The Matrix was released 20 years ago this month. The film explored philosophical dilemmas we are still wrestling with today.

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
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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.
A film by Israeli multimedia artist Yael Bartana will replace the current loop video at the Berlin Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism.
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.
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
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In pop culture, fathers are too frequently portrayed as the bumbling parent who ruins things that moms then have to come fix. But being a dad is far more complicated (and beautiful, and terrifying, and everything else).

For anyone tired of overly simplistic representations of dads, we have good news: Literature is really great at painting more dynamic portraits of fatherhood.
Peter Handke’s panoramic drama The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other staged at the Lyceum with cast of almost 100 volunteers
19-YEAR-OLD LILY HEVESH is obsessed with dominos—in particular, seeing the last one fall. “That's the best part,” she says. “That’s what I live for.”

In recent years, Hevesh has become one the most popular figures in the online domino art community (which, yes, is a thing). She’s spent much of her free time over the past decade building increasingly elaborate arrangements of the little tiles, then knocking them down in artistic chain reactions. She also films the entire process, from conception
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The findings reaffirm more starkly that the lack of social mobility in the United States is in large part due to the occupation of our parents.

“A lot of Americans think the US has more social mobility than other western industrialized countries,” explains Michael Hout, a sociology professor at New York University and the study’s author. “This makes it abundantly clear that we have less.”

Previous research used occupation metrics that relied on averages to gauge social status across generations.
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In the mid-to-late-20th century, the American economy and culture were ripe for 30-year-old men, who — more than European and Japanese — typically landed well-paid careers, bought homes, and supported large families. But since then, getting ahead has become much harder.
New Year, new books to read.

Whenever Jan. 1 rolls around, many people out there are looking for some new ways to better themselves and enrich their lives. One way to do this is to gather up some good reads in order to expand your horizons in 2019.

But if you don’t know where to start, you’re in luck, because former President Barack Obama has some excellent recommendations.

It has become a yearly tradition for Obama to recommend his favorite books, movies, and music at the year’s end, and
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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.
Before coming to South Africa, the last thing an Australian would think is that there might be language difficulties.
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.
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.)
A gibbon is the first of its species born in the wild to parents rescued from the illegal pet trade.
A Reuters photo series documents popular snacks in North Korea, as recreated by defectors in Seoul.
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