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Man takes seven flights to get from London to Aberdeen – just for the air miles

Flying from Gatwick to Aberdeen usually takes about one hour and 35 minutes, and costs around £50. But one traveller opted to take seven flights to travel from London to Scotland instead – clocking up a bill of hundreds of pounds.<p>James Mutton, a geography teacher and air miles enthusiast, planned …

Know Before You Go: The World's Weirdest Alcohol Laws

<i>by Shawn Wellington for ShermansTravel</i><p>While Americans regard prohibition as a romanticized thing of the past, alcohol bans still exist in countries like Brunei, Libya, and Saudi Arabia -- and if Indonesia's Parliament has its way, you can soon add tourist destinations like Bali to the list, too. …

Alcohol

India to make rear sensors, speed warning system mandatory in cars

The Indian government plans a series of changes in cars and two-wheelers in the country as it continues its efforts to curb road accidents.<p>The …

9/11: What really happened?

This year is the 15th anniversary of the the events of September 11th, 2001. That morning, New York was faced with the collapse of the World Trade …

Solar cell generates power from raindrops

Rain is normally a solar energy cell's worst nightmare, but a team of Chinese scientists could make it a tremendous ally. They've developed a solar cell with an atom-thick graphene layer that harvests energy from raindrops, making it useful even on the gloomiest days. Water actually sticks to the …

Supersized black hole discovery forces universal rethink

Massive galactic objects, billions of times heavier than the sun, could be more common than was thought, say scientists<p>Our universe could be riddled with monster black holes, new research has suggested.<p>The revelation comes after a black hole with a mass of 17bn suns was found in a large, virtually …

Black Holes

Into the heart of terror: behind Isis lines

The German writer Jürgen Todenhöfer was the first western journalist allowed to enter Isis-controlled Syria and Iraq – and to return safely. In an extract from his book, he describes what he saw in Raqqa and Mosul, and the chilling moment he realised that his angry, masked driver was one of the …

AC Milan

Man spends 2 days taking LSD and watching ‘The Simpsons,’ here’s what he wrote

The first eight seasons of <i>The Simpsons</i> represent an absolute tour de force of quick-witted comedy. All the more impressive is that the show’s earlier …

Nasa releases mesmerising video of liquid in space

Amazing footage of astronauts playing with colourful liquid at the International Space Station for a science experiment<p>Beautiful footage has emerged of astronauts in the International Space Station playing with a colourful ball of liquid.<p>The video was filmed using the Epic Dragon camera by RED …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …