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The 20 online talks that could change your life

From TED talks to online seminars, video channels crammed with inspirational and thought-provoking lectures are educating us on everything from town planning and depression to body language, animal morality and dangers of sugar in just a few minutes. Here is our pick of the best, from Amanda Palmer …

Sunday Times reporter 'had sex' with dentist during sting operation

Hearing told reporter was trying to get dentist to agree to carry out female circumcisions in sting set up by Mazher Mahmood<p>An undercover Sunday Times reporter had sex with a dentist during a sting set up by 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood, a misconduct hearing has been told.<p>The unknown journalist …

A Chinese government news portal has claimed that a woman in China's remote far west is 127 years old, making her the oldest person ever to have lived – but experts raised questions over the supposed record. Thoughts? Is she really 127? Full story here: http://fw.to/qrNYC9 Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Former death row inmate Shujaa Graham on capital punishment: 'they called me dead man walking'

What is twerking? Miley Cyrus and Metropolitan police officers do it, but what is it?

It’s the summer of 2013 and the whole world is talking about one thing: twerking. But what is this cultural phenomenon and why are some of us shoving …

Miley Cyrus's twerking routine was cultural appropriation at its worst

Cyrus's act was less a homage to hip-hop and more a minstrel show. For cultural cross-pollination, give me the Notting Hill carnival any day<p>Exactly half a century ago on Wednesday, Martin Luther King described his dream, a dream in which "one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little …

On August 25th a four-hour long denial-of-service (DoS) attack crippled the China Internet Network Information Centre, the group that handles the conversion of readable domain names (like cnnic.cn) into the numeric addresses that underpin the internet. How are DoS attacks carried out? http://econ.st/17jLas8

Nailed to wooden crosses for 20 days... Eight bus drivers in Paraguay are staging a crucifixion protest after being sacked: http://bbc.in/185ykvV Although the bus company has decided to reinstate five of them, the drivers say they will stay nailed to their crosses until they are all re-hired.

Syria: David Cameron forced to delay military strike as MPs prepare to vote twice

David Cameron put the brakes on Britain’s involvement in strikes against Syria after being warned not to rush into action.<p>The prime minister was …

Forget tablets. Nokia has a bigger connected gadget in mind: the car

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Rumors of a Nokia(s nok) tablet has got the tech world buzzing, but Nokia’s plans to expand beyond the handset are much more …

Playing Ballmer Bingo, Could Microsoft’s Next CEO Come From Google?

There are whispers bouncing around Silicon Valley that a Google executive might be selected as Microsoft’s next CEO. The concept isn’t out of the question, especially following Marissa Mayer’s move to Yahoo. That transition has gone, by most accounts, well.<p>To become the next CEO of Microsoft, a …

Kobo's Arc 7 tablet shows up in NYC, we kind of go hands-on

So we've already spent some hands-on time with Kobo's Aura e-reader and the Arc 10HD. That leaves two more devices, right? Well, here's the thing -- as much as the 10-inch tablet wasn't ready in time for tonight's event, the company at least managed to trot it out. As for the seven-inchers, well, …