It was so thick that a performance of "La Traviata" at Sadler's Wells was cancelled after fog seeped into the theatre and no one could see the stage. It brought the capital to a standstill for four days and killed least 4,000 people
Walt Disney had an intuitive grasp of the power of fables, and merrily plundered ancient mythology and folklore. Disney properties—which now include everything from “Thor” to “Toy Story”—draw on well-worn devices of mythic structure to give their stories cultural resonance
Much like the war on alcohol, the war on drugs has “far overshot the ills” that it is trying to fix, all the while showing little success in reducing supply or demand for drugs. A little dram of history might do wonders for America’s politicians
Technology is the most potent agent of change, argues Boyan Slat of The Ocean Cleanup. But an overestimation of the consequences of failure is stymying our capability to use it to take on the world's largest challenges
Matteo Renzi had promised to resign if voters rejected his proposed constitutional reforms to recentralise power. After suffering a heavy defeat in yesterday’s plebiscite—with the “no” camp projected to win between 57% and 61%—the prime minister kept to his word
"Sell-side" analysts, whose firms make money from trading and investment banking, are notoriously bullish. As one joke goes, stock analysts rated Enron as a "can't miss" until it got into trouble, at which point it was lowered to a "sure thing." Are sell-side forecasts useless?
The life and times of Fidel Castro. A charismatic leader, man of action and master strategist. He was also an obsessive control freak who micromanaged everything from hurricane preparedness to the potato crop