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Microsoft details big Office updates coming to mobile this month

Microsoft has some big improvements planned for its mobile Office apps that will roll out to everyone this month.<p>Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint will all see changes on Android and iOS. Here’s what you have to look forward to.<p>After abandoning its own Windows Mobile platform last October, Microsoft …

Apps

Is volcanic activity on the rise – and if so, where's next?

In November Mount Agung on Bali erupted, sending plumes of smoke and ash 30,000 feet into the air and shutting the popular holiday island’s only airport. More than 400 flights a day were cancelled until Denpasar reopened.<p>Last month eyes turned to Hawaii, where Kilauea, said to be continuously …

These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race

Marcia and Millie Biggs say they’ve never been subjected to racism—just curiosity and surprise that twins could have such different skin colors.<p>When Amanda Wanklin and Michael Biggs fell in love, they “didn’t give a toss” about the challenges they might face as a biracial couple, Amanda says. “What …

Britain’s new diet: the 400-600-600 plan to counter obesity

Britain needs to go on a diet, Public Health England has warned, as it set out new calorie guidelines to cut meal sizes, ruling out favourites like Fish and Chips or a Sunday Roast.<p>Under its new ‘One You’ campaign, launched today, Britons are being encouraged to stick to 400 calories at breakfast, …

Reality Check: Does UK spend half as much on health as US?

<b>The claim:</b> The NHS costs half as much as the US health system, and cares for the whole population.<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> If you look at every penny spent on health by anyone in the country, then the UK spends about half as much on health as the US does. But if you compare the amount spent on the …

Radiation Therapy

Mapped: The world's most (and least) free countries

The annual Freedom in the World report, which ranks nations according to civil liberties and political rights, has been released. The work of nonpartisan organisation Freedom House, it judges countries according to a range of criteria. Each is then assigned a total score and placed in one of three …

Africa

How Authentic Regional Chinese Food Became the Culinary World’s Newest Obsession

I am periodically gripped by a desire to learn to cook something new. This is an admirable impulse, a virtuous impulse, a laudable impulse, especially at 40—if I were Victorian I’d be the matriarch of two generations; if I were a late-medieval I’d be in my funeral shroud. It is to my credit that I …

The top 10 foreign words that are now in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you’re hip to linguistics, you already know English is full of foreign words. For example, “hip” is from the 1920s slang “hepcat,” derived from the West African language Wolof, and its word for “one in the know,” a <i>hipikat.</i><p>To be in the know now—a postmodern hepcat, if you will—add 10 more foreign …

Language

CES Opens with Hot, New Gadgets: Pictures

United Kingdom

The Marie Antoinette Dress That Ignited the Slave Trade

Unlike her usual ornate style, it was relatively simple — but still scandalous.<p>Marie Antoinette is infamous for her lavish, over-the-top fashions. It is the first thing most people associate with the doomed queen — skirts as wide as they are tall paired with towering hairstyles, all draped in …

Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind as coal

Just six years ago, more than 40% of Britain’s electricity was generated by burning coal. Today, that figure is just 7%. Yet if the story of 2016 was the dramatic demise of coal and its replacement by natural gas, then 2017 was most definitely about the growth of wind power.<p>Wind provided 15% of …

Natural Gas

See Rare Photographs Of Prince Before He Was Prince, and Just 19 Years Old

It's been 40 years since the photographer Robert Whitman heard an early demo of Prince's song "Soft and Wet," and became so taken with the musicians that he agreed to photograph him for a couple of Minneapolis music managers—even though at that point Prince Rogers Nelson, as he was then known, was …

High Heels

How to Keep Your Healthy Eating on Track During the Holidays

Around the holidays, there’s an occasion to indulge at every turn. Between office parties, holiday happy hours, festive dinner parties, and foodie gifts, it’s hard to avoid temptation. We think it’s best to relax and enjoy some of those treats, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely fall off …

This is Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2018

Pantone has announced Ultra Violet as its Colour of the Year for 2018.As one of the last brands to unveil its colour of the moment for the …

UltraViolet

7 ways to cope when the winter affects your mental health

Do you feel down when it's cold and dark outside?<p>As colder temperatures set in and the daylight hours dwindle, it's no surprise that many people find …

How to decorate your Christmas tree like a professional

We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree with baubles, ornaments and lights all perfectly balancing together. In reality, it's easier said …

Christmas Trees

What Marvel Has That Everyone Else Wants

A billionaire industrialist, a Norse god, an irradiated scientist, a war hero, an archer, and a super-spy walk into a room. In the hallway outside …

Why Asking This 1 Question in a Job Interview Increases the Chances You Get Hired

Employers want you to ask this question. Here's why...<p>Anyone who has been on an interview knows there usually comes a point at the end of the meeting where the interviewer says to the interviewee, <i>"Do you have any questions?"</i> You may be wondering whether it's OK to ask some. Or if you should just …

17 years without a raise? Welcome to Brexit Britain

British workers could go nearly two decades without a real pay raise due to the country's economic decline.<p>That's the key takeaway from two influential reports published just a day after the U.K. Treasury admitted that a weaker outlook for growth -- exacerbated by Brexit -- meant Britain had fallen …

Philip Hammond

Why tinsel and Seventies tat is the height of cool this Christmas

It was once an integral part of Christmas. Yet, long ago, tinsel was dismissed as irredeemably naff. Too brash, too sparkly, too Bet Lynch; it had no place on our tasteful Nordmann Fir decked in Scandi-chic wooden decorations, thank you very much.<p>But now, the sparkly stuff is back as part of the …

Harry Potter fans protest Johnny Depp's role in Fantastic Beasts sequel

Warner Bros may have thought they'd thrown everyone off the Johnny Depp scent by hiding him beneath a peroxide ferret in the first image from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. But despite the distracting hair, Harry Potter fans are still clamoring for the star to be removed from the film.<p>…

5 things you need to know about the future of cybersecurity

Terrorism researchers, AI developers, government scientists, threat-intelligence specialists, investors and startups gathered at the second annual …

Cybersecurity

The uncertain future of handwriting

Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?<p>We're told that writing is dying. Typing on keyboards and screens dominates written communication today. Even scribbling a signature has become rarer due to the prevalence of chip-and-pin …

Calligraphy

The Germans are making contingency plans for the collapse of Europe. Let’s hope we are, too | Paul Mason

A leaked defence document has revealed the country’s worries about the breakup of the global order – a scenario with serious consequences for post-Brexit Britain<p>The German defence ministry set out its worst-case scenario for the year 2040 in a secret document that was leaked to Der Spiegel last …

Europe

A new report on deaths in UK police custody makes for uncomfortable reading

The British government long-awaited report on deaths in police custody is out, and it makes for uncomfortable reading (pdf).<p>The report notes that every prosecution over a death in custody in the past 15 years has ended in acquittal. “In fact, there has never been a successful prosecution for …

The Truth About the 10 Biggest Brexit Myths (of the Moment)

It’s been seven months since the U.K. triggered the two-year countdown to Britain’s exit from the European Union, but the path to Brexit remains …

Taxi at 10:30pm, and forget the coffee: the new dinner party rules

It was once a cheerful indication of intimacy. But now a simple “you must come to dinner,” has become fraught with social dangers. How straightforward it was when all you needed to do was put on your best suit or frock, spend the first half of the evening speaking to the person on your right, the …

Stephen Hawking makes his doctoral thesis available online

Ever wondered how Stephen Hawking saw the universe as a doctoral candidate, when his theories about black holes were just coming into fruition? You don't have to hear about it second-hand -- you can now go straight to the source. The legendary cosmologist has published his 1966 doctoral thesis …

Stephen Hawking

How the Catalan crisis could send shockwaves across Europe

Mariano Rajoy has played a tough hand well, but Carles Puigdemont could yet emerge a champion of European renewal<p>The battle for Catalonia just got personal. Until now the main protagonists, Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president, and Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, have avoided a head-on …

Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?

<b>It was one of the world's most opulent railway stations, sitting imposingly on the French-Spanish border - but then it fell into disrepair. Now, writes Chris Bockman, the building is showing new signs of life.</b><p>When they built the station at Canfranc, it was on a grand scale and with no expense …

Trains