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The big winners and losers at the Oscar 2015 nominations – in pictures

Here are the films of the year ranked by number of nominations, topped by Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel – plus those, like A Most Violent Year, that missed out

Angelina Jolie

Earth entered new epoch on July 16 1945, say scientists

A new epoch known as the Anthropocene began when the first atomic bomb was detonated in the New Mexico in 1945, scientists believe<p>The world entered a new epoch on July 16 1945 when humans detonated the first atomic bomb, scientists have concluded.<p>Human behaviour now has such an enormous impact on …

Earth Science

First time Amsterdam: top tips for your first visit to the Dutch capital

Golden Age canals lined by gabled houses, candlelit cafes, whirring bicycles, lush parks, monumental museums, colourful markets, diverse dining, quirky shopping and legendary nightlife make the free-spirited Dutch capital one of Europe's great cities. With so much on offer it can be overwhelming …

12 Images That Prove There Must Be A Glitch In The Matrix

Put it down to pure coincidence, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung's the theory of synchronicity or some other unknown and mysterious forces at work but …

Russia puts ‘Putin’s banker’ Sergei Pugachev on Interpol wanted list

An exiled Russian oligarch who was once so close to the Kremlin he was known as “Putin’s banker” has been put on the Interpol wanted list by Moscow after falling out with his former associates.<p>Sergei Pugachev – whose riches Forbes magazine estimated at more than $2bn (£1.3bn) at the peak of his …

The 6 mobile games that will help get you through Thanksgiving

Ignore your family with these helpful games<p>Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year, a chance to spend a few days with family and friends and enjoy an amazing meal. But there's also a lot of downtime, whether it's due to travelling across the country or hiding to avoid your uncle droning on about …

Pokemon Isn't Killing Nintendo, And Nintendo Doesn't Need To Go Mobile

Another day, another article lamenting Nintendo’s resistance to going mobile.<p>This time, however, the argument comes in spite of Nintendo’s success. The latest entry in the Pokemon series, <i>Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire</i> sold over 3 million units in as many days. This isn’t exactly surprising …

European parliament votes yes on ‘Google breakup’ motion

Parliamentarians have called for European commission to consider unbundling Google’s search from other services as part of antitrust regulation<p>The European parliament has approved a motion calling for tougher regulation of internet search, including suggesting breaking up Google as a solution to …

Scientists Venture Deep Inside Mysterious Siberian Crater And Come Back With Incredible Photos

Scientists are closing in on what caused three massive holes to open up mysteriously in northern Siberia last July.<p>This week a team of Russian researchers roped their way down 34 feet to the bottom of the largest crater and found no evidence of alien beings or meteorites that some people had …

Philae: ‘I’m feeling a bit tired, did you get my data? I might take a nap’

It began with a bumpy landing and ended with a touching tweet. “I’m feeling a bit tired, did you get all my data? I might take a nap …” tweeted @Philae2014.<p>It was early Saturday morning, and after 57 hours performing science experiments on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko the …

Your science questions answered

Q Given the fact that the atom consists mainly of empty space and glass has a much higher density than paper, why is it that I can’t look through a sheet of paper but easily through centimetre-thick glass? asks Thoralf Schubert<p>A As Professor Philip Moriarty from the University of Nottingham …

Brian Cox's Human Universe presents a fatally flawed view of evolution

When I watched the first episode of Human Universe, a televisual emission on the BBC presented by the ever-lovely Professor Brian Cox, I held my breath. I am usually allergic to tales of The Ascent of Man, but I thought – and hoped – that we’d outgrown the idea of evolution as a linear narrative …

House Eccleston in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa

The architectural design of House Eccleston in Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico and Werner van der Meulen.<p>The renowned architects of …

Oculus Reveals Its New Developer Kit Crescent With Faster Frame Rate And 360 Degree Tracking

Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay today at the Oculus’ Connect conference (livestream), and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter.<p>Oculus also announced the …

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A strangely legal act of public indecency

William McGonagall has been called "the only truly memorable bad poet in our language," responsible for tin-eared verse that could "give you …

The year’s best sci-fi game might be a 2D space shooter

‘Velocity 2X’ is old-school action with a twist<p>2014 is shaping up to be a very good year for sci-fi video games. There was the mech shooter <i>Titanfall</i> earlier this year, and soon we'll see the launch of Bungie's next space epic <i>Destiny</i>, as well as the retrofuturistic horror game <i>Alien: Isolation</i>. Even …

These Budget Smartphones Sold Out in India in 4.2 Seconds

Online sales of budget smartphone maker Xiaomi’s new Android phone were gone in India before many even had a chance to click.<p>Known as “China’s …

Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday …

The 22 Best-Reviewed Games That Don't Have Sequels (Yet)

It's the unwritten rule of the video game industry: "Have Hit, Will Franchise." Of the 441 video games on review aggregator Metacritic with a rating …

Mario Kart 8's DLC Is So Gross

That weird Mercedes DLC for Mario Kart 8 is out at the end of the month. And yeah, it's not pretty.<p>We initially thought there was going to be one …

Observing Alert - Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week

With the <b>southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower</b> peaking tomorrow morning, the summer meteor-watching season officially begins. While not a rich shower …

The Science Of Bisexuality

It's complicated.<p>Bisexual folks have an image problem in America. Could science help?<p>A new feature, published in the <i>New York Times Magazine</i>, follows the efforts of the American Institute of Bisexuality to fund scientific studies on bisexuals. The institute works to combat damaging beliefs about …

Sexuality

The Steam Achievement That Nobody Unlocked

Some achievements are too easy, at times only requiring players to do mundane things like pressing start. Some achievements pose an actual challenge …

Another 5 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good For You

Several more ways video games are making us better.<p>It’s been a while since we’ve touched on the benefits of video games on our health and well-being. …

The Most Expensive Video Games Ever Made

In fact, some video games have ended up costing way more than even the most expensive feature films.<p>Unlike with movies, though, the amount of money it costs to make video games is a closely guarded secret. Most of the costs we see floating around are purely based on analyst estimates.<p>And when …

Film Industry

Everyone in This Bizarre Australian Town Lives Underground

(Photo: Nicholas Jones)<p>And you would, too, if your local temperatures regularly rose to 125ºF!<p>Coober Pedy is a mining town in Australia. If it …

Harry Potter park expands as Universal adds Diagon Alley – in pictures

Diagon Alley officially opens to the public on Tuesday, an addition to Universal Orlando Resort's already popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It joins Hogsmeade Village and as real-life versions of the locations made popular in the Harry Potter books and films – well, as real as you can get in …

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the economy is arguably bigger than ever -- and certainly more hotly debated. Here are Salon's choices …

The World's Tallest Waterslide Is All Nope Nope Nope Too Fast

The Verrückt is the world's tallest waterslide. We're talking 168 feet of steel, plastic and sheer terror.<p>It's nearing completion, and as part of the …