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Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?<p>If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for …

Ralph Waite obituary

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presby terian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome US television drama The Waltons. For nine series and more than 200 episodes …

Jack Monroe: how to save money on your food shopping

Find out which 'hero ingredients' can help you make the most of a tight budget and how to save on your grocery bill<p>I don't shop like other people. You'll often see me in the supermarket, down on my hands and knees, rummaging at the back of shelves for the latest sell-by date I can find on fresh …

Bill Nye Wins Over the Science Crowd at Evolution Debate

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Psychometric tests in job interviews: what are they looking for?

<b>They're about discovering who you are</b><p>"When people talk about psychometric tests, they sometimes mean questionnaires," says Mark Parkinson, a business psychologist who puts together both for organisations. "A test is something with a right or wrong answer, which might be used to measure numeracy or …

Yoga: a beginner's guide to the different styles

Whether you want to relax, have a workout or get in touch with your spiritual side, there is a yoga class to suit you. And you don't even have to be bendy …<p>The myriad benefits of yoga – including lower blood pressure, increased strength and bone density and reduced anxiety – should be enough to get …

Capitalism has a bright future full of innovation and hope

Last summer I spoke at a conference on a panel called, Capitalism in Question. Many of the speakers discussed capitalism's unsustainable growth, environmental neglect and unsavoury scandals. As a professor of business ethics, I am certainly aware of these topics, but I remarked to the audience that …

Where do the UK's 6 million Christmas trees end up?

Shorn of their baubles, tinsel and twinkling lights, the Christmas trees in a south-east London park have come to meet their end.<p>"As long as this thing behaves itself, we could probably stick a hundred trees through it in an hour – it does eat them pretty quick," says David Chapple of the bright …

Can you be too religious?

Actually, I seriously dislike the words religion and religious. First, there is no such thing as generic religiosity. There are Christians and Jews and Muslims and Hindus. No one practises religion, as such. And second, precisely because the word "religion" describes the common outward format …

The people who challenged my atheism most weren't priests, but homeless addicts and prostitutes

I've been reminded that life is not as rational as Richard Dawkins sees it. Perhaps atheism is an intellectual luxury for the wealthy<p>They prayed whenever they could find 15 minutes. "Preacher Man", as we called him, would read from the Bible with his tiny round glasses. It was the only book he had …

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Vitamin supplements are waste of money, say scientists

Research suggests diet supplements taken by one in three Britons have no clear health benefits and might even be harmful<p>Poll: do you take vitamins?<p>Vitamin supplements almost never have health benefits, are a waste of money and could even be harmful, a group of scientists said in a damning …

Medical journal: 'Case closed' against vitamin pills

Vitamin industry and some researchers disagree that 'enough is enough' when it comes to supplement studies.<p>The latest studies on vitamins have some medical experts saying "case closed" — it's time for most consumers to stop wasting money on multivitamins and other supplements, because they have no …

Join us live from the Antarctic

You can follow the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 on the Guardian's Antarctica Live blog. In the spirit of Douglas Mawson's original expedition of 1911, in which he was the first to send regular wireless messages from Antarctica, our website will publish daily updates from the expedition, …

Why I ditched God for good

Five years after my atheist bus campaign went global, I'm launching a very different kind of campaign. One night this year, as my two-year-old daughter was curled up next to me, I looked at her and thought: "I don't mind what you do when you grow up, or what you look like, or who you choose to …

Top 10 film noir

Guns, dames and hats: you can't have a film noir without them, can you? Take a look at the Guardian and Observer critics list of the best 10 noirs and you'll realise things aren't that simple …<p>• Top 10 westerns • Top 10 documentaries • Top 10 movie adaptations • Top 10 animated movies • Top 10 …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

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Top 10 movie westerns

It's the most all-American of film genres, filled with he-men and black hats. But the western has given us some great movies: the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the 10 best<p>• Top 10 crime movies • Top 10 arthouse movies • Top 10 family movies • Top 10 war movies • Top 10 teen movies • Top 10 …

Where in the world are people most depressed?

For those who think of depression as a byproduct of the vapidity of western materialism, this latest study by researchers in Queensland might come as something of a shock. Depression simply isn't that picky. And when it comes to depressive disorders, parts of north Africa and the Middle East suffer …

Top 10 war movies

War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best<p>• Top 10 action movies • Top 10 comedy movies • Top 10 horror movies • Top 10 sci-fi movies • Top 10 crime movies • Top 10 arthouse movies • Top 10 family …

Mozilla's Lightbeam for Firefox Add-on Shows How Sites Are Tracking Us

Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser, has released an add-on called Lightbeam for Firefox which presents a visualization of your browsing history and analyzes which applications are tracking or monitoring you online and how they are connected.<p>The company had previously released an experimental …

Can going freelance help manage depression?

Some people embrace the flexibility and freedom, but there's also the isolation and insecurity to contend with<p>Ask a group of freelancers what the biggest perk of their job is, and someone will invariably say "working in your pyjamas". For me, not having to get suited and booted every day isn't just …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …

NSA responsible for new breed of anti-spying smartphones and devices

When it comes to privacy it seems that the world is divided into two distinct camps. The “I don’t care, I have nothing to hide” camp and the “Privacy is a basic human right” lobby. Since the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA’s spying antics, the ethical, political and technical questions …

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Milton Jones: is Christianity weird? - video

Stephen Fry let slip to the Guardian that he wanted to interview the author Malcolm Gladwell, so we arranged for them to meet. The duo discuss Gladwell's new book David and Goliath and how adversity creates character<p>12:45<p>Published: 24 Oct 2013<p><b>David Shariatmadari:</b> Sites such as Viralnova exploit our …