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How feminism conquered pop culture

Alice Vincent explains how 2014 was the year it became cool to use the F word<p>In 2014, culture became a feminist issue. On the red carpet, on stage, in our National Theatre and our Houses of Parliament, at the UN, on our bookshelves, Twitter feeds and on talk shows, prominent actresses, singers and …

The Ebola outbreak was political — just like every disease outbreak

On February 22nd, 1845 the HMS Eclair, a British naval steamer tasked with interrupting the slave trade along the western coast of Africa, made port in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Though the crew left England with a clean bill of health, by the time the Eclair made it home in late September 1845, more …

How NASA harnessed sunlight to revive its planet-hunting telescope

<i>Are we alone in the universe?</i><p>That's a big question, and there have been many attempts to answer it, whether it’s beaming radio waves at specific star systems or sending recordings of multilingual greetings out of our solar system. But for the last few years, NASA has been using the Kepler Space …

A Fresh View of the Moon’s Surface

<i>National Geographic’s Dan Vergano contributed reporting to this story, as well as writing and editing. If I could post it with a shared byline, I would!</i><p>The moon is Earth’s nearest celestial companion, but we don’t often see fresh views of the lunar surface.<p>More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Luna …

New video shows life in the deepest ocean

An international team of scientists has set a new record for the deepest known ocean fish. They were filming in the Mariana Trench – the deepest part …

Animal photos of the year 2014: Part 2 - Telegraph

Miley Cyrus takes heat for 'Free The Nipple' Instagram posts

Miley Cyrus is taking heat for her latest show of support for the Free The Nipple campaign to de-sexualize the female nipple.<p>First she posted a stylized, topless black-and-white photo of herself on Instagram alongside the caption “some lame ass def gonna (flag) that but f--k it. …

Jamie Oliver turned down hobbit role in Lord of the Rings

He presides over a culinary empire and single-handedly tried to revolutionise British school dinners.<p>But celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed he had to turn down what could have been his biggest on-screen appearance yet, in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy Lord of the Rings.<p>Speaking during the …

Inside Princess Kate's Plan for Juggling Two Kids Under 2

It’s a scenario familiar to millions of moms: the combination of a busy, chatty toddler and a sleep-averse, crying newborn. And now that Princess …

Luise Rainer, double Oscar winner, dies aged 104

Luise Rainer, a star of cinema’s golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104.<p>Rainer, whose roles ranged from the 1930s German stage to television’s The Love Boat, died on Tuesday at her home in London from pneumonia, said her …

United Airlines sues site that found loophole for cheap tickets

You know how it's often cheaper to fly from Chicago to Paris by booking a flight to Dubai, and then just getting off at the stopover, which happens to be Paris? Well, <i>you do now</i> thanks to a lawsuit from United Airlines and booking site Orbitz -- they're suing a site called Skiplagged, which arranges …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Microsoft is developing a new web browser that's not Internet Explorer.</b> The new browser is codenamed "Spartan."<p><b>2. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is releasing a laptop.</b> It looks identical to a MacBook Air.<p><b>3. A former Sony employee is one of the suspects in an investigation into the Sony</b> …

Hacker fakes German minister's fingerprints using photos of her hands

It’s an old cliché of security researchers: fingerprints might appear more secure than passwords. But if your password gets stolen, you can change it to a new one; what happens when your fingerprint gets copied?<p>That’s no longer an abstract fear: a speaker at the Chaos Communication Congress, an …

Apple dominates holiday giving, iPhones & iPads making up more than half of mobile device activations

Data from Yahoo-owned analytics company Flurry shows that iPhones and iPads comprised more than half of all mobile device activations between 19th and 25th December, at 51.3% – almost three times as many as second-placed Samsung.<p>Apple accounted for 51% of the new device activations worldwide Flurry …

Samsung to launch omnidirectional speakers at CES

We may know Samsung best for its extensive range of smartphones and tablets, but the company’s product portfolio reaches into almost every area of consumer electronics. The tech giant will be using some of its time at CES to launch two new “ring” speakers and an expanded line-up of curved soundbars.<p>…

Gmail Access Returns To China After Four-Day Shutdown

China’s four-day Gmail outage, which began on Christmas Day, appears to have ended, reports the FT.<p>A government crackdown on Google services began this summer before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. However, access to Gmail via POP, IMAP and SMTP remained possible until the …

Third of listed UK oil and gas drillers face bankruptcy

Britain's oil and gas industry is running out of cash as low prices and high levels of debt threaten the sector, warns Company Watch<p>A third of Britain’s listed oil and gas companies are in danger of running out of working capital and even going bankrupt amid a slump in the value of crude, according …

Russian economy set to shrink almost 5 percent next year

Russia’s economy is likely to shrink by as much as five percent in 2015, due to Western sanctions, the collapse of the rouble and the price of oil continuing to tumble.<p>The country’s Central Bank said in November the economy contracted for the first time since 2009.<p>Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev …

FTSE recovers after slide, commodities shares rebound | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE 100 ended slightly higher on Wednesday after a sharp decline earlier in the session, with energy and mining stocks rallying following a recovery in crude oil and industrial metals prices.<p>A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of London October 11, 2013. …