Month: October 2019

Fashion Designer Marc Jacobs Is Selling Off His Entire Art Collection, Including a $3 Million Ed Ruscha

After nearly 20 years of collecting art, the fashion designer Marc Jacobs is looking for a fresh start. As he prepares to sell his New York City apartment, he’s also auctioning off all the art hanging inside it. Sotheby’s has...

/ October 31, 2019

Exploring the People of Middle-earth: The Witch-King of Angmar, Lord of the Nazgûl

In this biweekly series, we’re exploring the evolution of both major and minor figures in Tolkien’s legendarium, tracing the transformations of these characters through drafts and early manuscripts through to the finished work. This week’s installment looks at the Witch-king...

/ October 31, 2019

Can a Session With a Medium Spark Creativity? These Artists Gave It a Try, and You Can See the Results in a New Show

Artists draw inspiration for their work all over the place—from the news, from friends and family, from dreams. Now, a new group show organized by Brooklyn artist Michael Hambouz has tasked artists with creating pieces in response to a session...

/ October 31, 2019

The Xi Effect – Chinese Government to Fund Blockchain Projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s announcement that the country would invest heavily in blockchain technology – coupled with a sweeping move to remove online posts suggesting such technology is a scam – has nourished optimism long-held by crypto advocates. Of course,...

/ October 31, 2019

Robots can outwit us on the virtual battlefield, so let’s not put them in charge of the real thing

DeepMind's artificial intelligence-powered AlphaStar (green) repels an attack in the virtual world of StarCraft II. DeepMindArtificial intelligence developer DeepMind has just announced its latest milestone: a bot called AlphaStar that plays the popular real-time strategy game StarCraft II at Grandmaster...

/ October 31, 2019

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

Detecting human fingerprints on complex events like droughts is not straightforward. AAP Image/Dan PeledThe issue of whether Australia’s current drought is caused by climate change has been seized on by some media commentators, with debate raging over a remark from...

/ October 31, 2019

Neither Allegory Nor Lion: Aslan and the Chronicles of Narnia

A third of the way into The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Pevensie children come across two friendly beavers named, appropriately enough, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. Mr. Beaver is the first person to mention the only character to...

/ October 30, 2019

Avalon Mining Rig Maker Canaan Files for $400M IPO on Nasdaq

Mining rig manufacturer Canaan has filed for an IPO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $400 million on the Nasdaq Global Market. Prior to this filing, the company had also attempted to go public in Hong Kong...

/ October 30, 2019

See How Beef Is Destroying The Amazon

It’s true, the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed by our global appetite for beef. In Brazil, beef production is actually ramping up under new president, Jair Bolsonaro, and the clearing of land for more cattle pasture was one of the...

/ October 29, 2019

A New Tour Gives You the Chance to See the Sistine Chapel at Night, Free From Crowds, for Just $76

If that $5,558 private tour of the Sistine Chapel is a bit over your budget—or you just don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn for the 6 a.m. start time—you’ll be happy to know that there’s a far more...

/ October 29, 2019

RACING MY 2020 ELECTRIC ENERGICA MISSILE ON F1 TRACK | NICO ROSBERG | eVLOG

WORLD PREMIERE!!! I’ve had the official reveal of the new 2020 #Energica Ego #Motorcycle. Check out the first laps with my new #Electric missile on the French F1 track! Subscribe to my channel, so you do not miss my next...

/ October 29, 2019

The ACCC is suing Google over tracking users. Here’s why it matters

shutterstock The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced it is suing Google for misleading consumers about its collection and use of personal location data. The case is the consumer watchdog’s first move against a major digital platform following...

/ October 29, 2019

Why Central Banks Are Not Designed for Democracies

Through their policies, central banks exert tremendous influence over the socio-economic conditions in a country and its business environment. Their decisions are so powerful that it’s obvious they are part of the government. But most people would be surprised to...

/ October 29, 2019

A Late Billionaire Collector’s Foundation Is Selling Off Artworks by Bill Traylor and Others to Benefit a Harlem Children’s Charity

The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation is selling works from the late philanthropist’s art collection in a series of sales around New York City to benefit the nonprofit Harlem Children’s Zone. The sales include a trio of paintings by Francisco Toledo at Christie’s New York, works by Bill...

/ October 28, 2019

Why ‘acting locally’ is impossible in an interconnected world

It's all connected. Vasin Lee/ShutterstockLike many Americans, I worry about the state of the planet and try to make a positive impact through decisions in my day-to-day life. But I also am nagged by the feeling that I often get...

/ October 28, 2019

Get a Sneak Peek at The Folio Society’s Illustrated Edition of A Hero Born

It is 1200 AD and China is a land divided. The Song empire has been driven south by the fierce Jurchen peoples, and now corrupt officials scramble to save their own hides while ordinary men and women struggle just to...

/ October 28, 2019

HERE’S WHY F1 IS UNPREDICTABLE AGAIN | 2019 MEXICAN GP HIGHLIGHTS ANALYSIS

#MexicanGP Analysis right from my holidays! What a weekend it was: exciting Qualifying, the best wheel to wheel drivers, awesome job with the race strategy by Mercedes and impressive top speed by Ferrari. We are back to #F1 weekends where...

/ October 28, 2019

How Hard Is It to Brute Force a Bitcoin Private Key?

Trying to crack a private key with a brute force attack is a bit like trying to count to infinity: the sooner you begin, the faster you’ll never get there. Despite being as next to impossible as impossible gets, using...

/ October 28, 2019

A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolution

1200The New Zealand robin is a small and ordinary-looking songbird, but it can take down enormous invertebrate prey and hide morsels for later consumption. Supplied, CC BY-ND When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to...

/ October 27, 2019

Cash Runs Dry at ATMs as Protests Escalate in Chile

There’s a lot of unrest in Chile right now as the country has seen massive protests against government manipulation and an escalation of financial problems. Local reports detail a few banking establishments have been burned after customers started having issues...

/ October 26, 2019