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How the afro returned to the catwalk – and why it matters

Prada may have turned the afro into autumn/winter 2015’s most surprising runway trend – and launched the career of a previously unknown model<p>For 15 years – or 30 runway seasons in fashion speak – Prada had no black models on its catwalks. After the 1990s, a decade of fashion in which the clothes …

Hair

Chinoiserie at Valentino

FASHION NEWS<p>A key motif at Valentino was the rich embroidery based on Chinese symbols, created in collaboration with British designer Celia Birtwell, …

Embroidery

Oceans yield 1,500 new creatures, many others lurk unknown | Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists identified almost 1,500 new creatures in the world’s oceans last year, including a humpbacked dolphin and a giant jellyfish, and reckon that most species of marine life are yet to be found.<p>The experts publishing their findings on Thursday listed a total of 228,450 marine …

Zoology

Lobster 'as big as a human' found

The 480 million-year-old fossil of a human-sized lobster has been found in Morocco<p>A filter-feeding ''lobster'' as big as a human took the place of whales 480 million years ago, a new fossil find has shown.<p>The two-metre (6.5ft) prehistoric creature, whose remains were unearthed in Morocco, lived at …

H7N9 bird flu has the makings of a pandemic virus, scientists warn

Scientists in China have identified an<p>influenzavirus that they say has the potential to spread around the world, sickening and killing people whose immune systems have never faced a threat like it.<p>The H7N9 flu emerged in humans in eastern China in February 2013, sickening 133 people and killing …

Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

Saturn's moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it's not a dead hunk of rock. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth's, and in 2005 NASA's Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole.<p>"The moon is actually alive in a …

Astronomy

Wikimedia Foundation Sues NSA Over Mass Surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia — is suing the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Department of Justice over the NSA’s mass surveillance program.<p>It’s teaming up with eight other organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA, …

Chinese Scientists Prove Chemistry Can Be Beautiful [Video]

One of 10 award-winning visualizations from the 2015 Vizzies<p>For many, the phrase “chemical reactions” conjures memories of tedious laboratory work and equations scribbled on exams. But Yan Liang, a professor at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, sees art in the basic …

Chemistry

This incredible electron micrograph shows light as both a particle and a wave

The particle-wave nature of light has fascinated researchers for more than 200 years, but a new experiment has allowed researchers to visualize it like never before. This image was taken by turning an electron microscope on a laser-charged nanowire. Light moved down the wire in both directions, …

Quantum Computing

Depression makes the sting of rejection linger - Futurity

Getting the brush off from a romantic interest can be hard for anybody. But for people with untreated depression, rejection is especially hard to get …

Depression

Iran's ayatollah threatens to withhold gas unless sanctions lifted

Iran's supreme leader warned Wednesday that Western sanctions are unlikely to be lifted even in the event of a nuclear<p>dealwith six foreign powers because the West opposes the fundamental principles of the country's Islamic revolution.<p>In a speech to economists and officials from the western city of …

Pakistan and Afghan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for talks | Reuters

ISLAMABAD/KABUL (Reuters) - Senior Pakistani army, Afghan and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the Afghan Taliban had signalled they were willing to open peace talks with Kabul.<p>The reports raised hopes for a breakthrough in peace efforts following the withdrawal of most U.S.-led troops last …

Afghanistan

Justice Dept. could sue Ferguson for racial discrimination

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Justice Department is preparing to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri, police department over a pattern of racially discriminatory tactics used by officers, if the police department does not agree to make changes on its own, sources tell CNN.<p>Attorney General Eric …

Justice

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece <i>Dr. Strangelove</i> in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only …