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Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane rushed to hospital after suffering ‘severe flu symptoms’ on flight

Coltrane, who played Hagrid in film adaption of JK Rowling book, taken to hospital in Florida after falling ill<p>Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has been taken to hospital after complaining of severe flu-like symptoms onboard a flight to Florida.<p>The actor, best known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid …

Fiery star deaths may look different than we thought

Supernovae are the funeral pyres of very massive stars. They forge most of the basic elements we know, including the ones that make up our bodies. But we still don't know exactly how they happen. It's getting a little clearer though, and a new study published today in <i>Science</i> could address part of …

Sculptor Masterfully Crafts Everyday Objects Out of Wire Frames

What would everyday objects look like as the most minimal possible outlines? Berlin-born sculptor Thomas Raschke has dedicated his <i>Wire Frames</i> project to answer precisely this question. Using 3.8 mm steel wire, Raschke spends about six weeks molding and soldering each 1:1 scale sculpture. Even more …

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Take an Intimate New Look at Alexander McQueen at Work

Behind-the-scenes photos will go on display at London's Tate Britain this spring.<p>Photographer Nick Waplington had unprecedented access to Alexander McQueen's creative process when he was commissioned to cover a runway show. Little did he know it would be one of McQueen's final shows, making his …

8 Steps to Shaping Your Best Eyebrows at Home

HMS Erebus Bell Recovered As Divers Visit Site Of Legendary Franklin Expedition

The bell of the HMS Erebus, the recently re-discovered flagship of the doomed Franklin Expedition, has been brought to the surface, Parks Canada announced.<p>Footage released by the agency last week shows the bell lying on the upper deck of the ship near where it would have been hanging when the …

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Joe Maddon gets 5-year, $25 million deal from Cubs

The marquee at Wrigley Field read "Welcome Joe Maddon," and the Chicago Cubs gave their new manager a robust greeting before Monday's news conference.<p>Maddon, 60, will receive a five-year contract worth at least $25 million, a source confirmed.<p>Cubs fans undoubtedly will believe Maddon is worth every …

Carnival's cruise ships are getting much faster WiFi

If you've tried to use internet access aboard a cruise ship, you know it can be an exercise in frustration -- the connection is rarely speedy or reliable enough to make you feel at home. You might not have that problem on your next pleasure trip, however. Carnival is now rolling out WiFi@Sea, a …

Kobe Bryant insists he won't ask for a trade from the Lakers

The Lakers star says he doesn't want to leave Los Angeles, even for the chance to play for a contender.<p>By now, we're all pretty familiar with what's going on in Los Angeles with the Lakers. They are 0-4 for the first time in franchise history, and the now-cantankerous Kobe Bryant, one of the …

China's New Laser Zaps Drones

A group of Chinese companies has developed a powerful anti-drone laser for use in urban areas. The consortium is lead by the China Academy of Engineering Physics and collaborators like China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corporation. In the next few years, mini-UAVs like quadcopters and hand launched …

The Unexpected Origins Of Chopsticks, And How You're Really Supposed To Use Them

The wooden set of paper-tucked utensils that are hastily shoved into a greasy Chinese food takeout bag have much more of a sophisticated history. The first-known chopsticks were found in tombs in the Henan province, located in a central part of China. They were initially used for cooking -- made of …

Microsoft's latest Mac vs. PC ad recruits Lenovo to fight the MacBook Air

A laptop dance-off<p>Microsoft reignited the classic Mac vs. PC war back in August by targeting the MacBook Air in its new Surface Pro 3 ads. That attack is continuing today thanks to a new ad that features Lenovo’s new Yoga 3 Pro. Microsoft places Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air head-to-head with …

39 Spectacular Celebrity Halloween Costumes!

Boo<b>!</b> Halloween may be over, but check out just how creative some of your celebrities got for the frightful affair: