The study of the African presence in history, whether in the African Diaspora or Africa itself, is a richly rewarding endeavor. In this study we realize that slavery alone is not African history and that African history is everybody’s history. The history of African people — Black people — is rich and comprehensive, inspiring and, often, little known. Nowhere is this more the case than the African presence in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
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Turbos! Two of them—two big snails of swoosh—have invaded the holy sanctum of a Ferrari engine compartment, and life will never be the same. Next thing you know, the future CEO of a publicly traded Ferrari, one Juan Wang Lipschitz or somebody, will pull the sheet off an SUV with matching carbon-fiber Apple Watch and then, what the hell, we’re in Mad Max and the whole world is fried.
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While his Cleveland Cavs’ continue their fight for an NBA Championship, star guard Kyrie Irving is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured knee cap that he suffered during Game 1 of the Finals. While Kyrie recuperates and the Cavs play on, Nike continues to go about its business with the upcoming release of the latest colorway in Irving’s signature model, the Kyrie 1.
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What if the next gadget for sending messages to your friends wasn’t a watch strapped to your wrist or a phone stuffed in your pocket—but an electronic device embedded in your brain? Now, a new kind of flexible circuit has brought us one step closer to this science fiction future. Implanted via injection, a grid of wires only a few millimeters across can insinuate itself with living neurons and eavesdrop on their chatter, offering a way for electronics to interface with your brain activity.
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Last fall, I wrote about a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime.
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Doctors often keep patients awake during brain surgery to monitor them for injuries in real time. Put in this situation, most of us would probably do very little of anything other than respond when spoken to and pray for a swift end to the experience.
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For decades, humans have slaughtered Africa’s rhinoceroses, driven by the Eastern medicine market’s demand for their horns. On a reserve in Kenya, the end result of this decimation lives out his old age under armed guard, his horn docked to make him less valuable to poachers. Such is the life of Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros on Earth.
Continue reading Then There Were 5: Inside the Race to Save the Northern White Rhino →