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Labour grassroots rebel against NEC restrictions on leadership contest

Branches defy ban on meetings amid dismay at ruling barring those who joined party in last six months from vote<p>Labour grassroots members are in open revolt over a series of restrictions imposed by the party’s ruling national executive over the leadership contest – with some branches holding …

4 DIY Fire Pit Projects for Party Ready Patio

This mid-spring weather is a fickle thing, isn't she? One moment you're entertaining guests with cold drinks on your sunny patio, and before you know …

‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data.’

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>For over a decade, “big data” and “analytics” have increasingly become a part of the education world. (Big data is a term used to describe data sets so large that they can only be analyzed by computers, and …

George Osborne's economic year ends with a bump

With the ONS cutting the UK growth rate and government borrowing now much higher than forecast the chancellor’s star appears to be waning<p>George Osborne’s year has ended with a bump. Like a Strictly Come Dancing finalist drunk on high marks for his paso doble and tango, he has come unstuck on the …

How To Build a Wooden Mallet That Would Make Thor Proud

Mallets are an indispensable tool for woodworkers and are also an easy woodworking project to make.<p>A wooden mallet won't grant Superhero powers (sorry, Thor fans), but it could save the surfaces of your woodworking projects.<p>Wooden mallets are used extensively in woodworking and carpentry to secure …

Woodworking

2015: The year in wood construction

It was a breakout year for wood construction, with cross-laminated timber becoming a big deal in the USA and Canada. We are big fans of wood, for a …

Haida Gwaii

George Osborne’s economic miracle is built on a mountain of personal debt | Owen Jones

The Tories’ failed model and stagnant economy has encouraged an unsustainable rise in household debt. Labour needs to come up with a viable alternative<p>Tis the season to whip out the credit card. As I type, millions of Britons are undoubtedly flooding into shops or splashing out online full of …

10 Killer Ab Workouts That Aren't Crunches

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The 15 Most Important Men's Style Moments of 2015

Ralph steps down as CEO, the world hits peak Chelsea boot, and more.<p>No end-of-year reflection is complete without a look at the brands, trends, and clothes that we'll look at a few Decembers from now and remember fondly (and some, not so fondly). In addition to several interesting corporate …

Will Running Outside in the Winter Make You Sick?

The old adage “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” is true about winter runners. While others head inside to indoor tracks and …

Prevention better than cure in Cuban healthcare system

<b>Imagine your doctor knocking at your door to give not just you, but your whole family, an annual health check-up.</b><p>As well as taking blood pressure, checking hearts and asking all sorts of questions about your job and your lifestyle, this doctor is also taking careful note of the state of your home, …

To reduce poverty, a plan experts across the political spectrum can agree upon

On a moral level, most Americans agree that we should help the poor, but how exactly we go about it has become one of the most divisive issues in …

10 Entrepreneurs' Productivity Secrets

Productivity apps have proliferated at the speed of startup conferences and podcasts. 10 entrepreneurs weigh in on the tools and resources they turn to in order to stay productive and centered.<p>Whether you're looking for a productivity app or a podcast to download, most of us ask our network for a …

Saudi Arabia: Voting begins as women stand as candidates in elections for the first time

Women in Saudi Arabia are standing as candidates for the first time in municipal elections. A total of 978 women registered as candidates, alongside …

How Security Pros Protect Themselves Online

When security experts head online, how does their behavior differ from that of non-experts?<p>According to a new research paper from a group of Google …

The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company: Pioneering "Subtractive Design"

This is a true find. The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company was started by Jay Schafer around 1997 when he began pioneering the art of building and living …

"Soul-Stealing" Photos Visualize the Dependence We Have to Our Phones

Our eyes are all-too-often glued to our phones and we miss what's going on in the world around us. The alluring and tempting images light up the screen, grabbing hold of our gaze as we're powerless to look away. French photographer Antoine Geiger has visualized this parasitic relationship in his …

The Hackers Who Hate Donald Trump

The “hacktivist” group Anonymous took down the Trump Tower website for about an hour.<p>Fresh off a campaign to shutter thousands of Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts, Anonymous, the loosely affiliated group of hacker-activists, has turned its attention to a new target.<p>After a video message …

Google CEO rebukes Donald Trump, says we must support Muslims

In a blog post on Medium Friday night, Pichai wrote, "Let's not let fear defeat our values," saying that the anti-Muslim rhetoric so closely associated with Trump's presidential campaign is "disheartening."<p>"The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country's …

The bogus, self-serving notion that poverty is complicated

Poverty is a "mysterious, unknowable, negative spiral-loop that some people find themselves in." So said <i>New York Times</i> philosopher-columnist David …

Economics

Are MOOCs Worth Your Learning Time?

Whatever happened to the promise of Massive Open Online Classes (also known as MOOCs)? Not so long ago, MOOCs seemed on the verge of offering …

Google Open-Sources Its Machine Learning

Ever wanted to play around with—or even implement—a complex machine-learning system, but never had the resources or time? Google has now made its …

David Cameron urged to investigate his office's role in alleged bullying

David Cameron should investigate the role his office played in alleged bullying within the Conservative party’s youth wing, the Labour party has said.<p>Labour’s Jon Ashworth said it was becomingincreasingly clear that the Conservative party’s response to the allegations of blackmail, bullying and …

These Gorgeous Photos Get You Up And Close And Personal With Bees Before They’re Gone

Each fuzzy hair, and sometimes a tiny scrap of pollen, is clearly visible, using a technique that stitches together dozens of extreme closeups into a …

Not fit to serve: Vladimir Putin exposes UK defence industry failings

Britain's Army is outgunned by Russia, and so is our defence industry, as Vladimir Putin sends his bombers into UK airspace<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his bombers to probe our shores in a way that could awaken memories of when Germany’s Luftwaffe was our biggest threat at the start …

Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic

Walter Elliot discovers tale starring famous detective in collection of short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in effort to save his favourite bridge in Selkirk<p>An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help …

Malian 'hero' of Paris Kosher supermarket siege granted French nationality

Lassana Bathily turned off the stockroom’s freezer and hid a group of shoppers inside before sneaking out through a fire escape to speak to police<p><b>French</b> authorities on Tuesday honoured a Mali-born employee who saved lives at the <b>Kosher supermarket attacked by terrorists</b> as a hero and granted him …

How The Internet Of Things Will Rule Your Workday In 2020 [Infographic]

Bad Press, Harry Potter Contributing to SeaWorld’s Epic Bellyflop

SeaWorld is having what can only be considered a massively disappointing year. The theme park operator released its third-quarter earnings report …