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Open Championship 2017: Rory McIlroy lies five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth

An “ecstatic” Rory McIlroy had no need for a pep talk after one of his best Open Championship rounds kept him firmly in contention for a fifth major title at a wet and windy Royal Birkdale. McIlroy added a 68 to his opening 71 to post a halfway total of one under par and lie five shots off the pace set by two-time major winner Jordan Spieth. Spieth, who would join McIlroy in being three quarters of the way to a career grand slam with victory on Sunday, defied strong…

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10 numbers behind… Ice Cream

A cascade of numbers to learn everything there is to know about one of the most popular summer delicacy: here are some curiousice creamfacts and figures not to be missed. 0.1  litres of ice cream are consumed by the inhabitants of India every year, which earns this nation the record achievement of consuming less ice cream than any other. Apart from Indonesia (0.1 litres), with which it shares this “first place”, followed by Pakistan (0.2 litres). Market research, however, points to these countries as having the highest growth potential for…

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The Mad Scientist Behind Nike’s ‘Back to the Future’ Sneaker

BEAVERTON, Ore. — The only things missing were a white lab coat and an electrified hairdo as Tiffany Beers, 37, showed off an assortment of boots and shoes adorned with dangling wires and MacGyvered circuit boards. Ms. Beers, an engineer by training and a senior innovator by title at Nike, works in the company’s vaunted Innovation Kitchen, so named because Bill Bowerman, a founder of Nike, used a waffle iron in a kitchen to create the “waffle sole,” a game changer for sneakers. But her office is littered with prototypes…

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From Elizabeth I to high fashion, the tales behind Game of Thrones’ costumes

Game of Thrones, which returns today for its seventh season, offers fantasy, horror and intrigue, and, as Sarah Mower has put it, shines a light on “our cynical, sophisticated, brutal, hopeless new Dark Ages”. It is also great fun to watch as a fashion expert, whether you are a “pedant” who needs everything to be historically correct, or a “swooner” who doesn’t mind if it is not. The show is infamous for its ability to brutally shock audiences. Such visceral, sensorial overload can mean that the breathtaking beauty of the costumes — and…

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The Wiggles matters to kids, and the message behind it even more so

I love everything about The Wiggles, except that the girl Wiggle needs to be called the Girl Wiggle.   I have loved The Wiggles for almost thirty years. My mum tells a story about taking my sister and I to a Wiggles concert when we were little and watching every kid in the room wet themselves as soon as they came onto the stage. That’s how much we loved them. Now I have a toddler of my own, I love them again. But there is something I don’t love about…

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The Stifled Desires Behind Acrush, the Chinese Boy Band Made Up of Five Girls

Just when you thought the boy-band phenomenon had finally run its course (in how many more directions can One Direction go?), a Chinese iteration goes and renovates the form. At first blush, the five members of Acrush (the “A” stands for Adonis, the Greek god of male beauty) resemble the prototypical Simon Cowell-culled group: boyishly handsome, impeccably groomed, freakishly flawless in a way that mortal teen-agers typically aren’t. There is, however, one difference. Underneath the leather jackets, Timberland boots, and conspicuously masculine posturing, the group is comprised of five cisgender…

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