Sherlock Holmes Now (Partly) In Public Domain in U.S.

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“A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works that Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law, and can therefore be freely used by others ”

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The New Year’s Eve Fireworks You Could Taste And Smell

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Giant orange-flavored bubbles, banana-flavored confetti, peach-flavored snow, the scent of strawberries – sure beats the smell of gunpowder, right? London has these two inventive (and crazily-dressed) food scientist-artists to thank.

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Did JS Bach Burn Out In The Last Years Of His Life?

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Why did the industrious and dutiful German musician abandon his duties? Was he tired of the job or even depressed? In light of the sensational find, German music journalists have been quick – perhaps too quick – to talk about “Bach’s burn-out.”

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Can Changing Our Reading Habits Even The Balance?

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“Establishing quotas is not inherently progressive, but it can help us examine our choices, to consider books or writers we might otherwise ignore or resist, and sometimes – as was the case for me with the wonderful Croatian author Dubravka Ugresic – recognize that we were missing out not having read them sooner.”

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The Most Exciting Magazine Of All Time

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“No contemporary magazine could duplicate Life’s success, and not just because 1945 was such a monumental year. No modern magazine has remotely close to its influence. “

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Free At Last! Judge Liberates Sherlock Holmes From Copyright

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“A federal judge has issued a declarative judgment stating that Holmes, Watson, 221B Baker Street, the dastardly Professor Moriarty and other elements included in the 50 Holmes works Arthur Conan Doyle published before Jan. 1, 1923, are no longer covered by United States copyright law and can be freely used by creators without paying any […]

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Teens Are Abandoning Facebook (Who Cares?)

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The question of whether teens will abandon Facebook has fascinated observers for at least four years (ever since the hysteria over teen Facebook addiction passed). But all that really matters to the service is what happens after teens go off to college and enter “the real world.”

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2013′s Best New Architecture

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“While a certain modern classicism predominated in 2013, there was another strain of smart buildings that aimed for a contemporary sensibility more concerned with sustainability, landscape, the vernacular and even geology.”

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Broadway’s Next Big Thing? Immersive Dinner Theater

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Queen of the Night, produced by the man who brought New York Sleep No More and The Donkey Show, “is presented as a ‘dark debutante ball’ given by the Marchesa, a potently ambiguous figure … who blends aspects of Mozart’s queen, the 1920s muse and dandy Luisa Casati, and the performance artist Marina Abramovic.”

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