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Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’ King Cophetua

King Cophetura and the Beggar Maid, Edward Coley Burne-Jones On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. The Tate’s website has some background on the painting and the story it presents. There is more in an article on the painting on Wikipedia.

Does Natural Law exist?

A widow about to be buried alive in her husband's grave (Wikimedia Commons). Do we all share the same sense of right and wrong? What, ultimately, is the basis for morality? In a comment on a previous post, fellow columnist Fred Reed argued that some things are self-evidently wrong, like torture and murder. Show More Summary

Conservation Groups Plan Lawsuit to Protect Sperm Whales

“Mother and baby sperm whale." (Photo: Gabriel Barathieu, Wikimedia Commons) Earlier this month, several conservation groups, including Oceana, announced plans to file a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect sperm whales from deadly, mile-long drift gillnets used in the California drift gillnet fishery. read more

Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’ King Cophetura

King Cophetura and the Beggar Maid, Edward Coley Burne-Jones On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. The Tate’s website has some background on the painting and the story it presents. There is more in an article on the painting on Wikipedia.

NFL Boss Roger Goodell Makes Up for Dropping the Ball on Domestic Violence Policy

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pictured here at the Super Bowl in 2009. Wikimedia Commons Admitting that he hadn’t gone far enough in guiding the National Football League’s policy on domestic violence and had flubbed the Ray RiceShow More Summary

Genitales: We Talked to Women About Their Vaginas

Photos via Wikimedia Commons and Flickr user Derek Keats Last week in Genitales’ inaugural column, we talked to a bunch of guys about their peens. It was involved, it was illuminating, and it was, apparently, “unburdening.” I got a lot...Show More Summary

CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than Three Weeks until Porbeagle Sharks are Protected

A porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). (Photo: NMFS, E. Hoffmayer, S. Iglésias and R. McAuley, via Wikimedia Commons) On September 14, 2014, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will add six sharks and rays to Appendix II, meaning that global trade of these species will be restricted. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Carlos Reis Plus de Vin

Plus de Vin, Carlos Reis On Google Art Project; downloadable large file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Dionísio Pinheiro And Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Foundation. In this loosely rendered and fascinatingly dark composition, it’s evident that the wine was more in demand than the fruit.

Burger King Plans to Buy Tim Horton’s and Destroy Canada

Canada may have to have its Timmies the BK way. Image via WikiMedia Commons. The maple-flavored, red and white pastiche of Canada’s 147-year old cultural identity, has been threatened by America’s foremost burger monarchy. News broke...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frederick Sandys’ Grace Rose

Grace Rose, Frederick Sandys On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art.

What's Behind the Mysterious Drop in Teen Pregnancy?

Teen sex rates have fallen rapidly since the world met Bristol Palin. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Here’s some good news: American teens are finally figuring out how to not have babies. According to new numbers released by the Centers...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Vaquita Porpoise Needs Swift Protection, Atlantic Ocean behind Global Warming Slow Down, and More

A vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus), the most endangered marine mammal. (Photo: "Vaquita5 Olson NOAA" by Paula Olson, NOAA, Wikimedia Commons) - New research shows that the Atlantic and Southern Oceans may just be behind the slowdown of sea surface temperatures increases after years of rapid warming. Show More Summary

What are your questions for ‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman?

What questions do you have for Piper Kerman? Photo by Mark Schierbecker, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The lauded dark comedy “Orange is the New Black” already has won three Creative Arts Emmys ahead of Monday’s Emmy Awards ceremony. Friday...Show More Summary

That's Rather Brutal: London's 'Ugly' Brutalist Landmark is So Hot Right Now

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons Once at the very top of polls naming it public eyesore number one, London's brutalist Barbican Complex has, according to the Wall Street Journal, surged into high demand, with units in the former housing project selling...

That's Rather Brutal: London's 'Ugly' Brutalist Landmark is So Hot Right Now

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Once at the very top of polls naming it public eyesore number one, London's Brutalist Barbican Complex has, according to the Wall Street Journal, surged into high demand, with units in the former housing project selling...

It's Time To Start Preparing Yourself for President Rand Paul

Are you Ready for Rand? Image via Wikimedia Commons For the past two years, from the moment Ron Paul called off the Revolution and headed back to Texas, the political establishment has been eagerly waiting for his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, to run for president. Show More Summary

Inside the Grand Jury: Why Texas Governor Rick Perry Was Charged with Two Alleged Felonies

Photo via Wikimedia Commons A grand jury indicted Texas governor Rick Perry late yesterday on two felony charges alleging that he had abused his public office and engaged in the coercion of another public official—a District Attorney...Show More Summary

Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos)

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). (Photo: "White shark" by Pterantula (Terry Goss) at en.wikipedia - Derivative of w:Image:Whiteshark-TGoss5b.jpg. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons) In honor of Shark Week, we asked our audience on Tuesday to weigh in on their favorite shark species. Show More Summary

10 places you should photograph at least once #PhotoWeek [part two]: The Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Pichu

6. The Great Wall of China Image credit Severin.stalder via Wikimedia Commons Chances are you won’t have the same reaction to the Great Wall as Karl Pilkington, who wasn’t that impressed by it, and is another of the greatest pieces of structural engineering alongside the pyramids. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Peploe’s Black Bottle

The Black Bottle, Samuel John Peploe Link is to Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Galleries Scotland. Wonderfully fluid and economical handling of this table setting subject by Scottish painter Samuel Peploe. It carries a feeling of the still life work of Manet, who was likely […]

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