Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we all… » 12/22/14 12:01pm 12/22/14 12:01pm

"Elephant taunting" is now a thing in India

Environmentalist website Conservation India is reporting on the rise of a new and disturbing spectator sport that has emerged in south India's Coimbatore forests. It's the practice of "elephant taunting," a bizarre and incredibly dangerous activity in which onlookers harass elephants to the point of retaliation. The… » 1/17/13 8:40am 1/17/13 8:40am

Should Bollywood director Vikram Bhaat be your new cult icon?

Director/producer Vikram Bhaat just signed a deal to produce five new films that will "push the boundaries of the science fiction, thriller and horror genres." He's directing two of them himself, including a science fiction action movie and one that's described a his "most ambitious project." Time to get excited yet? » 11/22/12 11:06am 11/22/12 11:06am

Over a dozen reasons why this Indian superhero makes Batman look like…

Batman is normally bandied about as the paragon of all the superheroes — he's resourceful, has the best gadgets, and can make guano rain down upon his foes with but a snap of his fingers. But Batman pales in comparison to the serpentine Indian beefcake Nagraj, who possesses basically every damn superpower out there,… » 9/12/12 8:50am 9/12/12 8:50am

How genetically modified crops are helping poor farmers in India

The debate about widespread use of genetically modified crops is still contentious. On one hand, you have the strong-arm tactics from the likes of the Monsanto corporation. On the other, there are stories like this. By using a special form of genetically modified cotton, smallhold farmers in India have been able to… » 7/06/12 6:45am 7/06/12 6:45am

Remember when Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman teamed up to fight an…

Here's an artifact from quite the bygone era. Many years ago, someone decided to publish a bootleg comic starring the Indian superhero Nagraj and his three friends, Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. Together, they had to fight a dwarf mage from outer space and are forced to murder a WWF wrestler with the help of an… » 4/18/12 2:05pm 4/18/12 2:05pm