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All-you-can-stream VR porn will cost you $25 per month

VR porn is many things, but cheap isn't one of them. Just like conventional movies, you're going to pay a pretty penny to own anything that isn't free. For VRPorn.com, the solution is obvious: turn virtual smut into a subscription service. It's launching a Premium service that, for $25 per month, …

Scientists have discovered a potentially suicidal problem with going to Mars

NASA is dead-set on sending astronauts to Mars within the next 15 to 20 years. China has said it hopes to send people there between 2020 and 2030, and even Russia is floating plans to put boots on the red planet.<p>Meanwhile, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is trying to cut the cost of spaceflight enough to …

Space Exploration

Celebrating the Autumn Equinox in England: Pictures

Farmhouses

How To Help Victims Of Hurricane Irma: 5 Charities Working To Support Those Hit By Deadly Storm

Irma’s path covers some of the world’s most impoverished communities.<p>Reuters<p>The devastated island of St Martin after being hit by the historic …

First Female Viking Warrior Proved Through DNA

In the 1880s, a fascinating grave was discovered in the Swedish town of Birka. Chock full of weapons, gaming equipment, and two horses, the 10th century AD burial was assumed to be that of a powerful male Viking warrior. But the skeleton had some traits that suggested the person was female. A new …

Archaeology

This 50-Year Study Revealed the 4 Secrets to Making a Relationship Last | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>It's a disposable world, as Depeche Mode should have sung, but didn't.<p>We're encouraged to keep changing, disrupting and, that most painful of euphemisms, growing.<p>Yet we watch movies that make us …

University of Illinois

The Myth of the ISIS Female Suicide Bomber

She is almost entirely fictitious—so why are some people so keen to believe otherwise?<p>In the historical pantheon of societal folk devils, few figures are as rivetingly transgressive as the ISIS female suicide bomber. Burqaed and belted-up to the nines, she is the ultimate Other, transgressing not …

Islam

Hurricane Irma: What are the British, French and Dutch governments doing to help?

The French, Dutch and British governments have received varying levels of criticism for their responses to the growing crisis on Caribbean islands …

How Americanisms are killing the English language

A book released this year claims that Americanisms will have completely absorbed the English language by 2120. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>So it turns out I can no longer speak English. This was the alarming realisation foisted upon me by Matthew Engel’s witty, cantankerous yet nonetheless …

Language

The royals and race: from Victoria and Abdul to Harry and Meghan Markle

Our society is still obsessed with ‘purity’ and is shocked that a royal could marry a person of colour<p>‘He is like a brown John Brown,” says one courtier of Abdul Karim, who was Queen Victoria’s servant and companion in later life, and is the subject of the new Stephen Frears film <i>Victoria & Abdul</i>. …

Royal Family

The biggest question for hurricane survivors is 'What now?'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rebuilding is not a glamorous process, and it's far from an easy one. Though hurricanes Irma and Harvey have passed, the road ahead for survivors will take years to traverse, with innumerable questions and challenges along the way.<p>The only way to really know what this journey is like is to …

Extreme Weather

The mystery of the lost Roman herb

Julius Caesar kept a cache of it in the government treasury and the Greeks even put it on their money. It was worth its weight in gold – but no one knows if it still exists.<p>Long ago, in the ancient city of Cyrene, there was a herb called silphium. It didn’t look like much – with stout roots, stumpy …

Water

These Cigarette Smugglers Are On The Frontlines Of Russia’s Spy Wars

Five arrests. Two years. The ultimate crime: spying for Russia. An exclusive investigation by BuzzFeed News and Re:Baltica reveals a new tactic in Russia’s spy wars.<p>TALLINN, Estonia — Russia is recruiting smugglers on its western frontier to work as spies and informants in an attempt to destabilize …

Russia

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw <i>Her</i>, he watched it like a normal person. The second time, he didn't watch the movie at all. Acero, the Apple executive …

Artificial Intelligence

We Shall Overcome: The Power Of Protest Songs

“I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar, it meant that you were a protest singer,” sang <b>Morrissey</b> on The Smiths’ song ‘Shakespeare’s Sister’. …

Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

<b>Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET</b><p>Controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final command Friday morning to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Not long after, accounting for the vast distance the message traveled, the order was received, putting the craft into a suicidal swan dive in which …

Astronomy

New images give clearer look at lost Beagle 2 Mars lander

LONDON — Scientists at University College London have released a series of sharper images of the surface of Mars that show the lost Beagle 2 probe, …

Chernobyl disaster: On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear accident, authorities plan for the next century

Surrounded by barbed wire, abandoned by man and infamous for a catastrophic nuclear accident, the Chernobyl exclusion zone is a byword for desolation.<p>But climb to the top of an abandoned apartment block in the still contaminated city of Pripyat - and something new and gleaming dominates the horizon.<p>…

Nuclear Energy

21 places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should)

Planning an Italian holiday in 2018 but want to escape the tourist hordes? Then head instead to one of these lesser-known gems.<p>1. Marina de Pisciotta, Campania<p>Lee Marshall, author of Telegraph Travel's guides to Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Sicily, recommends this unheralded spot in the Province of …

22 Breathtaking Photos Of Abandoned Places

This article was originally published on SmokingDesigners Website - 22 Breathtaking Photos Of Abandoned Places and it was Written By Nataliya Ford.

Abandoned Buildings

The World's Eeriest Underwater Cities You Can Actually Visit

<i>By: Elspeth Velten</i><p><i>Credit: michaelangeloop/Shutterstock</i><p>From Olympic venues, subway stations, and Old West towns to creepy amusement parks, Chernobyl, and the eeriest spots in the Midwest, we've toured A LOT of abandoned places (well, at least virtually). But one place we haven't ventured -- under …

The 50 best hotels in Italy for summer

It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, …

Top Locations to Visit in New Zealand

New Zealand has to be one of my favorite places in the world after traveling around the south and north island last summer.<p>It is a country when no single day is the same and every corner you turn something else manages to take your breath away. Here is a list of my recommended locations to visit on …

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10 of the best holiday houses and B&Bs in Sicily and its islands

Baglio Fontana, Buseto Palizzolo, Trapani, Sicily<p>Grapes and olives have been harvested at this traditional family farm since the 18th century. Some of the warehouses that stored their produce are now charming en suite rooms, but there’s a strong sense of continuity with the past here. Old photos of …

Italy

Microsoft to unify PC and Xbox One platforms, ending fixed console hardware

Head of Microsoft’s gaming division effectively confirms Xbox is becoming a new kind of PC/console hybrid<p>Microsoft is planning to unify its PC and Xbox One gaming platforms into one ecosystem running Universal Windows Applications (UWAs), the head of the company’s Xbox division Phil Spencer has …

Windows 10

10 Ways To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee

A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know why some people are more successful than others at work, and the answers were surprising; leaders chose “personality” as the leading reason.<p>Notably, …

Emotional Intelligence

‘My favourite beach in the world’ – readers’ tips

<b>Winning tip: Punta Uva, Costa Rica</b><p>Just a winding road away from vibrant Caribbean-infused Puerto Viejo is the Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge, a haven for free-range iguanas, sedentary sloths, all manner of feathered, scaled and furry creatures – and a few lucky human visitors. Explosions of …

National Parks