wouldn’t reach people on the streets as he did in ancient Greece, but rather through a YouTube channel. If that is correct, then Jason Silva could very well be the modern Aristotle. R...
Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat

Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat

As if there wasn’t enough angst in the world, what with the Washington soap opera, #MeToo, false nuclear alerts, and a general sense of apprehension, now we also have a growing sense of alarm about how smartphones and their applications are impacting children.In the past days alone, The Wall Street Journal ran a long story about the “parents’ dilemma” of when to give kids a smartphone, citing tales of addiction, attention deficit disorder, social isolation, and general malaise. Said one parent, “It feels a little like trying to teach your kid how to use cocaine, but in a balanced way.” The New York Times ran a lead article in its business section titled “It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone,” echoing a rising chorus in S...
Biologists Spot First UK Case Of An Ancient Crop Disease In Six Decades

Biologists Spot First UK Case Of An Ancient Crop Disease In Six Decades

Stem rust (Puccinia graminis) is back. The first confirmed case of the disease in 60 or so years was discovered on a single wheat plant in Suffolk, England, in 2013. It might not sound like much, but stem rust is a crop disease that has plagued farmers since the time of Aristotle with severe crop failure and famine. “Resistant wheat varieties have not been developed. We hope that our study will serve as an alarm call to the industry, that an old enemy may be about to return,” Dan Bebber, a senior lecturer in biosciences at the University of Exeter, said in a statement. Stem rust is a fungal infection that forms scaly red – and fatal – pustules on the plant’s stem. Genetic tests carried out by researchers at the University of Exeter and published in Natur...

Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

British writer Michael Hirst joins forces with the mega-filmmaker to tell story of the Caesars Martin Scorsese The Observer Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans US director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Rome’s rulers Dalya Alberge Sat 10 Feb 2018 19.04 EST Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 12.24 EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Close Katheryn Winnick in Vikings. The series writer, Mi

Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men … why an ancient festival is still controversial

The annual Lupercalia festival turned society upside down and the location of its starting point is still hotly debated Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men ... why an ancient festival is still controversial Science The Past and the Curious Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men ... why an ancient festival is still controversial The annual Lupercalia festival turned society upside down – and the location of its starting point is still hotly debated Krešimir Vuković Thu 15 Feb 2018 02.00 EST Last modified on Thu 15 Feb 2018 05.47 EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Sh

Archie Panjabi: ‘An agent told me an Indian woman could never have a Hollywood career’

The actor on being rejected by EastEnders and an embarrassing moment at the Baftas Television The Q&A Archie Panjabi: ‘An agent told me an Indian woman could never have a Hollywood career' The actor on being rejected by EastEnders and an embarrassing moment at the Baftas Rosanna Greenstreet Sat 3 Feb 2018 04.29 EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Close Archie Panjabi: ‘My greatest fear?Falling out of love with my work.’ Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Born in London, A
20+ Surprising Movie Details You Probably Never Noticed

20+ Surprising Movie Details You Probably Never Noticed

Sometimes we want to forget a film the second we walk out of the movie theatre, but sometimes we desire to get its copy and rewatch it again, and again, and again. Maybe the acting is captivating, maybe the cinematography is beautiful, or maybe the filmmakers have hidden so many little details within the scenes, you find something new every time you press play. To show you how scrupulous some productions are, Bored Panda has collected an eye-opening list of incredible movie details. From Interstellar's cornfield to the Matrix's doorknob, it's no wonder why some films take years and years to make. Scroll down to check out images and let us know in the comments which entry surprised you the most! ...
Sour note: In Ancient Rome, lemons were only for the rich

Sour note: In Ancient Rome, lemons were only for the rich

Lemons were the acai bowls of the ancient Romans prized by the privileged because they were rare, and treasured for their healing powers. In fact, this coveted fruit, as well as the citron, were the only citrus fruits known in the ancient Mediterranean it took centuries for other fruits, such as oranges, limes and pomelos to spread westward from their native Southeast Asia, a new study finds. However, the citrus fruits that followed in later years weren't as exclusive as lemons and citrons, said the study's lead researcher, Dafna Langgut, an archaeobotanist at Tel Aviv University in Israel. "All other citrus fruits most probably spread more than a millennium later, and for economic reasons," Langgut, told Live Science in an email. [10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Will Probably Never B...