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Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide – in pictures

From a Canadian bookshop opened by Alice Munro in the 1960s to one in the island of Santorini started by drunk Oxford students, some of the world’s most exotic booksellers feature in The Bookshop Book, published as part of a UK-wide Books are My Bag campaign to support the bookselling industry in …

Sky-high expectations for Marvel's super-slate of comic book movies

Hollywood is set to saturate cinemas with high-octane superhero films until 2019, but Marvel pioneered the “universe” concept and its newly-announced slate of interlinked films looks ready to outpower the rest.<p>If you hate comic-book movies, it might be a good idea to stay away from multiplexes for …

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too

From facial recognition to personal data collection, this thing is downright scary — and so are the implications<p>I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to …

Meat Has Seasons, Just Like Produce. And Here's How Factory Farming Has Messed With That.

By now most of us are in tune with the idea of eating seasonal produce. Tomatoes are best late in the summer, apples are tastiest in the fall. Even if you don't practice it, most people have at least heard of the principle. But what about meat? A trip to the supermarket tells us that beef, pork, …

The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years

In Europe, the last millennium has been shaped by successive waves of change, but which shifts, in which centuries, have really shaped the modern world? Historian Ian Mortimer identifies the 10 leading drivers of change<p>Ten of the worst years in British history<p>11th century: Castles<p>Most people think …