The World and I

World and I is an encyclopedic journal that includes world news; developments in science, the arts and philosophy; book reviews; and photo essays. Since it was founded in 1986, it is printed monthly. The journal is published by Washington Times Corp.Subjects for World and I include science; literature and literary reviews; food and cooking; art; travel and tourism; politics; philosophy; music and musical instruments; drama and theatre. The editor is Steve Osmond.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 12, December

Ancient Cambodia Still Alive in Koh Ker
Along the dusty road, you pass ancient two-wheeled carts, pulled by large cows. Half-wild herds of buffalo make their lazy way through lush dense jungle driven by barefoot boys wearing krama, a type of scarf. Rice farmers squat in their flooded fields,...
A Red Seaweed Yields New Compounds with Pharmaceutical Potential
Some of these natural compounds showed the potential to kill cancer cells, bacteria, and the AIDS virus, according to research at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In fact, two of them exhibit anti-bacterial activity toward antibiotic-resistant...
Arts of Africa: The Contemporary Take
This past summer, the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco presented two blockbuster exhibitions which took place at the same time under the title "Arts of Africa." They were two distinct but highly complementary shows, one of classical Africa with its statuary...
China, Europe, and America's Slide toward Socialism
The failure last May of the ratification of the European Union constitution has led to unmistakable feelings of joy among practically all segments of the American establishment. A commentator on Fox News proclaimed that the failure signified the end...
Geology of the 'Roof-of-the-Earth' Quake
The Great Kashmir Earthquake of 2005 Magnitude: 7.6 on the Richter scale Date and Local Time: October 8, 2005; 8:50 a.m. Location: 34.493 degrees North, 73.629 degrees East Region: Kashmir, Pakistan, 105 kilometers (65 miles) northeast...
Introduction
The "Great Kashmir Earthquake of 2005" struck Pakistan and India just a short while ago--only in October--yet it's already quickly fading from the minds of the world's public. Many Americans and Europeans are experiencing "donor fatigue," a syndrome...
Kicking Back on Tobacco Caye
Last August, weary from months of preparing our house for sale and an unsuccessful search for a new home, we desperately needed a quiet no-thinking-required vacation that would allow us to check out, slow way down, and focus on nothing beyond lunch...
Processing: Molecules from Straw and Wood Yield Powerful Building Materials
In the future, manufacturers of forest products will be reconstituting smaller and smaller pieces of wood. Modern technology already combines small pieces, particles, or strands of wood and other polymers to produce bigger boards. Modern skis, for...
Research Opens the Way to Fast, Accurate Detection of Explosives in Airports
Fast, highly reliable detection of residues that could indicate the presence of explosives and other hazardous materials inside luggage is now possible with technology under development at Purdue University. A research team led by R. Graham Cooks...
The Mako: Most Picturesque of All the Sharks
Mako sharks, shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) and longfin mako (Isurus paucus), belong to the family Lamnidae, which also includes the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), porbeagle (Lamna nasus), and salmon shark (Lamna ditropis). Lamnids...
The 'Malgudi Magician': A Profile of R.K. Narayan
The business of the novelist, wrote Graham Greene in A Sort of Life, is the novel, nothing else. No other Indian writer, to my mind, fulfilled this axiom as much as R.K. Narayan. His fifteen novels and five collections of short stories are ample testimony...
The Rich Tradition of Taiwan's Performance Arts
Like many of the economically developing countries of the Pacific Rim, the island nation of Taiwan struggles to balance its cultural traditions with its increasingly high-tech society. Indeed, the capital of Taipei not only lays claim to the world's...