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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 …

Wearable Tech

How fairytales grew up

With Hollywood spending millions on new versions of age-old characters, from Frozen’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?

Homegrown films should be cheaper to watch at the cinema than Hollywood blockbusters, according to the Odeon. There’s only one thing for it: tickets for all films should be priced according to their merits<p>Until recently, cinema ticket prices operated on a level playing field. Now, however, the …

'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

Changes in the field could be used to forecast lightning in an area, alerting power companies and hill walkers to risks<p>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 …

Bacteria on Russian ‘sex satellite’ survive reentry

Geckos used to study reproduction in space die in orbit, but thermophilic microbes still able to multiply after landing<p>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 …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Half an hour of brain stimulation on sleep-deprived military staff improved their performance twice as much as caffeine<p>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 …

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

New tool means tweets are no longer gone forever but don’t worry there are ways to get rid of those embarrassing old tweets<p>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 …

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

Stephen Harper said to have rebuked Russian president over Ukraine while all Tony Abbott got was a two-fingered salute<p>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 …

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 …

Is Dawn of Justice turning into a Batman origins story?

Reports from Batman v Superman suggest Zack Snyder is shooting the iconic Wayne parents’ murder scene. Why?<p>The Dark Knight: my most overrated film Can Warner Bros’ wave of DC superhero movies sock it to Marvel?<p>There was a time when the superhero origins story stood as the quintessential example of …

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

The singer chooses an elite girls’ school over 300 other entries, including disadvantaged schools in remote areas of Australia<p>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 …

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 …

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

Russia’s official entry for next year’s foreign language film Oscar is surprisingly subversive<p>• Andrei Zvyagintsev: ‘Living in Russia is like being in a minefield’<p>In the current climate, any film boasting official support from the Russian Ministry of Culture may be looked upon with suspicion. Yet …

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 …

Viral

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 …

Mountaineering

Half of US-Mexico border now patrolled only by drone

Under new approach, Predator B drones sweep remote canyons and rivers to collect high-resolution video which is then analysed to track changes in terrain<p>The US government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where …

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 …

Photography