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Russian athletes can compete at Rio 2016 Olympics - even if country is banned for doping scandal

Exclusive: Stars such as Yelena Isinbayeva could feature in Brazil if they register as Independent Olympic Athletes<p>Russian athletes could compete individually at the 2016 Olympics even if the country’s international ban is not lifted ahead of the Rio Games, <i>Telegraph Sport</i> can reveal.<p>Russia was …

20 of the First Lesser Known Facts of World War II

World War II was the greatest conflict ever fought by man. Here are 20 of the first lesser-known facts that you may be unfamiliar with and are …

Military

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: CH Team's Wish List

While the team at Cool Hunting shares plenty of interests, individually we offer different know-how and embody distinct tastes. Through our research and curiosity, we cross the paths of many products and experiences—and oftentimes some really stick. From digital cameras to sweet treats, turntables …

Turntables

A visit to Sydney's Hello Kitty Diner will fulfil all your kitten fantasies

If you can't get enough Hello Kitty, everyone's favourite animated Japanese cat is now the face of a new diner in the Sydney suburb of …

10 DIY Projects Sure To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

🎁🎉<p>Planning a homemade project is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Whether you're looking to DIY a gift for a loved one or treat yourself to a homemade goodie, getting creative has a special way of setting a festive mood.<p>Put on some holiday tunes (it's never, <i>ever</i> too early) and try …

Wait, there's a marathon where everyone dresses up as Avengers? Sign us UP!

For many, running 13.1 miles doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun for an early Saturday morning. But now take that 13.1 miles, mix in all our …

Microsoft and Code.org launch Minecraft tutorial to teach kids how to code

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Code.org that will bring Minecraft into the education curriculum.<p>Mojang, the Sweden-based game development studio that shot to prominence due to its work on Minecraft, was acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion last year.<p>Founded in 2013, Code.org is a …

Computer Science

Welcome to the Future. Here’s Your (Real) Jetpack.

Even if all the hoverboards, self-driving cars, and hand-held communication gizmos haven’t convinced you, there’s no more denying that we live in a …

funny, strange & odd news stories - Mirror Online

• Most Read<br>• Most Recent<p><i>Royal Baby</i><b>Fans rush to Kate and Will's defence after royal baby branded a "parasite"</b><p>Not everyone was congratulating the Duke and …

Royal Babies

Is it possible to retune your tastebuds?

Some people harbour violent hatreds of certain foods, and our own tastes can change over time. But is it possible to force our tastes to change?<p>Brussels sprouts, Marmite, stinky cheese … these are all foods guaranteed to create divisions around the dinner table –and sometimes extreme reactions. A …

Food

PlayStation 4 Black Friday 2015 deals: best prices on console bundles and big games (update)

Celebrate with PS4 discounts this holiday season<p>This holiday season is looking to be a big one for Sony. Although the PlayStation 4 recently received a price cut, that hasn't stopped the company from slashing prices further for its Black Friday sales, which generally begin on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. …

The funniest animal photos of 2015 revealed

The above image of a wild hamster, cheeks filled with food, expression of quiet determination writ large across its furry brow, has been named the funniest animal photo of the year at the inaugural Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.<p>The hamster, or rather Julian Rad, the Austrian who captured it, …

Sri Lanka

7 shocking secrets of your favourite cartoon characters

So apparently Winnie the Pooh is female and Canadian. Were you as shocked as we were?<p>You may feel like your entire childhood was a big fat lie, but …

'Fantasia': 15 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About This Disney Classic

"Fantasia" wasn't a huge hit when it was first released 75 years ago (on November 13, 1940).<p>Since then, however, over the course of multiple re-releases, the Disney feature has earned a reputation as a masterpiece for its blend of lushly recorded classical music and dazzling Technicolor animation. …

Animation

Microsoft rolls out first major Windows 10 update for PCs and tablets

Microsoft today released the first major update to Windows 10 on PCs and tablets. At the same time, Microsoft says the update means the company “can confidently recommend Windows 10 deployment to whole organizations.”<p>Windows 10 users will receive the November update, as Microsoft is calling this …

Windows 10

16 Smart Dollar Store Ideas To Declutter Your Kitchen

Organized? Check. Cheap? Double check.

Here's What Xbox One Gamers Will Find in the Console's New Software

The tens of millions of people who own an Xbox One are finding a brand-new user interface that Microsoft says, is a “complete transformation” to the …

6 Ways To Properly Arrange Furniture And Make Your Room Look More Expensive

Decorating your home can be a daunting task, so you head on over to Pinterest with a cup of tea, and approximately 18 hours later, you are on the 12th cup of coffee, your hair is disheveled, your life is in shambles, your husband has left you, but you have seven new perfectly curated Pinterest …

4 breakfast mistakes that might be making you gain weight

Breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day, so you don’t want to mess that up. Here are the top four breakfast mistakes I see, plus how to fix each one.<p><b>The mistake: you skip it to save calories</b><p>Forgoing breakfast may seem like a calorie-saver, but it can actually be a fat trap. Researchers at …

9 Free Apps to Get Fit Using Only Your Smartphone

You don’t necessarily need the help of a wearable or a smartwatch to help track your steps and monitor your activity—most modern-day smartphones have …

How To Understand Black Holes

Physicist and writer Sabine Hossenfelder explains in '10 Things You Should Know About Black Holes.'<p>Sabine Hossenfelder, a high-energy physicist at Sweden's Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is the main voice behind the excellent Backreaction blog, which is highly recommended for those …

18 reasons to visit the Philippines

1. Arguably the cheapest beer in the world<p>The Philippines has been the home of San Miguel since 1890, with a bottle costing, even now, only about 50p. The Spanish San Miguel was at first an affiliate but it is now an independent brewer. The version drunk everywhere in the Philippines is a fraction …

8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

1/9<p>Room Divider Ideas<p>While we've got nothing personal against shoji screens, there's just something about them that screams, "I really couldn't think …

11 LGBT superheroes that have forever changed comics

Ramzi Fawaz, a professor of queer studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says comic books featured LGBT superheroes as early as the 1950s. Although early queer characters didn't explicitly come out, fans knew their heroes had fluid sexualities.<p>"When you associate characters with a heroic …

7 horrible fashion trends nobody wants to ever see again - Post-Nigeria

Fashion trends come and go like seasons, this is the funny thing about trends. This way we don’t stay hooked to old styles. However there are some …

Clothing

The Evolution of Aquaman

1 of 18<p>'The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure'<p>Jason Momoa suggested we all refrain from cracking wise at Aquaman — at least until he debuts his …

Recommended Reading: Jony Ive tells the story of the Apple Pencil

<i>Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.</i><p><b>Jony Ive Interview: The Story of the Apple Pencil</b> <br>The Telegraph<p>The initial wave …

Catch and stop neighbors stealing your Internet

You're ready to stream the latest episode of your favorite show. The smell of popcorn permeates the room, you're settled in your favorite spot and everything is perfect. But when you fire up Netflix, frustration sets in. The video is fuzzy and keeps pausing.<p>Maybe your Internet connection hit a …

10 Baked Goods We Hadn’t Heard of Before Netflix’s Great British Bake Off

With so many reality cooking competitions and celebrity chefs on television, it might seem like too much of a commitment to add another show to your queue. But what if we told you <i>The Great British Baking Show</i> is the best cooking show you’re not watching? For the uninitiated, <i>The Great British Baking</i> …