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Why do people think this ‘manspreading’ video is a Kremlin hoax?

Image copyright Anna Dovgalyuk Image caption A still from Anna Dovgalyuk’s anti-manspreading video Millions of people around the world have watched a viral video that appears to show a woman taking direct action against “manspreading”. So why do some think it is actually Kremlin-backed disinformation? A woman creeps up to unsuspecting men on the St Petersburg Metro. The men are ...

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Week in pictures: 13 – 19 October 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Mohamad Torokman / Reuters Image caption A Palestinian man and an Israeli soldier argue during clashes over an Israeli order to shut down a Palestinian school near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Image copyright Chris McGrath / Getty Image caption A ...

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Hi-tech glasses offer alternative to bifocals

Prescription lenses that can change focus from far to near and back again have been developed in Japan by TouchFocus. When a sensor on the frame is activated the liquid crystals set into the lower half of the glasses change positions, altering the focus in that area and allowing the wearer to see objects closer to them. Touching the sensor ...

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One culture, two generations: Learning my mother tongue

Born and raised in Birmingham, Lola is both British and Nigerian. As the oldest daughter, she started the first generation of British-Nigerian in her family. But to what extent can she lay claim to being Nigerian when she cannot speak her mother tongue? This black history month Lola and her mum Habiba have a candid conversation about why she never ...

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Australia government braced for Wentworth by-election defeat

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Liberal Party candidate Dave Sharma faces a strong challenge from independent Kerryn Phelps People are voting in a by-election in a suburban constituency in Sydney, which could wipe out the government’s one-seat parliamentary majority. PM Scott Morrison’s ruling Liberal Party is fighting to hold the affluent seat of Wentworth, vacated by his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull. ...

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When women got pills for hysteria and advice to keep vaginas clean

A new exhibition by the Royal College of Nursing showcases a series of strange, sometimes disturbing objects used in women’s healthcare. From pink pills to help women with so-called hysteria, to vaginal douches to keep them “clean”, the historical displays show how gynaecology has often been dominated by superstition and ignorance. Marvel Whirling Spray vaginal douche, circa 1900 In the ...

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Alternative Miss World contest – the night where bizarre is beautiful

Image copyright Philippe Vogelenzang Image caption Andrew Logan’s theme for this year’s contest is Psychedelic Peace It’s outing number 14 this weekend for Andrew Logan’s unclassifiable extravaganza the Alternative Miss World contest. The first event in 1972 was at his flat in London. This weekend it returns to the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. The contest is a bizarre combination ...

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Blast-off for BepiColombo on mission to Mercury

Image copyright ESA Image caption The BepiColombo spacecraft will take seven years to get to Mercury Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The joint endeavour, known as BepiColombo, left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America. It will take the probes seven years ...

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