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Recent best: Aminatta Forna

London-based novelist Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of The Memory of Love, Ancestor Stones and The Devil that Danced on the Water. The Memory of Love recently won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa). Aminatta recommends: If you want

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A path from the madrassa

Najeeb Jung, vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, India’s national Islamic university, writes in The Times of India on the important role played by this institution in the lives of young Muslims, and in the country at large; after more

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Get busy living

Cape Town, South Africa band Goldfish has released a new album, Get Busy Living. Goldfish falls into the “electro swing” category, and their music is fast-paced, upbeat, and frankly groovy. The title track is particularly catchy (see video below). Great

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I can see why you can’t hear me now

A team from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design has developed an intriguing approach to measuring and understanding the effectiveness of a WiFi network: a 4-metre rod with 80 lights along its length shows the signal strength at any

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Entrega

I meant to do a quick post on a photographer this morning, but the work of Chilean artist Ana María Benedetti–with its striking linearity and colour layers–stopped me in my tracks. “Entrega”, shown above, was exhibited at the Galeria Animal

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Easier reading

We promised in January that SCOPE would soon be available in formats beyond PDF, so we’re happy to let you know that the magazine can now be read directly on this site through a convenient embedded reader. Go to the

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Prudence (not peace) of mind

Less-competitive individuals may find solace in the idea that happiness, rather than say, professional success, is the key to a long, healthy life. Happiness means lower stress, which in turns means lower blood pressure, fewer ‘risky behaviours’, and more functional

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Life in the wood

Due for completion by 2014, this ten-story apartment building in Melbourne will be built entirely out of wood: cross-laminated timber, to be precise, pre-fabricated in Europe and shipped to Australia. The “passive house” standard it is built upon will minimize

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Subscribing to SCOPE

I’m pleased to announce that after a herculean effort of design, coding, and folk magic (necessary only once, thankfully), SCOPE the magazine can now offer one-year subscriptions. We hope you enjoyed our inaugural issue — and based on the terrific

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Dry grass and book shelves

Born in 1972, Japan’s Kou Igarashi is a photographer of scenes of placid contemplation, both natural and man-made: from a wind-pressed field of dry grass, to a forlorn and empty lot behind an office building, to a happily-burdened book shelf.

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The artists behind the walls

Guest post by Kristen Marano The question of whether graffiti is art has been a longstanding debate in cities around the world. More recently, the battle is being fought in Toronto among artists, business owners, and the city. As part

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Stuff to read: shorter but morer

As you’ve noticed, we’re not exactly a daily blog around here. But our followers (a phrase we mean in a technical rather than a command & control sense) on Facebook and Twitter can attest that we’ve been trying hard to

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