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Oil rallies on industry spending cuts and declining US drilling

Brent crude prices jump over 6% for the week.<p>Crude oil futures rallied on 13 February and settled higher for the week, on the back of spending cuts …

The Advantages of the Roman Arch

Although the Roman arch didn’t originate with the Romans, they’re the ones who pushed its limits and spread its popularity. They incorporated the use …

All you need for your SME

Do you own a start-up or small- to medium-sized enterprise? Delve into entrepreneurial Britain with the latest news, comment, tips and case studies from the business world. Get all you need to know on running an SME and don't miss the latest column from Telegraph enterprise editor Rebecca …

Chinese inflation falls to 0.8%, fuelling fears of deflationary spiral

Prices rose at their slowest rate for five years, official figures show Weak demand, property downturn and falling oil prices to blame<p>Chinese inflation plunged to 0.8% in January, its lowest level for more than five years, official data showed on Tuesday, fuelling fears the world’s second-largest …

Economics

Tracking a Leopard in Sri Lanka

Green leaves are flickering and peacocks are howling outside my tent. I lie in an enormous bed strewn with flower petals as the night begins to lighten, with a half-moon still in the sky. A young man sets a pot of steaming coffee on the veranda; a squirrel jumps onto the cream. This is my first …

Williston fights to keep boomtown spirit alive after slump in oil prices

The plunge in oil prices over the last six months from more than $110 a barrel to less than $50 today has sent an economic chill through Williston almost as icy as the Chinook winds<p>It became one of the most-photographed signs in America, proclaiming a brash welcome to the North Dakota crossroads …

Modern ranch style home with land-loving layout and materials

New Zealand’s Parsonson Architects designed the Wairau Valley House in Rapaura, set amidst a rustic melange of farms, orchards, vineyards and the …

Architecture

Inside Shed, Sonoma County's Charming General Store and Restaurant

In still-sleepy Healdsburg, California, you can eat, drink, shop, garden, and learn to cook under one soaring solar-paneled roof. We visited Shed for an inspiring meal by chef Miles Thompson.<p>When <b>Cindy Daniel</b> opened Shed nearly two years ago, her aim was for it to be more than a restaurant. “We …

Sonoma County

The Irresistible Potato: Grilled, Smoked, Mashed and Smashed

Call it the latest outbreak of a smoke fever sweeping a nation hungry for barbecue that goes beyond meat. Or call it the next big thing for one of the New World's great vegetable gifts to Planet Barbecue: potatoes hit the grill.<p>First came the smoked potatoes with black garlic jam and ramp (wild …

Ray Ray's Hog Pit Makes Some of the Best Damn Ribs in the Country

Against all odds, nestled in Columbus, OH.<p><b>They talk about Texas,</b> and they talk about Memphis, and they talk about Kansas City. But none of those places matter. Barbecue is a country five feet wide and twenty feet long, and it's filled with darkness, smoke, and meat. The place that surrounds that …

BBQ

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>With more snow headed towards many of us this weekend, we're turning to comforting, savory dishes to keep us warm. From twice-baked potatoes and spicy …

Cooking

13 Protein-Packed Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is more than just a superseed that you hear about from people at the gym or in health magazines. It is a nutrient-dense ingredient that can be …

Food

8 Regional Chinese Recipes to Ring in the Chinese New Year

This month, close to a quarter of the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year—a staggering statistic that, in addition to mainland China, also …

Chinese New Year

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the Caribbean

Whether you're a family of three or of five, with toddlers or with teens, these five best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts promise carefree good times in a natural paradise with unbridled fun under the sun for the whole family. Above and beyond delicious cuisine and decadent spa treatments, each of …

The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever

New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming<p>When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic …

Climate Change

Awesome Little Features: Touch Preview in Spotify for iPad

I like Quick Look on OS X a lot. All you have to do is select something in Finder (the file browser), tap the space bar, and a small window opens up to show you a preview of the file. Text and .doc files show with some formatting, images get larger, and songs will start to play. Quick look is …

We pitted an iPhone camera against a point-and-shoot and a DSLR to see if there's really any difference

We matched an iPhone 6 camera against the DSLR Canon 5D Mark II ($3,400 for the body alone) and the point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS ($244).<p>We tested the cameras in various situations, including bright sunny day, moving objects, close up, etc. Don't expect techie jargon or focus charts …

Mobile Photography

Peru and Ecuador: Free airfare offer on Machu Picchu, Galápagos tours

If you're contemplating a trip to South America, Boston-based Overseas Adventure Travel offers free airfare worth $900 per person on selected trips this summer.<p>The deal is good for June journeys that highlight Machu Picchu in Peru and the Galápagos in Ecuador -- if you reserve by the end of …

South America

Why all 20-somethings should journal

Nowadays it’s easy to get caught up in all the things going on outside of ourselves. In my own experience, a work-life balance can easily be tipped …