The Tyrant and His Enablers

Stephen Greenblatt | Excerpt adapted from Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics | W. W. Norton & Company | May 2018 | 14 minutes (3,827 words) From the early 1590s, at the beginning of his career, all the way through to its end, Shakespeare grappled again and…

Australia and NZ fireworks set off new decade

Australia has followed New Zealand by welcoming in 2020 with a bang, despite calls for it to cancel its capital’s fireworks as the country’s bushfire crisis continues. Critics had argued that the wrong message would be sent if the Sydney display went ahead but the…

Protesters Attempt to Storm U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

BAGHDAD—Supporters of an Iran-backed militia tried to storm the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital Tuesday, in an intensifying backlash against the U.S. after it conducted deadly strikes on the group.  Video and photos from the scene showed the blast walls surrounding the compound were…

Chinese Scientist Who Gene-Edited Babies Is Sent to Prison

The scientist who created the world’s first known genetically modified babies, stunning the global scientific community, has been sentenced by a Chinese court to three years in prison, state media reported. He Jiankui said in November last year he had engineered twin girls—offspring of a…

Sonos explains why it bricks old devices with ‘Recycle Mode’

Late last week, Sonos was called out on Twitter by Devin Wilson for its practices around sustainability. The company drew particular attention for a “Recycle Mode” software feature that, once activated, begins a countdown that eventually renders older Sonos devices basically inoperable. Recycle Mode is…

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