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Totalitarian travels – by the man who's been to every country in the world

A young ‘hobby traveller’ describes trips through the secretive lands of North Korea, Eritrea and Turkmenistan – and offers tips for navigating hermetic borders<p>North Korea “is screwed up in every aspect”, says Gunnar Garfors who, aged just 37, became the youngest “hobby traveller” to visit every …

North Korea

TalkTalk cyber-attack: third person arrested

A 20-year-old man has been detained at an address in Staffordshire, police have said, following arrest of two teenagers<p>A third person has been arrested by police investigating the cyber-attack on telecoms firm TalkTalk on 21 October. A 20-year-old man was detained at an address in Staffordshire on …

Cyber-attacks

A world of greener cars is coming sooner than we ever might have guessed

If you’re an average consumer, you’ve had little reason to take electric cars seriously—they cost too much, and don’t go far enough on a charge. But starting about this time next year, you will.<p>It’s hard to keep track of all the competing mainstream electrics coming soon to showrooms, as major …

Electric Vehicles

Children 'should undergo yearly obesity MOT at school'

The National Obesity Forum is calling for annual weigh-ins at primary school in a bid to prevent children piling on the pounds<p>Children should be subject to yearly school weigh-ins as part of the war on obesity, experts have said.<p>Campaigners are complaining that while cars receive an annual MOT, and …

Parkinson's: Woman who can sniff out disease inspires new research

Scottish pensioner inspires new study to detect Parkinson's disease through body odour after she successfully identifies sufferers by smelling T-shirts<p>Scientists have begun research into if a person's odour can be used to diagnose Parkinson's after a "supersmeller" detected the disease by sniffing …

Why too much choice is stressing us out

From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?<p>Once upon a time in Springfield, the Simpson family visited a …

Peter Thiel

The origins of… ellipses, commas, and other punctuation marks

Everyone is now expected to add punctuation when writing, but that wasn’t always the case. It took centuries for the English language to build up the list of rules that has now become commonplace. Here’s a brief look at how we came to use these well-known punctuation marks.<p><b>Colons, commas, and</b> …

Linguistics

The two most dangerous things about air travel

Despite several high-profile crashes over the last two years, flying remains the safest form of travel. Data from the Bureau of Aeroplane Accident Archives show, with the exception of a minor spike in 2014 (a result of the Malaysia Airline crashes), plane crashes have fallen year on year over the …

Aviation

The Only Piece of Dating Advice You Need

Berger told Miranda the reason her recent date hasn't called is that "he's just not that into you." Jack Berger and Miranda Hobbs are not my actual friends, but I did spend 30 minutes with them on July 13, 2003, when this phrase was uttered. <i>This</i> phrase that would spawn a subsequent book and movie …

Relationships

How Long Can The Internet Run on Hate?

Social media has become a toxic place where the loudest and vilest rule. That’s not what the Internet was supposed to be.<p>On Wednesday, the Internet …

Internet