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Peter Handke’s panoramic drama The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other staged at the Lyceum with cast of almost 100 volunteers
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You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.

According to two papers published in the journal Cell in January, long ago, a virus bound its genetic code to the genome of four-limbed animals. That snippet of code is still very much alive in humans' brains today, where it does the very viral task of packaging up genetic information and sending it from nerve cells to their neighbors in little capsules that look a whole lot like viruses themselves. And these little packages of information might be critical elements of
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how nerves communicate and reorganize over time — tasks thought to be necessary for higher-order thinking, the researchers said.
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Ancient statues weren't white marble, but “a riot of colour and glitzy decoration." It shows that we've imagined the ancient world all wrong, writes Natalie Haynes.

When the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema first showed his work, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, there must have been a pleasing circularity in play: a painter proudly revealing his new painting of a sculptor proudly revealing his new sculpture. It was 1868, and to the modern viewer the painting looks inoffensive enough. Phidias, the bearded sculptor, stands in front of the Parthenon Frieze, who
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se characters – human and equine alike – Alma-Tadema would have been able to study in detail in the British Museum. Luminaries of 5th Century Athens admire the sculptor’s extraordinary work: the draperies, the incredible depth (sometimes four horses gallop beside one another in just an inch or two of marble). The viewers might also be remarking upon the dark, beautiful colours that bring the sculpture to life.
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How does it feel to spend a night in a hotel in your own city? DW's Gero Schliess takes a look at Berlin through the eyes of a tourist.
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He hosted a Daily Show knock-off during the Arab Spring – and had to flee. Now Bassem Youssef is trying to make it on the US comedy scene, writes Sharif Paget.
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A film by Israeli multimedia artist Yael Bartana will replace the current loop video at the Berlin Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism.
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From blockbuster hip hop to ‘gigantic’ female pop stars by way of a bit of doom metal and desert blues, BBC Culture writers and editors pick their favourite albums of the year.
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Before coming to South Africa, the last thing an Australian would think is that there might be language difficulties.
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PETA has a pretty blunt message for Londoners this festive season; one involving graphic images of a pet dog being served for Christmas dinner. But, that message didn't quite make it to the public because London Buses refused to run the advert due to concerns over the "offensive" nature of the content.
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It's now up to you and everyone else surfing the internet to make sure companies don't destroy it.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to end net neutrality on Thursday, which could mean the end of the open internet as we know it. While there will be long court battles ahead as agencies attempt to undo or block the FCC's decision, there are a few things that good citizens of the internet can expect and look out for should any internet company begin to take advantage.
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Looking back on the year 2017, it's hard to not point to the fidget spinner as one notable thing that didn't make us cry (most of the time). Here's one more feel-good spinner story to close out the year. (Hopefully we'll never have to hear about them again after this, but I can't make any promises, folks.)
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A gibbon is the first of its species born in the wild to parents rescued from the illegal pet trade.
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A Reuters photo series documents popular snacks in North Korea, as recreated by defectors in Seoul.
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A new documentary explores the famous shower scene in minute detail. Tom Brook takes a closer look.
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6-year-old Roman sends out a message to help find a dog a new forever home.
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Nero, Stalin and Bin Laden were all fans, but what makes verse so appealing to these leaders? Benjamin Ramm explores the connection between ruthlessness and sentimentality.