Alicea Armstrong

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Big Bang Discovery: 'The Most Significant For Years' Says British Physicist Dr Chris Lintott

A leading British physicist has hailed the discovery of evidence of cosmic inflation as "the most significant discovery for years".<p>"It's hugely …

Thousands march in Hong Kong in escalating battle for democracy | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands protested in Hong Kong on Wednesday pressing China to allow full democracy in the city as a battle intensifies over Beijing’s attempts to control the outcome of a planned direct election for the city’s leader in 2017.<p>Thousands of pro-democracy protesters march in the …

Chinese manufacturing growth slows

Closely-watched gauge of activity in China's manufacturing sector dips in December<p>Growth in China's factories slowed slightly in December as export orders and output weakened, official data showed on Wednesday, in the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy lost some steam in late …

From cash machines to courgettes, the poor will pay more

When I lived round the corner from a "convenience" store cash machine, I used to hate the brass neck of that final question: "This machine will charge you £1.75 for your transaction. Would you like to proceed?" And then a simple "yes" or "no", when what I wanted to say was, "I don't have much …

Analysis - A new hope or false dawn for Mexico's oil refiners? | Reuters

TULA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico’s oil refining industry, saddled for years with bloated costs, chronic underinvestment and generous government fuel subsidies, ought to be on the verge of a bright new dawn.<p>A natural gas flare stack and distillation towers are seen at the Miguel Hidalgo refinery in …

What Games Are: Games And Money Are Still Weird

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and manages developer relations at OUYA. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>Suppose you have a passion-project game, an interactive story you want to tell or something similar. You want to …

Photograph: Belinda Lawley/Guardian<p>Ann Summers had a run on nipple clamps thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey, apparently. Photograph: Belinda Lawley for the Guardian<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/5/9/1336555921783/An-Ann-Summers-shop-008.jpg<p>460<p>Photograph: Christopher …

Crowdfunded Iron Man Suit Project Seeking 5K Pre-Orders For Production Run

Speaking as someone who’s considered spending nearly $1,000 on a full Stormtrooper costume multiple times, I’m very interested in a new crowdfunding project designed to build and mass produce a complete Iron Man suit with electronic features like an automatic sliding faceplate. The Iron Man Mark …

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Farewell QE, you have been a magnificent success

The moral contours of QE depend on your angle of vision. But would you rather be surrounded by mass unemployment?<p>As the US Federal Reserve starts to drain dollar liquidity from the global system at long last, let us celebrate success. Quantitative easing has worked marvellously well. Monetary …

Bolivia: children clash with police over child labour

Police in La Paz took a heavy hand in dealing with protesting children as Bolivia’s lawmakers debated banning child labour.<p>A new code is being written making it illegal for under 14-year-olds to work.<p>But many youngsters say they help support their families and want to work providing its not forced …

Tokyo governor resigns; PM assures no Olympic impact | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - The governor of the Japanese capital resigned on Thursday after being caught up in a financial scandal just three months after he helped his city win a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.<p>Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose (R) leaves a news conference at Tokyo Metropolitan Government …

How Walmart's Low Wages Cost All Americans, Not Just Its Workers

<b>Bloomberg View:</b> Yesterday, we looked at the benefit to McDonald's of having its workers subsidized by state and federal aid. Today, its Wal-Mart’s turn. Recall our discussion last month on the related subject of "How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens." We learned that employees of these …

M&G error leaves investors with 13pc income cut

The bond fund manager blunders again, this time miscalculating tax and leaving investors with reduced payouts for December<p>Tens of thousands of savers at M&G, the fund manager, will see income payments reduce by 13pc this month, The Telegraph has learnt.<p>The company, one of Britain’s biggest bond …

Bitcoin Drops 50% Overnight As China’s Biggest BTC Exchange Stops Deposits In Chinese Yuan

China’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, BTCChina, has stopped accepting deposits in Chinese yuan. The shutdown has sent the currency into a downward spin, stripping it of half its value overnight. It is trading at $572 on Mt.Gox, down from a high of about $1,200 last week.<p>Chart via Bitcoincharts<p>BTCChina …

No online access for British internet archive

The UK's official internet archive is up and running, but you will have to visit a library to access it<p>An official archive of all the websites in the UK has finally gone live, following almost a decade of negotiations between publishers and the British Library, but it can only be accessed in …

Fracking could be allowed under homes in Britain without owners' knowledge

Fracking could take place under thousands of homes without their owners' knowledge after ministers said companies would no longer have to notify people directly about potential gas drilling in their areas.<p>Nick Boles, the planning minister, said the law would be changed to allow gas companies to put …

The case against Christmas presents

Every year, Gwyneth Paltrow helpfully provides the world with her personal guide to the best holiday gifts of the season. Her 2013 must-haves include artisanal slingshots, napkins printed with customised maps and brandy glasses that roll around the table.<p>Giving and receiving gifts like these, with …

Testing time for Chinese media as party tightens control | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Early next year, Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist Party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping.<p>A supporter of the Southern Weekly …

Deadly conformity is killing our creativity. Let's mess about more | Henry Porter

Work & careers,Office for National Statistics,Life and style,UK news<p>People's lives would be more fulfilling if they were given greater freedom in the workplace<p>I began to notice the creativity of the manager of the Pret a Manger coffee shop, close to where I live, after he showed extraordinary …

U.N. decries 'slow, uneven' use of law protecting Afghan women | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan is failing to use a law designed to protect women from violence in a country regularly voted one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, the United Nations said on Sunday.<p>An Afghan woman wearing a burqa holds her child as she walks along a street on …

Insight - Family, politicians battle over 'Brand Mandela' | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it’s so sought after - and the source of occasional squabbles.<p>Worshippers take part in a prayer …

South Korea expands air defence zone to partially overlap China's

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Sunday it has extended its air defence zone to partially overlap with a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago that has sharply raised regional tensions.<p>Beijing’s unilateral declaration of an air defence identification zone in an area that includes …

Why I won't be buying my daughter a Barbie at Christmas

All kids have a friend their parents don't approve of. Mine had long blond hair and a pony. I admired her from afar. I wanted to play with her, dress like her, but my parents hated her. A bad influence they said. She's too grown up. They wouldn't have her in the house. Her name was Barbie.<p>When I …

Egyptian police stage rare protest in defiance of new law

CAIRO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.<p>A police officer shouts slogans while taking part in a sanctioned protest by police …