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The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower

US daredevil films 100mph flight through 4-metre-wide mountain valley in a wing suit

Wingman Jeb Corliss calls it 'the hardest thing I've ever done'

Google reveals new Hummingbird search algorithm to better handle natural speech

News was announced at a press conference in the garage where Sergei Brin and Larry Page first launched the search engine

Google Doodle celebrates French physicist Léon Foucault’s 194th birthday with pendulum tribute

Foucault pendulum is a simple device introduced in 1851 to confirm that the earth rotated

Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski

Focus turns to 'wingsuiting' after death of Olympic stuntman Mark Sutton

Wingsuits allow the wearer to both fall downwards and move across the sky at speeds up to 226mph

The News Matrix: Thursday 27 June 2013

American footballer in murder charge

A view of the PSG celebrations that turned violent
The view from a windscreen camera as the meteor streaked over the Urals

Visit the town that survived Armageddon: Russian city hit by meteor makes a bid for space tourism

Tourism bosses in Chelyabinsk hope to build a 'Meteor Disneyland' in the southern Russian city

3D Printing: The pen that can draw a solid Eiffel Tower

If there was any doubt as to whether people would want a pen that can draw in 3D, the inventors behind the 3Doodler have dispelled it. Just two days after setting up a Kickstarter account to crowdsource $30,000 of funding to launch their mind-boggling new toy, the team had hit an incredible total of $1.1m, with thousands of backers pledging money in exchange for the opportunity to get their hands on the first pens off the production line.

A 3Doodle of an insect

If 3D printers sound too expensive... try a 3D pen

If you've been watching the rise of 3D printing in envy as you can't shell out on a 3D printer, then a little-known American company may have just made your day.

The Shard's view is a new joy, but taking the high ground has always elevated the senses

Plus: A four-letter word arrives on Radio 4 and the latest spin on a misused word

Forget the Green Goblin... Shard to stop French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert – with an injunction

In a two-decade career, Mr Robert has scaled the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Empire State Building

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India,- and an artist's impression, right, of the Dubai version

So you think the Taj Mahal's grand? Wait till you see the Taj Arabia…

Building will be four times size of original and stand next to copies of Eiffel Tower and Pyramids other world landmarks

Polish builders jailed for beating multimillionaire to death in vain attempt to get him to reveal where he kept his cash

Three builders have been jailed for life with a recommendation that they serve at least 30 years for murdering a multimillionaire, police said.

Awe therapy could 'improve our mental health and make us nicer'

A jaw-dropping moment really can make time appear to stand still - or at least slow down, new research suggests.

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence