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George Lucas calls Force Awakens retro, says he sold Star Wars rights to white slavers

George Lucas is opening up. The <i>Star Wars</i> mastermind recently sat down with CBS News’ Charlie Rose for a one-on-one interview, which spanned 55 …

Climate sceptic Maurice Newman says world leaders embracing junk science

The former business adviser to Tony Abbott accuses world leaders of acting like ancient druids and pursuing ‘collectivist visions’ at the cost of ‘private choice’<p>Tony Abbott’s former business advisory council chairman, Maurice Newman, has criticised Malcolm Turnbull and Barack Obama for …

United Nations

A Yezidi Woman Who Escaped ISIS Slavery Tells Her Story

It is not easy for Nadia to tell this story, and she’s been doing it all day. She’s about my age, wearing a leather jacket just like mine, and her …

Scott Weiland, STP, and Me

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died on Thursday at the age of 48. But he’ll always hold a special place in the heart of this …

Smashing Pumpkins

Camerimage: Walter Murch on Editing, Cinematography and the Change to Digital

Walter Murch is extraordinary even within his own field: He was six times Oscar-nominated for film editing, three times nominated for sound mixing, …

Your 11 best British films

In honour of British Film Week, BBC Culture asked readers to share their favourite British films of all time. Here’s what you chose.

List-Worthy

8 'Piece of Cake' Cakes

These cakes may look complicated, but they're surprisingly easy to make.<p><b>1. Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Glaze</b><p>Popular in Latin America, <i>Tres Leches Cake</i> is a light and fluffy cake soaked with a mixture of three milks: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. In this version, …

Dessert

Teen Unknowingly Tweets Never-Before-Seen Photos of Nirvana's First Show

When 19-year-old Maggie Poukkula posted some photos of her dad’s old days as a rocker, playing alongside Kurt Cobain before he became famous, she …

Homemade Tonic Water

403<p>1K<p>1<p>Shares 2K<p>Jennifer McLagan always seems to know what we want to read about, and cook, before even we do. She wrote a slew of popular and …

Low Fat

Nazi Telegram That Drove Hitler to Suicide Discovered in South Carolina Safe

And it just sold at auction.<p>A document that changed the course of World War II collected dust for years inside a safe in South Carolina, allegedly because the owner couldn't read German. <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reports that a telegram from Nazi second-in-command Hermann Goering to Adolf Hitler just sold …

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Green activist killings up by a fifth - Global Witness

<b>Killings of environmental activists have risen by 20% in the last year, according to campaign group Global Witness.</b><p>A report published by the organisation said there were 116 deaths worldwide in 2014, including 29 in Brazil, 25 in Colombia and 15 in the Philippines.<p>Activists also faced abduction and …

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In Charlie Hebdo’s name, chauvinistic Urdu journalists in Mumbai are going after a female editor

What is the hounding of Shireen Dalvi, editor of the now-shut Mumbai edition of the Lucknow-based Urdu newspaper <i>Awadhnama</i>, all about? Making an example of her so that “no one dares publish any image of Prophet Muhammed again,” as Zubair Azmi, the first person to file a police complaint against her, …

Journalism

Moussaoui claims Saudi royals 'funded 9/11 attacks'

<b>Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui has claimed members of the Saudi royal family helped fund the 9/11 attacks.</b><p>Moussaoui, imprisoned in Colorado for his role in the attacks, gave testimony in October to lawyers for 9/11 victims suing the country.<p>His statement came to light when it was filed in …

Saudi Arabia

How We Traveled The World On $40 A Day, And You Can Too

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it. We just decided that life was too short, the world was too big, and the value of travel too great to wait until retirement, so we made it …

Frequent-flyer Programs

The Sega Dreamcast launched, and crashed, at a pivotal time in gaming history

The Dreamcast. Like Mars, Elvis and the St. Louis Browns, it is dead and defunct, but it still lives on as an ultimate symbol of what-if. Did You Know? Gaming's excellent video series chronicles it all in this video.<p><i>Jet Set Radio, Shenmue</i> and today's 2K Sports series are all touchstones of the …

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the movies you …

Cake Pops Of Kim Kardashian's Butt, And Other Things We Laughed At This Week

If you've been anywhere near a computer these days, you've seen some version of this picture and this awesome comparison:<p>It's safe to say we can't get enough of it. We're trying to stay neutral on Kim Kardashian's butt, <i>butt</i> we would definitely take a bite out of these too-realistic cake pops of her …

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><br>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

Bankrupt Sapphire Glass Supplier Reveals New Details Of Its Disturbing Relationship With Apple

In a supplemental declaration by GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller unsealed on Friday outlining GT Advanced's relationship with Apple, it's clear — at least as Squiller tells it — that Apple and GT's relationship was doomed from the start.<p>We first saw the document after it was posted by the folks at …

Geoengineering: the ethical problems with cleaning the air

Intervening in climate change currently raises more questions than answers when it comes to manipulating the atmosphere<p>Last August, Berlin hosted an international conference on the controversial issue of geoengineering. We ask expert Dr Naomi Vaughan fromthe Tyndall Centre for Climate Change …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

An Oil Lobbyist Suggested Digging Up Dirt On Liberal Celebrities In A Secretly Taped Speech

If those evil oil baron characters in the Muppet Movie seemed unrealistic (or like class warfare, if you’re Fox News), you’ve probably just never heard of Richard Berman. The political consultant working with the oil and gas industry was recently taped advising industry executives that they need to …

Apple, the Great Innovator? Nope, Sony Is the Original Innovator

I'm tired of hearing how Apple is the most innovative organization on the planet. Blah, blah, blah.<p>Comparisons of Steve Jobs to Henry Ford and Thomas Edison by tech-clueless papers like the <i>New York Times</i> are idiotic.<p>Let's be real. In the development and design inventory of Apple, what do we have? …

Are the best directors tyrants?

Gone Girl’s David Fincher is among the auteurs who film dozens of takes until perfection is achieved. But is such exactitude worth it?<p>David Fincher’s new missing-person drama, Gone Girl, is a dark saga of cruelty, manipulation and insanity. And if Fincher’s reputation is anything to go by, that …

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Stephen Fry's iPhone 6 verdict: the most exquisite mobile ever made

Since January 1984, when I bought my first Apple Macintosh, through the dark late 1980s and mid-90s, when the company had just 3% of the personal computer market, I have developed the thickest of skins when it comes to Apple-haters.<p>I could fill this entire article with links to ancient, now …

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of water, drank it, then sat back and waited for the drug to take effect. Huxley took the drug in his California home under the direct supervision of psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, to whom Huxley had …

Head Back to School Via Flipboard’s Virtual Classroom

It seems early, but here in California many kids are already back to school. And while we don’t really miss the days of homework and gym class, we do …

Dust from beyond our solar system fell to Earth from space probe

It could be the most exotic material on the planet. Seven particles of dust brought back to Earth by a spacecraft nearly a decade ago appear to have come from beyond our solar system.<p>The specks have all the hallmarks of being created in interstellar space. If confirmed, it would make them the first …

No-Bake Energy Bites Are The Little Healthy Snack Your World's Been Missing

Snackers, rejoice! The no-bake energy bite is everything you never knew was missing from your snack routine. Sure, the office vending machine will miss you, but you'll have confidently moved on.<p>This delightful treat is entirely customizable, portable and -- most importantly -- delectable. To craft …