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Aviation photography

John Lackey: That's a shame, I would have liked to see her again. Yes, again. I saw her back in, I think 1982, when she was at Andrews AFB outside of …

Lost 1927 Disney Christmas film found in Norway

A copy of a 1927 Walt Disney cartoon which was thought to be lost has been found in northern Norway, the country’s National Library said Thursday.<p>The film – an almost complete version of Empty Socks, the first Christmas film by the US entertainment giant – was discovered during an inventory at the …

Pictures of the Week 12.11.14

Egyptian mummy removed from coffin for first time in 2,300 years

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, carefully pulled from the ancient box by conservator JP Brown and three other scientists at the Chicago Field Museum, belonged to a 14-year-old Egyptian boy …

Rosetta Offers New Insight Into Where Water On Earth Came From

Different kinds of rocks have different kinds of water<p>Four and a half billion years ago, the Sun and Earth were just being born out of a giant explosion, and the solar system was HOT. All that heat likely boiled away the water on Earth’s surface. So how did our parched planet come to be covered in …

Astronomy

How To Wirelessly Charge Your iPhone

As I’ve noted over the last few days, I’m a big fan of wireless charing. While there are a number of standards out there, Qi is arguably in the lead thanks to extensive hardware support, such as the latest Nexus devices, the mid-and high-end Lumia handsets, and peripherals from companies (such as …

Milkshake vodka, anyone? The weirdest spirits this Christmas

As Heston Blumenthal launches a Cherry Bakewell flavoured vodka, we look at the most eccentric booze on the market this festive season<p><b>Cherry Bakewell vodka</b><p>Chef Heston Blumenthal, the real-life answer to Willy Wonka, has come up with some pretty mad combinations in his time (snail porridge, …

Food prices 12% higher on average in real terms than in 2007

The amount households are spending on food has fallen by 3.9% since 2010 despite rising prices, according to figures published on Thursday. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report also found that Brits are eating less beef, cutting back on biscuits and chocolate, and drinking …

The 10 best films of 2014: No 1 – Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a film about a beautiful, scary alien that is itself beautiful and scary and alien: it’s an entirely extraordinary, outrageously sensual film that Glazer’s previous excellent work had really only hinted at, partially and indistinctly. His Sexy Beast (2000) was a …

Lytro's Illum camera is expensive, but less gimmicky than we thought

Back in 2012, Lytro's first camera introduced folks to its light-field imaging tech -- letting users tweak focus, perspective and depth of field after a photo is taken. However, that first-gen camera's peculiar body and low-res output limited its appeal. Now, with the $1,599 Illum, Lytro's back, …

NASA delays Orion 'Mars capsule' launch

NASA has postponed the launch of an unmanned spacecraft that is designed to help get humans to Mars, a mission touted as the first step in deep space exploration.<p>The tiny Orion spacecraft was scheduled to blast off at 12:05 GMT on Thursday with the help of a Delta 4 Heavy rocket, known as the …

Pictures of the Week 12.4.14

UK think tank urges Osborne to explain how he will slash spending

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s public sector could “change beyond all recognition” by the end of the decade as a result of deep spending cuts planned by Chancellor George Osborne for after May’s election, a leading economic think tank said on Thursday.<p>Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne looks …

The worst things inflicted upon human ears this Christmas

The festive period isn’t exactly associated with good music. In fact, the knowledge that once a year for the rest of your days you’re going to be forced to hear to Wham!, Cliff Richard, and Springsteen wheezing out Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is like knowing that, once a year every year, you’re …

Benedict Cumberbatch Finally Confirmed as Marvel’s Doctor Strange

<b>Updated December 4, 5:44 pm:</b> <i>Marvel has at last confirmed Cumberbatch’s casting. “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in a statement. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange</i> …

North Sea oil exploration to be allocated taxpayers’ money

Financial support for seismic surveys welcomed by oil industry but criticised by environmental campaigners<p>Taxpayers’ money could be channelled directly into North Sea oil exploration under a scheme announced to the industry in Aberdeen on Thursday by Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury.<p>…

Asteroids could wipe out humanity, warn Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox

More than 100 scientists and astronauts have come together to call for a huge asteroid detection system<p>Asteroids could wipe out humanity unless more effort is made to track and destroy them, a leading body of scientists and astronauts has warned.<p>Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, Brian Cox, …

Tories at war with 'biased BBC'

David Cameron and George Osborne furious over Autumn Statement coverage which they claim contained 'systematic exaggeration'<p>The Conservatives have accused the <b>BBC</b> of “bias” and “systematic exaggeration” after David Cameron and George Osborne launched an unprecedented attack on the corporation’s …

Why 'The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies' Needs To Be Peter Jackson's Last Middle-earth Film

I have such mixed feelings about Peter Jackson’s <i>Lord of the Rings</i> and <i>The Hobbit.</i><p>On the one hand, I think both trilogies have a lot going for them, from great acting and special effects to rousing action sequences, not to mention absolutely lovely original scores.<p>On the other hand, I think …

Red Bull speed Vettel on his way

LONDON (Reuters) - Red Bull waved Sebastian Vettel off to Ferrari on Tuesday with some gifts that might come in useful in Italy and the promise of eventually being reunited with one of his title winning Formula One cars.<p>Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany stands in his garage …

Photo Tribute to Stones' Bobby Keys

Should you ever criticise teenagers for what they wear?

Hugh Muir: Does Elizabeth Lauten have children?<p>Does Elizabeth Lauten – the Congressional PR spinner who lost her job for questioning the dress sense of President Obama's daughters – have children? Those of us who have a normal relationship with teenage offspring long ago gave up commenting on what …

London is over...and it's about time too

As a born and bred Londoner, Bryony Gordon never thought she would consider leaving the capital, no matter how much she moaned about it. But as new statistics show record numbers of young people are moving out, London may finally have reached tipping point<p>Samuel Johnson said that a man who is tired …

UK retailers report fall in food prices for first time - BRC

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Retail Consortium said food prices dropped last month for the first time since it started collecting data in December 2006, as a supermarket price war intensified.<p>Customers shop at a Tesco store in Bishop's Stortford, southern England November 26, 2012. …

Scientists Confirm These Really Are the Bones of Richard III

Genetic evidence from his skeletal remains proves Richard III is the oldest known individual ever identified through DNA.<p><b>Two years ago, a battle-worn, scoliosis-riddled skeleton</b> was unearthed beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England. Based on the evidence at hand, the archeologists behind the …

Farage confused over Ukip’s sex education policy at young voters’ event

Nigel Farage tied himself in knots over Ukip’s policy on sex education on Tuesday evening, as he denied knowledge of his party’s announcement two months ago that it would be scrapped in primary schools.<p>The Ukip leader made the comments in an ITV debate with young voters, who gave him a hard time …

Before investing in more renewables, we need to find a cheap way of storing electricity

There is an app you can load onto your smartphone, called UK Energy, which can tell you how much electricity is currently being generated in Britain and what percentage is coming from different sources. This afternoon the contribution from wind increased sharply from 1.3 per cent to 2.8 per cent as …

What is the point of the Turner Prize?

Art that once caused howls of outrage is met with little more than a yawn of indifference these days because it has lost its edge, says Mark Hudson<p>I knew Duncan Campbell would win this year’s Turner Prize. The Glasgow-based Irish film maker was the oldest of the four contenders. The work of the …