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Liquor Laws Around the World

The following article is from the new book <i>Uncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader</i>.<p><i>Alcohol works the same way in every country (it gets you drunk), but</i> …

The 5 best fiction books of 2016

<b>1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead</b> (Doubleday, $27)<p>This year's National Book Award winner is "something much more interesting than a …

The 22 Best Books I Read in 2016

These books helped keep my brain sane amid a year of near-complete fuckery.<p>I read less this year than I have in almost 15 years—less than I did in 2014, 2013, 2012 (when I read 135 books), and every other year since I was still in college. From what I'm told, this is true of a lot of people. How …

Why this mysterious Mayan cave full of children’s bones may be evidence of ancient human trafficking

It began with screams of terror in the middle of the night.<p>By the time rescuers traced the wailing to its origin, they found themselves at the jagged mouth of an ancient cave deep in the Belizean countryside. Sixty feet below, down a sheer rockface, an injured looter lay crumpled on the limestone …

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

The science of murder: how do professionals cope with gruesome deaths?

As the Wellcome Collection devotes an exhibition to forensic science, what happens to our bodies after death?<p>Murder may be grisly and unpleasant, but it’s often unavoidably interesting – and the subject of rigorous scientific scrutiny.<p>And morbid curiosity is certainly satisfied to the full at the …

Crime

Why is United Airlines suing a 22-year-old?

A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down.<p>United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website …

Homework Is Stopping Teachers From Tackling Inequality

While so much in schools is changing, one thing has remained the same: homework. But a new study suggests homework is helping to preserve inequality in education.<p>Earlier this month, an OECD study revealed huge international differences in the amount of homework students do in selected countries.<p>At …

MH370 Was Hacked And Shot Down By American Air Force Says Airline Boss Marc Dugain

Doomed flight MH370 was shot down by the United States after being remotely hacked, a former airline boss has claimed.<p>Ex-Proteus Airlines head Marc …

Mass Baby Grave Discovered Under Ancient Roman Bathhouse

Along the shores of Israel’s Mediterranean coast, in the ancient seaport of Ashkelon, archaeologist Ross Voss made a gruesome find. While exploring …

Archaeology

Monumental Portraits Of Ancient Trees Reveal Some Of Earth's Oldest Living Wonders

To the non-phytomaniac, the word "baobab" might as well refer to a rare breed of primates or a minuscule kind of bacteria living on the edges of eyelashes. But, for those well versed in the world of ancient trees, the term rather distinctly points to a special genus of plant life indigenous to …

Ancient Egyptian burial site may contain one million bodies

Around 1,700 bodies have so far been uncovered at the Fag el-Gamous (Way of the Water Buffalo) site, around 60 miles south of Cairo. But experts believe that countless more are contained in the burial ground.<p>“We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It's large, and …

Sony hack: Obama considers 'proportional response' against North Korea

The White House calls the hacking of the Sony studio a "serious national security matter," while Hollywood stars compare cancellation of The Interview to Neville Chamberlain's'appeasement of Adolf Hitler and a second film called Pyongyang is also pulled<p>The United States said a hacking attack on a …

No, Egyptians Aren't White... But They Aren't Black Either

When the cast of <i>Exodus: Gods and Kings</i>—Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical epic—was announced a lot of people made the complaint that it was …

Aristotle Said Blondes Have Better Sex, New Book Reveals

The Greek philosopher and scientist wrote extensively about sex, both animal and human.<p>What is life? What is a soul? These are some of the questions Greek philosopher Aristotle asked. And we're still asking them today.<p>Aristotle also could be considered the world's first natural historian. Acclaimed …

Woolly Mammoths in Pictures

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

Here's How Many Bacteria Spread Through One Kiss

First base is a great place to get your mouth microbes some new friends, finds a new study in the journal <i>Microbiome</i>. A ten-second French kiss can …

Clone a Woolly Mammoth? Scientists Are In It for the Long Haul

Don't expect to see woolly mammoths walk the earth again anytime soon, but don't write off the mammoth revival project as a Pleistocene pipe dream, either: That's the message from a new TV documentary about efforts to re-create the long-extinct species with genetic trickery.<p>"It's all very much up …

Seeking The Secrets Of A Super-Long Life, Scientists Sequence The Genes Of The Oldest Americans

By Jessica Leber3 minute Read<p>The secret of an incredibly long, incredibly healthy life eludes us still.<p>That’s the main finding of a major multi-year …

Genetics

Amazon picks the 100 best books of 2014

Celeste Ng may want to prepare for a deluge of attention from the literary set. Her debut novel, "Everything I Never Told You," just topped Amazon's list of the 100 best books of the year.<p>"We loved it," said Amazon editorial director Sara Nelson. "This book is a gem. It's beautifully written, it's …

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Life Was Crazier Than an HBO Series

The Father of English Literature. The Greatest English Author Before Shakespeare. Bard of <i>The Canterbury Tales</i>. Loyalist to King Richard II. We are …

11 Famous Books That Have Proven Impossible to Film

<i>The Fault in Our Stars. A Long Way Down. The Giver. A Most Wanted Man. Gone Girl. Mockingjay. Wild.</i> If it seems as if just about every film on your …

Literature

9 writers on the inspiring books that shaped them

There are books that stay with you during important times in your life. A great book can get you through a bad breakup or a bad high school (though, …

First World War pioneering innovations - Telegraph

10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Picking up the Pill at your local drugstore may sound appealing, but there's much more to the issue than that.<p>Photo: Getty Images<p>Recently, a number of Republican politicians have been promoting the idea of allowing stores to sell birth control over the counter (OTC). Considering how many lawmakers …

Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola outbreak

Children of many victims across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea left destitute and alone<p>Thousands of children across West Africa have been left orphaned by the Ebola outbreak, with friends and neighbours too fearful of the disease to take them into their homes.<p>As the outbreak sweeps across …

Your baby looks like your ex? This research is scarier than Alien

If you were to spend time in a maternity ward listening to proud new parents, you’d definitely hear them discussing their offspring’s genetic heritage. Does the new baby have her eyes or his? Could that be great Uncle Charlie’s nose? What you won’t often witness is the father turning tenderly to …

Suggesting Ebola will become airborne is 'irresponsible', say experts

UN's Anthony Banbury criticised as irresponsible and spreading panic for suggesting that Ebola could become airborne when no other virus has changed in this way<p>The UN's chief of Ebola mission Anthony Banbury said Ebola could become airborne in a 'nightmare scenario' but leading scientists have …