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Katy Perry's Twitter Account Was Hacked

Katy Perry has 89 million Twitter followers — more than anyone else on the website, beating out Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift — and on Monday night …

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression …

Twitter blames Captain America for the 'dreadful' new 'Top Gear' reboot

LONDON — The revamped <i>Top Gear</i> aired Sunday, and reception for it has been lukewarm, to say the least.<p>Reviews and viewers blasted the apparent lack of …

French Postman Named Horse Spent 33 Years Building a Castle of Pebbles

<b>Is This The Temple of Angkor Wat?</b><p>The very eccentric Ferdinand Cheval (his real name) built a striking palace entirely made of pebbles he collected on his postal work route. He was a modest 19th-century postman in the town of Hauterives, in the Drome region, a rural and remote part of France.<p>On a …

The Best Burgers in America: A Definitive Guide

In honor of National Burger Day (May 28), Denver Nicks consults man, machine, and expert to find the best hamburgers in the United States.<p>Shove over, apple pie. There is no food more typically American than the hamburger.<p>From its humble beginnings as a scrappy street food, the burger rose to a …

The cool girls, good girls and bad girls of modern books

Robin Wasserman’s novel Girls on Fire is the latest entry in a growing genre of books that seek to break up stereotypes about femininity, kicked off by Gone Girl<p>“Lacey had a theory that people have a finite capacity for the enjoyment of their favorite things. Songs, movies, books, food: We’re …

Out of this world: the surreal deserts of the United States – in pictures

The barren landscapes of the south-western US provided inspiration for photographer David Clapp. He visited Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona as part of his project on other-worldy locations, with surreal results

Amber Heard granted restraining order against husband Johnny Depp

A judge ordered Depp to stay away from his estranged wife, who filed for divorce on Monday and accused the actor of repeatedly physically assaulting her<p>A Los Angeles judge has granted a restraining order against Johnny Depp from his estranged wife Amber Heard, who has accused him of domestic …

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One Day: 'The agony of being a long-distance grandmother'

I’m sitting in a café at St Pancras station, London, with my daughter. As the coffee arrives, she fumbles in her bag and pulls out an envelope, then passes it to me. Inside is a photographic negative, covered with dots and swirls. Puzzled, I ask her what it is. ‘It’s my scan, Mum,’ she says. ‘I’m …

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What does it mean to be a music critic in the age of the stealth release?

From Beyoncé to Radiohead, reviewers no longer get to hear an album early, but maybe that’s no bad thing for readers<p>I am talking to a music business PR, having a conversation that’s become increasingly familiar over the past few years. He’s informing me that reviewers won’t be given advance copies …

Johnny Depp wants Amber Heard divorce to be resolved 'quickly'

The ongoing divorce between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, his wife of one year, has taken a bitter turn, after a number of allegations about the couple and their relationship appeared in the press.<p>It has been claimed that Depp's family disliked Heard and believed that she was with the A-list star …

NASA Radar Finds Ice Age Record in Mars' Polar Cap

Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the …