Giulia Rocchi

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Tolkien's myths are a political fantasy

In a world built on myth, we can’t ignore the reactionary politics at the heart of Tolkien’s Middle Earth<p>It’s a double-edged magical sword, being a fan of JRR Tolkien. On one hand we’ve had the joy of watching Lord of the Rings go from cult success to, arguably, the most successful and influential …

Cicret Bracelet Turns Your Arm into a Touchscreen Device

A Paris-based design company is taking wearable tech one step further with the <i>Cicret Bracelet</i>, a concept for a wristband that projects the screen of a smartphone directly onto the user's arm. Marketed as “Like a tablet…but on your skin,” the bracelet emits the interface of a remotely connected …

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How fairytales grew up

With Hollywood spending millions on new versions of age-old characters, from <i>Frozen</i>’s Snow Queen to Cinderella, fairytales are more popular than ever. But they’ve had to adapt, with lots of dark twists and no more sweet, biddable girls<p>“Forget villain,” the producers of <i>Frozen</i> declared when …

2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy removed from coffin

Conservation efforts begin on body of 14-year-old Minirdis, found in 19th century at Nile burial site and brought to the Chicago Field Museum in the 1920s<p>A mummy left its coffin for the first time in 2,300 years this week after several tense moments as scientists lifted the wooden lid.<p>The body, …

Hobbit holiday homes you can stay in around the world

As The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits UK cinemas, we take a look at the best Shire-like abodes you can rent for your next holiday

20 best Android apps this week

Nokia HERE Beta, World of Warriors, Game of Thrones, Pause, Humin, Go CBBC, Scrolls, Indiegogo and more<p>It’s time for our weekly roundup of the latest, greatest Android apps and games, this time from the last seven days of releases on the Google Play store.<p>As ever, the prices provided in brackets …

Should you pay as much to see Interstellar as The Hobbit?

Until recently, cinema ticket prices operated on a level playing field. Now, however, the Odeon chain has opened a trade war by charging £1 extra for this season’s Hollywood blockbusters. If that’s the case, why not charge <i>less</i> for homegrown films, to give them a fair chance? “A blockbuster can cost …

Pakistani court sentences four men to death for murder of pregnant woman who married against her family's wishes

A Pakistani court has sentenced four men to death for murdering a pregnant woman in the centre of the city of Lahore for marrying against her …

'GTA 5' Has Way More Foliage On PS4 Than Xbox One

Last-gen megahit GTA 5 came out on PS4 and Xbox One yesterday promising entirely revamped graphics worthy of the new machines. And with that, we play the familiar game of looking at just how well the two different versions run. The results are interesting: at first, they don’t appear to point to a …

Sun’s magnetic field sparks lightning on Earth

Lightning is by its very nature unpredictable, but forecasting when and where it will strike has become easier following new research.<p>Space scientists have found that lightning strikes in the UK are being driven by changes that are occurring millions of miles away deep inside the sun. They found …

Bacteria on Russian ‘sex satellite’ survive reentry

A Russian “sex satellite” mission studying the cosmic reproduction of geckos, flies and bacteria has returned to Earth with the geckos dead but some of its bacteria still alive.<p>Two basalt discs with bacteria samples had been affixed to the outside of a Foton-M satellite that was launched into space …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance …

Twitter just made every public tweet findable … here's how to delete yours

Twitter has made every public tweet made since the service started in 2006 available through its search engine, making everyone’s first, second and third embarrassing tweets viewable by anyone.<p>The search index includes 100s of billions of tweets growing by several billion more each week. Tweets …

Google Play Music now has an amazing visualizer

I haven’t seen a cool music visualizer since Milkdrop landed all those years ago, but today Google’s dropped a surprise HTML5 visualizer for its music service.<p>If you’re a Google Play Music user, you’re able to get the new smokey visualizer by throwing on a song, then hovering over the album art and …

Nvidia Shield Tablet is perfect for everything but gaming

Nvidia Shield Tablet Review<p>A Powerful Android<p>Eye Catcher<p>Magnetic Case<p>Stylus and Cameras<p>Some Gaming Issues<p>Shield vs. Shield<p>Shield Tablet vs. iPad …

Apple Loop: iPad Sales Crashing, Why Apple Is So Addictive, iPhone Demand High

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers lead times and demands for the new iPhones, projected iPad sales, Apple Pay, the addictive nature of the iPhone, a demonstration of CarPlay, $800 per share, ideas for Apple Watch developers, and the latest …

G20: Canadian prime minister shirtfronts Vladimir Putin instead

The “shirtfront” that was supposed to have been delivered to Vladimir Putin by Tony Abbott appears instead to have been dealt out, at least in verbal form, by ice hockey fan Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada.<p>At the official greetings for the G20 summit in Brisbane, the Russian president …

Having Problems With The New Halo Collection? Check Out Bungie's Marathon Trilogy Instead

If you’re having problems with the new <i>Halo Collection</i> then in the interim, as the various problems are dutifully fixed, you should check out Bungie’s original <i>Marathon</i> trilogy.<p>The first <i>Marathon</i> game was an early FPS on Mac which pitted the player as a mysterious cyborg on a huge generational …

China's New Exoskeletons: Not Just For Call Of Duty Or Tom Cruise Anymore

Powered exoskeletons have long been a staple of future warfare visions, seen in everything from movies like <i>Aliens</i> and <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> to the latest <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i> video game. Their real world equivalents have been under development in a number of US programs, ranging from …

It's Time To Boycott Ubisoft's PC Games

I <i>thought</i> Paul Tassi’s excellent article analyzing Ubisoft’s year of gaming sins was comprehensive enough to avoid entering the fray with my own perspective. Then, Ubisoft started doing damage control on Assassin’s Creed Unity’s myriad technical problems. After a plummeting stock price and an …

Is Dawn of Justice turning into a Batman origins story?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,Superhero movies,Film,Culture,Frank Miller,Batman,Action and adventure,Marvel,Warner Bros<p>Reports from Batman v Superman suggest Zack Snyder is shooting the iconic Wayne parents’ murder scene. Why?

Why did Katy Perry give her $10,000 prize to a private Melbourne school?

This is the tale of two Australian schools, both of which entered a video competition to win a $10,000 cash prize from US singer Katy Perry, intended to boost their performing arts program.<p>The first, Clyde Fenton school, is situated in the remote town of Katherine in Northern Territory. Many of its …

Australian man reportedly killed fighting for Islamic State in Syria

The Federal Government is working to verify reports an Australian man has been killed in Syria, believed to be the third Australian death over the …

Fingers Cleverly Joined into Animal Illustrations by Javier Pérez

Javier Pérez has a knack for creating delightfully whimsical illustrations via Instagram. In the past, we’ve admired his simple line drawings combined with everyday objects; we’re now happy to share works that incorporate this same kind of play. But, instead of using fruit or Scrabble tiles, Pérez …

Leviathan review – Andrey Zvyagintsev’s outstanding tale of the epic and the everyday

In the current climate, any film boasting official support from the Russian Ministry of Culture may be looked upon with suspicion. Yet with its tragicomic scenes of corrupt mayors working their foul deeds beneath iconic portraits of Vladimir Putin, and drunken policeman using pictures of former …

Explaining Rare 'Hole Punch' Cloud With Rainbow in the Middle

Residents of Wonthaggi, near Melbourne, Australia, were taken off guard by the appearance of a hole punch cloud earlier this week.<p>Residents of Wonthaggi, Australia (map) snapped pictures of a rare, rainbow-filled "hole punch" cloud on Monday. By the next day, the photos had gone viral with …

A 23-Year-Old Set A Guinness World Record For Playing A Video Game At 18,569 Feet

"I was on the phone with a new hire at my company," he said. "My phone beeped, and I looked at it, and I got this email saying 'Congratulations, you won,' and immediately I checked out," he tells Business Insider. "Like, I couldn't understand one thing the guy was saying anymore. I just held my …

Half of US-Mexico border now patrolled only by drone

The US government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.<p>It represents a significant …

Stunning Photo Collection Documents Beautiful Light Throughout NYC

<i>NY Through the Lens</i> is a visual documentation of NYC-based photographer Vivienne Gucwa's explorations throughout the city. From the young age of 17, Gucwa has been living on her own and working many jobs to stay afloat. As a way to manage personal stress, she would go for long walks for “as far as …

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