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40 Ways to Maximize a Small Garden

Beautify even the tiniest backyard or windowsill.<p>You don't have to call Versailles home to design a stunning outdoor space — even with a petite patch of green, the creative planters and unique ideas here will make your garden fit for a king.

How Islam Created Europe

In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.<p>Europe was essentially defined by Islam. And Islam is redefining it now.<p>For centuries in early and middle antiquity, <i>Europe</i> meant the world surrounding the Mediterranean, or <i>Mare Nostrum</i> (“Our …

North Africa

The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

They're literally fit for kings.<p>Built to protect and entertain royalty, ancient castles naturally possess a lasting beauty. But unlike the gated compounds of yesteryear, modern travelers can now step inside their historic gates.

European Travel

The Romanovs: masterful account of Russia’s doomed royal family

The end of the Romanovs is a subject that has fascinated countless nonfiction writers, but no book has yet eclipsed the fame of Robert K Massie’s page-turner<p>This May will see the release of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The Romanovs: 1613-1918 in the United States. It is an exhaustive look at the full …

Physicists find signs of four-neutron nucleus

The suspected discovery of an atomic nucleus with four neutrons but no protons has physicists scratching their heads. If confirmed by further …

Hubble telescope breaks record, measures most distant galaxy ever seen

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has now looked farther into the distance -- and peered further into the past -- than mankind has ever done before.<p>The telescope, which was launched into orbit in 1990, has gazed at a galaxy called GN-z11, which is 13.4 billion light-years away. And that means, …

Virtuoso Experiment Reveals the Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

The energy equivalent of several kilograms of TNT surged into the coil, bathing the 0.003-carat crystal in its bore in one of the strongest magnetic …

Travel dreams: how to make a new life abroad

Want to know what it’s like to give everything up and escape to more exotic climes? These inspiring travellers have made it work in all sorts of ways<p><b>Emma Robson, 35, from London is an adventure tour leader</b> <br>I was a cardiac physiologist working at St Thomas’s hospital in London and had spent seven …

Travel

Zurich city guide: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels

Yes, it’s big on banking and watches but don’t imagine the Swiss city is entirely straitlaced – this year it’s going gaga over Dada for starters<p>Although it’s routinely placed at the top of lifestyle rankings, Zurich is rarely, if ever, rated as one of Europe’s cultural capitals. There’s a …

Salaries & Wages

Nature notes: Trackers reveal that honeybees forecast the weather to plan their work day

Trackers were placed on 300 honeybees to monitor the impact that weather had on the insects' foraging<p>Honeybees may be able to predict the weather to help plan their productive work day.<p>The results were discovered by Xu-Jiang He and a team from Jiangxi Agricultural University in Nanchang, China, …

The physics of brain folding

3D printing provides a new way of modelling the formation of cortical convolutions<p>The human brain is immediately recognizable by its cortex (meaning <i>bark</i> in Latin), the prominent outer layer of tissue, with its characteristic pattern of ridges and furrows, which sits atop the deep structures. The …

'Sherlock: The Abominable Bride': Cumberbatch and Freeman go Victorian for classic Holmes and Watson

After nearly two years away, "Sherlock" returned to television with a New Year's Day special broadcast more or less simultaneously on PBS and the BBC. (PBS will re-air the 90-minute episode Jan. 10, and it will run in theaters nationwide Jan. 5 and 6.) Three more episodes, a full-fledged fourth …

TV

15 Kitchen Transformations That Will Blow Your Mind

We love a kitchen transformation. Sometimes it's a little change that really turns a space around, or sometimes it's a gut remodel that doesn't look …

The 50 colleges where students work the hardest

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, analyzed its data to find the colleges where students work the hardest.<p>To come up with this ranking, Niche looked at the academic rigor and student workload at traditional four-year schools in the US.<p>It took the academic grade …

College & University

The 21 most anticipated movies of 2016

But this year's poised to be even better with a thrilling lineup of reboots, sequels, and buzzed-about debut series hitting the box office.<p>From Pixar's "Finding Dory," the long-awaited follow-up to "Finding Nemo," to J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them," …

Film Industry

What is Perihelion, the point where the Earth is closest to the sun?

On Saturday 2 January, the planet reaches the point in its orbit when it is closest to the sun – the Earth's perihelion. Earth is about 5m Km – or 3m …

Sony's New Year Trailer Shows 20 PS4 Exclusives and Console Debuts Coming in 2016

The European arm of Sony Computer Entertainment celebrated the new year by telling us over two minutes what we can expect from the PS4 in 2016.<p>The …

Sony

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2016

This last year was an interesting for role-playing games. While some showcased exciting innovation, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, others, like …

The 10 highest-grossing movies of all time — there's one movie that beats 'Star Wars'

So it's a good time to look back at what are the highest-grossing movies ever. For this list, we looked at domestic box-office grosses adjusted for inflation to see what old movies would have made in today's dollars, as calculated by Box Office Mojo. So there's no "Avatar" on this list.<p>The original …

Box Office

Best of 2017 Games

Week in geek's top five science-fiction and fantasy films of 2015

Film,Culture,Science fiction and fantasy,Superhero movies,Pixar,Animation,Ex Machina,Star Wars: The Force Awakens,Star Wars,Mad Max: Fury Road,Inside Out,Kingsman: The Secret Service<p>It was a middling year for superhero movies, but a storming one for dystopian science fiction and hyper-nostalgic …

BioShock Creator's Next Game Influenced By Fallout, Dark Souls, System Shock

Speaking tonight during a Take This charity livestream event, BioShock creator Ken Levine talked a little bit more about his upcoming game, which remains largely a mystery.<p>He was asked what his influences were and proceeded to list off a "broad range of influences." These include not only …

Dark Souls

The 10 Best Japanese Films of 2015

This year in Japanese cinema signaled two significant changes. The first was the large improvement of the adaptations from manga and anime. The …

5 excellent crowd-pleasing movies you might have missed in 2015

<b>Jake Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films)</b><p>Had your fill of the cineplex last weekend? Settle down at home with these underrated gems [UPDATED]<p>Paula Young Lee<p>January 1, 2016 11:59pm (UTC)<p>This story has been corrected since it was originally published.<p>The holiday season means getting …

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Will Be A Very Different, Hulk-Filled Experience Than The Prior Films

Kevin Feige’s chat with Empire that revealed some tidbits about <i>Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2</i> — namely that big bad Thanos wouldn’t be making an appearance — also included some insights on what we can expect from <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>, the third Marvel film scheduled for 2017. While he’s mum on any solid …

Nigel Slater’s porridge recipes

A comforting bowl of porridge sets you up for the day, but for a real treat dress it up with berries or make it into a cake<p>Early morning and all is quiet. Just the muffled scraping of a spoon on a wooden cereal bowl. The weather has turned. I now greet each winter’s day with the peacefulness of …