Robert Pray

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A Primer on Donnie Yen, the Secret Star of 'Rogue One'

The martial arts star finally gets his mainstream due in Rogue One. Here are five other of his movies to check out.<p>One of the best things about <i>Rogue One</i>'s arrival in theaters this weekend is not that <i>Star Wars</i> fans get more <i>Star Wars</i>—It's that 53-year-old Donnie Yen <i>finally</i> gets to show his stuff …

The psychological tricks used to help win World War Two

What did the British government learn from Mein Kampf? And how did they deal with the idea of ‘the enemy within’? Fiona Macdonald finds out from a new book about British propaganda.<p><b>Secrets and spies</b><p>The word ‘propaganda’ might suggest some form of misinformation – yet in boosting morale during World …

Altered images: Is this real or faked?

Former award-winning photojournalist Michael Kamber is so unhappy about the rise in altered images that he has set up an exhibition helping people to spot digital trickery. He talks to Fiona Macdonald.<p>How do we know if what we’re looking at is real? With the advent of smartphone apps, CGI and …

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The life and work behind the legend

He took the 1980s art world by storm – and then at just 27, he was gone. Alastair Sooke looks back at the short life and stunning work of Jean-Michel Basquiat.<p>Everybody loves the story of a prodigy. As a teenager, Van Dyck exhibited tremendous facility with a paintbrush in Rubens’s studio. In 1901, …

Patti Smith,Music,Culture,Pop and rock,Glastonbury festival,Music festivals,US news,World news,Festivals<p>As her debut album Horses turns 40, Patti Smith is delivering a string of live performances – from Field Day to Glastonbury and Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall<p>In 1975, with the opening line of her …

Literature

Singularity, transhumanism, humanity+: What word should we use to discuss the future?

Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism.<p>…

Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

San Francisco of the 1940s and 1950s, captured by Fred Lyon

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

We are Leeds!

<i>Broadcasting Place 10, Bridgewater Place 0</i><br>Leeds is something of a paradox. A sublime city destroyed, if you believe Alan Bennett, whose timbre …

Bob Dylan surprised a superfan with a private concert ... just for him!

en_US<p>article<p>The other afternoon, 41-year-old Bob Dylan superfan, Fredrik Wikingsson, walked into Philadelphia's Academy of Music. He sat in the …

Imaginative Doctor Who-Themed Donuts Featured Every Saturday at Unique Wichita, Kansas Donut Shop

<i>Saturday means WHOVIAN DONUTS!</i><p>If it’s Saturday at the Donut Whole in Wichita, Kansas, then “Whovian donuts,” their fantastic Doctor Who-themed …

As oil skids towards $65, companies forced to recalculate

After five months of skidding crude prices, energy players and politicians who depend on oil and gas revenue are finally warning a slowdown in Canada's oil patch is on the way – one that will crimp growth and the economy.<p>The push came this week after OPEC decided to keep its production at 30 …

Citroën DS: A ‘goddess’ of a car

Beloved of philosophers and presidents alike, the Citroën DS caused a sensation when it was launched in 1955. Jonathan Glancey tells the story of a French icon.<p>This week, the Divine DS concept car is launched at the Paris Motor Show. DS are letters that spell “Citroën”, as well as <i>Deese</i> – or goddess …

Dylan Thomas: Rock ‘n’ roll poet

It is 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas, who set the template for future poets and spoken word. But what made him unique? Jane Ciabattari looks back.<p>Dylan Thomas, whose centenary is on 27 October, was a prodigy who became a living legend, the first poet to be magnified by celebrity culture …

Was Jimi Hendrix born a genius?

Few guitarists are treated with as much reverence as Jimi Hendrix. But myths about his talent do him a disservice, argues Greg Kot.<p>All Is by My Side, the John Ridley-directed, loosely biographical movie about Jimi Hendrix’s early life, opens in the US and UK this week. It claims to tell the story …

The Multimillion Dollar Quest To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Coffee crusaders, backed by caffeine-buzzed venture capitalists, are taking aim at Starbucks with a $7 cup of joe. And you might even consider buying it.<p>On a Thursday morning in May, a man and a woman roll into a midtown Manhattan office with two James Bond–looking suitcases.<p>They slither over to …

Behind-the-Scenes Photo: Karen Gillan Filming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Marvel’s <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i> director <b>James Gunn</b> took to his Instagram account, posting a new picture of <b>Karen Gillan</b> (<i>Doctor Who</i>) as Nebula. Gunn …

Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties

• 1950s, 1960s, HMV, Popular, Vinyl • 13141 Views • Comments Off on Inside the Oxford Street HMV Store in the Sixties<p>We’ve previously seen the …

Transformer-like suit lets you lift 110 pounds -- with each hand

It lets you lift up to 220 pounds like you're lifting a baby. It has 22 different points of movement. And it makes you look a little like Optimus Prime. It's the "body extender" from Perceptual Robotics Laboratory in Italy. And it would make one hell of a Halloween costume.<p>The Percro engineers who …

Robotics

The Man For Whom They Made The Three Million Mile Badge

Most marriages don’t last nearly as long as Irven Gordon’s Volvo P1800 has lasted. And most couples probably don’t spend as much time together as Irv …

Pick of the week: The Oscar-nominated shorts you have to see

A dying murderer makes his peace, a woman escapes her abuser and Martin Freeman meets God in the year’s best shorts<p>This week I took a hayride with Mickey Mouse, endured a hair-raising escape from an abusive husband, watched demonstrators shot on the street by government thugs in the Yemeni capital, …

Teaser Trailer for Scarlett Johansson's Sci-Fi Thriller UNDER THE SKIN

From Downton to Sherlock: US TV’s British Invasion

Downton Abbey is smashing records and Doctor Who is filling convention centres in America. Why is TV from the UK so popular across the pond? Ken Tucker reports.<p>When the fourth series of Downton Abbey premiered in the US on 5 January to more than 10m viewers and a new ratings record, it was hardly a …