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The Beauty of Eintein's General Theory of Relativity

Physics is so beautiful.<p><i>This article was written by Margaret</i> <i>Wertheim from the University of Melbourne. It was originally published by The</i> …

Mark Kermode: the best films of 2015

A female Iranian vampire, forbidden love and Pixar’s brilliant depiction of a teen’s inner turmoil helped make 2015 a great year for cinema<p>• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full<p>You can tell how good a year was by how hard it is to compile a list of the top 10 highlights! Such was the …

Top 10

Blair and Bush went to war in Iraq despite South Africa's WMD assurances, book states

Iraq,World news,Middle East and North Africa,South Africa,Tony Blair,George Bush,US news,US foreign policy,Foreign policy<p>New book God, Spies and Lies details Mbeki’s attempts to stop invasion<br>• SA experts worked with Saddam in 1980s; Mandela also tried to warn Bush<p>Tony Blair went to war in Iraq …

Middle East

Migrants to Europe Have Suddenly Gone Missing

The number of migrants and refugees reaching Italy and Greece has dropped dramatically, which has authorities worrying.<p>ROME — When only 155 migrants …

Why Bikes Can Never Replace Cars

In the new documentary Bikes vs Cars, the answer to cities’ problems is to replace all cars with bicycles. This is a ludicrous idea.<p>Cities are …

Greek crisis, China crash and low rates: hedge funds’ horror year

The nightmare has wider effects, with a quarter of the industry’s assets managed for pension funds<p>The panic that swept the markets in August was tough for investors the world over, but particularly for the macro hedge funds, who bet big on economic trends.<p>Despite a reputation as “the smartest guys …

Turkey's president says he wishes the country's military hadn't downed that Russian jet

It was the first expression of regret by the strongman leader since Tuesday's incident in which Turkish F-16 jets shot down the Russian jet on grounds that it had violated Turkey's airspace despite repeated warnings to change course. It was the first time in half a century that a NATO member shot …

Why No One Will Implement the Best Solution to Economic Stagnation

The other day, something remarkable happened. One of the most beloved brands in the world attributed its poor results not to competition, innovation, or talent…but to flat incomes. The average person, Hershey said, was simply too poor to keep buying its products, and so allow the company to …

Ayn Rand killed the American dream: Our free-market economy only works for the 1 percent

<b>Ayn Rand, Paul Krugman (WIkimedia/Reuters/Anton Golubev)</b><p>Bankers cash bonus checks while sending others to unemployment. Selfishness and deregulation made the rich richer<p>Matthieu Ricard<p>June 21, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from the book “Altruism”<p>The billionaire investor and philanthropist George …

Economics

Why I'd trade the 21st century for life as a Tudor

Inspired by a new book, Hannah Betts spent a day in the 1590s – and, despite the fleas and the plague, discovered unexpected benefits…<p>If history is reducible to one era for us Brits, it is the Tudor period. Even before the phenomenon that is Wolf Hall, our favourite version of Ye Olden Dayes was …

Cameron: we can compromise with Russia to end Syrian war

PM says splits over Assad must not be ‘altar on which Syria is slaughtered’ as it emerged that seven Isis plots had been thwarted in UK this year<p>David Cameron has said the west is prepared to compromise with Vladimir Putin, to strike a deal to end the Syrian civil war. The prime minister insisted, …

Russia

Opinion: Bernie Sanders’ biggest weakness is that he doesn’t understand economics

Extremist views don’t mesh well with economics.<p>While they often sound good in theory, they don’t work well in practice. That was the crux of much of …

New ideas to tackle Syria refugee crisis: Investing, not aid

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Bold new ideas for helping Syrian refugees and their overburdened Middle Eastern host countries are gaining traction among …

World Bank

Now we're at war? We've been at war since 9/11, from Paris to Peshawar | Stan Grant

Yes, this attack on Paris is an act of war. But it’s not a war of Islam versus the west when most of its victims are Muslims<p>Peshawar, Pakistan: a suicide bombing has torn through a police cadet parade and scores of people are dead. I arrive to find fresh blood staining the ground. A mangled …

Noam Chomsky: A Republican president means doom

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>“In a state with awesome powers of destruction, that should cause not a little concern,” the renowned thinker warns<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>November 10, 2015 10:03pm (UTC)<p>In a new interview with Truthout's CJ Polychroniou, renowned MIT linguist and longtime political activist Noam Chomsky …

Who’s Afraid of African Democracy?

Poor Burundi. Landlocked, tiny, and known mainly for ethnic conflict, it was for years the subject of one of the most intense international …

36 Amazing Things You Probably Didn't know About Africa

Reply<p>Friday, September 11, 2015 A+ A-<p>http://www.fullyreported.com/2015/09/36-amazing-things-you-probably-didnt.html<p>1. The Gambia has only one …

South Africa

The Generals Who Won World War II

Winston Groom may be best known as the author of Forrest Gump, but he’s also an astute and entertaining military historian. He talks about three key …

Portugal's president caught in polarity that aborted the government

Portugal is hovering in uncertainty after left-wing MPs brought about the government’s collapse on Tuesday. It had stood for 11 days. Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho thus led the briefest coalition in the republic’s history. Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva is in no hurry to pass the …

Aung San Suu Kyi, the person the world wishes could lead Burma, still can't legally be president there.

Aung San Suu Kyi, center, leaves after casting her ballot at a polling station in Burma on November 8. Khin Maung Win/AP<p>Looking for news you can …

Aung San Suu Kyi

Only a dozen people live in this Russian village at the end of a railroad — here's what their lives are like

For many Russians living in remote communities, life couldn't exist without the railroad.<p>In the small village of Kalach in the Sverdlovsk Oblast, only a dozen or so residents call the forested town home, and their numbers are dwindling.<p>Kalach is the terminus of the local narrow-gauge railway — the …

Engines

'THIS TIME, IT'S WAR': How French newspapers are covering the terror attacks

At least 120 people have been reported dead and more injured in terrorist attacks at least six locations around Paris.<p>Special operations troops stormed the Bataclan theatre, a concert venue in the 10th Arrondissement, where attackers were holding people hostage and shooting them one by one. More …

France

Hey progressives, Hillary isn’t the enemy: I’m a Sanders supporter, but I’m sick of Bernie Bros’ Clinton Derangement Syndrome

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>I’m pulling for Sanders. But if Clinton wins the nomination, progressives should go all in for her. Here’s why<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>November 12, 2015 4:49pm (UTC)<p>The inevitable has finally happened: Bernie Sanders supporters are beginning to openly proclaim that, if Hillary Clinton …

Middle-class

This man is a wingnut: Why Marco Rubio is as extreme as the rest of the lot

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Marco’s shaken off his image as “moderate” and is now playing for the Iowa evangelical vote<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>November 12, 2015 10:58am (UTC)<p>The rise of Marco Rubio has many now discussing him as a looming threat for Democrats, poised to overtake the role as an attractive …

P vs. NP -- The most notorious problem in theoretical computer science remains open

In the 1995 Halloween episode of <i>The Simpsons</i>, Homer Simpson finds a portal to the mysterious Third Dimension behind a bookcase, and desperate to …