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See the Giant Crack That Could Collapse Part of an Antarctic Ice Shelf

A large crack in an Antarctic ice shelf has grown by 13 miles in the past six months, threatening to detach an area of ice larger than …

Electoral reform campaigners slam ‘dire’ EU referendum debate

ERS finds ‘glaring democratic deficiencies’ in run-up to Brexit vote, with public ‘feeling totally ill-informed’<p>The EU referendum debate was dominated by “glaring democratic deficiencies” that left voters disengaged and confused about contrasting claims, the Electoral Reform Society has said.<p>The …

Facebook is imposing prissy American censorship on the whole rest of the world

Dontcha just hate it when this happens? As content curator for one of the world's largest social media platforms, you delete a picture you consider obscene. Then some Norwegian woman writes an angry post. So you delete her post, too.<p>I mean, who does she think she is? The Prime Minister of Norway? …

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Mosque where Florida nightclub shooter worshiped set on fire

(Reuters) - The Florida mosque where Omar Mateen, who committed the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, prayed was badly damaged on Monday in an arson attack, investigators said.<p>Mateen was killed by law enforcement officials after killing 49 people and wounding 53 others in a gay nightclub in …

Cruise ship crashes into bridge in Germany, killing two crew

An investigation is underway to find out why a Viking Cruises river ship crashed into a bridge in Germany.<p>The accident, on the Viking Freya, occurred in darkness on Sunday morning, on the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. Two Hungarian crew who were in the wheelhouse at the time of the collision, were …

Mapped: Where Britons can and can't go without a visa

Britons possess one of the world's most powerful passports, according to new research, with only Germans and Singaporeans able to visit more countries without applying for a visa.<p>The past year has seen Belarus offer British citizens visa-free entry, Kazakhstan and Vietnam renew their visa-free …

Muslim women 'punched in face as suspect tried to pull off their hijabs'

A woman has been arrested in New York after allegedly launching an unprovoked attack on two young Muslim mothers with their babies in pushchairs.<p>Emirjeta Xhelili, 32, from Brooklyn, approached the two Muslim women, both in their early 20s, when they were walking her house in the Bath beach area on …

I feel sorry for Emily Thornberry – but her TV questioning was not sexist | Archie Bland

Politicians face grillings all the time. The problem with the shadow foreign secretary’s response was not her ignorance but the way in which she dealt with it<p>God, it would be awful to be a politician. Think of it. You’re Stephen Byers, putting forward proposals for rote learning in schools as part …

The arguments for and against grammar schools both miss the point | David Willetts

The education system is tilted against working-class teenagers. The narrow emphasis on academic selection needs to be completely reimagined if real social mobility is to become a reality<p>We like to think that a modern society is open and mobile – and our failure on social mobility really matters to …

Lorry driver jailed for killing police officer moments after checking mobile phone

A lorry driver who killed an off-duty police officer by crashing into oncoming traffic moments after opening a text message on his phone has been jailed for six years.<p>Danny Warby’s 13.6 tonne HGV ploughed into traffic in Cambridgeshire in June 2014, killing Detective Constable Sharon Garrett.<p>Warby, …

Study: big corporations dominate list of world's top economic entities

Anti-poverty charity Global Justice Now says multinational businesses growing while emerging economies struggle<p>The world’s biggest corporations have increased their wealth compared with nation states in the last year, illustrating the growing power of multinational businesses.<p>A study by the …

Scammer unmasked by friend’s poor Facebook privacy

Four years ago, Christian Haschek, uber sysadmin and security researcher, won a contest for the best sysadmin tale from the trenches.<p>His prize: two …

Carer terrorised boys with 'clappers' punishment, court hears

A “cruel and sadistic” carer molested boys at a Catholic children’s home and terrorised them with a punishment known as “the clappers”, a court heard.<p>James McCann, 80, is accused of 52 charges of violent and sexual assault on 26 boys aged between eight and 12.<p>The Old Bailey heard that McCann …

Solicitor mistakenly sent girl's address to father who murdered her

Case review concludes there is no evidence Yasser Alromisse located daughter’s safe house via accidental disclosures<p>The safe house address of a seven-year-old girl murdered by her estranged father was accidentally sent to him by her mother’s solicitor, a serious case review has revealed.<p>Mary …

10 of the best alternative city tours in Europe

See a different side of Europe’s major cities on these innovative walking tours that revel in art, history, food, drink – and even financial mismanagement<p>Instagram has fuelled our lust for instant travel photos, but this tour draws on actual cameras, arming walkers with a vintage Polaroid camera …

European Travel

Top 10 Summer Experiences in Norway

Explore the Arctic tundra, island-hop around scenic archipelagos, cruise majestic fjords, and hike magnificent landscapes under a never setting midnight sun. These experiences and more make up ten ways to enjoy the very best of summer in Norway.<p><b>Ride cable cars to see the midnight sun</b><p>Experience …

11 Super Inspiring Muhammad Ali Quotes

Muhammad Ali had a reputation for his positive and motivational outlook on life. His words can inspire us all.<p>Throughout his career, Muhammad Ali--the late heavyweight-boxing champion, Olympic gold medalist, and civil rights activist--garnered a reputation for his positive and motivational outlook …

10 of the best waterside holiday cabins in Europe

Romantic hideaways, back-to-basics eco-huts, treehouses and high-spec shacks for lapping up nature by lakes, rivers and fjords<p>A listing that reads “hut in the middle of nowhere” can’t help but pique the interest, and this one’s description is pretty accurate. The <b>wooden hut</b> in Darżkowo, northern …

Katie Hopkins Sausage Stunt Could Result In Jail Term, Barrister Claims

'Plainly affront the right of her Majesty's Subjects,<p>Katie Hopkins' confirmation that she will streak naked through the streets of London with a …

The 50 best UK holiday cottages for summer 2016

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Horse Selfie Row Sees Owner's Complaint Ignored By Thomson Holidays

The owner of the horse whose goofy grin helped a family win the holiday of a lifetime has had her efforts to claw back cash swiftly shut down, after …

Feds' Encryption Fears Overblown, Report Finds

Encryption does not mean the Web goes "dark" for investigators, a Harvard study concludes.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

EU Fails to Build on Data Privacy Success

Back in October, a stubborn Austrian law student got the top European court to invalidate the European Union's "safe harbor" agreement with the U.S., …

Why Microsoft Is Testing Data Centers That Live On The Ocean Floor

The ocean is cold, dark, and awash in kinetic energy–which makes it surprisingly ideal for data centers.<p>Last year, a dive crew dropped a perfectly fine server rack encased in steel into the Pacific Ocean. When they brought it back up a few months later, it looked like something that had been …

Windows 10 finally surpasses XP

It took half a year, but Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows XP.<p>In January, Windows 10 had been installed on 11.9% of the world's PCs, according to data tracker Net Market Share. XP had a 11.4% share of the PC market, and Windows 8.1 was installed on 10.4% of PCs.<p>Windows 10 had trailed both XP …

3-Steps to Talk About Politics Without Getting in a Fight

A pair of mediators offers advice on how to discuss the Iowa caucuses without nearly coming to blows.<p>The presidential race may feel like it's been going on for an eternity already, but the contest kicked off in earnest last night with the Iowa caucuses. Cue much water cooler chatter today about …

Ultra-secure Turing Phone inexplicably ditches Android for Sailfish OS

Tech companies make baffling decisions all the time, it’s not a rare occurrence. In most cases, while we’re scratching our heads, we can normally sort-of see a reason or some kind of logic behind those moves. Whether it’s OnePlus’ unusual marketing strategies, Google launching the Pixel C without …

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BT broadband and phone network suffers outages across the UK

Service almost fully restored after tens of thousands affected by broadband and phone network failure<p>The telecoms giant BT has apologised after tens of thousands of customers had their broadband temporarily cut off.<p>The internet provider’s broadband and phone network went down across much of the UK …

Fireside Chat with Joel Spolsky, Founder and CEO of Stack Overflow

Washington, D.C. campuses<p>GA D.C., 1776 <br>1133 15th Street NW, 8th Floor <br>Washington D.C. 20005<p>Past Locations for this Event<p>Stay up to date<p>Follow this …

Project Management

AppDynamics CEO: Don’t call my $2B company a unicorn

This week’s guest is David Wadhwani, the (relatively) new CEO of AppDynamics. My interview with him is in this week’s podcast.<p>Wadhwani joined AppDynamics as its CEO and president in late 2015, after a storied career at Adobe. AppDynamics, which provides application monitoring services for …

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