Cannes 2015: Every movie reviewed

Here's what the Telegraph critics made of the features that screened at Cannes 2015, from Emmanuelle Bercot's opening film to Michael Fassbender's Macbeth – and everything weird, wonderful and unexpected in between. Enjoy!

Why swimming like a mermaid is the new extreme sport

Apparently, being a mermaid has now become a profession. Ariel-esque women are employed in aquariums across the globe and as entertainment for guests at posh hotels. Being a mermaid is apparently a cross between free diving and synchronised swimming – with your feet strapped together. Trust me, that’s harder than it sounds.Are you a mermaid lover? Check out the article below and find out more!

A mermaid model of a sprite: The Horniman Museum’s 19th century monkey-fish

Are you going to be in England between May 8 and September 6? Don't miss the Horniman Merman in the exhibition Myths and Monsters, at the Natural History Museum in Tring, UK. This style of mermaid is actually a model of a ningyo or water sprite – a traditional feature found in some religious Shinto shrines in Japan. People used to think they were made by sewing a monkey to a fish, but when scientists examined the teeth and scanned the body of this model, they found it was made from fish, wood, wire and papier mâché. DNA testing is currently underway in an attempt to identify the fish species...

Seven mermaid sightings from around the world

Do you believe mermaids are real? Here are the 7 top mermaid sightings from around the world that may help make up your mind!

Mermaid Melissa

Legally named “Mermaid,” Melissa has dedicated her life to promoting ocean education through underwater entertainment. Her slogan? “Let’s help save the oceans before all creatures become mythical.” She makes appearances around the world performing underwater breath hold showcases with her Mermaid Melissa LLC aquatic company, which includes a team of trained professional mermaids and mermen. With 10 years of hands on experience as a pro free diver, live underwater performances for aquariums, companies, and events. Watch more videos here

10 things you probably didn’t know about The Little Mermaid

You might have seen it a hundred times over but how well do you really know the Disney classic The Little Mermaid? Did you know the ending was inspired by Die Hard, for example? Or that it very nearly never went to production? Or how about that Sebastian was supposed to be an English crab?

10 myths and mysteries from unsolved murders to the Hull Mermaid

If you love mysteries set in older times, we suggest you to visit Hull, UK. Hull is a hotbed for unsolved mysteries, myths and legends. The Hull Mermaid, which can be seen at Hull Maritime Museum, is just one of many myths and mysteries connected to this city, from tales of witchcraft and ghost ships to unsolved disappearances.Find out more at the link below:

Psychoactive Amazonian medicine gaining popularity, may treat health disorders

Ayahuasca is another psychedelic drug proving surprisingly effective at helping people with what are known as “idiopathic” health disorders, those of unknown origin. In recent years ayahuasca, which has been prepared by native people for well over 1,000 years, has become vastly popular. Until fairly recently, the use of ayahuasca has been the purview of native people living in villages in recondite spots throughout the Amazon rainforest. But over the past decade especially, non-native people have sought the ayahuasca experience, and now this accounts for a full-on tourist boom in some places,...

Can psychedelic compounds play a part in drug dependence therapy?

The British Journal of Psychiatry has recently published an article on the potential positive impact of psychedelic drugs in the treatment of drug addiction. After a 40-year hiatus there is now a revisiting of psychedelic drug therapy throughout psychiatry, with studies examining the drugs psilocybin, ketamine, ibogaine and ayahuasca in the treatment of drug dependence. Limitations to these therapies are both clinical and legal, but the possibility of improving outcomes for patients with substance dependency imposes an obligation to research this area. Patients with drug dependence deserve the opportunity...

Gabon: Where the fate of the forest elephant will be decided

The Gabonese region of Minkébé is normally uninhabited, other than for the occasional hunter or Baka pygmy tribe. Pressed up against the Congo-Brazzaville and Cameroon borders, its national park is covered by virgin equatorial forest largely untouched by man. Now it had proved fertile ground for the ivory poachers. Last year in February, representatives of 46 countries gathered in London to agree a declaration to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, which is worth up to £12bn a year and rated the fourth most valuable to crime after human trafficking, the arms trade and drugs. The countries...

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