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Machiavelli: Not So Machiavellian?

Few figures in the history of political thought evoke such strong reactions as Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527). Renowned as the author of <i>The Prince</i> …

Political History

The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

XKCD is coming to America's science textbooks

Textbook giant Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes Randall Munroe's amazing Thing Explainer, and a lucky accident happened when someone in the …

Lysander

Lysander (d. 395 BCE) was a Spartan statesman and general who famously defeated the Athenian navy at the Battle of Aigospotamoi in 405 BCE, which …

Ancient History

British army losing helicopter pilots after overpayment error, files reveal

Defence chiefs urged to drop their bid to recover thousands of pounds in overpaid wages after 15 pilots resign<p>The British army has lost some of its most experienced helicopter pilots over a wage error that led the Ministry of Defence to demand they returned thousands of pounds in overpayments, …

North Korea 'loses submarine' as South conducts war games with the US

North Korea has lost one of its submarines, US officials have claimed.<p>Officials in the highly isolated Communist state apparently lost contact with …

9 unmissable podcasts on the Romans

<b>Inside Pompeii</b><p>Professor Mary Beard gives us an insight into the preserved Roman city of Pompeii, in this podcast from September</b> …

Ancient History

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to release new album ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ in February

Album arrives ahead of UK area tour and include the single 'Downtown'<p>Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have confirmed details of new album ‘This Unruly Mess …

Disney pay £24,000 to turn Nelson's Column into a lightsaber

They also tried to get Downing Street to let them station a Stormtrooper outside, in order to celebrate the release of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'<p>Disney shelled out £24,000 to turn Nelson's Column in London into a massive lightsaber, in order to celebrate 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.<p>On …

10 Biggest Comic Book News Stories of 2015

Continued from Page 1<p>5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Donatello Died<p>The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic from IDW Publishing has received much …

Comics

Atoms Reach Record Temperature, Colder than Absolute Zero

Absolute zero is often thought to be the coldest temperature possible. But now researchers show they can achieve even lower temperatures for a …

Physics

'Just Cause 3' Review: Blow It Up

There are things that I wish were different about <i>Just Cause 3</i>. I wish there was a sprint button. I wish the aiming wasn’t such dirt. I wish that the writing and mission design weren’t so inconsistent, weird, and just plain bad. I wish that it gave you more ammo for rocket launchers, sooner. I wish …

Turbulent Magnetic 'Perfect Storm' Triggers Hypernovas

Although intense magnetic fields have long been assumed as the driving force behind the most powerful supernovas, astrophysicists have now created a …

A 2016 Rio Olympics waterway has levels of viruses akin to raw sewage — here's what it looks like

Months after an Associated Press report that the water venues for the Rio Olympics are teeming with viruses and human waste, AP released another report that shows that the pollution hasn't improved and is more widespread than before.<p>Despite the belief that athletes might be safe from the pollution …

Brazil

Campaigners lambast Amazon with crowdfunded spoof advert to deter Christmas sales

Amazon Anonymous van drove through central London emblazoned with the line: ‘Enjoy unlimited instant tax dodging subsidised by government hand-outs. Anywhere, anytime’<p>Anti-Amazon campaigners drove a van through central London yesterday that was emblazoned with a crowdfunded, fake Amazon advert …

Public Enemy given lift to Sheffield gig in back of Ford Focus

Photographer’s selfie captures ‘surreal’ experience of having Chuck D and Flavor Flav in the back of his car after taxi failed to turn up<p>A photographer found himself acting as an unlikely hip-hop chauffeur after driving rap legends Public Enemy to a gig in Sheffield in the back of his Ford …

'Batman v Superman' TV Teaser Unmasks Dark Knight

Superman, meet Batman — or, as only a few know, Bruce Wayne.<p>A new teaser for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" aired during last night's episode of "Gotham," and it showed some tantalizing footage. Batman (Ben Affleck) finds himself chained up with some other rogues — and his captor is none …

Comic Books

Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Physicists say both official accounts are scientifically impossible

Two Belgian astrophysicists have questioned both the official accounts of how a Russian military plane was shot down by Turkey on Tuesday.<p>Writing a …

China to build a particle collider​ twice the size of the Large Hadron Collider

China is planning to enter the Europe- and US-dominated world of experimental physics with (wait for it …) a bang. It has formally announced that it …

Physics

Russia fully suspended from world athletics after accepting an indefinite ban from the sport

All-Russia Athletics Federation (Araf) choose not to contest sanction and will co-operate with IAAF in hope of being reinstated for Rio<p>Russia has been fully suspended from world athletics <b>after accepting an indefinite ban from the sport.</b><p>The All-Russia Athletics Federation (Araf) chose not to contest …

Dubai Is Buying Jetpacks For Its Firefighters

Sky-high prices are no obstacle to sky-high rescue<p>The future is already here -- it’s just mostly in Dubai. This week, the city, part of the United Arab Emirates, signed a deal with real-life jetpack maker Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks for first responders. Why do rescue workers …

Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

British Museum opens to whole world after 262 years as it invites Street View indoors

The British Museum is the largest institution in the world to open its entire collection to Google Street View<p>It was founded in 1753 on the founding principles of the Enlightenment: showing off its extensive collections, free, to the whole world.<p>It has taken a not-inconsiderable 262 years, but the</b> …

On the Origin of Species voted most influential academic book in history

Charles Darwin’s formulation of the theory of evolution takes overwhelming share of public vote, ahead of Kant, Plato and Einstein<p>Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has been voted the most influential academic book ever written, hailed as “the supreme demonstration of why academic books …

Fallout 4 is unapologetically hardcore, an amazing thing for a mainstream game in 2015

You will die, and Fallout doesn't give a shit<p>You're going to be hearing much about <i>Fallout 4</i> in the coming weeks, and if you're not interested in the game the gaming press may begin to feel like a radio station that keeps spinning that pop song that you don't want to hear. <i>Fallout 4</i> is going to be …

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

European Travel

A New RPG Developed By One Man Just Passed 'Half-Life 2' To Become Highest Rated PC Game Ever

I think everyone has a friend like Josh Knowles. You know, the enthusiastic gamer who’s always pulling for the underdog developer, constantly planting bugs in your ear about the next big thing that’s slightly off the radar. When he told me in no uncertain terms that I <i>had</i> to check out a new RPG …

Chrono Trigger

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

AMC debuts Seth Rogan’s dark new comic adaptation, Preacher

From Netflix’s <i>Daredevil</i> series to the CW’s <i>The Flash, c</i>omic adaptations have worked strikingly well in TV’s serial format — and let’s not forget <i>The</i> …

TV