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How to learn a language... in 3 months

Learning to speak another language is easier and quicker than you think. Author and linguist Benny Lewis tells you how – in five easy steps<p>Benny …

Language Learning

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles to debut in June

Warner Bros. and Machinima have announced that the shortform animated series <b>Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles</b> from <b>Batman: The Animated</b> …

Fat-Burning Breakfasts To Start Your Day With

Wondering how you can boost your weight loss? We've rounded up the best fat-burning breakfasts that will also keep you full until lunch...<p>Eating the …

The High Sparrow Has a Surprise Game of Thrones Win

You don't need to play the game of thrones to win it.<p><i>Season 5, Episode 7: "The Gift"</i><p>On <i>Game of Thrones</i>, it's not surprising when someone gets ahead with a carefully orchestrated scheme or a blade sent in the right direction. This is a show about violent people doing violent things and "The Gift" …

Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.<p>Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone else.<p>Sneer at the customer. Keep your …

How to learn with zero effort

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Language Learning

Marvel's new films: everything you need to know

Avengers: Age of Ultron was <b>released in the UK last week</b> – meaning that, if you're a Marvel fan, you're likely already in a state of hyperventilating, heart-racing frenzy.<p>But, just in case you haven't quite reached peak excitement, here's a reminder of some of the other treats in store across the …

Blur: Their 10 Greatest Hits

As they enter another dormant period in their legendary career, we reassess Blur’s singles to reflect on which tracks have retained their magic.<p>10 Go …

Mindfulness 'as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression'

Mindfulness meditation stopped more people sliding back into depression than anti-depressants<p>Meditation is as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression, a major study has shown offering a drug-free alternative<p>Researchers at Oxford University say that Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy …

Kurt Cobain was not a 'tortured genius', he had an illness

21 years after the death of Kurt Cobain, novelist Matt Haig says the way we glamorise the suicides of famous artists inhibits our understanding of mental illness<p>On April 5 1994, 21 very short years ago, <b>Kurt Cobain took his own life</b>. I was a teenager at the time and can remember news of the Nirvana …

Russian army TV channel invites Jeremy Clarkson to present motoring show

Zvezda military television channel says axed BBC star could learn to love the Lada - and play with tanks<p><b>Russia</b>’s army TV channel has issued <b>an offer to Jeremy Clarkson</b> to present a motoring show, noting his interest in tanks, aircraft carriers and other hardware.<p>The official military television …

Top Gear

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

The director, the dictator and the world's worst action film

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The Week in Spandex - Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Batman v Superman, Aquaman, Suicide Squad, Supergirl and more

<i>In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agent Carter, Agents of</i> …

12 Ice Hotels That Will Make You Actually LIKE the Cold

Think cold isn’t romantic? Think again! Ice hotels are an experience that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. With the coolest amenities and epic winter wonderland activities, these frosty hotels make for the ultimate wintertime vacay. From Canada to Japan to Norway, here are 12 of the most …

20 striking portraits from the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

For A-listers lucky enough to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, a simple photo booth just doesn't cut it.<p>Instead, <i>Vanity Fair</i> had renowned …

‘Miracle’ stem cell therapy reverses multiple sclerosis

The treatment, is the first to reverse the symptoms of MS, which has no cure, and affects around 100,000 people in Britain.<p>A pioneering new stem cell treatment is allowing multiple sclerosis sufferers to walk, run and even dance again, in results branded ‘miraculous’ by doctors.<p>Patients who have …