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Cameron's EU referendum 'timebomb' could undermine UK position, say lords

David Cameron's plans to detonate a referendum "timebomb" by 2017 could undermine Britain's standing in the EU, Margaret Thatcher's former cabinet secretary has warned.<p>As pro-European grandees lined up to denounce Downing Street's plans to hold an in-out referendum on Britain's EU membership by …

Government could sell off remaining Lloyds stake in 2014

Entire 33pc holding, valued at £18.4bn, could be sold within next 12 months through a combination of a retail offering and disposals to institutions<p>The Government could complete the privatisation of Lloyds Banking Group in 2014 with the sale of the state’s remaining 33pc holding in the lender, …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

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Nelson Mandela's magic lay in the sheer force of his character

He had humility, dignity and grace – and was among the greatest leaders the former British prime minister John Major ever met<p>Nelson Mandela has left his mark on the world in a way that few others have done. His life was not blameless, but any transgressions are dwarfed by his achievements. His peer …

Do not let Osborne tell you our troubles have been solved

The economy is improving, yes, but our current stability rests on interest rates that cannot last<p>George Osborne waited until the beginning of winter to deliver his fourth <b>Autumn Statement</b>. Yet the Chancellor was still on the front foot. Buoyed by upbeat new growth forecasts, Osborne presented fiscal …

MPs' salaries to rise to £74,000 a year despite opposition

MPs will be paid £74,000 a year from 2015, an 11 per cent pay rise, despite opposition to the move from politicians on all sides<p>MPs will receive an 11 per cent pay rise, taking their annual salary to £74,000, in a move expected to cause a fresh outcry over the cost of politics.<p>Under the reforms, …

The seven biggest cybercrimes in history

1. CIA’s logic bomb<p>During the cold war in 1982, a KGB operative was reported to have stolen the plans for a control system and its software from a …

Prime Minister's Questions: 4 December 2013

The revolution we really need to ensure Britain wins the global race

Winning the “global race” requires rather more than frogmarching the economy back to the temporary fix of consumption-led growth<p>"Export or die”, urged the now defunct magazine for British manufacturers, The Ambassador, in the aftermath of the Second World War. In so doing, it defined the ambitions …

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The Future Of Relationships: 10 Ways We’ll Be Dating, Having Sex, And Breaking Up In 2025

From “revenge analytics” to Siri sex surrogates, here are some unsettling ways in which love could look different a decade hence. Is technology killing romance or just making it more efficient?<p>Sex bots. Instant online break-ups. Cosplay dating. Teledildonics. A lot of aspects of sex, dating, and …

Amazon Chat Support Gave This Man “The Worst Customer Experience”

Anyone who’s spent several hours on the phone with their local Internet provider during an outage can tell you: There’s little more frustrating than bad customer service. Chris Williams knows this feeling of frustration well, if his account of a recent encounter with Amazon chat support is …

A Music Player You Can Hear Through Your Skull

Here's to listening to music while staying grilled out nicely.<p>Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte may flash a diamond-studded, patriotic grill when he smiles from the winner's podium, but artist Aisen Caro Chacin can use hers to listen to Public Enemy. Play-A-Grill, a project she developed at Parsons The …

The incredible physics of the archerfish, nature's aquatic sniper

Lurking just beneath the surface of estuaries across many parts of Asia are archerfish, natural-born assassins who overcome a shocking number of challenges as they shoot targeted streams of water at nearby insects, knocking them down into the water where they become easy dinner targets. <i>Wired</i> takes …

Explaining meteors: are we in danger?

In February, a meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, causing significant damage. A recent study in <i>Nature</i> suggests that there are more of these potentially threatening small meteors than we previously thought. We ask expert Dr Hugh Lewis from the University of Southampton to explain …

Daily Inspiration #1617

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Fate Of Comet ISON Unclear Hours After Its Encounter With Sun

Watch Comet ISON's approach to the sun (NASA Video).<p><b>Updated 11:30 p.m. ET: 'My Best Guess ... There Is Something Left'</b><p>Scientists Thursday said that ISON, a comet formed at the birth of the solar system, apparently did not survive its encounter with the sun. Hours later, they weren't so sure.<p>At …

Sperm whale explodes as man tries to open stomach - video

Whaling fleet completes coastal 'research' not covered in international court of justice ruling against Antarctic hunt<p>Published: 17 Jun 2014<p>Greenpeace says idea of sustainable commercial whaling is 'rubbish', while governments say ICJ ban must be respected<p>Published: 10 Jun 2014<p>Shinzo Abe's remarks …

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The Most Creative People In Mobile, 2013

They’re designing your mobile experiences with apps such as Google Maps, Foursquare, and Live Nation, and protecting your security on them, too. Meet the mobile masters from our Most Creative People In Business 2013 list.<p>KIRTHIGA REDDY (No. 4)<p><b>Director Of Online Operations, Facebook India</b><p>When …

Nike's LunarENDOR QS Snowboard boots will make you the flashiest rider on the slopes

Nike is betting that maybe one or two snowboarders like to showboat. So if you're more corkscrew, than chicken salad, the firm's LunarENDOR QS boots -- complete with 30 LED swoosh -- might catch your eye. If not, they'll certainly catch everyone else's as you tear down those nighttime black runs. …

Google offers 'sneak peek' of Glass development kit, shows Glassware can actually be useful

So far, development on Glass has been extremely limited by the tools put in the hands of app creators. Namely the Mirror API with its constant need for an internet connection and limited functionality. The newly released Glass Development Kit (or at least an extremely early version of it) puts many …

Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps …