Stuart Reid

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A history of the authentically global beer

Lagers may be ubiquitous but India Pale Ales are beers with a backstory<p>Beer is for drinking. But beer is also an occasion for conversation — and, if …

Midnight in Nowheresville

On the road in middle England<p><i>This article originally appeared in the 2013</i> <i>Christmas double issue</i> <i>of</i> The Economist.<p>Midnight is for gamblers. They drive …

50 Awesome Music Movies

Some of the best pieces of cinema have been defined by music – whether they be biopics focusing on musical stars, movies starring musicians branching …

Scales of the Solar System

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system

Sun<p>Mercury<p>Venus<p>Earth<p>You Are Here<p>Moon<p>Mars<p>Jupiter<p>Io Europa Ganymede Callisto<p>Saturn<p>Titan<p>Uranus<p>Neptune<p>Pluto <br>(we still love you)<p>That was about 10 million …

OMG SPACE

Despite all the work that scientists are putting into space exploration and research, and all that we've achieved and learned about our solar system, …

Dawkins on Religion

An interview with the world's most famous atheist, professor Richard Dawkins, on whether religion is good or evil.<p>Muslims riot and protest against …

The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion

This two part series, which originally aired on Channel 4 back in January 2006, explores the beliefs that are treated as fact by many followers of …

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The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan – review

Carl Sagan published The Demon-Haunted World in 1996, in a very different world. Cellphones were used only for phone calls and most people didn't have one; the circulations of newspapers were counted in millions and cynics said the world wide web was a passing craze.<p>Oh, and the dumbing down of …

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins - review

Myths and fables are the first <i>Just So</i> stories; they tell us what we would like to know. Science tells us what we may know, along with why and how we may know it. Myths endure because, at their best, they are great stories. The narrative of science is always incomplete, continuously under revision, …

An epic history of the movie trailer

Matthew Schimkowitz<p><i>Author</i><p>For as long as there have been movies, there have been attempts to get people into movie theaters. From barkers on street …

Let Google tell you what Android phone you need

Google has quietly launched a new tool named Which Phone to help people find the Android handset that's right for them. The tool asks you to select the three activities you most often use your phone for (choices include calling, texting, gaming, music, photos, and "expressing my style") and how …

Why you should want a Nintendo Android console

The most obvious reason for Nintendo to use Android as a starting point is that it would give the company a considerable leg up toward having its own credible, modern operating system. Anyone who’s used a Wii U will know how far behind Nintendo is in this area; the software is inexplicably slow, …

New Horizons: Countdown to Pluto

We're about to get our first ever close-up look at Pluto as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft closes in on the distant frozen world.<p>By Stuart Gary and …

Snapbacks, cereal cafes and ball-pools: the generation that refuses to grow up

As a soft play nightclub opens in Birmingham, we ask: why are so many adults opting for an endless adolescence?<p>First came the snapbacks, the slogan t-shirts and the reinvention of the trainer as a fashion item. Then came the rise of the childish party food, hot dogs and milkshakes previously …

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Immunotherapy: the big new hope for cancer treatment

<b>Analysis:</b> A combination therapy – helping the body’s own defences fight cancer cells – has shown impressive results for terminally ill melanoma patients<p>Immunotherapy is the most exciting development in cancer treatment in years, beginning to take off at a time when much cancer drug research seems …

Google introduces new controls to help keep your sensitive information safe and private

Being able to control your privacy and security is becoming increasingly important, especially with all of the sensitive information constantly being traded around the web. That’s why today Google is rolling out two big improvements to its privacy and security tools that will help users better …

Android M: small refinements with a huge impact | Sundar’s Google: an exclusive look at the future of Google’s most important products

It’s really impressive. It’s also a little scary<p>Is Now on Tap a blatant effort to help Google access all the information locked inside apps?<p>"We think it’s important that app developers are able to ask for permissions to do things in context."<p>If Google gets Doze right, users will never know it’s …

Radical, science fiction-inspired reasons humans should colonize Mars

It's not uncommon to hear people involved in cosmology and space exploration talk about science fiction.<p>And there's a good reason for that, according to a panel of award-winning science fiction writers at the recent Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, D.C..<p>"We try to inspire other people to …

Taking a spin in the first car with Android Auto

Get ready for Android Auto to hit the masses. Until now, the only way to get the Google-powered car interface was to install an aftermarket unit from Pioneer, and even those have only been around since March (Parrot is also citing support for Android Auto in its head units, but its availability has …

Steve Wozniak: Edward Snowden is 'a Hero to Me'

Steve Wozniak reaffirmed his staunch support for digital privacy in an interview over the weekend in which the Apple co-founder called National …

Robot learns skills through trial and error, like you do

As a rule, robots have to learn through explicit instruction, whether it's through new programming, watching videos or holding their hands. UC Berkeley's BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) isn't nearly that dependent, however. The machine uses neural network-based deep …

FFS Interview: Franz Ferdinand And Sparks On How Broken Teeth And 1990s Pop Shaped Their Unexpected Collaboration

It would never have happened if Alex Kapranos hadn’t cracked a tooth. In 2013, the 43-year-old Franz Ferdinand frontman was in Uruguay on tour with …

Comedy Central Sale gives you a free episode of 12 shows on Google Play

Comedy Central and Google have teamed up to bring you 12 free episodes from the Comedy Central catalog.<p>There’s a single free episode for each show …

Best multiplayer games on Android

Battle Slimes<p>Fantastic though online games are, there's nothing quite like being in the same room with up to four other people, and seeing each …

Your favorite Game of Thrones characters react to terrible things (spoilers)

It can be fun to chop up the latest <i>Game of Thrones</i> episodes into the most shocking or surprising moments, but this week we thought we'd take another path: This is how the characters react to the awful things happening around them.<p>We have some in-depth thoughts on the episode as well, if you're …

Game of Thrones explores the horror of an honest character

<i>This post assumes you've seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones.</i><p>Just in case you were wondering if the Sansa storyline for this season couldn't get any lazier or uglier, this episode we learn she spends her days locked in a room and her evenings sexually abused by Ramsay.<p>Well, that's certainly …

Nano Tornado drone swaps props for ducted fans

Although personal drones are becoming increasingly popular, a lot of people are still understandably intimidated by their exposed propellers. Not …

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