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10 black directors reinventing film

The shocking under-representation of black directors has long plagued the film industry, and the presence of people of colour on and offscreen is an issue that is increasingly hard to ignore. To this day, in the Academy Awards’ 87-year history, not a single black filmmaker has won the Oscar for …

'Go Set A Watchman' by Harper Lee: EW Review

We gave it a <b>D+</b><p>Given the ugly racial plot twists in Harper Lee’s <i>Go Set A Watchman</i>—Atticus is a card-carrying member of the KKK!—it’s somehow fitting …

50-Million-Year-Old Worm Sperm Found in Antarctica

The fossilized sample is a rare find, and the oldest such specimen known to scientists.<p>Scientists have discovered 50-million-year-old sperm cells, which are the oldest known sperm cells yet found. The specimen comes from a species of extinct Antarctic worm, and was found in a fossilized cocoon spun …

50 Cent’s Business Sense

Rapper 50 Cent, who recently filed for bankruptcy protection, talks about his many businesses, his tough-guy image and his new boxing movie, ‘Southpaw’<p>In an interview a few weeks ago, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was candid about the usefulness of his tough-guy persona. “It prevents people from …

50 Cent

BCC iPlayer Being Tested Using Mind Control

The BBC is testing our their BBC iPlayer with a new mind control device, the broadcaster is running an experiment where users are testing out a Mind …

Gear & Gadgets

As MERS Outbreak Surges, Genetic Tests Show Virus Hasn't Mutated

An outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has swelled to 95 cases in South Korea. Seven people have died, and scientists are trying to figure why the outbreak has grown so rapidly.<p>Although there's no vaccine or treatment for MERS, the disease isn't usually very contagious.<p>In …

60+ Incredible Tiny Houses You'll Hardly Believe Are Real

Be warned: This list might inspire you sell your home and downsize immediately.<p>Tiny homes aren't just about looking cute — they're part of a growing movement that promotes sustainable living. Many designers have figured out innovative ways to make these small homes amazingly well-equipped and, …

A cheap new test can reveal every virus that invaded you—and help stop infections

Some of our biggest enemies are invisible to us. For the last two centuries, our fight against microbes has saved millions of lives. But, while antibiotics have helped us deal with most bacterial infections, we’re still learning how to fight viruses.<p>Scientists have now developed a new test that …

Microbiology

NHS regulators to take over entire regions where health services are failing

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, says the idea that a 'revolving door' or hospital chief executives can solve problems has been 'tested to destruction'<p>NHS regulators will take over the health services in three entire regions where hospitals are failing, the head of the health …

America curbs state snooping, Britain gives the green light | Simon Jenkins

As the US Congress passes a Freedom Act, the grip of the UK’s securocrats on ministers is clearer than ever<p>The US Congress passed a Freedom Act this week, partially curbing its power to harvest bulk data on the lives of America’s citizens. A congressional tussle has been going on between …

House price rise puts average cost of UK home at £195,000

Housing market,Real estate,House prices,Property,Business,Nationwide,Banks and building societies,Money,UK news<p>Rate of increase in May slows but cash purchases reach all-time record of 38%<p>Almost four in 10 property purchases were made in cash in the first three months of 2015, according to analysis …

Blocks Wearables will start taking orders for its modular smartwatch this summer

We got a sense of what Blocks Wearables is trying to achieve back at CES earlier this year. There, the company showed off a design mock-up for a smartwatch that could have interchangeable modules, a concept similar to what Google has been shooting for in smartphones with Project Ara. While the CES …

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Fire Fighting

No Time to Relax? These Gadgets Will Change That

There are new ways to chill out. Some of them are pretty shocking.<p>You've tried meditation, but going full lotus doesn't stop your sweating over cash flow. And pills dull your whip-crack wonder of a mind. Luckily, now you can manage stress just as you manage everything else: with gadgets. But should …

CES

Young votes are there to be won but politicians don’t seem interested

If I had a penny for every time a politician or a journalist insinuated that of all the issues facing Britain in the 21st century, public transport was the thing that affected my life the most, I would own a bus company. If I had a penny for the amount of times someone asked how angry I was about …

Great Britain

Asking prices for homes in England hit new high

House prices have been pushed up by a fall in the number of properties on the market, according to Rightmove<p>Asking prices for homes on sale in England and Wales hit an all-time high in the month to early April, pushed up by a fall in the number of properties on the market, property website …