Ben Mauk on the case of Ai Weiwei’s “million-dollar” broken vase: http://nyr.kr/1jFqhwR
“Stories of vandalism, destruction, forgery, and theft fascinate us because they are such tidy allegories of our relationship to art, a relationship that, at least since the time of the Armory Show, has consisted of a bizarre admixture of suspicion, discomfort, and occult reverence. Today, these attitudes are neatly characterized by the large fortunes that art sometimes commands.”
Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty
"Everything is Art, Everything is Politics."
Researchers at the University of Bristol and University College London found that lactate – essentially lactic acid – causes cells in the brain to release more noradrenaline (norepinephrine in US English), a hormone and neurotransmitter which is fundamental for brain function. Without it people…
Ilham Tohti, economist and critic of the economic development model in Xinjiang, figured prominently in a chapter of Chinese Characters. He has been arrested on suspicion of “breaking the law” and advocating violent protest among Uighurs. Ananth Krishnan gives and update on the case on PRI’s The World.
The Bride in a Gown
Many finally found Jesus
Inside a Buddhist temple.
Some found the real Buddha
Serving quietly in a soup kitchen.
Others found themselves…
Sitting on a rubbish dump.
Gave up the search.
Gave up the search.
The rest are ruminating Rumi,
Washing up after the meditation
And falling in love with love
In all its ceremonial gowns.
Ken Holmes, January 2014
Increased inflammation following an infection impairs the brain’s ability to form spatial memories – according to new research. The impairment results from a decrease in glucose metabolism in the brain’s memory centre, disrupting the neural circuits involved in learning and memory.
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital have demonstrated, for the first time, that aspirin intake correlates with halted growth of vestibular schwannomas (also known as acoustic neuromas), a…