'Sleep with me, I’ll make you a Baroness’: Lib Dem peer faces ‘longest suspension since WWII’

A Lib Dem peer is facing a near-four-year ban from the House of Lords, after a report by Parliament’s Commissioner for Standards revealed allegations that he propositioned a woman with “corrupt inducements to sleep with him.” Lord Lester of Herne Hill, 82, who has resigned as the Liberal Democrat’s human rights spokesperson and was suspended […]

Three high-flying birds soar together for the first time since the 1970s

Eric Berger Update: This week, Ars staffers from across the country gather together in real life for our annual meeting, Technicon. We’re supposed to be talking more than typing, so we’re resurfacing a few classic Ars stories just in case the front page gets lonely. This one, which originally ran on November 22, 2015, centers […]

It’s been 33 years since rebels allegedly backed by Pablo Escobar stormed Colombia’s Palace of Justice

AP Photo In late 1985, left-wing rebels stormed Colombia’s Supreme Court building in Bogota, taking hundreds of people hostage. Colombian forces stormed the building and freed the hostages, but scores were killed, including many justices. The Colombian government has been accused of abuses during the siege, and leaders have apologized. On Wednesday, November 6, 1985, […]

Russian Bear bomber gate crashes NATO’s largest drill since Cold War (PHOTOS)

A Russian Tu-142 bomber blindsided a US flagship taking part in NATO’s massive Trident Juncture 18 drills off Norway. Spectacular photos of the flyby have expectedly sparked a media uproar, while Moscow called the flight routine. The plane appeared in the air at the very moment the marines on board the USS Mount Whitney, the […]

The best blockbuster movie of every year since 2000

Warner Bros. When you see a blockbuster film, you become part of a cultural phenomenon that translates to big box-office bucks for studios. But money isn’t the only thing that determines quality — and the top-grossing film may not have been the best one released that year. Here’s the best movie that grossed in the […]

Merkel's sister party CSU suffers worst election result since 1950 in Bavaria

Germany’s political landscape is crumbling as Merkel’s sister party, the CSU, has only received 35.5% of the votes in Bavaria, an exit poll shows. Meanwhile, the anti-establishment AfD has entered parliament for the first time. Voters in Bavaria headed to the polls to decide on the composition of the 180-member parliament on Sunday. The Christian […]

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s 'body language has CHANGED since the birth of Louis'

Kate Middleton, 36, gave birth to her third child Prince Louis six months ago. After a summer taking maternity leave and caring for the young Prince, Kate is back in the spotlight. The Duchess of Cambridge returned to the spotlight last week, making three appearances in quick succession. Earlier this week she joined her husband […]

Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling soars to hit highest levels since July

The pound has maintained the high levels it struck on Friday through the weekend and into today. The high rate is the best it’s been since July and there could be more growth to come, said experts. The pound is currently trading at €1.139 against the euro, according to Bloomberg. Laura Parsons, currency analyst at […]

MoviePass’ parent company just freed up some room to sell more stock — after already increasing its share count by 80,000% since July (HMNY)

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Helios and Matheson, the parent of MoviePass, is required to reserve millions of shares of stock as part of a series of debt agreements. The company’s creditors have agreed to reduce the number of shares it has to set aside. The move could free the company up to sell new shares to […]

It’s been 5 years since Elon Musk proposed a Hyperloop design

Enlarge / Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ new passenger capsule. (credit: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies) In August 2013, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk published a white paper detailing a “Hyperloop,” a super-fast passenger train that would overcome the usual friction by levitating above its track on air-bearings, in an enclosed low-pressure tube. In the five years since, […]