Cockatoo choreographs his own dance moves, researchers believe

New study of Snowball the prancing parrot points to bird at peak of his creative powers When Snowball the sulphur-crested cockatoo revealed his first dance moves a decade ago he became an instant sensation. The foot-tapping, head-bobbing bird boogied his way on to TV talkshows and commercials and won an impressive internet audience. But that was merely the start. A new study of the prancing parrot points to a bird at the peak of his creative powers. In performances conducted …

French online hate speech bill aims to wipe out racist trolling

Abuse on social networks pushes MP to draw up law that could be copied across Europe Frances tough new law against online hatred aims to wipe out racist and homophobic trolling on social networks and could be replicated across Europe, according to the politician spearheading it as she faces daily racist abuse on Twitter. Laetitia Avia, a business lawyer who grew up in the low-income Paris banlieue suburbs where discrimination is rife, was hailed as a symbol of French diversity …

The end of erotica? How Hollywood fell out of love with sex

The sex scene is dying out: not just because of #MeToo, but also because of new box-office economics For decades, no big-box-office, adult-oriented Hollywood movie was apparently complete without a sex scene, from Dont Look Now to Basic Instinct. Yet it appears that erotica is now dying out in mainstream cinema. A critical analysis Washington Post told last week. But, again, liberating 22-year-old Zendaya from her Disney-princess prison with a shocking coming-of-age series is not quite equivalent to the behaviour …

American who fought for Taliban freed early from US prison

John Walker Lindh released, though some politicians say he may still be security risk John Walker Lindh, the American captured in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, has been released early from federal prison, instantly drawing the fury of senior US government officials who say he may still pose a security risk. Filmed by a CNN news crew in northern Afghanistan during his battlefield capture shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the footage of the prisoner who would become known as the …