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The 'Unspeakably Disgusting' Way Stanley Kubrick Created 2001: A Space Odyssey's Trippiest Scene

Today is the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, and to celebrate the iconic scifi film we have an exclusive excerpt from author Michael Benson’s deep dive into the making of the film, Space Odyssey: Stan

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Do Proteins Hold the Key to the Past?  | The New Yorker

Sam Knight on the new methods that are allowing a group of scientists to reëxamine the world’s libraries and archives, in search of the hidden lives of authors.

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Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression - The Washington Post

The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events.

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Elon Musk’s Guide to Tomorrow: How to Fix Earth, and Also Leave It | The New Yorker

Ricardo Angulo and Ben Solomon write a humorous missive in the voice of Elon Musk about fixing and leaving Earth.

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Pellet Gun Victims in Kashmir Suffer From Eye Injuries | Time

India's army injured thousands with pellet guns. Images of pellet gun victims in Kashmir show the suffering caused by the supposed non-lethal weapons.

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Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts in fury | Earth | EarthSky

Reports indicate at least 25 dead and hundreds injured from Sunday's powerful eruption of Volcan de Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes.

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Egyptians: Scanning the Pharaohs

Zahi Hawass Sahar N. Saleem The American University in Cairo Press Cairo, New York 2016 ISBN 978 977 416 673 0 I was thrilled whe...

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There’s one hero of Entebbe who deserves his own film. I remember him well | World news | The Guardian

Michel Cojot-Goldberg acted as the translator for Uganda’s president Idi Amin and as the go-between for the hijackers and passengers

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At Le Coucou, A Day In the Life of a Line Cook | Bon Appetit

Nana Araba Wilmot makes the food almost every night at Le Coucou, but since line cooks stay behind kitchen doors, you'd never know her name.

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CNN’s Camerota confronts Holocaust denier running for Congress in heated interview | TheHill

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Thursday confronted the Holocaust denier who is the sole GOP candidate running for an Illinois House seat.

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The Secret to Henry Kissinger’s Success - POLITICO Magazine

Many think the retired diplomat’s closeness to one man—Richard Nixon—was the source of his power. That gets Kissinger dangerously wrong.

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The Encyclopedia of the Missing

She keeps watch over one of the largest databases of missing persons in the country. For Meaghan Good, the disappeared are still out here, you just have to know where to look.

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The Myth of the Limited Strike on North Korea | Foreign Affairs

A limited strike would risk igniting a full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula.

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Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue - Atlas Obscura

In the late 19th century, tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there.