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Cosmopolitanism and the duty to assist

A January 31 podcast interview with Oxford political and moral philosopher Cécile Fabre has turned out to be rather timely, concerning as it does the question of how the cosmopolitan concern for individuals, whoever they are and wherever they might

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Now we know what we know

Accurately conveying the work of academic thinkers is one of the more unexpectedly difficult jobs a beat reporter will take on: professorial prose is often abstruse and opaque to non-specialists, and it is time-consuming to develop even the minimal background

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Crucial overflow

On June 13 of last year, Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa (“peregrine falcon”) successfully completed its seven-year mission by returning to Earth samples from asteroid 25143 Itokawa. In a recent interview with monthly Japanese literary magazine Chūōkōron (translated by Japan Echo), mission

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A big lung for a big city

Future-minded magazine of architecture and design eVolo has been holding its Skyscraper Competition since 2006, seeking revolutionary new ideas in the exploitation of technology, materials, aesthetics, and spatial organization to redefine what a skyscraper is and does. For 2011 a

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Light and power

A quick glance at the all-window exteriors of modern office buildings seems to offer little hope for the application of solar power cells anywhere but on rooftops, which comprise but a small proportion of a given tower’s total surface area.

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Against the vegetable monoculture

As food consumers our levels of pickiness have tended to rise over the years as agricultural producers have become more successful at growing and selecting the most attractive and healthy-looking items of food; a misshapen tomato which in yesteryear would

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All carrots, no sticks?

It is received wisdom by now that Latin America’s economies have thrived under the application of free-market (or “neoliberal”) policies over the past twenty years or so–at least in comparison with performance under the import-substitution policies of the decades before

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The before and the after of violence

Guest post by Abby Plener The question of how to represent violence in art is a compelling one. For directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, the power of cinema lies in its ability to portray violence unapologetically, to capture

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Where Milton slept

Travellers of a bookish bent will find a new website from Standford English professor Martin Evans to be of great use in guiding them to all of the spots in London where any of fifty great authors once resided or

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Interesting and ambitious

Worth checking out: ZAM, a high-energy magazine about Africa with a cheeky sense of style, some great art direction, and a focus on the continent’s most interesting and ambitious designers, artists, musicians, and writers. Published in the Netherlands, with editorial

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The accidental, reluctant return of goth music

Guest post by Kristen Marano The late 1970s to 1980s saw the advent and popularity of goth music in the United Kingdom, and it’s no surprise that goth is making a return from the same region. One band in particular

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Pas de deux

I’m not personally an immense fan of serial killer movies–much less of revenge films in the same genre–but Steve Dollar’s review of Kim Ji-woon’s new thriller, I Saw the Devil, has me intrigued. And if its trailer is anything to

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