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The best novels in English: readers' alternative list

After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t …

Books

Here are the 7 books that Bill Gates says you need to read this summer

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and hopefully the sunnier days and warmer weather are inspiring enough to slow down and take a book …

Bill Gates

8 Ways to Start Playing By Ear Today

[lollum_dropcap]A[/lollum_dropcap]fter college I spent 10 years teaching private guitar lessons. Nearly all of the lessons I gave involved me …

Bangladeshis protest after atheist writer Avijit Roy hacked to death

Hundreds rally against fundamentalism in Dhaka as Islamists claim responsibility for murder of prominent US-Bangladeshi blogger<p>Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Dhaka in protest at the murder of a prominent secular American blogger of Bangladeshi origin who was hacked to death with …

Extremism

New Record Service VNYL Distributes LPs Like Netflix

Members can pick "moods" to subscribe to and the company will send three albums at a time for a monthly fee<p>Vinyl just had its best year in decades, …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Birdman score ineligible for Oscars

Antonio Sanchez’s jazz drumming soundtrack unable to compete owing to use of pre-recorded classical musical<p>The innovative jazz drummer-led score for awards season favourite Birdman has been banned from competing at the Oscars due to a technicality, reports Deadline.<p>Composer Antonio Sanchez’s score …

14 Books From 2014 Every Music Lover Needs To Read

You're in for some great reading whether you want to explore the history of rock and jazz, revisit new wave and Britpop, or dive deep into albums by Michael Jackson and Kanye West.

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the movies you …

Is Water The New Bottom Line For The Private Sector?

<b>Business and the energy-water nexus</b><p>On December 11th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) Corporate Citizenship Center will host The Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Risks and Opportunities for the Private Sector, the second in a series of roundtables based on a report released earlier this …

Angelina Jolie's Unbroken is racist, say Japanese nationalists

Jolie’s Oscar contender labelled ‘immoral’ by Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact, which objects to portrayal of cruel Japanese guards in prisoner-of-war camps and calls for film to be banned from Japan<p>First-look review: Unbroken<p>Japanese conservatives have levelled charges of racism at …

Rolling Stone's Missteps Will Set Rape Dialogue Back Years, Advocates Worry

Rolling Stone magazine's unraveling story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia could set back by many years the national movement to discuss and combat sexual assault, survivors and advocates worry.<p>"I felt like we were almost at a tipping point in this work," said Monika Johnson …

Eddie Redmayne: ‘To play Hawking I had to train my body like a dancer’

For Eddie Redmayne, playing Stephen Hawking in a film about the brilliant scientist with motor neurone disease was a huge challenge. But the hardest part was meeting the great man himself…<p>When Professor Stephen Hawking saw <i>The Theory of Everything</i>, the new feature film adapted from his ex-wife Jane …

The Imitation Game: inventing a new slander to insult Alan Turing

The wartime codebreaker and computing genius was pursued for homosexuality, but nobody – until film-makers came along – accused him of being a traitor<p>• Full coverage: The Imitation Game<p><b>The Imitation Game (2014)</b><b><br>Director: Morten Tyldum</b><b><br>Entertainment grade: C+</b><b><br>History grade: Fail</b><p>Mathematician Alan …

DVDs and downloads: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Guardians of the Galaxy; Ida; White Reindeer and more

Andy Serkis proves himself king of the motion-capture role yet again in a taut sequel to the reborn sci-fi franchise<p>It’s genetically modified humanoid apes versus genetically modified humanoid raccoons — well, one raccoon at least — on DVD shelves this week. And while both have their individual …

Pride, ‘71 and Belle head prizes at British independent film awards

Film about 1980s alliance of LGBT activists and miners enjoys success while Gugu Mbatha-Raw wins best actress for Belle<p>Pride, the heartwarming story of an unlikely alliance between LGBT activists and a Welsh mining community in the 1980s, was the big winner at the British independent film awards, …

Liquid Light finds use for polluting CO2 gas

Innovative startup headed by modern-day alchemist Emily Cole plans to convert greenhouse gas into useful plastic products<p>■ See more from the 20 innovations for 2015 series<p>There’s just a hint of modern-day alchemy about Emily Cole and her company, Liquid Light. Their goal is to take carbon dioxide – …

10 Plain Text Files You Should Have on Your Desktop for Higher Productivity

If you read an earlier post on the Zapier blog about staying productive without using to-do apps, you will have already seen a glimpse of the …

Best 50 albums of 2014

From One Direction to Taylor Swift and Future Islands, our countdown of 2014's best 50 albums<p><b>50</b> <b>One Direction</b> Four <br>"Imagine five little English Bruce Springsteens in check shirts, jeans and T-shirts, fists aloft, roaring declarations of lusty young love in the back of an open top car driving through …