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  • 4 Hours In Oxford

    Oxford may be home to a 700-year-old university, but it can offer much more than musty scholarship and antiquity. ...
  • Hot Spot: The Palazzo, Las Vegas

    The Palazzo has a lot to boast about. Together with its sister property, the Venetian, it is now the world's largest resort by room count—7,100, to be exact. It's also Las Vegas's tallest hotel tower, and it was recently named the world's largest "green" building, proving that sometimes bigger is better. ...
  • Sports: The New Latin Links

    Latin American players are becoming big names in golf, led by Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, the reigning queen of the women's pro tour. Latin golf courses are also becoming increasingly famous—Golf Magazine's latest list of the world's top 100 courses includes entries from Baja California and the Dominican Republic. New ones are sprouting all over Mexico—$100 billion in golf-related development, including at least 30 new courses, is now underway.The roster of names who have designed courses in Mexico reads like a Who's Who of the sport. The star attraction of La Loma Club de Golf in the city of San Luis Potosí is a par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that opened last year (www.lalomagolf.com.mx). Players who want to tackle the Greg Norman-designed, 7,000-yard-long El Camaleón near Cancún can choose from four five-star resort hotels nestled amid mangrove jungles in Mexico's Riviera Maya region (mayakobagolf.com). Both golfing legends are venturing farther afield. Nicklaus will apply his...
  • ‘We Are Not Rooted In Religion’

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to Owen Matthews about Islam, modernity and Turkey's role in Israel-Syria communications
  • This Turmoil Shall Pass

    One of Henry Paulson's top Treasury Department aides on how United States and world policymakers are responding to the fallout of the global credit crunch.
  • Mail Call: Debating Hillary

    Readers of our March 17 cover story on Hillary Clinton's historic campaign were divided. One wrote, "I got choked up reading your essays." Another asked, "What's with all these love letters?" A third said, "At 18, I had voted for Hillary. Later, I beseeched her to oppose the Iraq War … she did the opposite." ...
  • NATO: France Rejoins Atlantic Alliance

    A French politician argues that Sarkozy is ready to cast off the 'surrender monkey' label by rejoining NATO, a move that could revolutionize transatlantic relations.
  • An Operatic Debut For Robot Divas

    Scientists at MIT are about to produce the world's first robotic opera. "Death and the Powers," now in rehearsal at the school's media lab, is a story about an inventor who wants to live forever and decides to download himself into his household belongings. The opera features an animatronic set, robotic performers and live musicians using "hyperinstruments"—traditional instruments embedded with chips that interpret and enhance a performer's emotional emphasis. Singers may even use swallowable microchips that will change the way they sound.Created by Tod Machover, an MIT-based composer who grew up with an engineer father and a pianist mother, the show boasts big-name talent. The librettist is former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, and the lead will be sung by James Maddalena, who sang the part of Nixon in the celebrated opera "Nixon in China." The show is funded by Prince Albert II of Monaco, and will open in Monaco next year before a U.S. tour. Machover says his aim is to use...
  • Media Matters: Why Britain’s P.M. Is Popular Abroad But Hated At Home

    When Gordon Brown went on his second official visit to the United States in mid-April, all three presidential candidates made time to meet him—Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton even took a morning off from their fierce campaigning in Pennsylvania. Yet the British press corps used the occasion to slam the prime minister for his timing, which coincided with—and let him be overshadowed by—Pope Benedict XVI's stateside tour. Likewise, when Brown, at the end of his trip, gave a major address on globalization in Boston that was serious and carefully argued—vintage Brown—the Americans lapped it up, while the British press corps snickered.Seems the more Brown is lauded abroad, the more he's reviled at home. When French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited London, he praised Brown for his "courage and loyalty"—yet the U.K. press took this as another embarrassment, since it highlighted Brown's support for the unpopular Treaty of Lisbon (which will allow EU governance of Britain in place of a...
  • When The Sommelier’s A Machine

    For anyone who's at a loss when it comes to choosing the perfect bottle of wine for dinner, the Tokyo-based supermarket chain Daimaru Peacock has developed an electronic sommelier. The Wine Adviser, a square terminal installed over wine racks in its 10 newest stores, reads the bar code on nearly any label and instantly supplies information on the bottle: where and how it was made, nose and taste notes and what kinds of dishes, cheese and even bread it best pairs with. It recommended that a Bordeaux be served with roast beef, Maribo and Samsoe cheese and pain de campagne. The invention is the latest development in Japan's efforts to use more information technology in commerce. So far it's available only in the Daimaru Peacock stores and Queen's Isetan. Some users find the electronic sommelier far preferable to the human variety: it never tires of giving advice, and it doesn't expect a tip for its troubles.
  • The Maximalist: Gilded Golf

    Even if the shot isn't dazzling, now the golf-ball marker can be. Tri Mark Golf's luxe version is handcrafted from 18-karat white gold and studded with diamonds, citrine, amethyst and peridots. It's also highly functional, with a numbered measuring system that lets golfers figure out how many putter heads away the ball is. And when not dressing up the green, it can be put on a chain and worn as a necklace; buy it for $10,500 (trimarkgolf.com).
  • 4 Hours In Tel Aviv

    This vibrant, edgy city is the undisputed cultural center of Israel, effortlessly blending old and new. Known as the White City for all its Bauhaus buildings, it's best appreciated by simply taking to the streets. ...
  • Hot Spot: The Warrington, London

    Built in 1857, this pub in posh Maida Vale has long been a favorite hangout of locals. Now British chef Gordon Ramsay has updated the place and added his personal touch to the restaurant upstairs. The wait for a dinner reservation can be months—but pop in for lunch and you might get lucky. ...
  • Hitting Where It Hurts

    Giving timely food assistance to ward off further suffering among the world's poor has become a moral obligation.
  • In The Name Of Gandhi

    Philip Glass finds his newly revived 1979 opera 'Satyagraha' more relevant today than ever.
  • A Volcanic Venue

    To reduce overcrowding at Pompeii, officials propose limiting visitors and renting out the ruins.
  • Mail Call: Spain’s Leaders

    Readers of our March 10 report on Spain's decline took issue with us. "Former prime minister Aznar did not 'mishandle' the terrorist attacks, he lied," said one. Another wrote, "Aznar never ran for a third term." A third dismissed our cover title "Spain's Dud," and cheered, "Bravo, Zapatero!" ...
  • Chinese Nationalism and Tibet

    Nationalism in China, surging amid protests over Beijing's rule in Tibet, increasingly fills the role Maoism played before China embraced capitalism
  • Interview: Pakistan’s New PM

    In an exclusive interview, Pakistan's new prime minister spells out his plans for fighting terrorism and stabilizing his volatile country.
  • Cover: The Jihadist Riddle

    What drove so many Libyans to volunteer as suicide bombers for the war in Iraq? A visit to their hometown—the dead-end city of Darnah.
  • Afghanistan: New Taliban Tactics

    Coalition attacks have forced the Taliban to change its tactics in Afghanistan. Leaders of the fundamentalist movement say it's going to get more deadly.
  • ‘I Was Detained in Zimbabwe’

    An American pro-democracy worker discusses his post-election detention in Zimbabwe and what could happen in the next chapter of the nation's political drama.
  • Zimbabwe: Whither the Army?

    As Zimbabwe's tense wait for its election results continues, one question is whether the military will stay loyal to Mugabe.
  • Twistable Stretchable Computers

    Researchers keep making computer chips smaller and faster, but John Rogers is trying to make chips that can be "stretched, compressed, folded and twisted in different funny ways." A team led by Rogers, a professor of materials science at the University of Illinois, demonstrated a few years ago that bonding ultrathin strips of silicon—a brittle and fragile material—to ribbons of rubber could make silicon stretchable. Recently, the team has built working chips that can be folded like a sheet of paper but also stretched like a rubber band. "A different way to structure and package the circuits enables these properties. We are now in a position to build very sophisticated high performance circuits," says Rogers. His chips, 50 times thinner than a human hair, may come in handy in ultralight and foldable laptops or futuristic "newspapers" made of flexible displays. Rogers's group is currently focusing on biomedical applications. Along with neurologist Brian Litt of the University of...
  • Campaign Diplomacy: Why America May Take A Harder Line Against Russia

    For seven years George W. Bush heaped praise on Vladimir Putin, saying that he had looked into the Russian president's soul and liked what he saw. That was before clashes over U.S. plans to expand NATO's reach into former Soviet territory put some distance between Bush and his "good friend" and provoked talk of a new cold war. Now, as Bush prepares to step down, all of his potential successors are preparing an even harder line on Putin's Russia.Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain all support the Bush plan to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO, an idea angrily rejected by Russia and opposed by U.S. allies like France and Germany. All three contenders, or their advisers, have taken a much harder rhetorical line than Bush, at times almost stretching to pique Putin. Clinton has declared that Putin "doesn't have a soul," and said he "thwarted" a United Nations plan for Kosovo's independence, "attempted to use energy as a political weapon," suppressed...