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Move aside Dubai: Could the world's tallest building at 230 storeys high be actually built in the once war-ravaged Iraqi city of Basra?
The Schweppes bomb: Islamic State publishes photo of soda can device it says downed Russian airliner
Revealed: Trafficked Asian and African migrant workers 'enslaved' on Irish fishing trawlers

Investigation reveals catalogue of abuses, including being confined to vessels unless given permission by their skippers to go on land, and being paid less than half the Irish minimum wage that would apply if they were legally employed.

3 Nov 2015 - 10:59PM
Revealed: Trafficked Asian and African migrant workers 'enslaved' on Irish fishing trawlers

Investigation reveals catalogue of abuses, including being confined to vessels unless given permission by their skippers to go on land, and being paid less than half the Irish minimum wage that would apply if they were legally employed.

Nasa's New Horizons probe paints most detailed picture yet of Pluto's spectacular landscape
Ai Weiwei No 2 on list of contemporary art world’s most influential; Hong Kong pair in top 100

Swiss dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth top ArtReview’s influential list this year, with Hong Kong’s Claire Hsu and Adrian Cheng at 71 and 76 respectively.

23 Oct 2015 - 3:17PM
Ai Weiwei No 2 on list of contemporary art world’s most influential; Hong Kong pair in top 100

Swiss dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth top ArtReview’s influential list this year, with Hong Kong’s Claire Hsu and Adrian Cheng at 71 and 76 respectively.

Queen’s banquet for Xi Jinping: Balmoral venison and James Bond theme song from 'The Spy Who Loved Me'
How the language of the internet has evolved
China's Breaking Bad: high school teacher turned basement chemist arrested by mainland police
How can parents share music and books they love with children of wired generation?

Families are atomised, the home is a honeycomb of cells not a collective space, and kids lost in their own electronic world shut themselves off from their heritage. What to do?

5 Oct 2015 - 5:05AM
How can parents share music and books they love with children of wired generation?

Families are atomised, the home is a honeycomb of cells not a collective space, and kids lost in their own electronic world shut themselves off from their heritage. What to do?

Facebook makes ever more money from you. Should you be paid for it?

The average Facebook user now generates US$12.76 in advertising revenue every year

2 Oct 2015 - 11:05PM
Facebook makes ever more money from you. Should you be paid for it?

The average Facebook user now generates US$12.76 in advertising revenue every year

Electricomics app frees graphic fiction from the boundaries of the page

This week's launch of Alan Moore's Electricomics offers the first glimpse of a new beginning for digital comics. Fans have been reading comics on electronic devices in increasing numbers over recent years, but until now publishers have been content to replicate the experience of the printed page.

10 Sep 2015 - 10:01PM
Electricomics app frees graphic fiction from the boundaries of the page

This week's launch of Alan Moore's Electricomics offers the first glimpse of a new beginning for digital comics. Fans have been reading comics on electronic devices in increasing numbers over recent years, but until now publishers have been content to replicate the experience of the printed page.

Incredible photo reveals 'dark' side of the moon, captured in full sunlight by distant Nasa satellite
Chinese Winter Olympics anthem is rip-off of Frozen song, say online critics
Canadian PM Stephen Harper triggers election campaign as vote set for October 19
Is world on the brink of an electric car revolution?

Richard Branson is as bullish as ever about electric car sales, but carmakers have learned to be more cautious as their predictions have proved wildly optimistic. Still, many believe a turning point could soon be reached.

 

23 Jul 2015 - 9:30PM
Is world on the brink of an electric car revolution?

Richard Branson is as bullish as ever about electric car sales, but carmakers have learned to be more cautious as their predictions have proved wildly optimistic. Still, many believe a turning point could soon be reached.

 

How will the world end? Scientists say the universe will be torn apart in a Big Rip before vanishing
How wave of killings in Tunisia, France and Kuwait echo chilling methods of IS
Just Jeb! Bush vows to be different to brother George as he unveils 2016 campaign logo
Young Star Wars fan forces Disney to change sex-specific toy labels

Star Wars fan Izzy Cornthwaite wanted a Darth Vader costume and light sabre for her eighth birthday. But, upon exploring the UK Disney Store's website with her mum, Rebecca, she was sad to see that the outfit was listed as a "boys' costume". "Her face fell," says Rebecca. "Her eyes filled with tears and she said 'I can't have it, it says they're only for boys.'" But Izzy decided not to take it lying down and, following a quick chat with her mother about gender stereotypes, she wrote to Disney to explain her dismay at the labelling. A week later, she received a reply: "The description for this costume has now been amended as we understand that all our little Jedis enjoy Star Wars."

9 Jun 2015 - 6:00AM
Young Star Wars fan forces Disney to change sex-specific toy labels

Star Wars fan Izzy Cornthwaite wanted a Darth Vader costume and light sabre for her eighth birthday. But, upon exploring the UK Disney Store's website with her mum, Rebecca, she was sad to see that the outfit was listed as a "boys' costume". "Her face fell," says Rebecca. "Her eyes filled with tears and she said 'I can't have it, it says they're only for boys.'" But Izzy decided not to take it lying down and, following a quick chat with her mother about gender stereotypes, she wrote to Disney to explain her dismay at the labelling. A week later, she received a reply: "The description for this costume has now been amended as we understand that all our little Jedis enjoy Star Wars."

Avalanche film director Ruben Ostlund on the pressure to be a hero

The Swedish filmmaker's latest movie, Force Majeure, about a father who abandons his family to an avalanche, raises unsettling questions about society's expectations.

6 Jun 2015 - 11:18PM
Avalanche film director Ruben Ostlund on the pressure to be a hero

The Swedish filmmaker's latest movie, Force Majeure, about a father who abandons his family to an avalanche, raises unsettling questions about society's expectations.

Rise of the super-smart flirtatious machine

Development of more sophisticated software could soon herald machines that can use common sense, talk naturally and even flirt with their owners.

1 Jun 2015 - 8:49AM
Rise of the super-smart flirtatious machine

Development of more sophisticated software could soon herald machines that can use common sense, talk naturally and even flirt with their owners.

E-learning makes further education a reality for tens of thousands of Africans

Zuhur Yasin has never been to the United States, but she holds a bachelor's degree from an American university. Part of Yasin's studies in Somaliland, a self-declared independent country in Somalia, were spent in a classroom, lined with computers equipped with webcams and microphones. The 29-year-old watched videos and took part in live virtual classes at Indiana University as part of her journalism programme at the University of Hargeisa. The African Virtual University (AVU), an intergovernmental organisation, connected Yasin with Indiana University. The AVU says it has used virtual learning to train 43,000 students since its creation in 1997. Last year, it announced 29 new distance-learning centres like the one Yasmin used to take part in seminars 13,000km away

25 May 2015 - 6:02AM
E-learning makes further education a reality for tens of thousands of Africans

Zuhur Yasin has never been to the United States, but she holds a bachelor's degree from an American university. Part of Yasin's studies in Somaliland, a self-declared independent country in Somalia, were spent in a classroom, lined with computers equipped with webcams and microphones. The 29-year-old watched videos and took part in live virtual classes at Indiana University as part of her journalism programme at the University of Hargeisa. The African Virtual University (AVU), an intergovernmental organisation, connected Yasin with Indiana University. The AVU says it has used virtual learning to train 43,000 students since its creation in 1997. Last year, it announced 29 new distance-learning centres like the one Yasmin used to take part in seminars 13,000km away

Early men and women were equal, study claims

A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their groups lives and who they live with.

24 May 2015 - 7:28AM
Early men and women were equal, study claims

A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their groups lives and who they live with.

Heading to the casinos in Macau? Modern slot machines offer more for your money, but the house still always wins

Traditional slot machines used to pay out on 3 per cent of spins, but those manufactured today return at a rate of 45 per cent, according to an article by Andrew Thompson on American technology news website The Verge.

24 May 2015 - 7:28AM
Heading to the casinos in Macau? Modern slot machines offer more for your money, but the house still always wins

Traditional slot machines used to pay out on 3 per cent of spins, but those manufactured today return at a rate of 45 per cent, according to an article by Andrew Thompson on American technology news website The Verge.

Why too much choice makes us totally miserable

Shopping around is the mantra of the modern era, but who benefits from our befuddlement?

24 May 2015 - 7:28AM
Why too much choice makes us totally miserable

Shopping around is the mantra of the modern era, but who benefits from our befuddlement?

Scientists harassed by corporations to reveal information on their research

Activists and corporations are increasingly using public information laws to intimidate researchers into disclosing data that should be confidential.

10 May 2015 - 7:25AM
Scientists harassed by corporations to reveal information on their research

Activists and corporations are increasingly using public information laws to intimidate researchers into disclosing data that should be confidential.

Microwave oven caused mystery signal plaguing radio telescope in Australia for 17 years

A 17-year mystery plaguing Australian radio telescope finally solved in staff canteen.

10 May 2015 - 7:25AM
Microwave oven caused mystery signal plaguing radio telescope in Australia for 17 years

A 17-year mystery plaguing Australian radio telescope finally solved in staff canteen.

World powered by batteries? Elon Musk unveils plan to leave power plants redundant
As climate talks belch hot air, activists are putting their lives on the line

Activists are putting their lives on the line around the world while climate talks belch little more than hot air.

26 Apr 2015 - 6:45AM
As climate talks belch hot air, activists are putting their lives on the line

Activists are putting their lives on the line around the world while climate talks belch little more than hot air.

US researchers raise hopes on genetic therapy to prevent inherited diseases

Researchers in the US have raised hopes for a simple genetic therapy that could prevent devastating diseases being passed on from mothers to their children.

26 Apr 2015 - 6:45AM
US researchers raise hopes on genetic therapy to prevent inherited diseases

Researchers in the US have raised hopes for a simple genetic therapy that could prevent devastating diseases being passed on from mothers to their children.