“There probably is just a single intelligence or capacity to learn, not multiple ones devoted to independent tasks. To varying degrees, some individuals have this capacity, and others do not.”
Not all the news from the Acropolis is about that brand-new museum. Using new imaging techniques, researchers for the British Museum have finally discovered traces of the pigments which scholars have long suspected were used to paint the Athenian temple’s friezes and sculptures.
“The $100,000 no-strings-attached awards are distributed over a period of three to five years and are intended to recognize artists’ work over a period of at least 25 years and to encourage them, in the words of Bush Foundation president Peter Hutchinson, to continue “planting the seeds of change and growth, to serving as catalysts in their communities and to preserving and expanding our cultural traditions.”
He “is adding to his musical resume with an appearance on … Batman: The Brave and the Bold? The lighthearted Cartoon Network series recruited the How I Met Your Mother star for a villainous turn as the Music Meister in a Season 2 episode set to air this fall.”
“Ryoma Igarashi likes going for long drives through the mountains, taking photographs of Buddhist temples and exploring old neighborhoods. He’s just taken up gardening, growing radishes in a planter in his apartment.” This sort of 20-something male would be completely unremarkable in Seattle or Munich. But in Japan, these “soushoku danshi” (literally, “grass-eating boys”) are precipitating a national debate about masculinity.
“It was the mythical supersleep, deeper than any other, the Atlantis of the unconscious. It was a heavy dose of what scientists call slow-wave sleep. I’ve been trying to find it again ever since – but the question is, where?”
“To bring expenses in line with anticipated income, several senior positions have been consolidated, staff layoffs and furloughs were implemented, salaries have been reduced across the board and the overall budget was restructured.”
The orchestra “sold a record $11 million worth of tickets for its recently completed season thanks to a push that lured first-timers to fill more than 25% of the seats at the Meyerson. A huge part of that spike in new patron ticket sales came from the buzz surrounding its new musical director, Jaap van Zweden.”
“Star-Wars creator and amateur architect George Lucas has been accused of rather too closely following the designs of media magnate William Randolph Hearst’s ‘Xanadu’ Castle. He should have looked closer to home for inspiration: his Star Wars films are full of wonderful architecture. Here the Architects’ Journal selects its top ten Star Wars buildings.”
Researchers “found that engineers are three to four times as likely as other graduates to be present among the members of violent Islamic groups in the Muslim world since the 1970s. … The largest single group were engineers, with 78 out of 178, followed by 34 taking Islamic studies, 14 studying medicine, 12 economics and business studies, and 7 natural sciences.”