New Articles A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris

The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

American Football: Packing a paunch: 'Freezer' hungry for Super Bowl joy

Green Bay's BJ Raji hopes to reprise his flesh-quivering touchdown celebration as he follows in the footsteps of 'The Fridge' in Sunday's showpiece

Civil War message found in a bottle

A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago.

Wisconsin Senate hopeful makes his money talk

Like Republicans across the country, Republican Ron Johnson has a commanding financial advantage. David Usborne reports from Oshkosh

It pays <u>not</u> to cultivate GM crops, survey finds

The first economic analysis of growing genetically modified crops on a wide scale has found that the biggest winners were the farmers who decided not to grow them.

The Big Six: Retro rooms

Sport on TV: Barrel-bellied man floats down in a stream of unconsciousness

When it comes to extreme feats of physical endurance, it's debatable whether they should be shown on TV.

Dan Rostenkowski: Influential politician who served in the US House of Representative for 36 years but whose career ended in scandal

If you like your politics Chicago-style, then Dan Rostenkowski was your man.

Album: Hayward Williams, Cotton Bell (Continental Song City)

Another day, a fresh sepia vision of the American heart.

Album: Kings Go Forth, The Outsiders Are Back (Luaka Bop)

Kings Go Forth are a Milwaukee retro-soul band with similarities to The Dap-Kings', but boasting a much more explosive, brash production style, with plenty of punchy Santana-like percussion, horn stabs and crisp drumming à la The Meters' Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste.

Ali Ollie Woodson: Singer and writer with the Temptations

One of Motown's premier acts, the Temptations are still going strong 50 years on from their inception, even if the background tenor Otis Williams has been the only constant member of the Detroit vocal group.

Meinhardt Raabe: One of the last of the surviving Munchkins from &lsquo;The Wizard of Oz&rsquo;

One of the last surviving Munchkins from the enduring fantasy film The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meinhardt Raabe has a place in film history as the flamboyant coroner who gives official notice that the Wicked Witch of the East is dead, killed by the farmhouse that landed on her in a tornado that has also brought young Dorothy from Kansas to Munchkinland.

A phone call from mother to daughter is just as comforting as a hug, scientists find

As the slogan goes, it's good to talk. Scientists have discovered that a conversation on the phone can be as good as a hug in terms of boosting the "love hormone" oxytocin – at least when it comes to mothers and daughters.

Nevin's Notes (07/05/10)

An alternative take on the election

Munchkinland's leading citizen dies at 94

Meinhardt Raabe made movie history playing the coroner in 'The Wizard of Oz' and declaring the wicked witch 'most sincerely dead'
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And it will trigger more war in future
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn