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6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Winston Churchill plastic £5 note ends trail of paper money

Cleaner, more durable and more secure polymer fiver to be unveiled at leader’s ancestral home<p>The Bank of England’s first plastic banknote, the new Winston Churchill fiver, will be unveiled at Blenheim Palace, the wartime leader’s ancestral home, on Thursday.<p>It forms part of the Bank’s switch to …

Winston Churchill

LIAM WONG (@liamwon9)

Average global temperature was 1.07C hotter - beating last month’s previous record increase<p>The global temperature in March has shattered a century-long record and by the greatest margin yet seen for any month.<p>February was far above the long-term average globally, driven largely by climate change, …

Global Warming

The Voyeur’s Motel

Gerald Foos bought a motel in order to watch his guests having sex. He saw a lot more than that.<p>I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur. With the assistance of his wife, he cut rectangular holes …

Virgin and Boom want to bring back supersonic flights for $5,000 round-trip

A startup is trying to reinvent supersonic airline service 13 years after the Concorde's last flight.<p>Boom has introduced an idea for a supersonic …

Aviation

Zaha Hadid designed an apartment building with robot valets and a private IMAX theater, and we went inside

1/<p>Hadid's 135-foot-tall building will live at 520 West 28th Street on Manhattan's far west side. It's two blocks away from Hudson Yards, the new $20 …

The climate-change refugee crisis is only just beginning

The Amhara Plateau is no one’s idea of a gloomy landscape. Rich fields blossom as far as the eye can see; bountiful rivers zigzag through the region’s rolling hills. It isn’t hard to see why local Orthodox Christians believe the Ark of the Covenant was floated down the Nile from Egypt and ended up …

Africa

Paris Apartment Nails The Dark And Sophisticated Look

Ukrainian designers Irina Dzhemesyuk and Vitaly Yurov collaborated to create this two-storey apartment in Paris. Much of the historical building’s …

Interior Design

High dose vitamin D could treat multiple sclerosis, scientists find

Low levels of vitamin D are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS but it is the first study to show that supplements can help the condition<p>Taking large doses of the recommended daily dose of vitamin D could be a cheap and simple treatment for multiple sclerosis, say …

Netflix devised the ultimate way to get your kids to go to bed early on New Year's Eve

It has developed a series of New Year's Eve countdowns that can be played for kids at whatever time parents want, according to a press release.<p>Are the kids supposed to be in bed by 9 p.m.? Well, that's just as good as midnight with these new videos, if you don't mind tricking your little ones a bit.<p>…

Trim seeks out and destroys awful monthly subscriptions

In the age of Netflix, Spotify, and unwanted LinkedIn Premium subscriptions, it can be difficult to keep track of where your money is going on a monthly basis. Trim, a San Francisco startup from former venture capitalists Thomas Smyth and Dan Petkevich, wants to ensure you never end up paying for …

George Hotz Is Taking on Tesla by Himself

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage<p>George Hotz is taking on Google and Tesla by himself.<p>By Ashlee Vance | …

Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia

Highlights are climbing the <b>Crown Tower</b> for views over Bratislava, and admiring the late-Baroque <i>Assumption of the Virgin Mary</i> (1762–3) painting by Anton Schmidt in the <b>Music Hall</b>.<p>During summer, arrive early if you want to avoid crowds; this is a tourist bus hotspot.<p>The museum closes an hour earlier …

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that …

Unprecedented Image Shows a Dolphin's Echolocated Impression of a Submerged Human

In a world’s first, researchers from the US and UK have created an impression of a submerged human as recorded by a dolphin’s echolocation.<p>To do it, …

3D Printing

Meet the Guys Gaming Luxury Travel on an Economy Budget

Meet the Guys Gaming Luxury Travel on an Economy BudgetPhotograph by Victor Prado. Set Design by Peter Davis for Mary Howard Studio.I'm going to take …

Four former service members – including three sensor operators – issue plea to rethink current airstrike strategy that has ‘fueled feelings of hatred’ toward US<p>Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an …

National Security

UN experts urge immediate action to cut emissions as CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are on track to hit historic high, up 43% on pre-industrial times<p>The Earth’s climate will enter a new “permanent reality” from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a …

Climate Change

Physicists have spent decades trying to reconcile two very different theories. But is a winner about to emerge – and transform our understanding of everything from time to gravity?<p>It is the biggest of problems, it is the smallest of problems. At present physicists have two separate rulebooks …

Physics

Adblock extension sells to mystery buyer

Adblock, a popular extension for blocking advertising in Chrome and Safari with more than 40 million users, was quietly sold today.<p>The extension displayed a popup on October 1 saying that it is now allowing EyeO’s acceptable advertising — which allows advertisers to buy their way onto the whitelist …

Good luck in economy! Air India proposes world's longest non-stop flight - an 18-hour, 8,700mile marathon between Bengaluru and San Francisco

• <b>This rumoured flight route would link IT hotspots Silicon Valley and India</b>• <b><br>The journey would be the world's longest non-stop commercial</b> …

This Intelligent Mirror Can Diagnose Everything Wrong With You From Your Reflection

This mirror has sensors that go beyond skin deep to find out how healthy you really are.<p>The Wize Mirror knows if you’ve been drinking too much or eating foods you shouldn’t. It can sense if you’ve got high cholesterol or are on the way to getting diabetes. And it does all of this without ever …

New Tesla earns perfect score from Consumer Reports

Tesla's new Model S P85D is so good it broke Consumer Reports' scoring system.<p>Consumer Reports rates vehicles on a zero-to-100 scale, but Tesla's high-performance, all-wheel-drive car scored 103.<p>"Consumer Reports had to make changes to its scoring methodology to account for the car's exceptionally …

New Gundam Series Announced And Set For Release This October

After a few weeks of teasing a new <i>Gundam</i> series, Sunrise finally unveiled <i>Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans</i> today. From the strange new designs to gritty ground combat, this looks like it could be an interesting show.<p>Seemingly set in an all new timeline, the story of <i>Iron-Blooded Orphans</i> starts …

Future US Preclearance Program Expansions to Europe and Asia

US Preclearance Program<p>Back in October 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced (refer to link for information) plans to expand its …

Paul Ford: What Is Code? | Bloomberg

Remember Netscape, the first huge commercial Web browser? In 1995, as Java was blooming, Netscape was resolving a problem. It displayed Web pages …

JavaScript

iPhone Photography Awards Winners Revealed

Photographers of the Year iPhone Photography Awards. First place, Sounds of the old town.<br>Michał Koralewski<p>1 of 17<p>LightBox NewsletterSign up to …