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Is royal succession gender equality a good thing for feminism?

Even the staunchest republicans among us – those who, like me, fled the country for a weekend to escape the patriotic parade of red, white and blue – can't have helped but feel a tiny flutter of satisfaction at the Queen's confirmation last month that our monarchy's archaic system of …

Diamond jubilee: 60 years of the Queen's style - in pictures

She's been the official head of state since her coronation in 1953, and ever since Queen Elizabeth ll stepped up to the throne all those decades ago she's done more than lead our monarchy. Why, she's been ahead in the style stakes for years. Guardian fashion looks at 60 years of a very fashion …

British monarchy v American dynasty

Is Americans' fascination with the British monarchy due to it being something completely foreign or, in fact, something tantalizingly close at hand?<p>That Americans are captivated by the royals is beyond a doubt. Kate Middleton is just an especially attractive target for our interest; in modern …

All hail Her Majesty, the last silent celebrity in the land

Wherever you stand on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, although actually standing on her is obviously treasonous, she is the last silent celebrity. In an age where the drive has been toward ever more extreme and frequent acts of self-disclosure, she has always grasped that silence is the most …

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent's name would …

Mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah – in pictures

Photojournalist Jim Urquhart always wanted to go into space. Here he comes close to his dream, documenting a team of scientists who are using the Utah desert as a dry run for future missions to Mars

Manny Ramirez released by Rangers

The Texas Rangers said they decided to part ways with the veteran after an uninspiring run with Triple-A Round Rock.<p>Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced the team released slugger Manny Ramirez on Tuesday, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.<p>The 41-year-old Ramirez agreed to sign with the …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …