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The first week in October marks the announcements of the pre-eminent Nobel Prizes, which recognize advancements across fields of science and culture. Established in 1895 by Alfred Nobel, explosives expert and the inventor of dynamite, the awards were formed due to Nobel's lack of an heir as well as his desire to leave a positive legacy. (Apparently a premature obituary in a French newspaper called…

The Homework Police


On a wet Wednesday evening in Seoul, six government employees gather at the office to prepare for a late-night patrol. The mission is as simple as it is counterintuitive: to find children who are studying after 10 p.m. And stop them.'

In South Korea, a country where education trumps all, teenage rebellion doesn't take the form of saggy pants or experiments with beer. Instead, Korean teenagers…



The race for the Russian presidential elections officially begins today, with parties submitting their lists of candidates. After keeping journalists and their audiences guessing for over a year, Vladmir Putin has decided to run for President after all.  And while everyone is raising questions about the possible democratization and modernization of Russia, the one question that they should be asking…

In Time We Trust

Money, Food, Time

Imagine if you could pay your next restaurant bill with time instead of money. At Time/Food, this scenario takes place at each meal: this temporary restaurant offers daily lunches where the only currency accepted is a half “hour note”, or 30 minutes of each diner’s time. Based on the fixed-price comida corridas of Mexico, the outpost is organized by Time/Bank, a New York based platform where people…

When Sport Meets Marriage


After 600 years of blood, sequins and animal-rights campaigns, the sport of Bullfighting came to an end this weekend with the last ever fight in Barcelona.  And while the fans cry fowl and the PETA-crowd celebrates, it’s clear that we need to replace it with a new sport before someone thinks of an equally gruesome one. While ChessBoxing (apparently ‘The Thinking Person’s Contact Sport’) and…

Is it a bird? A plane?

Best Wishes

Eric Martin, a 13 year old boy from Seattle was whiling away the morning when he got an urgent phonecall from Spiderman. The Seattle Sounders, the city’s soccer team was being kept hostage by supervillans Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy, and only Electron Boy could save them. 

Like a true superhero, Eric ran out, changed into his Electron Boy costume (in a phone booth, we presume) and hitched a…