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A good look at how the Hobbit movies got so bad

It’s worth your time<p><i>The Hobbit</i> trilogy — a series of words that, to this day, can only be written with a sigh — is long, bloated and mostly unnecessary.<p>That’s not exactly breaking news, but two video essays from culture commentator Lindsay Ellis do a remarkable job of explaining exactly why the …

Why does a drop of water make whisky taste better?

A splash of humble H2O is all it takes to unlock the chemical nuances of this smokey spirit.<p>Whisky is predominantly water and ethanol. One end of the …

Kiwi coffee culture one up on Aussies

The results are in. According to the style bible of the world, Vogue, Kiwis do a better flat white than their Aussie counterparts.

New Zealand

Meet the Porn Star Turned Academic Who’s Revolutionizing the Adult Industry

Aussie Angela White received the U.S. equivalent of a master’s at the University of Melbourne, and her thesis was recently published. But she has her …

Jacinda Ardern vows NZ will take independent stance on UN Jerusalem vote

Jacinda Ardern said NZ will stand up to Donald Trump.<p>New Zealand will not be bullied into changing its policy towards Jerusalem's status, Prime …

New Zealand

The Winklevoss twins cut up their bitcoin key to protect their fortune

People laughed at the Winklevoss twins in 2012 when they started buying up bitcoin - lots of it.<p>The two Harvard-educated entrepreneurs bought about …

Now, this is presidential obstruction

What if a president used his power to interfere with a federal investigation involving foreign powers committing serious crimes in the United States …

Manta5's new electric water bike lets you cycle on rivers and lakes

Forget about biking on boring old roads. New Zealand-based company Manta5 has created a hydrofoil bike that allows cyclists to glide atop water. …

‘We forgive you, George’

A LONG time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, <i>Star Wars</i> movies used to be good.<p>They featured interesting characters doing cool stuff — flying …

How one of the richest dynasties in American history lost its fortune

Cornelius Vanderbilt might have been the greatest capitalist in history.<p>When he was just 16, in 1810, Cornelius borrowed US$100 from his mother. Using that money, he went on to build a fortune of around US$100 million. That would be worth over US$200 billion today. And it was roughly equivalent to …

5 Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Someone: Backed By Research

Here are the things you can tell just by looking at someone<p>As for personality, you can generally trust your gut when guessing extraversion, …

British soldiers' lost graves uncovered at Ruapekapeka

Twelve British soldiers lay lost for more than 170 years after the Battle of Ruapekapeka. Yesterday, they were found.

Archaeology

Tesla owner claims to be using his Model S to mine Bitcoin for free - but all may not be as it seems

After the Facebook post went viral, a number of experts began questioning the legitimacy of the pictured rig<p>Bitcoin’s value has soared and sunk in …

Bitcoin