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Movie madness: Why Chinese cinemas are empty but full

<b>For a country which will soon assume the mantle of the world's largest cinema audience, China comes out with a surprising number of big budget B-grade flops.</b><p>Some blame this on censorship, others on a lack of creativity but there are also those who see a more sinister force at work, which has …

Box Office

#Instaperfect: Is inequality fuelling the rise of the sexy selfie?

<b>Just as pictures are said to be worth a thousand words - it appears there is more to the humble selfie than is on the image.</b><p>The online obsession of our times has been equated with vanity and sometimes with gender oppression. But could it also be a behaviour driven by economics?<p>Asma Elbadawi is a …

Kim Kardashian

Flowerboys and the appeal of 'soft masculinity' in South Korea

<b>A man wearing make-up on the street may elicit unwelcome glares, questions about his masculinity and even his sexuality. But in South Korea, ideas about how to look good as a man are changing attitudes and influencing the world, as the BBC's Saira Asher reports.</b><p>When the BBC posted a video about the …

South Korea

WHO warning over global lack of exercise

<b>Very little progress has been made in reducing levels of inactivity worldwide, experts have warned.</b><p>A WHO report estimates that more than a quarter of people worldwide - 1.4 billion - are not doing enough physical exercise, a figure that has barely improved since 2001.<p>Inactivity raises the risk of a …

Exercise

Former Neo-Nazis Expected to Win up to 20 Percent of Vote in Sweden’s Election

A Swedish political party with roots in neo-Nazi movements has been predicted to take up to one in five votes when the Scandinavian nation heads to …

Homeless Man’s GoFundMe Money May Be Completely Gone, Says Attorney

An attorney for homeless man John Bobbitt Jr. says all the money raised in a GoFundMe project for his client, may be gone. According to the …

Contempt of Court

Are dogs self-aware? A study suggests they might be

If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinking about, the answer may be more complex than you might imagine. A study has found that dogs remember …

A Fish Just Passed a Test of Self-awareness by Recognizing Itself in a Mirror

A little fish just passed a classic scientific test of self-awareness by recognizing itself in a mirror, scientists have announced. The cleaner …

What Happens When You Die? Scientists Have Recreated a Near Death Experience to Find Out What It Feels Like

What happens when you die? As she lay blindfolded in a seat in a dimly lit room, Anna* came close to finding out.<p>But Anna wasn’t dying, or even close …

Magic Mushrooms

Trump at G7: How Photos of the Same Scene Can Tell Different Stories

Perhaps the most viral photo on the Internet over the past few days has been this shot of President Trump and other world leaders at the G7 Summit …

Emmanuel Macron

Here's who'll benefit — and who might not — if net neutrality is repealed as expected

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal net neutrality rules Thursday, a move that will likely have major implications for internet service providers, start-ups and consumers.<p>The hotly contested move centers on a set of regulations passed in 2015 by a Democratic-controlled FCC …

Secret Chamber? Cosmic Rays Reveal Possible Void Inside Great Pyramid

A large void has been discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, thanks to cosmic rays. If the large space turns out to exist, its function — which …

Curious Adelaide: Why do South Australians have a different accent to the rest of Australia?

South Australians are sometimes told they sound a bit posh, or a little more British than other Aussies.<p>Like30-year-old …

Adelaideans wake to meteorological mystery and the earthquake that 'didn't happen'

Loud rumbles and shaking windows woke hundreds of residents across Adelaide in the early hours of Saturday but the cause of the disturbance remains a …

First embryo gene repair holds promise of wiping inherited diseases out of family's bloodline

In a first, researchers have safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes …

Three ideas about time that will bend your mind - Science News - ABC News

According to some of the latest physics, time isn't exactly what we think it is. In fact, it may not even exist at all!<p>When our best scientific …

The rise of the ugly puffer jacket hides a cruel truth

Say what you like about Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, it turns out that he may be the most ethically conscious fashion person in the world.<p>…

Magpies swooping? You should try making friends with them, expert says

Forget fake eyes and spiky helmets — if you want to avoid being attacked by magpies, just make an effort to be friends with them.<p>Swooping magpies are …

Birds

Central bankers get together to discuss their $US400 trillion problem

The gathering of the world's major central bankers at the Jackson Hole retreat in Wyoming could also be characterised as meeting of the world biggest …

Trans young people at alarmingly high risk of suicide and depression, report reveals

High school student Leon had already chosen his new name by the time he summoned the courage to tell his parents he was transgender or trans — a …

'Blue Whale game' blamed in suicide of Texas teenager

<b>A Texas family says their teenage son killed himself because of a rumoured internet challenge known as Blue Whale.</b><p>Isaiah Gonzales, 15, took his life on Saturday morning in San Antonio city. His father warned parents to be aware of their children's online activities.<p>"I want them to go through their …

US police dashcam: 'We only kill black people'

An officer in the US was caught making the comments after pulling a woman over in Georgia in July 2016.

Law Enforcement

Tay-K Was a 17-Year-Old ‘Violent Fugitive.’ Then His Song Went Viral.

At this point it’s a well-worn path to fame: A baby-faced teen rapper with urgent energy and a homegrown mystique comes out of nowhere with a low-budget video that is impossible to ignore. The internet does the rest.<p>But few, if any, independent viral hits have the knotty back story of “The Race,” …

Charlottesville: The history of the statue behind the white supremacist rally

As the general in chief of the Confederate armies, Robert E Lee led the secessionist states of America to defeat in the civil war in 1865.<p>But even …

Texas man charged with trying to blow up Confederate statue of general Dowling in Houston

Authorities in Houston have charged a 25-year-old man with trying to blow up a Confederate statue, federal prosecutors say, in the latest development …

USS Indianapolis: WWII warship wreckage found 72 years after being sunk by Japanese submarine

Civilian researchers have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a key role in the atomic bombing of …

Aboriginal teens in remote NT community use hip hop to talk about mental health

At first glance, 16-year-old Ethan Jorrock seems like any other teen: he loves hip hop music, hanging out with his friends, and doing backflips on …

Philippine anti-drug crackdown death toll hits at least 60 over three days in renewed bloodshed

Philippines police have killed at least 28 more drug and crime suspects in the capital, bringing the death toll to 60 in a renewed bloody crackdown …

NASA Mars Curiosity rover: Five years on the red planet

Five years of roaming on the surface of Mars.<p>It has been five years since NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars, lowered to the surface of the …