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Top 10: the best Amalfi Coast hotels

The fabulous coastline between Positano and Ravello, with its switchback road that hugs the cliff and curls around the deep bays that protect the towns and villages along the way remains as glamourous, compelling and historic as any summertime destination in Europe, with breathtaking views, …

The 10 best beach holidays in Italy for 2018

For more general advice on booking a break in Italy, see our Italy summer holidays guide. Our complete guide features expert recommendations for city, beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p>1. Puglia, Italy<p>Some of the best beaches in mainland Italy are in Puglia – particularly …

Armageddon asteroid ‘on course to pulverise Earth’

NASA will soon launch a probe to study an asteroid that crosses Earth’s orbit every six years and could pulverise the planet.

20 Tricks You Can Use to Score a Cheap Hotel Room

<i>By Terence Loose, Contributor</i><p>If you're looking for a cheap hotel room, it's only gotten more difficult over the years. In fact, the average daily rate for U.S. hotel rooms has increased in the past seven years, to $121.37 in 2015, according to statistics resource Statista.<p>That doesn't mean you …

Physicists Built a Single-Atom Engine and It Actually Works

It's the smallest working engine ever created and produces roughly the same amount of energy as your car.<p>Physicists have just built the smallest working engine ever created. It's a heat-powered motor barely larger than the single atom it runs on. Designed and build by a team of experimental …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

The game industry of Iran | Polygon

<i>The Azadi Tower in Tehran</i><p><i>Pirated copies of Western and Japanese games on display in an Iranian game store</i><p>"Iranian games stand alongside foreign games for the same price, but they can’t compete."<p>"I think in the technical department, we’re strong. And in the art department, we’re also very strong. …

How to cook the perfect stir fry

There are certain cooking techniques that don’t come as second nature if you haven’t grown up with them.<p>I didn’t even taste Chinese food until I was 20, so stir-frying is not in my blood. But when I ate a dish of stir-fried greens cooked by food writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge that was so delicious I …

How B2B Sales Will Change in 2016 | Inc.com

Sales and marketing function radically different from how they used to. Many of the changes have occurred as a response to a change in buyers, and adapting to a constantly changing market. In fact, lots of businesses are finding that traditional marketing strategies are no longer as effective as …

Everything you need to know about Star Wars before you see The Force Awakens | Polygon

THE LONG, STRANGE JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS<p>The path to making <i>The Force Awakens</i> is more than three years in the making now. The dust appears to have settled, and things seem to be running as smoothly as the hull of a J-type 327 Nubian royal starship. But it wasn't always so. At various points, …

Wasp's Venom Could Be A Powerful 'Weapon Against Cancer,' Study Shows

A toxin in Polybia paulista's sting reportedly kills tumor cells without harming healthy ones.<p>Toxic, but life-saving?<p>It seems like an oxymoron, but scientists say the venom of <i>Polybia paulista</i>, a wasp native to Brazil, fits that description.<p>According to a study published in the Biophysical Journal …

10 ideas for adventurous holidays in Iran

With the reciprocal reopenings of the Iranian Embassy in London and the British embassy in Tehran, and the Foreign Office no longer advising against travel, adventurous travellers may decide now’s the time to see the country. Here’s a list of some of the trips available; all are guided group tours. …

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We’re not talking about what VR is doing to our eyes … and our brains

OK, so it’s pretty funny seeing someone fall over after trying a virtual reality headset for the first time. But with companies like Facebook, Valve, and Sony all pushing to bring their own VR solutions to a mainstream market — worth an estimated $30 billion by 2020 — maybe we should have more …

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells<p>A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.<p>In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …