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Old boys, new world: Britain’s upper crust looking more and more crusty

The Great Debate<p>« Previous Post<p>An unexpected place for lessons to fight Mexico’s mafia: Italy<p>Next Post »<p>Vladimir Putin’s religious, ethnic rhetoric gets a little scary in Russian state-of-the-union address<p>4 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, …

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

Christmas gifts 2014: top technology and gadgets

Tablets, gadgets, phones and radios make the best presents for tech-savvy friends and family<p>Every family harbours at least one tech-obsessive. Whether you’re buying for your gadget-savvy teen, or a difficult-to-buy-for relative, we’ve got all bases covered.<p>Below, find our roundup of the top …

Isis jihadists and Assad regime enjoy 'symbiotic' relationship says John Kerry

The US has accused Syria’s president and the Islamic State group of enjoying a “symbiotic” relationship as it seeks to shore up support for its strategy of supporting moderate rebels ahead of key Congressional votes.<p>In a speech in Washington just hours after the death of the latest American hostage …

Here's How Many Bacteria Spread Through One Kiss

First base is a great place to get your mouth microbes some new friends, finds a new study in the journal <i>Microbiome</i>. A ten-second French kiss can …

For $29, this wearable has ‘no display, no lights, no gimmicks’ — but it could be indispensible

Bob Olodort spent years working as a consulting designer for Samsung, in the years before the iPhone turned the phone industry upside down.<p>Four times a year, he’d visit Samsung headquarters in South Korea to present a handful of elegant, innovative phone designs that he had created, each one …

Scientists Venture Deep Inside Mysterious Siberian Crater And Come Back With Incredible Photos

Scientists are closing in on what caused three massive holes to open up mysteriously in northern Siberia last July.<p>This week a team of Russian researchers roped their way down 34 feet to the bottom of the largest crater and found no evidence of alien beings or meteorites that some people had …

The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend, from the Fire Bull festival to G20 summit protests

Windows 10’s OneDrive modifications challenge Microsoft’s feedback methods

Testers aren't happy<p>Microsoft’s changes to Windows 10 have been largely well received, but one particular modification to OneDrive has angered Windows users. The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build, released earlier this week, changes OneDrive sync functionality significantly. Microsoft has …

Latest Islamic State horror masks a week of defeats

After a week in which Islamic state (Isis) has suffered a wave of setbacks, it is determined to show that it plays a long game.<p>On all of its active fronts, things have not been going well for the terror group. Iraq has been a particular problem: Isis appears to have lost control of one of its …

When Microsoft becomes the soul of a Google machine

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: HTC<p>Windows has dominated the laptop market for decades. Android, on the other hand, has dominated the smartphone …

Isis video appears to show hostage Peter Kassig has been killed

Islamic State (Isis) has released a video appearing to show the British terrorist known as “Jihadi John” standing over the severed head of US aid worker Peter Kassig.<p>Kassig is the latest of five US and UK hostages to have been murdered in cold blood in Syria as part of a propaganda initiative by …

Woman dies at second India sterilisation camp

A woman died after a second sterilisation camp was held in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh even as the death toll mounted from a clinic held two days before, it has been revealed.<p>The number of fatalities reached 14 on Thursday and was expected to rise, while the doctor who performed many …

At Home in Hong Kong's Surprisingly Comfortable Protest Camps

“I have never seen Hong Kong this organized, this nice, this united,” says Jamie Yai, a 34-year-old flight attendant, as he watches his two small …

Scroguard, Galactic Cap, and More: Will Anyone Wear Normal Condoms In the Future?

A better-designed condom is hot business right now—even Bill Gates has invested seed money (the puns write themselves). Is the regular old condom as …

Action-Packed Video Games Really Do Help Us Learn Faster, Study Finds

A new scientific study shows that action-packed video games make us quicker and more efficient at learning certain tasks. But is this really the case?<p><b>Read enough scientific studies</b> and you might become convinced that everybody should be playing a few hours of <i>Halo</i> or <i>Call of Duty</i> each week to gain a …

The Brain

Smoking cannabis every day ‘shrinks brain but increases its connectivity’

Regular cannabis use shrinks the brain but increases the complexity of its wiring, a study has found.<p>To some extent the loss of brain volume is balanced by larger numbers of connections between neurons, scientists discovered.<p>But they warn that those who take the drug for too long are likely to …

11,500-year-old grave of fetus and infant discovered in Alaska

This is how parents coped with loss at the end of the last Ice Age<p>Four years ago, a group of archeologists discovered the remains of a cremated 3-year-old near central Alaska’s Upward Sun River. The child’s body had been burned after its death in a cooking pit located in the family’s tent-pole …

London’s squeezed middle: What can be done to help the capital’s modest earners? – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

<b>London’s squeezed middle: What can be done to help the capital’s modest earners?</b> <br>6-7.30pm, Tuesday 4 November 2014<br>Committee Room 9, House of Commons, …

Here's Why Britain Is Freaking Out About Sandwiches

On its Monday front page, right-of-center British newspaper <i>The Daily Mail</i> splashed out with a particularly pressing question: “Is There No One Left …