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Angkarn Kalayanapong (1926-2012)

Renowned Thai poet Angkarn Kalayanapong passed away today in Bangkok at the age of 86. Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat in 1926, Angkarn challenged traditional Thai poetic conventions in his groundbreaking poems. While initially criticized by the cultural and literary establishment, he was finally recognized as a leading voice in contemporary Thai poetics, and was honored […]

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Discovered: the “God Particle”

You’ve likely caught wind of the exciting announcement that two teams of scientists believe they have discovered the long-theorized Higgs Boson, or “God Particle.” If the research withstands scrutiny, and is upheld in future research, the discovery lends credence to the half-century old Standard Model in Physics. For a good summary of what this all […]

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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

In case “one of the greatest novels of the 20th century” doesn’t catch your curiosity about The Great Gatsby… In December 2012, Baz Luhrmann (director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge) will release his adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Spiderman, I mean, Tobey Maguire. The trailer for the film was […]

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Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)

Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and many other novels and short stories, died yesterday at the age of 91. He is regarded as being the father of contemporary science fiction. But I think he describes himself, and the craft of writing, best when he says: “I’m not a science fiction writer. I’m a magician. […]

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