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At home gel nails: the best gel nail kits

For years women who manicured had to become dexterous in the most inventive ways. A drying manicure meant everything had to be done with the heels of the hands, not those delicate, still tacky fingertips, be that driving, rummaging for a credit card, cash or car key or even opening a door… Thirty …

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Switzerland is about to launch a huge experiment in 'the war on cash'

Both countries have central banks that have imposed negative interest rates on their commercial banks, making it costly for those banks to store cash. The intent is to force the banks to lend out the cash, thus spurring the economy and a small amount of healthy inflation.<p>But the two countries have …

How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts

Kicking the tires on a Chromebook purchase? As a cheaper alternative to a Windows laptop or a MacBook, a Chromebook is an attractive option for budget buyers. The simplicity of Google's Chrome OS, which is little more than its Chrome browser with a bit of window dressing (Windows dressing, if you …

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Poverty hits twice as many British households as 30 years ago

The number of British households falling below minimum living standards has more than doubled in the past 30 years, despite the size of the economy increasing twofold, a study on poverty and deprivation in the UK claims .<p>According to the study, 33% of households endure below-par living standards – …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Poor Britons Worse Off Than French And 'More Like Ex-Soviet Bloc'

Britain's poor are worse off than their neighbours and suffering the same sort of living standards seen in the ex-Soviet bloc countries, stark new …

World Cup Celebration In Rio Turns Into A Clash Between Police And Argentina Fans

Police scattered about 3,000 Argentina fans with pepper spray and batons Saturday in the Copacabana area of Rio de Janeiro.

Racial prejudice ‘on the rise’ in the UK

The British Social Attitudes Survey, published annually by the National Centre of Social Research (NatCen), revealed “troubling” findings that levels …

University students shunning books in favour of Wikipedia

Prof Orlando Figes, of Birkbeck, University of London, says students no longer read books as they get information from websites such as Wikipedia and SparkNotes<p>Students are completing university degrees without reading a single book because of the availability of information on the internet, a …

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Alex Salmond defends Kenny MacAskill over corroboration

<b>First Minister Alex Salmond has been forced to defend his justice secretary over the handling of controversial Scottish government legal reforms.</b><p>Kenny MacAskill has put plans to end the general requirement to corroborate evidence in criminal trials on hold, until after the outcome of a …

Fecal transplants work with frozen feces, too

Ever since the FDA stopped making doctors seek approval to perform fecal transplants on <i>Clostridium difficile</i> patients (<i>C. difficile</i>) in early 2013, the procedure has become more widely accepted. The method, which involves introducing fecal matter from a healthy donor into the gut of an unhealthy …

Cabinet minister: we're in danger of losing Scottish independence poll

The cabinet minister in charge of Scotland has issued a stark warning that the country could sleepwalk into a split from the UK because unmotivated unionists are failing to wake up to the threat posed by Alex Salmond's nationalists.<p>Amid clear signs of tension and division in the no campaign, the …

Support for Scottish independence rises - poll | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of Scots ready to vote for independence has risen according to a poll published on Sunday, adding to evidence that a referendum on September 18 could be tighter than previously expected.<p>The poll, conducted by ICM, showed the proportion of Scots who would vote in favour …

Nan Goldin: 'I wanted to get high from a really early age'

The first thing you see as you enter Nan Goldin's living room is a coyote, its head thrown back and its teeth bared as if in mid-howl. To Goldin's delight, it startles me. She hugs it as if to prove it is indeed a stuffed creature, then carries it over to a tall corner window – "It likes the light" …

What on earth is a death cafe?

I told about five people that I was going to something called a death cafe – the reactions were mixed, but none was particularly positive. "Will it be full of goths?", "How morbid", "That's weird." The thing is that people don't just find talking about death uncomfortable – they find the idea of …

Thousands queue for chance to work at Aldi

Job seekers turned up three hours early to queue for the chance to be interviewed for a job at a supermarket chain in Shropshire<p>More than 1,000 people queued for three hours to interview for just 40 jobs at supermarket chain Aldi.<p>Interviews for the stock and store assistant positions were scheduled …

In a bad mood? Your social networks might be to blame

The next time you feel compelled to share your misery on Facebook, spare a thought for your friends. For mood on social networks is contagious, and spreads to those you are connected to, scientists say.<p>Researchers in the US analysed over a billion updates from a million or so Facebook users and …

Pope Francis: has his revolution even started?

After a full year in office it ought to be fairly clear what kind of pope the new man in the Vatican is turning out to be. Yet if you survey the raft of commentaries on the first 12 months of Pope Francis, which have appeared all around the world in recent days, you discover a surprising lack of …

Stylish Eco-Friendly Villas Renew More Than They Consume

In the city of Kunming located in Southwest China, Vincent Callebaut Architectures has designed 45 stunning villas they call Flavours Orchard. Determined to pioneer an eco-friendly lifestyle, the stylish structures are meant to encourage a close and intimate relationship with the natural …

British coalition partners to trade barbs over immigration | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A deep rift in Britain’s two-party coalition government will be laid bare on Thursday when ministers from each party set out their opposing views on whether immigration is good or bad for the country.<p>Britain's Business Secretary Vince Cable speaks at the Liberal Democrats autumn …

'Spritz' Can Teach You To Reach 1,000 Words Per Minute

How fast do you read? Probably not as fast as you <i>can</i>.<p>Spritz is a new way of displaying text via smartphones and watches which - its developers claim …

Food banks or dignity: is that the choice we offer the hungry?

When people used to speak of hunger – as an issue, not a sensation – they used to speak of faraway. Hunger meant the developing world, NGOs, imploring eyes on the TV news. It was, in modern times at least, a distant problem. So it comes as a shock that in the second decade of the 21st century we …

Scathing U.N. report demands Vatican act against child sex abuse | Reuters

GENEVA/VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday accused the Vatican of systematically turning a blind eye to decades of sexual abuse of children by priests, and demanded it immediately turn over known or suspected offenders to civil justice.<p>In a scathingly blunt report, the U.N. …

'Agree It' app: now you can be a payday lender to Facebook friends

A new app allows friends to lend each other money on Facebook at an agreed rate - but there is no legal obligation to repay<p>A new app has been launched which aims to encourage borrowing between friends and family on Facebook, pushed as an alternative to payday loans.<p>'Agree It' – which is free to …

An Interview with Birte Kaufmann About Her Documentary Series ‘The Travellers’

Birte Kaufmann was born in 1981. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She is a visual storyteller focusing on social and society relevant issues. …

Facebook's first 10 years: is it now in danger of swallowing the web?

On Tuesday, Facebook will be 10 years old. It has 1.23 billion users. Ponder those two facts for a moment. A company that did not exist 10 years ago now has as many users as India has people.<p>If you wanted a case study in how the internet enables "disruptive innovation", then Facebook is one of the …

With Paper, Facebook Stops Trying To Be Everything For Everyone

Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Facebookers hope to Paper over the problems of its primary app with a new, content-sharing, stand-alone app. Will Paper perform like Facebook Messenger or like Poke?<p>This is no Paper tiger. Whether Facebook’s new stand-alone take on a news feed app flops or takes off, …