Shamim Akhtar

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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

Mind-boggling experiment could finally help physicists explain quantum superposition

Mind-boggling quantum physics experiment could help scientists pinpoint the location of particles that appear to exist in several different places at …

Quantum Physics

The reporter who broke the Theranos saga wide open pinpoints the moment he knew he had a big story on his hands

John Carreyrou knew he had a story on his hands the moment his first phone call ended with Alan Beam, a former laboratory director at Theranos.<p>Carreyrou in early 2015 had just finished the story "Medicare Unmasked" for The Wall Street Journal and was looking for a new project to work on. Theranos …

Silicon Valley

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match. M-theory …

Quantum Mechanics

Malaysia politics: $4 sandals vs luxury Birkin bags

<b>There's a classic quote from Sex and the City that goes: "It's not a bag. It's a Birkin".</b><p>The French luxury handbag, an international symbol of wealth and status, made a return to the spotlight this week in an unlikely place: a shopping trolley pushed by police in Malaysia.<p>Late Wednesday night, …

Asia

Malaysian Police Seize 70 Suitcases of Cash and 280 Luxury Bags in Probe of Former Prime Minister

(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — Malaysian police on Friday confiscated 284 designer handbags and 72 suitcases containing cash, jewelry and other valuables …

Economic Development

Yanny or Laurel? Why people are hearing different names when they listen to the same viral audio clip

The question is seemingly a straightforward one: Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?<p>Yet the answer for the millions of people who have listened to the short audio clip since it appeared on Twitter yesterday is proving as divisive as the infamous gold and white dress debate of 2015.<p>The seconds-long …

Social Media

Dad jokes, ranked

Let's face it, dads have horrible jokes. But sometimes, the jokes are so horrible they're amazing.<p>Every once in a while, a wholesome dad joke is just …

Jokes

From Mindhunter to Making a Murderer: the 25 best true crime dramas and documentaries

Crime

Time running out for Malaysian hitman in Australia

As Najib Razak was fighting the election that would end his controversial prime ministership of Malaysia, a former official of his political party quietly entered Australia’s Villawood detention centre to visit an inmate at the centre of one of the biggest scandals of Najib’s reign.<p>Two weeks ago, …

Asia

This College Dropout Made Almost $1 Billion Betting on Horses. Now He's Finally Telling How He Did It

Beating the odds was so easy that when he won $13 million on a single horse race once, he never bothered to cash the ticket.<p>Does gambling on horse racing seem like a good career path? For a college dropout from Pittsburgh who spent years figuring out how to increase the odds, it became amazingly …

Hong Kong

Tedium quickly overwhelms promising opening of horror flick 'Gehenna: Where Death Lives'

The tedious, derivative supernatural thriller "Gehenna: Where Death Lives" gets off to such a strong start that it takes a while to grasp just how dire the movie actually is. Between its splashy opening scene — depicting a gruesome tribal ritual — and the credits' promise of appearances by genre …

Horror

The Best Horror Movies of 2018 (So Far)

By this time, last year, <i>Split</i>and <i>Get Out</i>had already stomped through the box office and become two of the year’s top earners in the horror category. …

Horror

I Know Which Country the U.S. Will Invade Next

By the end of this column, it will be clear which country the United States will invade and topple next. Or failing that, it will be clear which …

Middle East

SQL Injection 101: Database & SQL Basics Every Hacker Needs to Know

The key to becoming a competent white hat is knowing how the technology that you are trying to exploit actually works. SQL injection is one of the …

Databases

Peer Into the Future With This Timeline of the Universe

What does the future hold? (via Martin Vargic/Halcyon Maps)<p>The universe is big. Like really, really, really, mind-blowingly big. But just how big …

Universe

This Timeline Shows The Entire History of The Universe, And Where It's Headed

This is how we'll die.<p>If you're the type of person who sometimes wakes up at 3am and lies in bed trying to wrap your tiny mind around the achingly …

Universe

Golden State Killer: The end of a 40-year hunt?

<b>Police say the Golden State Killer has committed at least 12 murders, 45 rapes and hundreds of home break-ins all over California. This week they arrested a man they think is responsible. How has the perpetrator of such shocking crimes eluded capture for over 40 years?</b><p><i>WARNING: This account includes</i> …

Crime

Golden State Killer suspect lived a quiet suburban life, with flashes of rage and anger

When the law came for him after 40 years of hunting, he was doing a woodworking project in his garage.<p>As the team of heavily armed local and federal agents took him into custody, the 72-year-old truck mechanic asked them if he could take out a roast he had cooking inside.<p>The arrest Tuesday …

Crime

General Relativity explained like you've never seen before

A super-quick, super-painless guide to the theory that conquered the universe.<p>scroll down<br>to begin<p>For 100 years, the general theory of relativity has …

Physics

Five (Easy-to-Implement) Ways Video Can Have a Powerful Impact on Teaching and Learning

The days of standing in front of the classroom and “lecturing” are long gone. By using video, teachers can keep students engaged in new and …

Education Technology

19 Brain Teasers That Will Leave You Stumped

Solving logic problems boosts brain power, keeps your memory strong, and entertains everyone to no end. See how many you can figure out—without …

Mathematics

The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lady Bird’

From the Oscar-winning to the criminally underrated, it all starts on the page for these knockout scripts.<p>You’ll often hear directors say that each …

Toy Story

New Study Finds Group of People Are Genetically Adapted for Life Underwater

A Bajau child looking just at home underwater as above. Image: BBC/Filipinow<p><b>The Bajau Laut have been sea nomads for centuries.</b> In the waters they …

Hacking Windows 10: How to Remotely Record & Listen to the Microphone of a Hacked Computer

The microphone in a Windows computer is accessible to most applications running on the device at all times and completely without security …

A view on the US sanctions on Russia by someone who worked in the British embassy in Moscow

The public spat this week, between the White House and Nikki Haley, US permanent representative to the UN, has thrown America’s sanctions policy into …

Best Horror Movies 2018: Five Must-Watch Trailers For Upcoming Releases, Including The Terrifying ‘Hereditary’

Horror fans have a lot to look forward to in 2018, including Robert Englund in virtual reality.<p>Thus far, 2018 has provided several highly rated …

Horror Movies

NASA Kepler's Scientists Are Doing What Seems Impossible: Turning Pixels Into Planets

When you think of what’s out there in the vast recesses of space, glorious images of galaxies, stars, and new worlds probably leap to mind. A combination of the greatest images from Hubble and some gorgeous artistic renderings are how we visualize the Universe, but that’s not what most telescopes …

Universe

A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …

It's Not Just Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, The Internet Is Broken, But We Can Fix It

There's a massive security hole in cyberspace and we need to close it<p>The recent scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytical was different than most other breeches, because it wasn't a breech at all. Cambridge Analytica simply walked through the front door, took the data it wanted and then …