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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Arctic fox, brown bears of Alaska and an albino porcupine feature in this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics

The Fourth of July kicks off the summer vacation season, providing some readers with their only opportunity all year to curl up with a good book for an extended period. Here we present a few you may have thought about getting around to for years, only to be scared off by their vintage, reputation …

A Museum Let Street Artists Do Whatever They Want On Its Walls. Here’s The Result

Street artists began painting on the walls of the Long Beach Museum of Art on June 26th of this year. The project, titled “Vitality and Verve: …

Hidden history revealed in Ermenek

KARAMAN - Anadolu Agency<p>AA Photos<p>Best known for coal, the ground beneath the southern Anatolian district of Ermenek is continuing to reveal priceless …

Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world

It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius<p>In 1959, if you were walking the sand dunes near Florence, Oregon, …

Science Fiction

Living on Other Planets: What Would It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to …

Astronomy

Woman 'live tweets' being trapped in her bedroom by her cats

Trapped in her bedroom, an American woman living in Paris took to Twitter to 'live tweet' her wait for rescue<p>An American woman living in <b>France</b> has taken to Twitter to document being trapped in her own bedroom by her cat.<p>Claire Berlinski, who describes herself as a "novelist, freelance journalist, …

25,000 Indians 'ready to fight in Iraq to defend Shia holy sites'

Recruitment campaign by one of India's largest Shia organisationsto defend the Shia-led Iraqi government of prime minister Nouri Maliki claims over 25,000 have signed up<p>More than 25,000 <b>Indian</b> Shia Muslims are on standby to fly to Iraq and defend its holy shrines, one of the country’s largest Shia …

Religion

Newborns 'should become organ donors'

Thirty babies die in Britain each year while waiting for an organ transplant<p>Newborn babies should become organ donors to save the lives of others as UK guidelines preventing the practice are 'outdated', doctors said.<p>Guidelines from 1988 and 1991 prevent babies becoming organ donors if they die …

Parents urged to inform on would-be jihadist children

Counter terror chief says risk of prison is still better than children being killed<p>Parents who suspect their children are heading for violent jihad abroad must inform the police because having them in prison is still better than being dead, a senior counter terrorism officer said.<p>Detective Chief …

Minister reveals scale of student visa fraud

The government has revealed that tens of thousands of immigrants may have fraudulently obtained English language certificates in order to secure a UK student visa.<p>A Home Office investigation found evidence of 29,000 "invalid" tests and 19,000 "questionable" results at Educational Testing Services …

Immigration

Monaco murder: Daughter held in Helene Pastor death

<b>Police investigating the killing of Monaco heiress Helene Pastor last month have detained 23 people in France, including her daughter and son-in-law.</b><p>Ms Pastor, from one of Monaco's richest families, was ambushed by a man armed with a shotgun as she left hospital in the French city of Nice.<p>Her …

France

Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

The members of Vertical Scratchers don't have to pretend: They are free spirits, making music that is at once tightly composed, whimsical and anarchic.<p>The vocals on a Vertical Scratchers song tend to be high-pitched and yearning. John Schmersal creates harmonies from his vocal tracks that have a …

Last Man on the Moon recalls US era of courage to do the impossible

Documentary tells story of Captain Eugene Cernan, the glamour of the Apollo astronaut's lifestyle – and the cost to his family<p>In 1972 Apollo 17 astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan became the last man on the moon. Cernan, a US Navy fighter pilot handpicked by Nasa in 1966 despite not applying for the …

Two New Adorable Posters Debut for Disney's 'Big Hero 6'

If it's one thing that's abundantly clear, based on the marketing materials released so far for Disney's animated superhero romp "Big Hero 6," it's that the movie's inflatable robot Baymax is really, really, ridiculously cute.<p>The film, based on a cultish Marvel comic book by Steven Seagle and …

'Orange Is the New Black' Season 2: Highlights and Reactions

Does anyone else have an "Orange Is the New Black" hangover after this weekend? We rushed home to binge on Season 2 of the long-awaited return of the Netflix series on Friday, and boy were the 13 episodes of prison drama (laughs, too!) a doozy.<p>If you're like us and got through the whole thing at …

Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Short List Includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, and Jared Leto

After securing a director, Marvel's latest quirky superhero flick, "Doctor Strange," is now trying to find its titular leading man, and the Hollywood rumor mill suggests that there are already three strong candidates.<p>First, Deadline reports that both Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are high on …

Steven Spielberg Eyes Bryan Cranston For LBJ Miniseries

Fresh off big wins at Sunday's Tonys ceremony, "All the Way," a play about the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, may now be headed to television.<p>Deadline reports that none other than Steven Spielberg is interested in adapting the Best Play winner into a miniseries, and he wants Bryan Cranston, who …

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Trailer 1

The thrilling second chapter of the epic "How to Train Your Dragon" trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five …

'Doctor Who' Will Launch World Tour to Introduce New Doctor, Peter Capaldi

In anticipation of the introduction of its newest Doctor, venerable BBC sci-fi series "Doctor Who" is launching a worldwide promotional tour, featuring cast and crew members.<p>Beginning August 7, new Doctor Peter Capaldi, his on-screen companion Jenna Coleman, and writer-exec producer Steven Moffat …