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FirstLook: New Energy

Silhouetted from afar, five shapes cluster like wind-worn stones. Closer, they shimmer, suggesting perhaps a squad of recently landed spaceships. The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia is a new permanent space to local, national and international programs for art, culture, science, education and innovation.
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Saudi Film Days

Screened before red-carpet audiences in Hollywood, the premieres of seven short films by seven young directors from Saudi Arabia proved an international debut for some of film’s newest and most promising talent.
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Yuna In Song and Style

"I'm more interested in something you can hold onto forever," says Malaysian-born Yuna, who released her third album last year to global acclaim while expanding her fashion lines from a new home in Los Angeles.
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America’s Zouaves

As tensions escalated and the nation moved toward the outbreak of the US Civil War in 1861, a law student in Chicago formed the first American company inspired by a North African light infantry known as Zouaves that had won distinction in both Algeria and Crimea. Soon dozens of Zouave regiments mustered up and, from 1859 to the end of the war in 1865, Zouave soldiers were wildly popular in both the North and the South—mostly for their courage and elite training, but also for their fashionably colorful Algerian-style pantaloons, waistcoats and headgear.
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Walnuts and the First Forest Farms

Harvesting genetic samples across the breadth of Asia, researchers are finding that the portable, long-lasting, tasty and nutritious walnut may have spread because it was an ideal traveler’s snack along the Silk Roads.
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The Islamic Roots of the Modern Hospital

By the mid-ninth century, more than 30 bimaristans—centers for treating illness and injury—were working from the Arab Middle East to Persia in the east and Al-Andalus in the west. Dedicated to the empirical pursuit of wellness, their design, organization and goals were much the same as those of hospitals today.
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