Anthony Johnston

Could Tuesday's presidential election result in a historic tie?

After $2.5 billion and years of campaigning, the US election could fail to produce a president – or put an unelected senator in the White House. With the candidates still locked together in the polls, Americans could wake up Wednesday to a tie and a new battle that could run into next year.If Mitt...

Monday, November 5, 2012, 8:02 PM

Nidar Singh Nihang: Modern warrior

He used to work in a food-packaging factory, but now 44-year-old Nidar Singh Nihang, from Wolverhampton, England, has an arguably more eyebrow-raising lifestyle.Nihang is a full-time practitioner of the ancient Sikh martial art of shastar vidiya (“science of weapons”) and claims to be the last...

Sunday, November 27, 2011, 10:36 PM

Video: Unicycle football looks like a good way to get hurt

Unicycle football is all the rage in the small city of San Marcos, Texas, home to the world's first and only Unicycle Football League (UFL), watched by hundreds of fans every week.Founded by aquatics biology student Marcus Garland in 2007, the rules of the game are similar to NFL football – only...

Monday, November 21, 2011, 5:04 PM

Banana sculptor makes art your eyes can feast on

Armed with a toothpick and a rudimentary scraper, Keisuke Yamada turns your ordinary bunch of bananas into intricate sculptures of art.The 23-year-old Yamada, an electrician by day and an intrepid fruit carver by night, became a viral sensation in his native Japan after images of banana busts of...

Friday, November 4, 2011, 5:09 PM

‘Three Musketeers’ 3-D: All style but no swagger

“All for one, and one for all” — that hackneyed battle cry of 17th century swashbuckling mustached Frenchmen has been croaked yet again. This time round, director Paul W.S. Anderson of the much-maligned “Resident Evil” saga is in charge of injecting joie de vivre into this ol’ Dumas tale. On the...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 11:47 PM

All for one with the “Three Musketeers” cast

"All for one, and one for all!" – that ageless motto, evoking 17th century swashbuckling Frenchmen, sounds its familiar jingle yet again with the release of a new "The Three Musketeers." This time, however, we get "action fresh and modern for the younger audience", according to director and co-...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 3:56 AM

The Three Musketeers return but this time in 3D

“All for one, and one for all!” — that ageless motto, evoking 17th century swashbuckling Frenchmen, sounds its familiar jingle yet again with the release of a new The Three Musketeers.This time, however, we get “action fresh and modern for the younger audience”, according to director and co-...

Friday, October 14, 2011, 2:09 AM

The online world reacts to Steve Jobs' death

The death of Apple's visionary leader Steve Jobs has sparked the biggest online reaction of any event in history, as Twitter figures are set to top 10,000 tweets per second.Twitter messages on topics like #RipSteveJobs, #ThankYouSteve, #iSad and #iHeaven have surpassed the previous largest total of...

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 5:42 PM

Taste test: Insects increasingly crawling onto Western plates

“Insects are good for you!” the wide-eyed, intrepid-looking chef said, speaking about the food at his restaurant.Whether Daniel Creedon’s words are of wisdom or folly, insects are creeping onto plates in the Western world. No longer just the preserve of reality shows like Fear Factor, bugs are not...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7:51 PM

Video: Taste your words with a cocktail-mixing typewriter

If you ever wondered what words taste like, now you’re in luck. Misha Volodin from St. Petersburg, a 30-year-old music shop clerk by day, disc jockey ‘Morskoiboy’ by night, spent his after-work hours building a contraption that mixes cocktails by typing on a keyboard. Each key is a pump that pours...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7:29 PM

Animal dung and fish bladders: Early days of contraception

Analysis by Prof. Robert Jütte, chief historian of medicine at Stuttgart’s Robert Bosch Foundation, author of the book Contraception: A History.Family planning, Egyptian styleIn ancient Egypt, crocodile dung was used as a pessary. It sounds weird and revolting but now we know that it's not as crazy...

Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:37 PM

In Pictures: Family builds eco-friendly 'Hobbit Hole' in U.K. countryside

Fans of JRR Tolkien will turn green with envy at the sight of this 'Hobbit-hole'-esque house built for a family of four in the British countryside.This Welsh homestead reminiscent of 'Bag End', the underground home famously inhabited by Frodo and Bilbo Baggins in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, was...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:54 PM

The weight of waste in the palm of your hand

Every year, millions of tonnes of supermarket packaging goes straight to the landfill, putting a burden on our environment and adding to our carbon footprint. But reading these massive numbers in wasteful packaging can be hard to digest. Oliver Bourne, a 23-year-old London-based graphic designer...

Monday, April 11, 2011, 10:06 PM

Ultrasound photograph captures baby elephant in the womb

This incredible photograph shows a baby elephant in utero – with itsunmistakably characteristic ears, feet and trunk in full sight.The image of George the elephant, the latest pachyderm arrivalat Whipsnade Zoo in England, was taken 19 months before he was born.Zoological experts used 3-D ultrasound...

Monday, November 15, 2010, 10:27 PM

Study finds new hope for fighting hypertension

A new healthy gene variant has been discovered by an international team of scientists, paving the way to new prevention and treatment for hypertension. Research led by the University of Glasgow and Istituto Auxologico Italiano of Milan identified the new gene they claim lowers the risk of high...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 10:28 PM