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UK weather: Britain continues to shiver ahead of widespread snow on Wednesday

Sub-zero temperatures bring another frosty start as forecasters warn of snowfall for central and eastern England as well as London on Wednesday<p>Forecasters have warned that "most people will see some snow" across Britain as temperatures continue to hover around freezing.<p>Sleety wet snow was expected …

Oscar Nominations 2016: The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

From the depth of love for Mad Max and Room to the utterly surprising 100 Year Old Man, here‘s everything that raised our eyebrows this morning.<p>Now that the rush of the morning’s Oscar nominations announcement is behind us, we can take the time to breathe and figure out what we just saw. Did Cate …

HS2: the human cost of Britain’s most expensive ever rail project

Protesters against HS2 have been dismissed as nimbys, but there’s more at stake than house prices. Is there no future for life in the slow lane?<p>Day One: West Ruislip to Great Missenden, nine miles<p>Ron Ryall, wearing an oil-smudged blue boilersuit, was fettling a cream Morris Minor in his low wooden …

The lessons of history for Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn has been compared to Michael Foot and Keir Hardie, but it is George Lansbury's brief tenure as leader that offers the best guide to what might happen now<p>Conventional wisdom has it that Labour’s newly-elected leader will be taking the party back to the past. The most commonly imagined point …

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

The Molecular Music Written In DNA

An artist suspended the ‘musical DNA’ of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.<p>On a recent Friday in London, an audience was bathed in …

Genetics

Here's what will happen if Greece decides not to pay back its debt

<b>What happens on Monday when</b> <b>the banks open?</b><p>The Greek central bank has kept the main banks supplied with euro notes. Most branches that opened on Saturday were able to keep churning out notes with a few exceptions put down to administrative hiccups.<p>ATMs are also expected to be working on Monday, …

Europe

National Geographic Travel

Children who watch most TV more likely to be bullied

Youngsters who watch excessive amounts of television when they are young do not develop sufficient social skills to make friends<p>Infants who spend more than two hours in front of the television are more likely to be bullied in later life because they do not develop the social skills to engage with …

InterAct

Raining on Putin's parade: Why so many no-shows for WWII celebration?

Friends and foes have snubbed Saturday's Red Square military parade, a dent in Russians’ pride over their World War II sacrifice and President<p>Vladimir Putin’s reputation for throwing blowout parties.<p>Here's why, little more than a year after Putin's spectacular Winter Olympics bash, world leaders …

Russia

1991: The Most Important Year in Pop-Music History

Historical, musical, and quantitative evidence shows that the rise of rap is the most important thing that has ever happened to the genre.<p>On June 22, 1991, Billboard announced a new album had surpassed <i>Out of Time</i>, by R.E.M., to become the most popular in the country. It was <i>Niggaz4life</i>, by N.W.A., …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why screams are scary (hint: It's not because they're loud)

You know it when you hear it -- the blood-curdling peal, the hair-raising shriek -- but for years scientists have not fully understood what makes a scream a scream, says one team of researchers who believe they have figured out the secret ingredient.<p>"Everyone screams and everybody has an intuition …

The Brain