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A Killer Core Workout for Cyclists Who Hate Crunches

Fantastic news for crunch-haters: doing this short core workout just once a week gives you the same strength benefits as doing it two or three times weekly.<p>This 10-minute routine will work the key muscles that can improve your power and endurance in the saddle. Do 12 reps of each move, one after …

Workouts

Still Disturbing: Polanski's 'Repulsion' 50 Years Later

Most of us have a complicated relationship with Roman Polanski and his movies. He's one of a handful of great filmmakers whose problematic public …

Horror

7 Cool Cycling Vending Machines

A handy way to get a new tube or grab a quick snack after the bike shop has closed

North America

Boom for Mac is a beautiful equalizer that legitimately improves your sound

There are plenty of apps that claim to improve your computer’s sound, but what if one actually did? When I installed Boom 2 for Mac today, I almost couldn’t believe it.<p>Boom is an equalizer for system-wide audio; once you install it, all your audio is fine-tuned to sound better. This means it works …

'The Babadook': A Movie for the DIY Mother

If science fiction films show us what we fear about our future, horror films show us what we demonize now. Take last year's "Mama" and "The …

“The Imitation Game”: Benedict Cumberbatch invents computer, wins war

The “Sherlock” star explores the thrilling, tragic true story of cryptographer Alan Turing in this Oscar-bait drama<p>Although vaguely positioned as an Oscar-season contender thanks to its stars, its English period setting and its historical and cultural resonance, “The Imitation Game” is forever …

'Game of Thrones' Unveils Mysterious Season 5 Teaser and Site

Quoth the raven, "I see a darkness in you."<p>Those spooky words are uttered in a new, very brief (literally, 10 seconds) teaser from "Game of Thrones" season 5. HBO released it via Twitter:<p>We get a fleeting glimpse at Arya as she pierces some random with Needle. Then, the teaser urges us to "Receive …

‘The Babadook’: Director Jennifer Kent confronts a boogeyman | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times

Noah Wiseman and Essie Davis in a scene from "The Babadook." (Matt Nettheim / IFC Films)<p>Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman in a scene from "The Babadook." (Matt Nettheim / TNS / IFC Midnight)<p>Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman in a scene from "The Babadook." (Matt Nettheim / IFC Films)<p>Noah Wiseman in a scene …

Horror

Foster + Partners works on "world's first commercial concrete-printing robot"

<b>News:</b> Foster + Partners has teamed up with building contractor Skanska to pioneer the use of 3D-printed concrete in the construction industry.<p>Norman …

The Best Idea from Norway's Currency Design Competition: Let Kids Design the Money

Earlier this year, Norway's Norges Bank held a design competition for the country's future currency. Entrants were asked to stick with the theme "The …

Design

Can Chappie rescue intelligent-robot movies?

Hopes are high for Neill Blomkamp’s forthcoming robot-adopted-by-humans offering, but Big Hero 6 and Automata prove it’s tricky terrain<p>It’s looking like a mixed year for intelligent-robot movies. Disney Animation’s hyper-stylised, Japanophile Big Hero 6 should provide an offbeat take on the all-CGI …

Will Interstellar inspire a new space race?

Like Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Christopher Nolan’s epic unashamedly celebrates travelling to the stars as the next logical step in our evolution. Perhaps, after years of cynicism, we’re ready to be inspired by space exploration again<p>Stanley Kubrick was right about most things but when it …

Stephen Roche on sportives - exclusive interview

Sportives (or gran fondos) have grown massively over the last decade. Now a new trend for multi-day events, such as the Dragon Tour, is starting to …

'Game of Thrones' showrunner explains why Bran is not in season 5

For the first time in <i>Game of Thrones</i> history, a major character will spend a season on the bench. But the HBO hit’s showrunners have good reasons for …

Simon Beck's astonishing landscape and snow art illustrates the cold beauty of mathematics – in pictures

For the past decade, Simon Beck has been decorating the Alps with his stunning mathematical drawings, created by running in snowshoes across freshly laid snow. Each image takes him up to 11 hours to make and covers an area about 100m x 100m, requiring him to travel up to 25 miles as he marks out …

Analysis: Why cycling needs to improve its TV product

Here is cycling’s great paradox as it moves deeper into the new millennium: relevance to the TV audience.<p>Perhaps there is no sport in the world …

Psycho: the film that frightened me most

Joe Queenan wraps up our Halloween series by reluctantly remembering an unwise solo outing to the cinema when he lived alone on the sixth floor of a strange Parisien apartment block<p>I saw Psycho when I was 21, and it had a permanently disruptive effect on my psyche. It terrified me in part because …

Rock&Road - new race to combine road and mountain biking

On Sunday 17 March 2015 in Rydal NSW, Wild Horizons (best known for their Highland Fling and previous Polaris events) will be putting on a new event …

Why Australia's 'The Babadook' May Be the Scariest Film of the Year

After its midnight debut at Sundance, Jennifer Kent's psycho-thriller has been frightening up business worldwide<p>Australia, with the home-grown <i>Saw</i> and</i> …

Horror

Mr Turner review – Timothy Spall and Mike Leigh command the screen

This confident portrait of the great artists hits its stride straight away, with pin-sharp direction and performances<p>• Full coverage: Mr Turner<p>The traditional poster shoutline is justified: Timothy Spall is JMW Turner! He is the triumphant star of Mike Leigh’s richly and intensely enjoyable study …

Secrets of “Game of Thrones”: George R.R. Martin reveals details about the World of Ice and Fire

I learned even more about “GoT” from this fascinating new book than I did from interviewing the man himself<p>On Sunday I had the pleasure of interviewing the author George R.R. Martin live onstage at New York City's 92nd Street Y. The occasion was the publication of a lavishly illustrated new book, …

Ask a Mechanic: Mixing 10-, 11-speed parts

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, reviewed.

Anyone bemoaning the dearth of original scripts in a movie marketplace dominated by adaptations, remakes, and sequels should in theory be thrilled by …

"Libraries are the most important public buildings" - Francine Houben

<b>Interview:</b> after completing Europe's largest public library in Birmingham, architect Francine Houben of Dutch studio Mecanoo spoke to Dezeen about …

Special Features - Is Christopher Nolan the best and worst thing to happen to comic book movies?

<i>Anthony Stokes asks whether Christopher Nolan is both the best and worst thing to happen to comic book movies….</i><p>In a recent interview, writer Damon …