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Planet Earth II behind-the-scenes video shows stunning landscapes of the Galapagos in 360-degrees

Imagine exploring the ice worlds and rainforests. May be some of you have already experienced that, and some may haven’t. Thanks to VR technology, it …

Need a Belly Laugh? The 19 Funniest Books of Fall

And Other Things I Still Have to Explain<p>Phoebe Robinson; Foreword by Jessica Williams<p>Fans of comedian Phoebe Robinson’s hit podcast <i>2 Dope Queens</i> have been waiting on the arrival of her first book for a while. Handling tough issues like race and feminism with finesse and strength is hard enough …

The best animated movies on Netflix

Animated films often offer a bit of escapism, roping us into fantastical candy-colored worlds and investing us in the lives of scrappy heroes and …

Fences trailer: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis face off in Oscar-tipped film

A charged adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer prize-winning play about a dysfunctional family dynamic is being pushed as an awards contender<p>Denzel Washington and Viola Davis appear in fiery form in the first trailer for Fences, reprising their Tony award-winning performances from August Wilson’s …

Film-maker tells story of Polish nuns’ secret pregnancies after mass rape by Stalin’s troops

The Innocents, a Polish-French collaboration, brings to light one of the atrocities of the Soviet wartime occupation of Poland<p>It is a shocking yet little-known chapter of Polish history. In 1945, 25 Benedictine nuns were raped repeatedly by Soviet soldiers before finding salvation through a French …

Meet Anonymous International, the hackers taking on the Kremlin

They’ve hijacked the Russian prime minister’s Twitter account and attacked the political elite. But they’re also guns-for-hire, collecting private information for a fee. Daniil Turovsky went to Bangkok to meet them<p>Around 10am on 14 August 2014, an unremarkable man walked into a café near …

Encryption

As Yemen Descends Into Chaos, Key Questions and Answers

Making sense of a growing conflict that involves a bewildering number of players<p>The recent surge of violence in Yemen has spiraled into a crisis that extends far beyond the nation's borders. After Shiite militias swept across the country and forced Yemen's president, a Sunni, into exile, Saudi …

Spectre teaser trailer: five things we learned about the new James Bond

A first look at Mendes’ new film suggests the director is keeping things dark, delving further into 007’s past and unleashing Oberhauser’s inner Blofeld<p>The debut teaser for trailer for Spectre has been released, giving us a minute and a half’s glimpse into the 24th official Bond movie, which will …

Converse shoes: In the all star game

The ubiquitous rubber-soled shoes and boots made a successful leap from sport to streetwear. Katya Foreman looks back at their colourful history.<p>As one of the most democratic – and omnipresent – footwear icons of American pop culture, with fans ranging from young skater dudes and grungy rockers to …

How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now

Even if you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play, you’ll have used one of his words or phrases. Hephzibah Anderson explains his genius – and enduring influence.<p>If you missed Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, you can be sure he’d have had a zinger of a putdown to sling your way. Or better yet, a whole …

Literature

The 10 best new books to read

Books

Short but sweet: The miniskirt

The shortened garment emerged in the 1960s as a symbol of rebellious youth culture – and endures to this day. Katya Foreman looks back at the style icon.<p>Among the many revolutions of the Swinging ’60s, from The Beatles to the first man on the moon, the miniskirt remains one of the era’s most …

Netherlands doctors successfully implant 3D printed skull in lifesaving operation

3D printers keep coming in handy for more and more purposes. A woman in Netherlands, suffering from a rare bone disorder, got her skull surgically …

7 memorable April Fools' Day jokes

From the days of Ancient Rome to the Internet Age, mankind has enjoyed getting its funny bone tickled at least once a year. We aren’t new to the …

April Fools' Day

Apple’s ‘transparent texting’ lets you text and walk

US tech giant Apple has filed a patent for new technology that aims to make texting while walking safer by replacing the text background with a live …

More to Herath than meets the eye

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong<p>With one of the great T20 spells, Rangana Herath ensured Sri Lanka's hopes for that elusive …

Sri Lanka