History of science: When eugenics became law

History of science: When eugenics became law

Victoria Nourse reviews a study on a historic US misuse of biology, the case of Buck v. Bell. Adam Cohen's 'Imbeciles' relates a key chapter in this story. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck.

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A Spymaster Opens Up

A Spymaster Opens Up

Spymasters are supposed to be good at keeping their mouths shut, so it’s striking how many heads of the Central Intelligence Agency have published memoirs. They are no doubt driven by the same motives that lead other public figures to write autobiographies—money, narcissism, score-settling, concern for their place in history. Now, Michael Hayden, the former C.I.A. chief and N.S.A. director, has written a memoir about transparency and torture. By George Packer.

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A Guide to Collecting Harry Potter Books

A Guide to Collecting Harry Potter Books

The Harry Potter series only began in 1996 and yet J.K. Rowling's books have become highly collectible. It usually takes decades for a book to become collectible and gain significant value on the rare book market. The AbeBooks online marketplaces has sold hundreds of copies of Rowling's books at high prices, including a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone that sold for $37,000. Do you have a valuable Harry Potter gathering dust under your bed?

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George Orwell’s master – and spymaster?

George Orwell’s master – and spymaster?

In his last days Orwell was visited in hospital by a selection of friends who were all involved in a covert CIA project: CCF, the Congress for Cultural Freedom. Its aim was to provide a counterweight to Marxist intellectual and cultural supremacy in Europe. The project, in which the IRD (Information Research Department) also played a part, would lead to the setting up of Encounter magazine and the CIA’s acquisition of the film rights to Orwell’s "Animal Farm."

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Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

Gardening and the Secret of Happiness

Botanist and nature writer Robin Wall Kimmerer, who has written beautifully about the art of attentiveness to life at all scales, examines the revelations of the garden in "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants" — an unusual and richly rewarding book blending botany, Native American mythology, natural history, and philosophy.

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‘Prison Break’ revival season to be filmed in Vancouver

'Prison Break' revival season to be filmed in Vancouver

Another revival season of a hit television series will be filming in Vancouver: Production for Fox Broadcasting Company’s Prison Break‘s so-called ‘limited event series’ is slated to occur in the city, with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell reprising their original roles in the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It is unclear whether Miller and Purcell’s ongoing roles in the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was a factor in…

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