‘Weirder than any added landscape’: a agrarian airing in the Fens

Feathery reeds rise from dykes, bullrush heads turn to candyfloss in the spring and two red kites soar high on thermals in a blue sky. The only sounds are a skylark’s song, the amorous grunting of hidden toads and the occasional distant drum-drum of a high-speed train. Beyond stretches a vast plain of hedgeless fields, …

Cannabis Flowers Are Legal in Italy. You Just Can’t Eat or Smoke Them.

A greenhouse at Canapa Mundi, a three-day trade fair in Rome hat showcased hemp-based products in February. Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times ROME — For the past year, small jars of cannabis flowers have been flying off the shelves of Italian specialty shops: a phenomenon that’s described as a “green gold rush.” …

Nonfiction: A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story

Chris Gash WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HEREAncient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past By David Reich 336 pp. Pantheon Books. $28.95 For over a decade, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has been collecting saliva samples from willing participants, analyzing small pieces of their mother’s and father’s DNA (so-called mitochondrial DNA …

Venture Capitalists Seek ‘Safe Harbor’ for Virtual Currencies

A virtual currency mining site in Gondo, Switzerland. Some large virtual currencies are distributed on a daily basis to computers helping to maintain the network, while some are created through so-called initial coin offerings. Fabrice Coffrini/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — Venture capitalists and entrepreneurs have been lobbying federal regulators to protect at …

What #MeToo Means to Teenagers

Participants at a Day One art workshop explored how relationships are portrayed in the media. Ken Paprocki When the #MeToo movement exploded on social media in October, the reaction among Maddy Eichenberg’s female-identifying friends at school was, “Yeah, this is pretty much our reality.” “It’s just something high school girls know they have to deal …

Verne Troyer: a activity in pictures

Verne Troyer, who at 2ft 8in was one of the world’s shortest men, racked up 30 film credits in a career spanning 24 years Actor who played Mini-Me in Austin Powers films dies age 49

Northern Ireland’s absent moment: how the peaceful protests of ’68 escalated into years of blood-soaked conflict

When did the Troubles begin? Was it when the first stone was thrown or the first shot fired? Or did they begin earlier with a police baton blow? Or earlier still with a peaceful march demanding civil rights? As with almost anything to do with Northern Ireland’s turbulent political past, the moment is contested. For …