Posts From SCOPE

Learning from Kigali

One of the fastest-growing cities in the world is Rwanda’s capital Kigali, and its challenges are as complex as any other urban centre’s. Guillaume Sardin explains how a new documentary research project led by his think tank and a team of Rwandan architecture students hopes to unveil the inner dynamics of one of its most diverse neighbourhoods.

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I hear the voice of their wings

A brief look at the intersection of painting, photography, and poetry, as seen though the work of Leo Wang.

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Only one universe to observe

Theoretical cosmologist Roberto Trotta talks to SCOPE about the anthropic principle, slow data, and his science’s happy similarity to art

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A joyful soup

A world that crawls and shimmers with life: the organic, cosmological paintings of Fernando Jaramillo Vélez.

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Twice as bright, but half as long

Recent improvements in the ability of the oil industry to successfully drill for oil in “tight” non-porous rock formations like shale, using methods like hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and horizontal drilling, have revolutionized the conversation about energy in the United States.

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Touch the lightning

How to describe the California band He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister? As a combination of several things, really. A sound that’s part blues and part folk and — not by definition — draws on rockabilly too. A visual style

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Everyday Africa

Like their wordy colleagues, photojournalists share an instinct for finding and documenting “the story” — which, in the case of Africa, typically results in emotionally-jarring images of war, famine, and poverty. Freelance documentary photographer Peter DiCampo is no stranger to

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Dying here is forbidden

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” Queen Gertrude dryly observes to her son Hamlet after watching a play he has staged about the murder of a king and the remarriage of his wife — a play meant to echo

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A new greatest Indian (after Gandhi)

India’s Outlook news magazine has released an Independence Day special issue on the legacy of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956), who was recently voted by a wide margin to be the greatest Indian after Gandhi — significantly (and to many, surprisingly)

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Teased and seduced

We’re always thrilled to pass along news about our contributors, but today’s post is special because it also concerns a specific contribution. British artist Kirsty O’Leary-Leeson, whose beautiful and enigmatic artwork ran in the most recent issue of SCOPE alongside “Pwomes”,

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Songs and the square

Although we last touched base with the 2011 Egyptian revolution only three months ago (see “A revolutionary/counter-revolutionary phrase book“, January 24), French broadcast services RFI and France 24 recently unveiled a remarkable web documentary on the music and musicians of

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The latest issue of SCOPE has arrived

SCOPE’s first issue of 2012 is now off our high-fidelity virtual presses. In it, you’ll find stimulating essays on the status of fun in our over-marketed society, on living in the shadow of the Haitian earthquake, on the grey zones

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