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Roman Polanski’s Alleged Sexual Assaults: What You Need to Know

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Roman Polanski is known for many things: He’s the director of the classic films like Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown. He’s the widower of actress Sharon Tate, who was brutally murdered by the Manson Family while she was pregnant with the couple’s child. He won an Academy Award for Best Director in 2003 for his film Read More

How to Choose a Weed Vape Pen

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In 2017, very few Americans have access to clean and safe cannabis oil-filled vape pens. With hash oil cartridges in California still about a year away from being guaranteed to be lab-tested – and stoners in much of the rest of the country largely forced to buy from the black market – purchasing a vape Read More

Are Weed Vape Pens Safe?

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In early 2014, I got my first weed-oil vape pen. It was elegant and silver, with a rechargeable battery that screwed into a transparent cartridge filled with amber-colored marijuana concentrate. I had never liked the feeling of vaporizing actual pot – it wasn’t strong enough, and usually just left me lightheaded – but an oil Read More

An argument over the evolution of language, with high stakes

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SPEECH leaves no fossils, so palaeoanthropologists have no direct evidence for the emergence of the quintessential human trait: language. Many scholars work on the topic nonetheless, but few of their findings have achieved consensus. On one thing, at least, most agree: though animals communicate, only humans have true language, with the power to organise complex Read More

When architectural idealism meets reality

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Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession. By Reinier de Graaf. Harvard University Press; 528 pages; $35 and £27.95.  HIS name may not be familiar, but Reinier de Graaf’s architecture practice, the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), designed the CCTV building in Beijing and the Prada Foundation in Milan. Its co-founder Rem Read More

Why pessimism is key to understanding the Victorians

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Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906. By David Cannadine. Allen Lane; 602 pages; £30. To be published in America by Viking in February 2018; $40. IN THE 19th century, Britain’s old enemy France was vanquished. Britain was industrialising faster than its European neighbours, while preserving its monarchy and parliamentary system. It slowly grew more democratic Read More

The decadent late-Victorian and Edwardian era

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The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914. By Simon Heffer. Random House Books; 897 pages; £30. IN the late Victorian and early Edwardian period of 1880-1914, at least (see article), Britain had a swagger in its step. You could see it in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897 and Edward VII’s coronation in 1902, Read More

Meet the invisible hand behind Hong Kong’s rise

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Architect of Prosperity: Sir John Cowperthwaite and the Making of Hong Kong. By Neil Monnery. London Publishing Partnership; 337 pages; £24.50. DURING the 1960s, governments were responding to political unrest and economic challenges with nationalisation, centralised planning and public spending (financed by heavy taxes and debt). There was intense pressure for Sir John Cowperthwaite, the Read More