Shane Sweetnam

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The best photos from 2016's spectacular Perseid meteor shower

The night sky was alive with shooting stars on Thursday as people around the globe experienced one of the most active Perseid meteor showers in a …

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

Eric Schmidt tells room full of iPhone users: 'So much for the Android monopoly in Europe'

For a man who makes more than his fair share of verbal gaffes, Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt can still come up with the odd zinger when he needs to. Schmidt was speaking to a packed house at Startup Fest in Amsterdam when the audience were asked to raise their hands if they used an …

Eric Schmidt

30 years after Chernobyl disaster, wildlife is flourishing in radioactive wasteland

It was the worst nuclear disaster in history, spewing thousands of tons of radioactive waste into the atmosphere and prompting the evacuation of more than 100,000 people.<p>But thirty years after its reactor number four exploded in a pillar of radioactive smoke, the abandoned wasteland around the …

Nuclear Energy

Russia ‘will release pilot Nadiya Savchenko if US releases world number one arms dealer Viktor Bout’

A deal is under way between Russian and US authorities to exchangeUkrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, according to reports.<p>Ms Savchenko, recently sentenced to 22 years in prison by Russian authorities in a politically charged case, may be exchanged for Mr …

Hymns for the defiant: a 360° video of the vigil for victims of the Brussels attacks

Featuring stories from those caught up in the terror attacks, this 360° video captures the moving vigil at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels<p>As the attacks on Brussels' Zaventem airport and the metro unfolded on Tuesday Loulia Leclercq, a 25 year-old biomedical engineer, watched her police officer …

Terrorism

Ryanair criticised over £6,000 fee to fly group home from Brussels

A group of passengers stranded in Brussels after the attacks were told by Ryanair they must pay £6,000 if they wanted to get home.<p>The 28-strong party had been invited to the Belgian city by Labour MEP Afzal Khan but after the explosions at Brussels Zaventum airport and on the city's metro, which …

Spanish expats divided over Brexit

It is often presumed that British expats living in Spain would never vote for “Brexit” for fear of upsetting their pension and healthcare arrangements, but in the expat haven of Alicante opinion is far more evenly divided than those presumptions suggest.<p>Wendy Simpson, a 69-year-old former executive …

7 Excellent Irish Whiskeys to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

It's easy to visit a store and nab the first, or cheapest, bottle of Irish whiskey on the shelf. However, perhaps it's time for a St. Patrick's Day upgrade. Below, a few of the best Irish whiskeys for today's celebration, with a focus on either new releases, alternative expressions from big brands, …

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells

It’s the closest we've come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab<p>Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and …

Six in ten grieving people 'see or hear dead loved ones'

Researchers say the hallucinations are strikingly common, but many fear they are going mad and don't mention them to friends<p>Up to six in ten grieving people have “seen” or “heard” their dead loved one, but many never mention it out of fear people will think they’re mentally ill.<p>Among widowed …

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad admits to buying clothes in car markets

The Swedish business magnate, who previously said he gets his hair cut in developing countries to save money, told Swedish TV he is "thrifty"<p>Billionaire Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has admitted to buying all his clothes at car-boot sales in his first interview since returning to Sweden from tax …

Ingvar Kamprad

Fukushima nuclear plant 'will leak radioactive water for four more years'

As Japan prepares to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, the problems at stricken power plant are far from over, with contaminated water problems unlikely to be fixed before 2020<p>Operators of Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant Fukushima have warned that it will take …

Fukushima

Indonesia earthquake: reports of deaths after 7.9 quake

A massive and shallow quake strikes off west coast of Sumatra, an area previously badly hit in 2004's Indian Ocean quake and tsunami<p>A massive and shallow earthquake struck on Wednesday off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and …

Natural Disasters

Why do planes still have ashtrays?

Tell anyone under the age of 21 that you were once able to smoke on a planes and their reaction is likely to be one of utter disbelief.<p>You aren't even allow to smoke in some parks these days, so why did they once let you spark up in an air-tight, flying carriage, they might wonder.<p>And they’d be …

Travelers Find Corpse in the Garden of Their Airbnb

The decomposing body of a woman was found in the garden.<p><i>This story originally appeared on Time</i>.<p>What began as a party weekend among friends in the …

Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe

Recipe by: Nichole Tews<p>"I wanted an on-the-go oatmeal bar without the artificial ingredients of commercial bars. This is the base for the bars, a …

Police: Kalamazoo rampage suspect had no mental health history

<b>(CNN) —</b> A strange phone call. An inquiry for a mysterious person. A heavy-duty jacket.<p>Piecing together these scant clues in search of a motive in this weekend's shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has not produced any answers.<p>Jason Brian Dalton, 45, is charged with six counts of murder in the nearly …

Crime

Here Are the Cars Most Likely to Make It Over 200,000 Miles

In it for the long haul.<p>Have a car hit 100,000 miles, and you've managed to avoid tearing it apart (and probably remembered to change the oil once or twice). Have a car hit 200,000 miles, and you've got something built to last—and a car you've really taken care of.<p>So which cars are most likely to …

Toyota

Make This Pasta When You Swear There's Nothing in the Fridge

Break free from your usual basil-and-pine-nut routine with a wintry pesto that was practically meant for a simple plate of spaghetti.<p><i>Welcome to Cooking Without Recipes, in which we teach you how to make a dish we love, but don’t worry too much about the nitty-gritty details of the recipe, so you</i> …

Pesto

£190,000-per-year job with three months' holiday is on offer in New Zealand, but nobody wants it

The income for the current position is double that of the average salary for GPs in New Zealand and involves a four-day week with twelve weeks of annual leave<p>A small town medical practice in New Zealand has offered a $NZD400,000 (£190,000) annual salary for a junior doctor to join but has had no …

New Zealand

Hitler 'had tiny deformed penis' as well as just one testicle, historians claim

Hitler suffered from a condition called hypospadias which left him with an abnormally small manhood, according to historians Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie<p>It has long been suspected that Hitler's conquest of Europe was an attempt to compensate for a lack of potency elsewhere.<p>But the notorious …

Adolf Hitler

Leap Year 2016: Why does February have 29 days every four years?

When is it, why does it happen and everything else you need to know about the leap year in 2016<p>February 29 crops up every four years, but what is a leap year?<p>Why do we have leap years?<p>A leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is down to the Gregorian …

Julius Caesar

Thousands to be relocated in China to make way for world's largest radio telescope

The Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope or FAST is designed to detect signs of extraterrestrial life.<p>More than 9,000 people in China will be forced to leave their homes to make way for the world's largest radio telescope as part of the country’s ambitious hunt for aliens.<p>Authorities in south-western …

Eliot Spitzer accused of choking woman in Manhattan hotel

Former New York state governor is accused of attacking a Russian woman in his hotel suite, but she is refusing to press charges<p>Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governor of New York who was forced to resign in 2008 after a prostitution scandal, has been accused of choking a woman in the suite of …

Mystery as DNA of Europe's top terror suspect not on discarded suicide vest

Police find no DNA traces of Salah Abdeslam, the fugitive terror suspect thought to have helped mastermind the Paris attacks, on a suicide belt they thought he discarded in Paris, as another mystery DNA found on two vests could be that of the bomb maker.<p>The DNA of Salah Abdeslam, France's most …

Seven-month-old baby shot dead becomes symbol of Mexican drug crime epidemic

A baby was shot dead with his parents and the image of the lifeless bodies has caused outrage online against violent crime<p>A photograph of a seven-month-old baby shot dead and lying next to the bodies of his parents has prompted an outpouring of indignation in Mexico.<p>In a country where violent crime …

Mexico

Olive Oil Fraud: What's Really in the Bottle in Your Kitchen?

Unless you survive solely on a diet of dinners out and Seamless deliveries, it’s likely your kitchen cabinet is stocked with at least one bottle of olive oil — and there’s a good chance it’s "extra-virgin." The first pressing of the olive harvest is generally regarded as the most desirable thanks …

ChemChina tables $43bn offer for Syngenta in biggest ever foreign takeover by a Chinese firm

The state-owned Chinese giant is to buy Switzerland-based seeds and agri business, but deal could face challenges<p>State-owned China National Chemical Corp is to buy Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta for $43bn (£32.6bn), in what would be the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese …