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Why the rare 'blood aurora' inspires awe – and foreboding

Why the rare 'blood aurora' inspires awe – and foreboding

The red glow in the sky grew and lengthened, the lower edge twisting into a bright band against the darkness. Slowly the colours rippled and broke and reappeared elsewhere. Pillars of red streaked down from above like blood dripping from the heavens. The

14 April 2017 in Science &Technology
 
Want a holiday where beer is just 70p a bottle? Head to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Want a holiday where beer is just 70p a bottle? Head to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

UK tourists looking for a budget beach-break should head to Bulgaria, where a bottle of beer costs just 70p and a three-course meal for two – including a bottle of wine – will set you back less than £20, according to a new holiday costs report. The Balka

14 April 2017 in World News
 
Friday’s best TV: The Wild Weekenders; Last Days of Jesus; Decline and Fall

Friday’s best TV: The Wild Weekenders; Last Days of Jesus; Decline and Fall

The Wild Weekenders 8pm, Channel 4 The word “weekender” in a TV show’s title usually heralds a trip to Ibiza and a collective “Oi oiiii!” Here’s a programme that bucks the trend, with the charming Adam Buxton, Paralympics presenter Arthur Williams and fo

14 April 2017 in Showbiz
 
Portrait of an adulterer: secret shots of 50 married men I met on dating websites

Portrait of an adulterer: secret shots of 50 married men I met on dating websites

The huge leak last week of the details of 33m users of Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people (tagline: “Life is short. Have an affair”), probably doesn’t elicit much sympathy for those involved. But what is interesting is the sheer number o

14 April 2017 in Art & Culture
 
Theresa May must now build the cabinet she really wants

Theresa May must now build the cabinet she really wants

After exactly nine months as prime minister, Theresa May commands British politics to a degree few would have predicted when she took office. The latest Guardian-ICM opinion poll gives the Conservatives an 18-point lead over Labour. In next month’s local

14 April 2017 in Politics
 
DI Hardy was right: scientist finds microwaving tea really does make the best brew

DI Hardy was right: scientist finds microwaving tea really does make the best brew

When DI Hardy, played by David Tennant, made a cup of tea in the microwave during an episode of Broadchurch in March, much of Britain was horrified. But it seems that the highly unorthodox method of making a cuppa could result in the best and healthiest

14 April 2017 in World News
 
MiVote aims to shake up democratic process with a click and a tap

MiVote aims to shake up democratic process with a click and a tap

Disruption of the democratic process is within arm’s reach, according to MiVote, the democracy start-up that plans to use the internet and mobile devices for voters to set the direction of their country. Its founder, Adam Jacoby, believes that offering a

14 April 2017 in World News
 
North Korea blames Donald Trump's 'aggression' amid nuclear test crisis

North Korea blames Donald Trump's 'aggression' amid nuclear test crisis

North Korea has accused Donald Trump of raising tensions in the region and warned that the regime would conduct a nuclear test when it sees fit, as China issued a plea to Washington not to use pre-emptive military action. In an interview with the Associa

14 April 2017 in World News
 
Epicentre of learning: the dairy farm teaching scientists how earthquakes form

Epicentre of learning: the dairy farm teaching scientists how earthquakes form

When dairy farmers Gray and Vicki Eatwell purchased a block of farming land just outside the tiny west coast village of Whataroa in New Zealand, the real-estate agent gestured vaguely at a cliff of striking, green-tinged rock on the border of their prope

14 April 2017 in Science &Technology
 
Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence

Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence

Computers will have developed “common sense” within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world’s leading AI scientists has predicted. Professor Geoff Hinton, who was hired by Google two years ago to hel

14 April 2017 in Science &Technology
 
Spiritual festival on India's Yamuna river caused £5m damage

Spiritual festival on India's Yamuna river caused £5m damage

A spiritual festival held along an Indian river last year, despite warnings by the country’s environmental watchdog, caused more than £5m of damage that could take 10 years to fix, according to a report. One of India’s most celebrated gurus, Sri Sri Ravi

14 April 2017 in World News
 
Shop owner in remote Indigenous community fined $167,500 for illegal credit scheme

Shop owner in remote Indigenous community fined $167,500 for illegal credit scheme

A general store owner who used an illegal credit scheme to exert control over the finances of remote Indigenous communities has been fined $167,500. Lindsay Kobelt was last year found to have breached federal laws by operating an informal “book-up” schem

14 April 2017 in World News
 
Learning curve: video of children sliding into mud at pre-school goes viral

Learning curve: video of children sliding into mud at pre-school goes viral

A video clip of New Zealand pre-school children playing in a rain storm has been viewed more than 20m times on social media, with the director of the centre saying the clip had prompted people to remember the freedom of their own “lost childhoods”. This

14 April 2017 in World News
 
CIA director brands WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service'

CIA director brands WikiLeaks a 'hostile intelligence service'

Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, has branded WikiLeaks a “hostile intelligence service,” saying it threatens democratic nations and joins hands with dictators. In his first public remarks since becoming chief of the US spy agency in February, Pompeo

14 April 2017 in World News
 
Outcry after Survivor contestant outed as transgender by rival

Outcry after Survivor contestant outed as transgender by rival

A contestant on US reality TV show Survivor has been outed as transgender by a fellow competitor,prompting online criticism and condemnation by a major LGBT rights group. Jeff Varner made accusations of “a deception” being carried out by Zeke Smith befor

14 April 2017 in World News
 


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