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'Sleep switch' in brain discovered by Oxford in breakthrough which could lead to better sleeping pills

A pill to help insomniacs drop off instantly could be developed after scientists discovered the brain switch which triggers sleep.<p>Dubbed ‘Sandman’ the switch is triggered by falling levels of the chemical dopamine which is known to keep people awake.<p>Scientists at Oxford University have been trying …

5 of the best stargazing festivals

Nothing quite compares to a night under the stars and here are some of the world's best stargazing festivals<p>1. Bryce Canyon AstroFest, USA<p>For its …

Massive Attack release tense new video for ‘Come Near Me’

Massive Attack have released a new song for their Ghostpoet-featuring “Come Near Me”. The song was released earlier this week via Fantom, the band’s reactive remix app, that plays songs in different configurations depending on a variety of environmental settings with your phone.<p>Its tense, stylish …

This Video Shows All The Underhanded Ways Web Design Can Be Used To Rip You Off

Back in the ’90s, Columbia House famously had the biggest scam going in the mail. Subscribers could get 13 CDs for just a penny, but if they didn’t get that little card back to them immediately, every month, they’d overpay for a record Columbia House executives picked for them. Columbia House may …

Web Design

Adobe's virtual oil paint adds texture to digital painting

While there are plenty of apps that can realistically emulate the look of brushstrokes on a 2D digital canvas (and even some in 3D space), none have accurately simulated the way a paintbrush actually behaves in a realistic, 3D environment. Now a new collaboration between Adobe and NVIDIA called …

Take A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Return Of ‘Samurai Jack’ With This Featurette

During the heyday of Cartoon Network’s <i>Adult Swim</i> block of programming the network was able to cater to a more mature audience with their shows, airing anime series like <i>Cowboy Bebop</i>, the experimental <i>Home Movies</i> and retro-soaked samurai series <i>Samurai Jack</i>. A particular favorite for viewers, <i>Samurai</i> …

Anime

Scientists Discover The First Contagious Cancer That Can Spread Between Species

Uh oh.<p>Scientists have discovered the first contagious type of cancer that seems to jump between animal species, and they suggest that cancers that …

A ‘fellatio cafe’ is set to open in Geneva

Switzerland has announced plans to open Europe’s first official ‘fellatio cafe’ this year.<p>According to reports, the new Geneva-based venue will let customers order both a cup of coffee and a prostitute using an iPad. They will then – for an upfront fee of £42 – be offered oral sex while drinking …

Euro 2016: French police 'stop up to 50 suspected Russian Ultras from heading to Lille' amid fears England fans will be ambushed again

Armed police have stopped up to 50 suspected Russian Ultras making their way from the French south coast to Lille, where further clashes are expected with England fans at Euro 2016.<p>A coach that picked up a group of Russian fans from a hotel in Cannes was stopped after raids on addresses in …

Major collection of Nazi-looted posters to be sold - CNN Style

Written by Sophie Eastaugh, CNN<p>Dr Hans Sachs had a passion for posters. Smitten with the bold graphics and experimental style of early 20th century poster design, the German-Jewish dentist began a collection that spiraled into the thousands and featured the leading artists of the era.<p>So devoted was …

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on …

Bearded vulture, only bird that lives on marrow from dead animals, spotted in UK for first time

A rare vulture that lives on the marrow from animal bones has been spotted in the UK for the first time.<p>The bearded vulture, also known as a lammergeier, was filmed by the Second Severn Crossing near Bristol over the weekend.<p>It was reportedly seen again on Monday some 100 miles away at the Avon Dam …

9 Unique Hotel Rooms You Can Only Find in Italy

From a well-appointed igloo high up in the Alps to a luxury suite built into ancient caves, these nine unusual lodgings promise to make any trip to …

Mining giant BHP Billiton is facing a $44 billion lawsuit over one of Brazil's worst ever environmental disasters

The 359-page lawsuit, which is also against the two states affected by the spill and the federal government, is the result of a six-month investigation led by a task force set up after the disaster, prosecutors said in a statement.<p>The total damages, prosecutors said, were calculated based on the …

Stressed? Science Says Do These 3 Things Immediately | Inc.com

Advice for dealing with stress often boils down to clichés like, "Don't worry, be happy!" or, "Just stay positive." Don't get me wrong, there are some great resources that share how successful people tackle stress and awesome stress management apps to consider, but why not try lifestyle changes …

Self-improvement

Comcast is reportedly planning to buy DreamWorks for more than $3 billion

Comcast is in discussions to buy DreamWorks for more than $3 billion, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports, a purchase that could see the animation company joining a stable of Comcast-owned studios that includes Universal Pictures. The <i>WSJ</i> says that the acquisition would allow Comcast to put the pressure …

7 Make-Ahead Dinners Under 400 Calories For When You're Too Busy To Cook

<b>These tasty meals will make life so much easier.</b><p><i>For SELF, by Audrey Bruno.</i><p>After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is spend hours preparing a meal. That's why busy days can often lead to late dinners and lots of takeout.<p>These recipes are here to help you take a load off. The meals …

7 Things to Do Before You Travel

I spend a lot of time in airports, on the road and in foreign countries, a lot of time kicking myself wishing I'd been more prepared for my travels before leaving home. I've learned the hard way, so you don't have to. Follow this list of 7 things to do before you travel to ensure smooth …

Record number of customers switch their bank account

Record numbers of bank customers switched their current account to a rival lender last month, hinting that competition between banks may at last be taking off.<p>Almost 125,000 customers used the switching service to open a new account, a rise of 13pc on the month. That means more than 2.8m customers …

Why You Should Visit Greece Right Now

It is a cruel irony that at the very moment when Greece needs more visitors, many are choosing to stay away. But are they right or wrong? Let's look at some of the pros and cons of visiting Greece right now.<p><i>Greece, lovely as ever</i><p>Is It a Good Time to Visit Greece?<p>Already rocked by economic …

Grimes Alleges Multiple Instances in Which Music Producers Expected Stuff In Return For Their Work

"Male producers would literally be like, 'We won't finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room.'"<p>In light of Kesha's ongoing legal battle with her alleged rapist and abuser, Dr. Luke, it's heartbreaking to imagine just how many other young, female artists have been pressured and coerced …

Napster founder is making a day-and-date movie release service

Sean Parker, Napster co-founder and ex-Facebook president, is cooking up another big project. According to <i>Variety</i>, he and Prem Akkaraju (an exec at SFX Entertainment, Inc.) have recently pitched a premium day-and-date movie release service to studio representatives. It's reportedly called "the …

Set-Top Boxes

Our alt city South Africa series heads to Pretoria, a subtropical Highveld metropolis that has shed its former role as apartheid capital and is now developing its own youthful and diverse culture<br>• <b>Alternative guides to Joburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban</b>

South Africa

Emma Watson Talks Being Called 'Difficult' and a 'Diva' over Gender Pay Gap in Hollywood

“This is the most fun I’ve ever had,” says Emma Watson, who in her film roles has had a pretty marvelous time flying on broomsticks, casting spells …

How AppLovin, BaubleBar, and Moet Hennessey measure marketing success

What if you could get 100 percent return on every advertising dollar spent? Or increase your company’s average order value by 300 percent? Tougher still, what if you could measure marketing effectiveness when you don’t directly touch the customer and don’t control the point of sale?<p>If you’re a …

India's Tata Motors renames its controversial Zica car Tiago

Indian automaker Tata Motors has rebranded its latest hatchback after its original name Zica attracted controversy for being similar to the …

Cyanogen’s New MOD Platform Will Allow Developers To Deeply Integrate Their Apps Into Its OS

Typically, mobile apps are stand-alone experiences that play nicely with the operating system but aren’t fully integrated in it. Cyanogen — the company best known for its Android-based Cyanogen OS — is launching MOD today, a new developer platform that will give app developers the ability to …

16 Very British Food Problems

<i>We Brits face some terrible hardships in life and the biggest struggles always involve food. Oh and of course, the weather.</i><p>Here are some very British …

Adele Explains Her Pitchy Glitchy Grammys Performance: "Sh*t Happens"

She's getting In-N-Out to make herself feel better, because Adele is all of us, except for the whole voice-like-no-other deal.<p>Adele performed "All I Ask," from her latest album <i>25</i>, during tonight's Grammy Awards and look, it was pretty great but then so was Pitbull's campy taxi-themed number (well, …

Leaked teaser video shows off waterproof Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

Samsung isn't officially showing off its next flagship phone until the 21st, there's already a video of it available on a company YouTube channel. Imploring us to get ready for #TheNextGalaxy, the video shows off what we're guessing are the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. There's not much in the way …

Phones