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David Lammy's Reaction When Labour MP Frank Field Burns Hilary Benn Is Sensational

A scene worthy of 8 Mile.<p>The debating chamber of House of Commons can be an unforgiving place. But on Tuesday it was reminiscent of a rap battle in 8 …

United Kingdom

Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys Climate Change Deniers' Favorite Argument In 1 Tweet

BOOM!<p>A go-to argument from science deniers was absolutely crushed by one of the world’s most famous scientists.<p>Some believe one reason for the consensus that human activity has caused climate change is that scientists are in cahoots with each other. But Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist, …

No deal? No problem. Institute of Economic Affairs report urges UK to turn down "bad deal" with EU

A failure to strike a trade deal with the EU would not be a “disaster” for the UK, according to a report out today.<p>While an EU agreement would be …

The myth of Britain’s decline

Our glory days are not over – they’re in full swing<p>On the anniversary of Britain voting to leave the European Union, the Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, found some words to sum it up. ‘An entire society crucified by the delusional ambitions of Brexiteers chasing moonshine,’ wrote Will …

The EU is scared: It knows no deal is better for Britain than a bad deal

The leaks that have emerged from EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker since his dinner with Theresa May at Downing Street last week confirm …

MPs 'walk out' in protest at 'too gloomy' Brexit report

<b>A number of Brexit-backing MPs walked out of a private meeting of the Commons Brexit Select Committee in protest at a report they claimed was "too gloomy".</b><p>A source said Labour chairman Hilary Benn had tried to "bounce" members into agreeing a 155-page report into the government's Brexit White Paper.<p>…

United Kingdom

Patrick Minford - UK's Chancellor Is Economic Illiterate Over Post-Brexit Trade

This is not a polite thing for an economics professor to say but it is, however extreme, correct in this instance. Patrick Minford, of Economists For Brexit (now renaming themselves Economists for Free Trade it would seem) has called Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, an economic …

Economics

This lucky horse got to swim with dolphins

<b>Never in a horse’s wildest dreams could it imagine swimming with dolphins.</b><p>Yet this magical moment came true for a lucky horse in Australia.<p>Despite …

This Chart Shows the Difference Between a Broke and a Rich Budget

Since we tend to decide that it’s rude to talk about money with other people, it can be hard to figure out how to go from being broke to financially …

Personal Finance

How 2 Amex credit cards netted me 315k Bonus Points with no M.S.

<i>In the interest of full disclosure, Monkey Miles earns compensation through affiliate links and referrals. You do not have to use them, but we</i> …

Safe harbour: why the Norway option could take the risk out of Brexit

Britain's relationship with the EU has always been fraught. In 1963, when it first applied to join the European Economic Community, its membership was blocked by Charles de Gaulle.<p>Four years later, the French president vetoed Britain’s application again, claiming this country showed a “lack of …

Europe

Don't let David Cameron and George Osborne fool you: here's what my vision of Britain really looks like

Isn’t it striking that even those who support EU membership rarely speak with any passion about why they believe that we should allow the majority of our laws to be made by the unelected European Commission? Rather than defending their support of the full EU army that is coming if we Remain, they …

How ‘Economists for Brexit’ manage to defy the laws of gravity | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal

The possibility of the UK leaving the EU has generated an unusual degree of consensus among economists. Acrimony and rancour surrounded debates …

Dan Hannan: what we need from Europe is free trade, not a common government

<b>Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Conservative MEP Dan Hannan about the trouble with the European Union, and why Britain would be better off out of it.</b><p><b>•</b> …

Europe

How Breakthrough Starshot's Tiny Spacecraft Can Hack Physics to Go Interstellar

The main idea behind the Breakthrough Initiatives Starshot is to launch tiny spacecraft (nanocraft) that can reach super fast speeds in order to get …

Santander 123 is now 3% TAX-FREE for most – is the £5/mth fee worth it?

Update June 2016: This was written in April 2016. We’ve updated the products mentioned here, but Martin’s analysis still stands – the MSE team. …

Personal Finance (UK)

Here's what you should do if you have less than $1,000 in savings

Still, there's a difference between saving less than we'd like and saving nothing at all.<p>According to a recent study by GoBankingRates, a whopping 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. But wait — it gets worse. Of those surveyed, 21% admitted to not having a savings account at …

Personal Finance

Lifetime ISAs: free £33,000 towards your first home or retirement

<b>The launch of the LISA (Lifetime ISA) in April 2017 was a damp squib – with few providers offering them. There's only a few more now, but even with</b> …

Finance

Everything you need to know to deal with the stock market collapse is on this index card

Stock prices have declined about 9 percent this year, and it's only January. The good news is that everything the typical saver needs to know to safely navigate the tumult in the global financial sector fits on the four-by-six index card shown above.<p>At a time like this, this card is more …

Personal Finance

How to Shave Years Off a 30-Year Mortgage

Most strategies to pay off your mortgage faster involve making radical principal prepayments or moving to a shorter-term debt structure. But here's a way to pay your loan off faster by refinancing your home using your lender's money.<p>Here's a quick finance lesson: Lenders generate more revenue on …

Personal Finance

How To Eat Without Food

Chewing is so old-fashioned<p>Our attachment to food is antiquated. So the argument goes: It takes time and energy to buy and prepare, and it can lack nutrition (we tend to cook away the good stuff). We can now drink our meals. Meal-replacement shakes—different from protein drinks that serve as …

How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …

Physics

The innovators: how smaller batteries give more power to UK solar households

London startup tailors smaller, cheaper battery for UK households to use more of their own generated solar energy<p>When Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, took to the stage in California in April to launch a solar battery for the home, the audience hollered and whooped at every detail. On the …

Clean Energy

What’s the Best Way to Clean Your Carpets?

As I’m walking around my home I can tell it’s early summertime. Between the natural deposits from the muddy shoes of a Midwest spring, having over a …

Home Improvement

A vision of Britain outside the EU - confident, successful and free

Released from our Eurochains, pessimism withers and the economy grows as we become great again<p>It’s 2020, and the UK is flourishing outside of the EU. The rump Union, now a united bloc, continues its genteel decline, but Britain has become the most successful and competitive knowledge-based economy …

Roger Bootle: Europe is a complete disaster – Britain must leave

<b>Merryn Somerset Webb talks to economist and author Roger Bootle about Europe’s economic disaster zone, and the advantages to Britain in pulling out.</b><p><b>A</b> …

Halo movie 'too hard to make' says veteran series director

Master Chief's path to movie stardom may have hit a roadblock, with key figures in the <i>Halo</i> franchise casting doubt on the gaming franchise's feature …

Honeywell brings its £139 smart thermostat to the UK

While Honeywell might be synonymous with home thermostats, upstarts like Google's Nest have forced the company to remain on its toes. It showed US consumers that it could deliver a self-aware thermostat earlier this year, but in the UK, its connected options are relatively limited. That's changing …