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Surreal Photos Show DC In Lockdown As Inauguration Day Approaches

As Washington, DC, still reels from the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, it also prepares for the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Photos this week show the city mounting unprecedented preparations against the backdrop of the…

Government funds are not ‘taxpayer money’ — media and politicians should stop confusing the two

Rhetoric plays an important role in tax debate and therefore tax policy. If your side manages to gain traction in the public imagination with labels such as “death tax” or “dementia tax”, you have gone a long way to normalising…

Chinese officials dispute Wuhan origin of the coronavirus | DW News

A team of experts from the World Health Organisation has arrived in China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus. The international team arrived in Wuhan, the city where the first cases of the virus were detected in late 2019.…

The Rijksmuseum Had Its Lowest Attendance Last Year Since 1964. But Its Digital Audience Has Grown by Leaps and Bounds

Amsterdam’s famed Rijksmuseum, which was closed for much of last year, had its lowest attendance in decades in 2020, with visitors dropping by more than 2 million to just 675,000. That’s the lowest total for the museum since 1964, when it had…

Indonesia’s aviation safety has improved, but a lot remains to be done

The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 disaster serves as a warning for aviation safety regulators, not only in Indonesia but worldwide. Four minutes after taking off from Jakarta in heavy rain on January 9, the Boeing 737-500 nosedived into the ocean,…

Lake Poopó: why Bolivia’s second largest lake disappeared – and how to bring it back

A huge lake in Bolivia has almost entirely disappeared. Lake Poopó used to be the country’s second largest, after Lake Titicaca, and just a few decades ago in its wet season peak it would stretch almost 70km end to end…

House ramps up security for lawmaker travel

After several lawmakers were hassled in airports, federal authorities on Saturday increased security for members of Congress when they travel to and from Washington through the inauguration, according to an internal memo obtained by Axios. Why it matters: The unusual…

Covid update: Coronavirus news from around the world | DW News

Following criticism in Germany of the pace of the coronavirus vaccination roll-out, a health ministry official has revealed that Berlin has struck preliminary deals for an extra 50-million vaccine doses in the summer – outside what’s been negotiated by the…

Archaeologists Are Using Incredible Photographs From This Cold War-Era Spy Satellite to Unlock Secrets of World History

Satellite imagery from the Corona project, a Cold War spy program that acquired military intelligence about the Soviet Union for the US, is proving useful in ways its creators could have never imagined—including for archaeologists. “Corona is like a time…

Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100. To keep cool in Australia, we urgently need a national planning policy

In cities around the world, temperatures could rise by more than 4℃ by 2100 under a high-emissions climate change scenario, suggests research published this week in Nature Climate Change. It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, released…

Coachella Officials Have Rejected a Proposal for an Ambitious Desert X Artwork, Claiming It Would ‘Exploit’ Local Plight for Tourism

Desert X, Southern California’s Coachella Valley art biennial, has always confronted environmental themes head on, using the harsh desert landscape to speak to global concerns about climate change. But during preparations for the event’s third edition, Coachella natives took umbrage…

See the Installations by Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas, and Other Art Stars That Might Actually Make You Want to Go to New York’s Penn Station

Just a few days into 2021 and New York City has already set an architectural milestone with the opening of Moynihan Train Hall, the long-awaited extension of the much-maligned Penn Station. The space, which has 92-foot skylight ceilings, will host…

Street Artists Around the World Captured a Turbulent Year in Real Time—See the Beautiful and Unforgettable Works of 2020 Here

For much of the year, the best—and safest—place to see art was on the street. And perhaps more than in any other year, street art offered a real-time distillation of the events shaping our lives. Across the globe, artwork speaking…

The 10 Most Astonishing Archaeological Discoveries of 2020, From an Ancient Cat Carving to the Amazon Rock Paintings

Despite its many difficulties, 2020 gave us some incredible discoveries. Shortly after scientists confirmed that the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, owned Dead Sea Scroll forgeries, putting the authenticity of some 70 other known fragments in question, the…