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Could allowing dogs on trains help ease Sydney's car crisis?

As the city struggles to reduce traffic, a strict no-dog public transport policy forces owners into cars, causing 2.4m journeys a week. Time for a rethink?<p>Sydney loves to boast of its cafe culture, but only Leichhardt’s Cafe Bones makes it accessible to those on four legs<b>.</b> Situated in the middle of …

The country that brought its elephants back from the brink

<b>Prince Harry is the new president of a conservation group called African Parks, which takes over national parks and gives rangers military-style training to take on poachers and protect wildlife. The BBC visited one of the parks it manages, at Zakouma in Chad.</b><p>A distant, guttural growl of elephants, …

Why Astronauts Burn Their Dirty Underwear

An interview with the guy responsible for dressing astronauts.<p>Robert Trevino is a senior engineer with NASA's Crew and Thermal Systems Division. Among other duties, that means he's responsible for what astronauts wear in outer space. Whether it's regular cotton polos and cargo shorts on the …

Which airline is number one for premium economy? The answer might surprise you

Bridging the gap between business and cattle class is premium economy. This once novel concept is now increasingly being adopted by airlines that are seeing financial benefits in offering passengers that little bit more comfort for a little bit more money.<p>Even the US has finally caught up, with …

Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair

Former prime minister warns of large-scale terror attacks in Europe as he praises MPs for voting for airstrikes in Syria and says Isis ideology ‘has deep roots’<p>Support for the propaganda of Islamic State stretches “deep into parts of Muslim societies”, Tony Blair has said as he warned of terror …

Hilary Benn’s speech on Syria could transform Labour | Martin Kettle

The shadow foreign secretary’s electrifying speech not only gave Labour MPs permission to vote for extending military action, it also positioned him as a serious leadership challenger<p>Beware the instant theatrical excitement of the great parliamentary moment. Always read the health warnings before …

No, Free Trade Didn't Lift Millions Out of Poverty

One of the biggest myths one hears about free trade is that it has "lifted millions out of poverty." This thoughtless piece of happy-talk is a favorite boast of Thomas Friedman (author, <i>The Lexus and the Olive Tree</i>) types and those who never woke up from the late-1990s dream of uncontrolled …

British workers will have worst pensions of any major economy

UK pension will be worth 40% of average pay, with a retirement age only matched by those in Ireland and Czech Republic, says OECD<p>Workers in the UK will have the worst pensions of any major economy and the oldest official retirement age of any country, according to the Organisation for Economic …

Labour is losing touch with public opinion, research suggests

YouGov data shows how Jeremy Corbyn’s unpopularity as leader and the changing profile of Labour voters could make the party unelectable<p>Jeremy Corbyn is seen as an unpopular leader across almost all demographic groups and leads a party whose voters are increasingly out of step with majority opinion …

Back in the U.S.S.R.? How Today's Russia Is Like the Soviet Era

World<p>MOSCOW — Post-communist Russia has gone from a friend of the United States to a rival under President Vladimir Putin. It is challenging the West on a number of fronts, including its involvement in the Ukraine and Syria, while also cracking down on dissent at home.<p>All of this echoes the Soviet …

Russia

The lost Marxists: what happened to the academics made jobless by communism’s collapse?

Croatian journalist Damir Pilić meets the thinkers left adrift by the demise of the Soviet Union, and finds out what is now driving Marx back up the …

Sam Harris talks Islam, ISIS, atheism, GOP madness: “We are confronting people, in dozens of countries, who despise more or less everything that we value”

<b>Sam Harris (Simon & Schuster/Ray Garcia)</b><p>Famed atheist and Salon debate and discuss Islamophobia, religion and liberalism, as well as Ben Carson’s appeal<p>Sean Illing<p>November 25, 2015 7:10pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this month, Salon engaged in a correspondence with Sam Harris about his thoughts on atheism, the …

Lessons from Leicester … the UK's unlikely new poster city for cycling

Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is using his strong mandate and the discovery of Richard III’s remains to reverse decades of car-centric planning in this medieval city<p>Leicester was eviscerated in the 1960s by modernist town planners. They scythed through the medieval core of the city with two inner …

Amid Syria's civil war, a James Bond-style rescue operation

BEIRUT (AP) — In the whirlwind of Syria's civil war, two Russian pilots parachuted from their aircraft into a chaotic front-line mountainous region …

Inside the Bizarre Genome of the World’s Toughest Animal

Tardigrades are sponges for foreign genes. Does that explain why they are famously indestructible?<p>The toughest animals in the world aren't bulky elephants, or cold-tolerant penguins, or even the famously durable cockroach. Instead, the champions of durability are endearing microscopic creatures …

Autumn Statement 2015: George Osborne dealt a blow by 'terrible' borrowing figures

Autumn Statement 2015: October deficit rises to highest since 2009 as figures suggest Chancellor will miss current borrowing target<p>George Osborne has been dealt a major blow just days before the Autumn Statement after official figures showed the Government posted its widest October deficit in six …

I was turned away from a hotel I had booked through LateRooms

The hotel booking website did not find me an alternative room at the same price, or offer any compensation<p><b>I booked a room at a small hotel in Coventry through LateRooms.com recently. On arrival, the landlady told me there was no room and very rudely and dismissively turned me away.</b><p><b>I immediately</b> …

The Generals Who Won World War II

Interviewing Winston Groom is not really an interview. It is a genial conversation filled with witty asides and delicious anecdotes delivered in a …

Remembrance Day

The 16 social media apps everyone should have

Many of the best social networking apps out there have been around for a while, but as smartphones get smarter, so do the apps, and you can now do more than ever.<p>From fan favorites like Instagram and Facebook to newcomers like live-streaming Periscope, there's never been a better time to find a …

Social Media

The Coventry Blitz: 'Hysteria, terror and neurosis'

<b>On 14 November 1940 the Luftwaffe launched its most devastating bombing raid of the Second World War so far. The target was Coventry, a manufacturing city in the heart of England with a beautiful medieval centre. The result was a shocking collapse of social order that caused thousands to flee and</b> …

Did British experts miss security flaws at Sharm el-Sheikh airport?

Exclusive: Governor of South Sinai says UK officials visited the airport every two months and gave the all-clear to keep flying<p>British aviation experts looked at security at Sharm el-Sheikh just weeks before the alleged bombing of a Russian airliner but did not raise concerns about safety, a senior …

7 Things To Try When The Sex Is Really, Really Bad

I had the worst sex of my life with "Alex." We were just friends, until he seduced me with his saucy salsa moves and kissed me after 10 shots of Patrón. I was drunk, single and really needed to get laid. So we began dating, even though I’d constantly eye him and think, 'Am I even attracted to …

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Herpes

ICYMI: A frightening new study from World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that approximately <b>two-thirds of the world population</b> under the age of 50 has <b>herpes simplex virus type 1</b> (HSV-1), the virus most commonly associated with cold sores. Chances are that you or someone you know has the virus. …

Doing This One Thing Right After Sex Can Improve Your Relationship

Get ready to say "I told you so."<p>Who isn't tired of the relationship cliché that women love spooning after sex while men prefer passing the eff out? But research out of the University of Toronto Mississauga shows that a little post-nooky snuggle sesh can help improve your relationship.<p>The study, …

University of Toronto

The Eichmann of the Confederate South

At 10:32 AM on November 10, 1865, a federal executioner released a trap door, killing Henry Wirz, the notorious commander of the Confederate prison …

War

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

The Surprising Benefits Of Having A Quiet Ego

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>If you stroll down the self-help aisle of most bookstores in America, you’ll notice that book after book is about how to <i>be great</i>, <i>look good</i>, and <i>win</i>. All of these promises for self-enhancement can be loud and quite overwhelming. Sometimes I cheekily wonder, …

The High Cost of Instagram Modeling

I found Essena O’Neill’s story to be depressing but unsurprising.<p>I’ve written before about the high cost of having a high profile on social media and …

Social Media

Why We Look Down on People Who Don’t Earn Very Much

Why We Look Down on People Who Don’t Earn Very Much<p>We’re not necessarily involved in this kind of judgement ourselves – but we recognise the …

The gig economy is coming. Politics isn't ready

Uber, TaskRabbit and other "online talent platforms" can make us all richer, but the state should ensure those who get work using them are treated properly<p>The job is dead. Long live the gig. That’s the anthem of the companies that are shaking up our economies and will soon do the same to our …