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Loneliness: Different ways of dealing with being alone

By Sean CoughlanBBC NewsPublishedduration7 hours agoimage captionLiz Grint says her family has had to find a new way of living after months of isolationMillions might feel lonely in the lockdown, but every type of loneliness is individual. Here are five very different ways of living with loneliness.A photograph of fish and chips was one way…

Australian elite soldiers killed Afghan civilians, report finds

Publishedduration3 hours agomedia captionDr Rodger Shanahan speaks about the culture in the ranksThere is "credible evidence" that Australian elite soldiers unlawfully killed 39 people during the Afghan war, a long-awaited report has found.The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has released findings from a four-year inquiry into misconduct by its forces.It said 19 current or ex-special forces…

Was the scientific advice for lockdown flawed?

By Richard CooksonBBC NewsPublishedduration15 hours agoimage copyrightGetty ImagesAs coronavirus began spreading around the world at the start of 2020, in the UK there were weaknesses in the expert analysis of its likely impact, according to a BBC documentary."There is going to be a lot of criticism of the scientists - because it's easy to have…

Apprentice redundancy numbers rise in lockdown

By Ben WeiszBBC NewsPublishedduration16 hours agoimage captionLouise has found new work on a farm - but her apprenticeship is overLouise James started her apprenticeship with a butchery company in January, but was made redundant just eight months later due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 33-year-old was "devastated" by the decision, but her employer's business had completely…

COP26: Frustrated by delay, young activists stage virtual Mock COP

By Olivia Le PoidevinBBC MinutePublishedduration16 hours agoHundreds of young environmental activists from around the world are meeting virtually to call for greater action on climate change.Unlike the UN summit, COP26, the youth-led Mock COP is not based anywhere physical. Workshops and talks are being hosted virtually across multiple time zones, reducing carbon emissions by 1,500…

EU budget blocked by Hungary and Poland over rule of law issue

Publishedduration23 hours agoHungary and Poland have blocked approval of the EU's budget over a clause that ties funding with adherence to the rule of law in the bloc.The package includes €750bn (£673bn; $888bn) for a Covid recovery fund.Ambassadors of the 27 member states meeting in Brussels were unable to endorse the budget because the two…
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Review: Synchronic is a time-bending slow burn of a sci-fi thriller

Still upset about [redacted], though — Anthony Mackie gives a stellar performance as doomed man for whom time is unraveling. Jennifer Ouellette - Nov 22, 2020 3:00 pm UTC Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star as New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents in the sci-fi thriller Synchronic.Chances are you missed Synchronic,…

Four Ars staffers bought electric cars recently—here’s what we got

🔋 — Electric vehicle customers today enjoy a wide selection—and a $7,500 tax credit. Timothy B. Lee - Nov 22, 2020 2:30 pm UTC Enlarge / Our electric 2019 Kia Niro.Timothy B. Lee / Ars TechnicaOn Friday the 13th my wife and I went to a Kia dealership to take delivery of a Kia Niro.…

Xbox Series X/S vs. PlayStation 5: Our launch-month verdict

video gaaaaames — Which new console is worth your hundreds? Our direct comparison offers an answer. Kyle Orland and Sam Machkovech - Nov 22, 2020 2:00 pm UTC Enlarge / L-R: Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S.Sam MachkovechThough this year's newest consoles have only been on store shelves for less than two weeks,…

UK government buys chunk of bankrupt Starlink competitor, OneWeb

Spacing out broadband — Goal: launch global commercial Internet service focusing on remote areas by 2022. Peggy Hollinger, Financial Times - Nov 22, 2020 1:41 pm UTC Enlarge / A OneWeb receiver.The UK has entered the increasingly competitive race to become a global satellite Internet provider after taking control of failed space startup OneWeb with…