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Quicker, safer property claims—and satisfied homeowners—with aerial imagery

Quicker, safer property claims—and satisfied homeowners—with aerial imagery

“I am a Fort McMurray success story,” said Walter Bateman. Bateman’s home was completely destroyed in the May 2016 wildfire that ripped through the northeastern Alberta …

Powered by the IoT, auto insurance is poised for a revolution

Powered by the IoT, auto insurance is poised for a revolution

By 2020, analysts expect 150 million connected cars to be in circulation globally

Bracing for the big insurance industry shake-up

Bracing for the big insurance industry shake-up

Is the insurance industry ready to embrace ‘the new normal’?

Robert Charles Wilson and the Theory of Everyone

Robert Charles Wilson and the Theory of Everyone

“It it began to dawn on me that we’re at the edge of another kind of revolution in scientific understanding. I mean we talk about the enlightenment and the sciences, and they’ve given us a tremendous understanding of the natural world and how to manipulate the natural world. But the big blank spot has always been human nature. Why are we the way we are, why do we think the way we think, what are the invisible flaws in the way we think? How much of that is innate, how much of that is built into us, and how much of that is what we acquire from culture? Those are interesting unanswered questions, and I think we’re on the brink of answering them much more comprehensively than we ever have before…”

A Klimt, a court, the Nazis and a very determined lady… with cashmere

A Klimt, a court, the Nazis and a very determined lady… with cashmere

You’ve seen it. Everyone’s seen it. It’s one of a long catalogue of masterpieces that are so familiar to people they assume they know all they need to know about it. But the picture shown here, formally known as Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1,” has a hell of a yarn attached to it, enough to inspire the movie, Woman in Gold, released this year and starring Helen Mirren.

The Superhero Shows Your Kids Can’t Watch

The Superhero Shows Your Kids Can’t Watch

Personally, I can’t stand those folks at the Lotto 649 news conferences who say, “Oh, no! Our lives won’t be any different. We’ll keep on working…” I’d love to win $50 million or whatever, and when they ask me what I intend to do with the money, declare with solemn earnestness, “People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Jeff Pearce. As a man, I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol…” Pensive look here. “As a symbol, I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting…” Then watch reporters wonder if I’m serious. I mean, after all, I’d have the cash. Of course, my lover at home thinks I’m jackass for this plan. Because at least one reporter will recognize it’s a rip-off of a key speech in Batman Begins.

Overdue Debts: Is there a statute of limitations on paying for crimes against humanity?

Overdue Debts: Is there a statute of limitations on paying for crimes against humanity?

In a war filled with atrocious acts of barbarity, the assault on the Greek village of Distomo stands out as particularly horrific. On June 10, 1944, less than a week after the Allied D-Day landings, in retaliation for a partisan attack, German SS troops systematically wiped out the village. According to eyewitness accounts, the German soldiers bayoneted babies in their cribs, stabbed pregnant women, and…

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