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Moses
Wikimedia Commons / The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei

Behold the iPad

After months of breathless anticipation, techies everywhere have a new gadget/cultural phenomenon on their hands in the form of Apple Inc.’s new tablet, the iPad. Apple CEO Steve Jobs was on hand to do the unveiling honors at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday morning, and based on the results, you can bet the lines will be forming in front of Apple stores yet again.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons/Musée du Louvre

Is the Mona Lisa da Vinci in Drag?

There’ve been a number of theories bandied about concerning the famously enigmatic masterpiece we know well as the Mona Lisa, but this latest one about Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious muse is a doozy, and it definitely wins points for creativity and flair.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / Flair Candy

Americans Bingeing on Internet’s Info-Buffet

If it is true that “how you do one thing is how you do everything,” then Americans are right on track with their consumption habits, both in terms of food and information. Among his observations, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson points out how the info-glut on the Internet doesn’t exactly lead to a more accurately informed public.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons/Physicistjedi

Patching Up Picasso’s ‘Actor’

A visitor at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art made her mark, unexpectedly, on Pablo Picasso’s turn-of-the-last-century painting “The Actor” by accidentally falling into it Friday and adding a 6-inch rip not intended by the artist to the lower right corner of the canvas. Big oops!

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


White House app video
White House via YouTube

The White House: Now Available in iPhone-Friendly Format

Top White House press-wrangler Robert Gibbs cheerfully unveils the new White House iPhone app in a new promotional video released Monday for the occasion. As jaunty music plays in the background, Gibbs sets the scene in the video by declaring that users can watch him “set the White House press corps straight every day” with the app. Such a card, that Robert Gibbs.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Tiger Woods
U.S. Navy / Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess

Is Sex Addiction Just a (Convenient) Myth?

Here we go again: Just as the question was raised during the latter phase of the Bill Clinton era, Tiger Woods’ recently revealed indiscretions have prompted questions of whether there is such a thing as “sex addiction,” or whether it’s just code for “boys will be boys” ... until those boys get busted, that is.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Leno
AP / Gerald Herbert

Leno Tapped for White House Press Dinner

The suddenly controversial comic Jay Leno, who’s still embroiled in a public spat about “The Tonight Show” with outgoing host Conan O’Brien, will be the main act at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where well-dressed members of Washington’s media elite rub elbows with politicians ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Emancipation

Milton Viorst on the Emancipation of Europe’s Jews

A new book by Michael Goldfarb grapples with the fate of a people caught between hope and history.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


beer
Flickr / Tambako the Jaguar

Primordial Brew: Did Alcohol Inspire the Cultivation of Civilization?

Sure, it behooved our Neolithic ancestors to band together and form proto-civilizations for many reasons, but one main motivation, according to archaeologist Patrick McGovern—who works, and we kid you not, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health—was the time-honored pursuit of alcoholic intoxication.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Bill Gates Launches Online Diary

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is getting into online sharing mode with the launch of his new Web diary, the Gates Notes, in which he holds forth about his various projects, plus sections called “What I’m Learning” and “Curious Classroom”—plus travel videos!

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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