Charlotte Groom

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The Best New Movies on Netflix and in Theaters in April

What you should watch at the multiplex or from your couch in April 2015.<p>Snow on the East Coast has barely subsided, and yet we're already approaching the fourth-month-long Summer Movie Season, beginning with the latest <i>Fast and Furious</i> installment on April 3. While blockbusters won't fully flood …

When 'Mad Men' Ends, Does TV's Best 'Stealth Feminism' Die, Too?

For seven seasons, Matthew Weiner has devoted himself to creating fascinating, complicated female characters.<p><b>This article appears in the March 2015 issue of ELLE magazine.</b><p>To write about the women of <i>Mad Men</i> in a way that sidesteps the usual fawning, rhapsodic, pin-up calendar approach is to confront …

Dave Grohl Is Helping a Terminally Ill Fan's Dream Come True

He really is The Nicest Man in Rock.<p>Fifty-six-year-old Ken Powell, from New South Wales, Australia, has been fighting melanoma cancer for 14 years, but despite several surgeries and radiation treatment, his condition is reportedly terminal.<p>According to Yahoo News,one of Powell's dreams is to meet …

'Misunderestimated' Ed Miliband emerges stronger from first TV test

Chris Patten, the astute former Conservative chairman and the politician who delivered the double-whammy election for John Major in 1992, may have got it right in January when he said: “The thing that would worry me most in the campaign is Miliband might come across a lot better than the press said …

Get Hard highlights Hollywood's 'toxic representation' of gay characters

Critics have criticized Will Ferrell’s new film for its negative portrayal of homosexuality, but campaigners say it is symptomatic of a wider problem<p>For decades Hollywood’s record of portraying gay characters on screen has been far from admirable, often falling into toxic stereotypes. But if that …

An Automated Slide Film Scanner Built with LEGOs

This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a …

Facebook is planning to test its 747-sized internet drones this summer

Facebook's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world with a fleet of broadband-beaming unmanned aerial vehicles has taken a step closer to fruition. The company's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its …

Drones

US and Russian astronauts blast off on history-making space trip

The American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko have blasted off to begin a year away from Earth.<p>Gennady Padalka of Russia is also riding in the Soyuz spacecraft; he is scheduled for the standard six-month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station.<p>The trip …

Pranksters Put Up Fake ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ Ads Next to Real Apple Billboards

Apple recently launched a global advertising campaign touting the camera quality of the iPhone 6. As part of the campaign, the company put up …

San Francisco

Potential Conservative welfare cuts revealed in leaked emails

Tories dismiss proposed changes seen by BBC that include restricting child benefit to first two children and taxing disability benefits<p>A range of welfare benefits are potentially facing the axe or severe restrictions by the Conservatives after the general election, according to emails seen by the …

8 Foods That Help Improve Your Memory

Health<p>According to an ophthalmologist.<p>By Adam Hurly3 days agoView More<p>New Arrivals<p>GQ’s editors select the menswear, accessories, sneakers, and more …

Lifestyle

Don’t Be Fooled By The Claims of ‘Cleanse’ Diets

The meal plans are certainly healthy, and sometimes delicious. But treated properly, your body will do everything a fancy-sounding ‘cleanse’ promises.<p>…

Chess is a wonderful game, but it’s no life coach | Stephen Moss

Photograph: Anonymous/AP<p>Anatoly Karpov, left, defending world chess champion, and challenger Garry Kasparov, both of the Soviet Union, at the World Chess finals in Moscow, …

With Culture, Guilt Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

Being ashamed of personal taste is pointless, but it's important to be aware of what makes you feel bad in the first place.<p>A confession: I quite like Iggy Azalea. I wouldn't put <i>The New Classic</i> on my list of greatest albums of all time, but as far as empty-headed bubblegum rap goes, it's more …

Greece’s debt deal isn’t the end of eurozone drama

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Rejoicing over the tentative resolution of the latest round of eurozone debt drama? Good for you. You’ll get to go through …

Europe

Labour's mansion tax 'outdated and unnecessary'

The Centre for Policy Studies says that the amount of stamp duty paid on a house sold in south-west London four years ago has increased by 405 per cent.<p>Labour's mansion tax is already "outdated and unnecessary" as the government's stamp duty reforms mean that the buyers of the 1.6 per cent most …

Heartwarming Photos of the Amazing Friendship Between a Dog and an Owl

Dogs may be man's best friend, but Ingo the shepherd dog's special buddy is Poldi, a little owl who loves to pose for pictures and cozy up to his canine pal. Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt documents their unlikely friendship in heartwarming portraits that show the …

Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to the Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

Want to make sure a photograph survives your lifetime? Print it out. That’s the warning Internet pioneer Vint Cerf gave at a talk recently, saying …

The ultimate packed lunch: save £1000 a year!

Ofgem, the government regulator responsible for the electricity and natural gas markets in the UK, has branched out from the energy market to issue a guide for “financial fitness”, with tips on quitting the gym and cracking down on coffee and sarnie habits. They note the average office worker …

Food

In another brilliant move, IBM just budgeted $1 billion to take down EMC

This is important and interesting for a whole bunch of reasons — and shows that CEO Ginni Rometty has her competitive game on.<p>She's got a plan to move her massive 400,000-ish strong workforce from shrinking businesses and towards growth areas, even though it's painful, with a number of quiet …

Warren Buffett sells stake in world's largest energy company after oil price collapses

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has sold a $3.9bn stake in Exxon Mobil after the oil price more than halves<p>Warren Buffett has sold his entire stake in the world's largest energy company after the price of Brent crude plummeted.<p>The billionaire investor sold 41.1m shares in Exxon Mobil, worth …

Unemployed will have to do community work under Tories, says Cameron

Eighteen-to-21-year-olds who have not had a job for six months will lose benefits unless they start apprenticeship or complete community work, Cameron to say<p>All 18- to 21-year-olds who have failed to find a job or a place in training would no longer be able to claim jobseeker’s allowance under a …

Meet the 100 people hoping to live and die on Mars

We're one step closer to finding out who could be the first humans to live on another planet. Mars One, the private organization planning to find and train a group of four astronauts to send on a one-way trip to Mars, has reached the third round of its selection process and has narrowed its …

Having your laptop stolen is traumatic. Here's what I learned

According to research, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds – but how prepared are you for what comes next?<p>Last Tuesday after work, I headed to a bar in Kings Cross with a couple of colleagues, slung my rucksack on the table next to us, and spent a pleasant hour brainstorming feature ideas. When I …

Identity Theft

23 Low-Carb Lunches That Will Actually Fill You Up

Sandwiches are going to be so jealous.

17 Ways to Make a New Year's Resolution You'll Actually Keep

Many of us who have used this time of year to turn our bodies around have fallen into the same cycle of failure: We’re frustrated with our size or …

Fitness

Check out This Man's Badass Beard Sculptures

His motto: "Growing a beard is like growing a baby on your face."<p><b>While on the surface</b>, 30-year-old Isaiah Webb might look like a <i>Portlandia</i> extra, the San Francisco-based Sony employee is in fact the superhero "Incredibeard"—a remarkable man who can shape his facial fuzz into veritable works of art, …

Artist Walks For Hours In Snowshoes To Create Sublime Snow Drawings

Sonja Hinrichsen is a snow artist. It's not her official title -- she conducts a lot of art interventions in nature, and pursues photography and good ol' fashioned ink drawings. But her snow drawings are nestled rightfully at the top of her artist website, revealing what happens when a professional …

The problems with capitalism, as explained by a Minecraft hedge fund manager

<i>Minecraft</i> is a video game about placing blocks, but when Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for its developer Mojang, it wasn't just buying virtual Lego. It was buying a tool powerful enough to map entire countries, it was buying a way of involving citizens in public space design, and it was buying a …

What I'm Watching Now: 'Black Mirror,' the best sci-fi show you've never seen

<i>If you’ve already bingewatched every single critically acclaimed show out there, and you’re wondering what to watch next, TV critic Melissa Maerz has</i> …