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19 Breathtaking Photos of Winter Wonderlands Around the World

We're in the middle of winter here, so what better time is it to look at some of the most breathtaking photos of the season? We've looked through the web and we've found photo after photo of photographers who've shot, not just snow or ice, but trees covered in white, lakes dotted in ice. Around the …

Hiking

Five-year-old misses friend's birthday party and gets invoice for £15.95

The parents of Alex Nash have been sent an invoice for failing to attend the birthday party and threatened with legal action if they do not pay<p>No-show invoices, gift vouchers and posh gift bags: the true cost of the children’s party<p>The parents of a five-year-old schoolboy have been invoiced for …

And the 2015 Oscar nominations are…

Here we go, folks. Hot off the press, it's this year's Oscar nominations. First impressions: it's an incredibly predictable set of nominations this …

Kindle Fire

How Do Sea Turtles Find the Exact Beach Where They Were Born?

The marine reptiles use Earth's magnetic field as a guide back home, new study says.<p>For loggerhead sea turtles, home is where your (magnetic) heart is.<p>After hatching on beaches around the world, these huge marine reptiles undertake multiyear, epic migrations at sea. Then, the turtles return to the …

Zoology

When Stress Rises, Empathy Suffers

Humans—and mice—are much more likely to feel empathy toward friends than strangers. New research finds that stress hormones are to blame, writes Robert M. Sapolsky<p>Among the many contradictions of humans, some of the more striking ones concern empathy. Our hearts break at a disaster on another …

Psychology

How iPhone health gadgets could change what 'see your doctor' means

Apple's Health app had a quiet rollout in late 2014, and months later many iOS users still aren't sure how the platform works on their new (or newly …

Huge asteroid to 'narrowly' miss Earth

Space rock code-named 2004 BL86 set to pass Earth on January 26 in 'near miss' and won't be seen again for next 200 years<p>Amateur stargazers will have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to see an asteroid a third of a mile wide “narrowly” miss Earth on January 26.<p>The space rock, code-named 2004 BL86, is …

Astronomy

Fury as Indonesia executes foreigners by firing squad

Convicts from Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria, and one Indonesian, were also among those put to death just after midnight, the first executions carried out under new President Joko Widodo.<p>Indonesia has tough anti-drugs laws and Widodo, who took office in October, has disappointed rights activists by …

Asia

Charlie Hebdo gunman Chérif Kouachi buried in unmarked grave near Paris

Official says no relatives attended funeral in Gennevilliers and the grave is unmarked to avoid it becoming a ‘pilgrimage site’ for Islamists<p>Chérif Kouachi, one of the two brothers who killed 12 people in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has been buried in an unmarked grave …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

American Sniper review – Bradley Cooper stars in real-life tale of ‘legendary’ marksman

Clint Eastwood’s bleak thriller about navy Seal Chris Kyle would have benefited from a dissenting voice<p>“God, family, country.” After the awkward dysrhythmia of <i>Jersey Boys</i> (a musical with a tin ear for its tunes), Clint Eastwood is back in the saddle with this bleak western-inflected thriller. …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

Relationships

Stephen Fry Marries Elliott Spencer

The proof is in the picture!<p>Stephen Fry announced on Twitter that he wed partner Elliott Spencer, posting a photo chronicling one of their first …

Stephen Fry

Photographer captures rare, breathtaking images of recently flipped iceberg

Icebergs are pretty standard when it comes to appearance: They can be bold and beautiful, sure — but for the most part, they're white, snowy and …