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The Guardian view on Angela Merkel: she still has work to do | Editorial

The chancellor is nearing the end of her rule but her party would do Germany and Europe no favours by ousting her over the refugee crisis<p>When a political leader has been in power for 10 years, as Angela Merkel has been, attention inevitably begins to focus on what comes after. Such a change would …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs "repeatedly tried to kill" the new movie about the life of her husband.</b>Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, however, feels "that it did a great job."<p><b>2. Twitter has reportedly dropped expansion plans at the last minute.</b> The company was due to lease new office …

THE SHOT: Lake Powell Dries Up

Where the Colorado River falls from the snow-capped Rocky Mountains into the arid U.S. southwest lays Lake Powell.<p>More than 150 meters deep in places and with narrow side canyons, the shoreline of the lake is longer than the entire West Coast of the United States. It extends upstream into Utah from …

Google predicts the most important moments of 2015 - Telegraph

How The New York Times Works

This is how the Gray Lady gets made in 2015.<p><b>1:35 A.M. A Tuesday</b><p>Ernie Booth, the operations manager of the main printing plant of <i>The New York Times</i>, is walking the floor. The plant is a 515,000-square-foot building in Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway, half a mile from LaGuardia Airport. Booth is a …

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India's Daughter review – this film does what the politicians should be doing

This documentary, which focuses on the assault of Jyoti Singh on a bus in Delhi in 2012, may not contain much that will surprise Indians, but its determination to shed light on the country’s rape crisis should inspire change<p>India’s Daughter is director Leslee Udwin’s stirring documentation of a …

From India and Turkey to Oxford, we live in a perpetual state of war against women

Equality of the most basic kind cannot exist when a woman’s life and her words are always worth less than a man’s<p>On some days I don’t need to read the news. I know it already. It is basically a list of the women and girls who are the latest to be abused and killed. If it is nearer to us – a …

First human? Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

The discovery is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo and suggests humankind's ancestors were living in open grassland environments, near lakes and rivers<p>A piece of jawbone with teeth attached, uncovered in <b>Ethiopia</b>, is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo, to which humans belong, …

Prehistory

The 2015 Oscars Played It Safe, Even as Winners Protested

A dull ceremony with few surprises was livened by passionate, activist speeches.<p>A largely predictable night at the Oscars Sunday ended in triumph for <i>Birdman</i>, a deeply introspective showbusiness satire set in a Broadway theater, which won trophies for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and …

Microsoft improves its Band and launches Health website

Microsoft’s health tracking device is getting its first big update since launching in October. CNET says the Microsoft Band now has an activity tile …

The Skinny Carb

A recent study shows that people who simply ate more fiber lost about as much weight as those who went on a complicated diet.<p>By this time of year, many peoples’ best-laid New Year’s Resolutions have died, just seven short weeks after they were born. One reason why it’s difficult to lose weight—the …

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

Meet The Robots That Are Taking Over Japan

In another Tokyo suburb, a cartoonesque robot named Pepper, the first robot designed to respond to human emotions, is joking with customers at a …

Dev Patel: ‘I didn't know what I was getting myself into’

Film,The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,Slumdog Millionaire,Oscars,Awards and prizes,Men's fashion,Fashion,Skins,BFI,The Newsroom,Drama,US television,Life and style<p>The global success of Slumdog Millionaire thrust the schoolboy (and his girlfriend Freida Pinto) into the limelight. But has fame …

WSJ: Google to resurrect mobile payments with Softcard purchase

Don't call it a comeback. Okay, maybe you should: Google wants to revive Wallet after seeing how popular Apple Pay has been, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. To do so, Mountain View is apparently in the early stages of a deal to take ownership of the carrier-owned Softcard as part of this …

The Grand Budapest Hotel Is a Thoughtful Comedy About Tragedy

Wes Anderson's Oscar-nominated film does something few art forms have managed: It offers a funny, but respectful, reflection on the horrors of the Holocaust.<p>Like so many others, I spent last month’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in remembrance of the Holocaust. I quietly …

Commercial surrogacy is a rigged market in wombs for rent

Yes, same-sex surrogacy bans are wrong – but as a human rights campaigner I want to see a serious discussion about the ethics of outsourcing pregnancy<p>Since the disgraceful Baby Gammy case last year, in which an Australian couple left a twin boy with his birth mother when it was discovered he had …

Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'

<b>The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.</b><p>That is the finding of a huge new survey of marine life past and present, published in the journal Science.<p>It describes a pattern of increasing body size that cannot be explained by random …

Switching from Android to iPhone

What You Need to Know When Switching from Android to iPhone<p>If you’ve decided to switch your smartphone from one running Android to an iPhone, you’re …

What countries around the world tell women planning to visit India

India is fast climbing the list of undesirable places for international women travellers.<p>This month, Japan reiterated its warnings to female citizens travelling to India, after two rape allegations by Japanese nationals. On Feb. 8, a tourist in Jaipur said a man claiming to be a tour guide raped …

How to Build in India

If there's one thing holding back India’s economic growth, it's the country’s massive infrastructure deficit. The lack of good roads, bridges and …

Revealed: Andy Murray's secret motivational tips

A fan at the Rotterdam Open has exposed the sheet of motivating phrases and slogans used by the British No1 in crucial matches<p>"Be good to yourself", "Try your best" and "Focus on the process".<p>They might sound like the kind of motivational slogans so beloved by marketing managers and life coaches …

The Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Sweet and Assuring Celebration of Diversity and Difference

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings.<p><i>“This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?”</i> young Leo Tolstoy wrote in his journal of selfhood. The quest for an answer begins as soon as we develop theory of mind as children — …

The Mysterious Science of Motion Sickness

New research starts to explain why some people feel nauseous on cars, boats, buses, and carnival rides, while others don't.<p>The wide expanse of blue water that covers most of this world holds many mysteries. Humans have explored a mere five percent of the oceans over the long and storied history of …

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Why 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Won't Die

Until a week or so ago, Harper Lee was the model of literary reticence. In the 55 years since the publication of her “To Kill a Mockingbird,” she had …

Alzheimer's researchers find molecule that delays onset

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified a crucial molecule that could put the brakes on the damage to the brain<p>The onset of Alzheimer’s disease could be delayed by a molecule that occurs naturally in humans, research suggests.<p>The study in mice showed that the “housekeeping” …

Why deep learning is at least inspired by biology, if not the brain

As deep learning continues gathering steam among researchers, entrepreneurs and the press, there’s a loud-and-getting-louder debate about whether its …