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Which smart lights should you use with Amazon's Alexa?

When you think about making your home "smarter", the first thought is usually towards the thermostat or your front door — things you have to drop …

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Diesel car drivers face new restrictions in cities

Government plans suggest more cities will have to impose "clean air zones" restricting the most polluting vehicles<p>Diesel car owners are likely to face more restrictions on driving in city centres, under Government plans to improve air quality.<p>New “clean air zones” charging or even banning the most …

Scientists discover specific brain cells responsible for alcoholism

Although alcoholism is a common disease that affects millions of people worldwide, the underlying causes have not been fully understood – until now. …

'Silence’ gives Queen titanic moral standing

The lifelong disinterest in politics the Queen brings to her role is priceless; as is her understanding of its practitioners<p>Anything a political columnist writes about the Queen must be treated with scepticism. We are not the sort in whom Her Majesty confides her opinions on matters of state, or …

Sexual tension between male cyclists and taxi drivers reaching unbearable levels

<b>TAXI drivers and men on bikes are almost at the point where they will stop disguising their lust as loathing.</b><p>Researchers at the Institute for Studies …

British Humour

Shelf-size stereo delivers massive sound from a tiny footprint

Now that we’re in the era of the portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s hard to justify spending money on a stereo that just sits on a shelf at home.<p>That perception is exactly what this tiny stereo system from German audio giant Thonet and Vander aims to fight, though. The Rätsel brings old-school stereo …

Patrick Stewart does dramatic reading of Taylor Swift's Style

At this rate, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are going to perform enough dramatic readings of Taylor Swift lyrics to fill an entire album.<p>Stewart …

Scotland Yard accused of covering up London Underground serial killer 'who slayed 18'

A former detective has said that Scotland Yard covered up claims by a killer that he had pushed 18 people to their deaths on the Tube in the 1970s<p>Scotland Yard covered up claims by a killer that he had pushed 18 people to their deaths on the London Underground in the 1970s, a former detective has …

Crime

Chewbacca Shared Part Of The Original ‘Star Wars’ Script To Settle Who Shot First

Last week, an early version of the script for <i>Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope</i> was found at a library. Of course, one of the first questions people had was, “Is George Lucas still going to claim Han didn’t shoot first? Because HAN SHOT FIRST.” Not only did that old script show Han firing the first …

French-speaking Europe, no world wars: if Napoleon won Waterloo?

Within years his empire will stretch as far as China, French will be spoken across the continent, and in the 20th century a global war between the great powers will be avoided because of the stability his rule created.<p>These are some of the alternate histories that writers and experts have envisaged …

World History