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Anders Tegnell and the Swedish Covid experiment
At the start of this year, Anders Tegnell was just a low-profile bureaucrat in a country of 10 million people, heading a department that collects and analyses data on public health. Today, he has become one of the best known — and most controversial — figures of the global coronavirus crisis.
The epidemiologist believes lockdown is 'using a hammer to kill a fly'. Could he be proved right?
Kanye West's perplexing run as a potential 2020 spoiler
Kanye West wants to bring back prayer in schools, give more government support to religious groups and has even asked his campaign staff to refrain from "fornicating" outside of marriage, according to people aiding his candidacy.
West, the billionaire hip-hop artist and fashion mogul turned Christian revivalist, is not running for president but "walking," as he puts it.
A pastor, a school bus and a trip through a scorched town
In a season that has seen fast-moving fires lay waste to millions of acres along the West Coast of the United States, perhaps no town has seen the destructive fury that levelled parts of Phoenix, Oregon.
In the span of a few hours September 8, the Almeda Fire burned through large parts of not only Phoenix but the neighbouring town of Talent, together home to 11,000 people.
The ruin was so widespread that a week later, authorities still would not allow residents to return home to see what was left.
Locals have been left to wonder whether the town can rise from the ashes.
What happens if Trump loses but refuses to concede?
As Americans prepare to cast their vote in the US election, a nightmare scenario looms large: what if Donald Trump were to lose the presidency but refuse to accept defeat?
Trump has repeatedly refused to commit to accepting the election outcome, predicted widespread fraud, and claimed that the results from postal voting — which is expected to surge because of the coronavirus pandemic — might not be known "for months or for years".
The search for life on Venus could start with Rocket Lab
Elon Musk wants to settle humans on Mars with his rocket company SpaceX. Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, wants a trillion people living in space. But the chief executive of one private space company is approaching space exploration differently, and now aims to play a part in the search for life on Venus.
On Monday, scientists announced the astonishing discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. This chemical could have been produced by a biological source, but scientists won't know for sure without sending a spacecraft to the planet.
Fleabag director on his star-studded new film, Enola Holmes
Director Harry Bradbeer helped Phoebe Waller-Bridge shape Fleabag into an award-winning show.
Now he's moved on to Sherlock Holmes's sister.
Vaccine-makers keep safety details quiet, alarming scientists
It is standard for drug companies to withhold details of clinical trials until after they are completed, tenaciously guarding their intellectual property and competitive edge. But these are extraordinary times, and now there is a growing outcry among independent scientists and public health experts who are pushing the companies to be far more open with the public in the midst of a pandemic.
Who is Paris Hilton, really?
Lounging cross-legged on her bed at home in Beverly Hills, California, and wearing a turquoise hoodie, Paris Hilton appeared at ease. There were none of the affectations that have defined her public image for two decades: the flat baby voice, the tiny, shimmering outfits, the faux ditziness, the stance that everything cool was "hot."
"I built this kind of shield around me and kind of this persona, almost to hide behind, because I've been through so much where I just didn't even want to think about it anymore."
The heiress and proto-influencer says that she spent nearly two decades playing a character.
Disney wanted to make a splash in China with 'Mulan.' It stumbled instead
Executives at Walt Disney Studios were celebrating. Mulan, a $297 million live-action spectacle five years in the making, had arrived on Disney's streaming service to strong reviews, with critics lauding its ravishing scenery and thrilling battle sequences.
The abundant controversies that had dogged Mulan over its gestation — false rumours that Disney was casting a white lead actress, calls for a boycott after its star expressed support for the Hong Kong police — had largely dissipated by September 4, when the film arrived online. Success looked likely around the world, including the crucial market of China.
Then the credits rolled.
He invented the Rubik's Cube. He's still learning from it
The first person to solve a Rubik's Cube spent a month struggling to unscramble it.
It was the puzzle's creator, an unassuming Hungarian architecture professor named Erno Rubik. When he invented the cube in 1974, he wasn't sure it could ever be solved. Mathematicians later calculated that there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways to arrange the squares, but just one of those combinations is correct.
When Rubik finally did it, after weeks of frustration, he was overcome by "a great sense of accomplishment and utter relief." Looking back, he realises the new generation of "speedcubers" — Yusheng Du of China set the world record of 3.47 seconds in 2018 — might not be impressed.
Martha Stewart, blissed out on CBD, is doing just fine
America's foremost domestic goddess has a new line of CBD gummies.
"I pop 20 of them and just feel OK," Martha Stewart said, "but some of my friends do two and feel high."