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Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip' - TODAY.com

<i>Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you.</i> <i>Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for</i> Pottermore<i>, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.</i><p><i>Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com</i> <i>story</i> …

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Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One

Flickr/Nana B Agyei<p><b>BI Answers: Why do we smile?</b><p>Studies have shown that smiling can help us cope, make us feel good, and even increase our longevity.<p>Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an …

6 Things You Didn't Know About Planet of the Apes

<i>Luke Owen celebrates the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with six things you didn’t know about the franchise…</i><p>The apes are back on the big …

These Actors Auditioned So Well That Television Roles Were Changed To Suit Them

When casting directors begin to piece together their ensembles, they generally have a rough idea of what they want in their characters: Their race, their age, their gender, and maybe even their hair color. But sometimes, people who do not fit the description come in and audition anyway. In very …

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Warning to those with vertigo: The Singapore hotel’s nearly 500-foot-long outdoor infinity-edged pool will leave you dizzy. One of the world’s largest infinity pools, the 57th-floor Sands SkyPark sits on top of Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Marina Bay Sands’ futuristic three towers. The …

Shot through the heart: why power ballads still strike a chord

There’s nothing like a power ballad to set the heart racing. In a Valentine tribute, Neil McCormick discovers their lasting appeal<p>'I do know what love is,” Foreigner’s Mick Jones tells me. “Love is the most important thing in the world. It gives us freedom, passion and emotion, it helps us …

Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart and the 20 other best power ballads

Why black models are rarely in fashion

With London fashion week finishing and Milan fashion week beginning, I can exclusively tell you white is BIG this season. It is not quite as dominant a trend as it has been in seasons past – some would argue its ubiquity is fading somewhat – but it is still, undoubtedly, a mainstay.<p>Obviously black …

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At last, girls are at the centre of the action in books and films

Female characters in adventure stories like The Hunger Games no longer obey the sexist stereotype. The heroine is central, and her 'quest’ is not to find love, but to save the world<p>The Tolkien franchise creaked into action recently with the second instalment of The Hobbit, but a very different kind …

The Men of Menswear A/W14

We present our model highlights from the menswear A/W14 catwalks<p>90s nostalgia, vibrant colour and flashes of gothic excess were among the highlights …

Winter Warming Mushroom Risotto

<i>Mushrooms are packed full of Vitamin B and D, essential to boost your metabolism and keep you going through dark winter days. Add some for a nutrient</i> …

The top 10 locked-room mysteries

The first proper mystery novel that I read was Murder On the Orient Express with a gaunt David Niven and a cherubic Peter Ustinov on the cover. Orient Express, you'll recall, is the one where everyone did it, which delighted me no end and I was immediately hooked. I began to work my way through the …

IPhone Hidden Features: Your IPhone Has A Secret Button You Didn't Know About

The iPhone is one of the most popular and best-known gadgets in the world.<p>It's pretty odd then that no one seems to know how to use it.<p>Recently a …

Jessica Alba debuts 'killer new haircut'

<p><b>Jessica Alba</b> turned heads as she attended a Hollywood event on Tuesday sporting a new hair style.<p>Earlier in the day, the star swapped her long locks …

10 Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm <i>and</i> happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

Grammys 2014’s 25 Best and Worst Moments

BEST: Beyonce Makes Everyone Bow Down<p>Beyoncé's entire career the past few months has been one massive mic drop: She plopped her self-titled album on …

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A dad who wrote on Facebook about his frustrations that holiday prices outside school term are higher, was taken aback by the huge response his post got: http://bbc.in/MtEhhK Can a social media "rant" that's gone viral result in government action?

800 Canterbury Students Drink 5,000 Jagerbombs In ONE Night

A group of students were probably feeling the worst for wear after knocking back almost five THOUSAND Jägerbombs in a single night.<p>Around 800 …

Beyonce's Drunk In Love: should we have a problem with it?

Is it time we took another look at Beyoncé's Drunk in Love? During the superstar's Grammys performance with her husband, Jay Z, she mouthed along to his guest verse, drawing attention to one particular lyric that has never quite sat right:<p>"I'm Ike, Turner, turn up / Baby no I don't play / Now eat …

Shorter people shouldn't despair. You're only as small as you feel

The average British male is 5ft 10in and will tell you that he's about 5ft 11in, while the average woman is 5ft 4in and will probably apologise for it. That last thought's guesswork, but the rest is fact, or at least a well-sourced Wikipedia entry. How tall we are, according to new research by the …

13 Gadgets From The 1990s You'd Totally Forgotten About

Remember the 90s?<p>Shell suits, Count Duckula and Ant and Dec's pop phase...<p>How could you forget? But what about the gadgets? Well, here's 13 you've …

PICTURES: As Brad Pitt debuts a new 'do, we take a look at his hairstyles over the years

Brad Pitt Hair View gallery<p>The 20th Screen Actors Guild awards were a blaze of big fancy frocks, Emma Thompson photobombs, and Brad Pitt's hair.<p>The …

We All Have at Least Three Eyes—One Inside the Head

The pineal gland in the human brain has the structure of an eye. It has cells that act as light receptors, as the retina does. It has a structure …

Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing Their Sentences

"I'll never agree! That's worse than being a slave in prison," Ella glared as she went out the door.<p>Maybe this is something we can apply to Popular Science posts? A team of computer scientists has developed software that's able to predict whether a book will be popular based on its writing style, …

Planning For A Future Of Robot Ships

The technology is getting there, but the law is the real obstacle.<p>When it comes to shipping, humans crews are inconvenient. They need places to sleep and to take care care of bodily functions, they probably require food and a place to prepare that food, and they can only work so many hours a day. …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

Midseason trailer for The Walking Dead season 4

Ahead of its return next month, AMC has released a midseason trailer for <b>The Walking Dead</b>, giving us a glimpse at what we can expect from the second …

NBC places series order for Emerald City, a "dark reiminaging" of The Wizard of Oz

With the success of HBO’s <b>Game of Thrones</b>, NBC is looking to get into the fantasy game, with the network placing a 10-episode order for <b>Emerald City</b>, …