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Why the lion is art’s most powerful symbol

Images of the fierce animal are so commonplace in art as to be overlooked. Alastair Sooke explores the meaning of this enduring icon.<p>Anyone who has visited Trafalgar Square in London will know that tourists tend to gravitate to one feature above all others: the set of four enormous bronze lions, …

Ancient History

Models Are Sharing Stories About Sexual Misconduct on the Job

“Every model I’ve met has at least one story.”<p><i>This story originally appeared in Racked’s daily newsletter. Want more news from Racked?</i> <i>Sign up for our newsletter here</i><i>.</i><p>In the week since the <i>New York Times</i> published its first report on the numerous sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood exec …

The machines behind North Korea's nuclear weapons programme

In 2009, a pop video from North Korea celebrated a new national hero - one that outside experts would later realise was at the heart of the secretive state's banned nuclear and missile programmes.

Chipmaker Broadcom to buy network gear maker Brocade for $5.5 billion

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O) said it would buy Brocade Communications Systems Inc BRCD.O for $5.5 billion, pushing deeper into the fast-growing market for network equipment used in data centers.<p>Broadcom Limited company logo is pictured on an office building in Rancho Bernardo, …

IT

This is why Apple killed the SD card slot on the new MacBook Pro

Apple is well-known for its penchant for pushing innovation without any compromise, but the tech giant has been facing a lot of heat for its decision to drop most standard ports on its latest MacBook Pro laptop – especially when it comes to the missing SD card slot.<p>In an interview with the …

MacBook Pro

Is there a limit to how long humans can live?

Humans may live longer and longer, but eventually we all grow old and die. This leads to a simple question: Is there an intrinsic maximum limit to human lifespan or not? There are two equally simple answers. Either there is a limit or there isn’t. Without data you may as well guess and your chance …

Biology

Researchers push Moore's Law with a 1-nanometer transistor gate

Ready for some hardcore science about transistor elements that are a fraction of the width of a human hair? Good, because that's what this post is all about. "The semiconductor industry has long assumed that any gate below 5 nanometers wouldn't work, so anything below that was not even considered," …

McLaren's first electric car is for under-sixes only

Zero to 3 mph in just two seconds<p>British carmaker McLaren has been talking about developing a pure electric vehicle for a while now, but we didn't realize the company's plans were so far advanced. Yesterday, the carmaker unveiled the all-electric P1TM: a £375 ($486) kid's car that boasts a top …

Apple's iCar Dreams Rev Its Engines

Rumors have been swirling around Apple purchasing automakers McLaren and LIT Motors, but there's no word yet on a software platform for their self-driving car program.<p>Apple's been making a lot of noise lately with rumors, confirmed and not, of investing in or even acquiring automakers McLaren and …

New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

<b>Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study.</b><p>The African Elephant Status report says that poaching is the main driver of the fall, the worst losses in 25 years.<p>However the authors say that long-term issues such as the loss of habitat …

The 10 most uplifting songs ever - according to science

A 2015 study into what makes a song “feel-good” has re-emerged in recent days thanks to the vagaries of social media.<p>Dr Jacob Jolij, a cognitive neuroscientist the University of Groningen in Holland, was commissioned by British electronics brand called Alba to investigate data it gathered on UK …

Music

China’s LeEco raises $1.08B to build its electric car

The Chinese market for electric vehicles is hot, and the latest indicator is a $1.08 billion raise from China’s LeEco, a Beijing-based web video company (which now dabbles in everything from televisions to transportation) that’s targeting Tesla with its own electric car plans. Funding for its first …

The Hubble telescope just discovered a relic that changes the way we understand our galaxy

The cluster is called Terzan 5 and Italian researchers have found evidence that it could be the same as the building blocks that made up our galaxy, because of the striking similarity of its stars to the most ancient ones in the Milky Way.<p>Terzan 5 lies 19,000 light-years away from Earth, and there …

In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus

A deadly fungus that has been devastating frog populations is spreading across the globe — it has helped drive the extinction of 200 species so far. In California, the chytrid fungus has moved inexorably across the Sierra Nevada, leaving thousands of frogs dead.<p>But scientists are trying to turn the …

Biodiversity

How Apple Pay Will Dominate Japan Despite Arriving A Decade Late

Mobile phone users in Japan have been making contactless mobile payments for more than a decade, but Apple will join the trend only this year. From October, the 7 series phones and Apple Watch Series 2 will come with chips that allow payments through Japan’s Suica prepaid e-money cards, meaning …

Apple Pay

Soviet papers: Palestinian President was a KGB agent

<b>(CNN) —</b> Once-secret Soviet documents claim Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was once a KGB agent codenamed "Mole."<p>The documents, obtained by CNN from the Mitrokhin Archive at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge, say that Abbas, who completed graduate work in Moscow in 1982, was a …

Israel

Cisco is being blamed for putting 'Game of War' hosting provider into bankruptcy

In June, Peak Hosting filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after its largest customer, Machine Zone, decided to leave the hosting provider, refused to pay $96 million in fees, and filed a breach of contract lawsuit.<p>Machine Zone was using Peak to host its popular "Game of War: Fire Age" game. The game …

Cisco Systems

On the Red Couch with Who What Wear/CMG Co-founder Katherine Power

What do you do when you know what you want to read but you can’t find it? If you’re Clique Media Group co-founders Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, you create it yourself.<p>The women were West Coast editors at ELLE Magazine when they struck up a fast friendship that was equal parts work and play. …

Street Style

The robots making 100,000 Raspberry Pi computers a week

This is the robot that makes the best-selling Raspberry Pi. The credit-card-sized personal computer, which the firm announced had passed 10 million …

Stop what you’re doing and buy these $38 headphones

The Carbo Tenore could cost ten times as much and they’d still be a steal<p>Words fail me. I’ve seen — or, more accurately put, <i>heard</i> — the audio price-performance curve shattered into tiny little pieces and I’m still reeling from it. The Carbo Tenore ZH-DX200-CT earphones from Japan’s Zero Audio are …

Why Android 7.0 won't officially come to Snapdragon 800/801

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been released, the top tier OEMs have started to announce when we can expect to see upgrades. Sony has confirmed that the Xperia Z3+, the Xperia Z5 range, and the Xperia X & XA ranges will all get Nougat, while HTC has announced that Android Nougat will be coming to …

Mobile

The Canadian indigenous community fighting sex trafficking

<b>Winnipeg, Canada (CNN) —</b> Samantha Folster and Gilbert Fredette walk into the high school classroom and quickly launch into an uncomfortable conversation.<p>"Good morning everyone," Folster begins. "We're here to do a presentation with you today on sexual exploitation."<p>The room quiets, the teenagers …

Ethnology

Canada's stolen daughters: Sex traffickers target indigenous Canadians

<b>Winnipeg, Canada (CNN) —</b> As Lauren Chopek painfully details her story, she does so with the reticence of a survivor, as if somehow remaining silent would have been better.<p>"I used to blame myself for everything. But, like I, I would say I let them do that to me. I am dirty. It's my fault," says …

Indigenous Peoples

'Pokemon Go' Tour in Karachi, Pakistan, Lets You Catch 'Em All

KARACHI, Pakistan — It is one of the world's most violent places — where criminals, chronic power outages and even terrorist cells are part of life for many of its 20 million residents.<p>But despite its chaos, Karachi has not escaped the "Pokemon Go" craze that has swept the globe this summer.<p>The …

Pokémon

Stanford scientists combine satellite data and machine learning to map poverty

Changing Planet<p>Researchers correctly identified impoverished areas across five African countries by using machine learning to extract information from high-resolution satellite imagery, Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences say in a news statement.<p>“One of the …

Hamster version of 'Super Mario' takes cute to the next level

Everything is better with hamsters.<p>One cute, furry creature runs through a man-made Nintendo paradise, trying to score as many points as it can until …

New Pokémon Announced For 'Pokémon Sun And Moon'

With not long until the November release for <i>Pokémon Sun and Moon</i> on 3DS, we now have news of more Pokémon that will be in the game.<p>The first of these is Crabrawler, a fighting type Pokémon that seems to be based on a coconut crab. The second of these is a dual Pokémon, Sandygast and its evolved …

Pokémon

This site lists all the Siri commands you'll ever need

If you rock an iPhone and don’t yet use Siri, you’re missing out: the voice-activated assistant can do a LOT of things for you without the hassle of tapping and swiping through a ton of menus. It’s also wicked cool to have your phone respond to the sound of your voice.<p>Most people know about common …

BlackBerry’s security-focused Android identity crisis

Consider BlackBerry. Think about the company, its products, its most iconic features. What comes to mind? Business apps? A QWERTY keyboard? BBM? The once-mighty Canadian smartphone maker is banking on one word standing above all the rest: security.<p>You see, BBM is no longer solely the realm of …