Alan Gillen

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Confessions of an overconfident, mediocre man

I can't really put my finger on the precise moment I embraced my own male mediocrity. It was more a dawning realisation.<p>Be it striding confidently …

Columbia University

Russia's Gazprom starts building TurkStream gas pipeline under Black Sea

Russia's Gazprom has begun construction on the TurkStream gas pipeline under the Black Sea to Turkey. Feeder lines are planned to also supply EU …

The Good Bohemian: The Letters of Ida John review – the Bloomsbury group laid bare

The letters of Augustus John’s first wife, who forfeited her art for child-rearing and a most unconventional marriage, make for wickedly entertaining reading<p>As Virginia Woolf whimsically calculated, the world became modern “on or about December 1910”. Sadly, that was too late for Ida John, an …

Books

Eating Your Rice Like This Is So Much Better for Your Gut

Even though comfort food is typically associated with chillier months, our cravings don't change with the seasons. That being said, we don't always …

Our discovery of a minor planet beyond Neptune shows there might not be a 'Planet Nine' after all

Ever since enthusiasm started growing over the possibility that there could be a ninth major planet orbiting the sun beyond Neptune, astronomers have …

Donald Trump: James Comey confirms FBI is investigating possible Russia links, dismisses wire-tapping claims

Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration had "wire-tapped" his Trump Tower headquarters has been thoroughly and publicly debunked by FBI …

Which toothpaste should I use?

What ingredients does a good toothpaste need? And which ingredients are best for which people?<p>“A good toothpaste should always contain fluoride,” …

From Frankenstein to feminism: how electricity powered our imaginations

A new exhibition charts the changing place of electricity in our lives, our homes and in literature<p>Imagine an invisible power. A force that can affect the world at a great distance, cause damage and healing, bring objects to you, show you images of faraway lands, cast light in dark places, even – …

Mary Shelley

Here’s How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life on an Airplane

Whether you’re heading to London Fashion Week or popping somewhere for an enviable mid-winter getaway, there’s no need for exhaustion or jet lag-induced dark circles. Sleeping on the flight is imperative, but it can be a challenge to catch some zzz’s and look completely refreshed upon arrival. Who …

This is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to invest your money

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A dermatologist explains what causes cold sores and how to prevent them

Dr. Melanie Grossman, a dermatologist based in New York City, explains what causes cold sores and how to prevent them.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On …

Paradise in peril? The truth about traveling to tourist hot spot Bali

If heaven and hell had a baby, it would be Bali.<p>With its screensaver beaches, tropical climate and prices so low, you feel like you’re cheating the system ($27 a night for a three-star hotel, $1 for a fresh fruit smoothie), the Island of the Gods is the closest thing to paradise on earth.<p>But Bali, …

Say goodbye to kale: the superfood trends for 2017 - and five new ingredients to watch

According to Mintel’s 2017 global food and drink report, plant-based diets are set to explode into the mainstream this year, which makes sense, given that veganism has grown a staggering 360 per cent in the last decade. But never mind growing your own, they’re going to get extremely hi-tech. …

Nutrition

Second cousin

Figuring out how exactly you’re related to the people in your extended family can be surprisingly tricky.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter<p>Business Insider …

The 3 best ways to beat jet lag

Are you travelling? Is jet lag ruining your sleep schedule? Dr. Brian Crane, professor of chemistry at Cornell University explains what you can do to …

12 things successful people do in the last 10 minutes of the workday

<i>Mike Nudelman/Business Insider</i><p>1. They update their to-do lists.<p>Successful professionals always keep an eye on their ever-changing to-do lists, Taylor …

Here’s What A Perfect 30-Minute Workout Looks Like

When life gets insanely busy (y'know, as life does), even an hour-long workout can seem like a luxury that you just don't have the time for. But even …

Calories Per Day to Lose 3 Pounds Per Week

There are a number of factors that you need to take into consideration to determine how many calories a person should eat to lose weight, so there is …

9 things that can make you less attractive, according to science

We learned that walking a dog and playing good music are easy ways to give yourself a boost.<p>But lately we've been wondering: Aren't there things we're all guilty of doing that can <i>decrease</i> our attractiveness?<p>The answer is almost definitely yes. What follows is a list of common traits and behaviors …

The 10 Best Fat Burning Eating Tips

If you want to get more from your diet by burning fat while feeding your muscles, here are 10 eating tips to burn more fat. Though these tips focus …

3 Things to Help You Have a Tighter and More Toned Tummy

If you're constantly doing crunches to get a six-pack, you may be going about things the wrong way. Along with fat-burning cardio, the best way to lose belly fat is through these three diet changes.<p>Eat These<p>Proven to reduce abdominal fat, MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) should be a part of your …

Nutrition

How to Not Fight with Your Spouse When You Get Home from Work

My coaching clients have hard jobs with big responsibilities that generate lots of stress, and many of their spouses and partners have similarly demanding careers. And yet one of the most challenging experiences in their day doesn’t occur at work, but in the first 15 minutes after they arrive home …

Oil prices are being driven down by debt

In a post on Monday, Mark Dow at Behavioral Macro outlined the simple, but elegant and persuasive theory about why oil prices have been driven so low and why they remain there today.<p>Quite simply it is about how oil companies were financed.<p>Here's Dow (emphasis mine):<p>But on [the subject of oil] we …

Oil

Dick Smith rivals will prosper after a quick hit on clearance sales

JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman will first have to weather a flood of cheap electronics onto the market but will eventually prosper from the demise of …

This Breathing Trick Will Put You to Sleep in Seconds

Yes—sweet, sweet slumber can be yours.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep—we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing technique was …

Yoga

The 27 Nakedest Red Carpet Looks of 2015

It has been a very sheer year.<p>The naked dress had a major moment in 2015—appearing on every celebrity from Miley Cyrus to Kim Kardashian West (more than once on both, we might add). Here, we take a look back at the very sheer year in red carpet fashion.

Rugby World Cup 2015: Sonny Bill Williams keen to avoid Sam Burgess' shoulder

Fellow convert Williams believes England have erred by picking his fellow code-hopper in the centres however, insisting his best position is …

Unique David Pocock pivotal to Wallabies' Rugby World Cup assault

Activist, social campaigner and potentially the man who can lead Australia to World Cup glory – there’s more to David Pocock than meets the eye<p>A Zimbabwean kid who grew up wanting to be a Springbok might just be the Wallabies’ key weapon in trying to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.<p>“I’m a great …

Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2015: Top 20 players to watch

Host nation England kicks off the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Fiji on Friday September 18, seeking to win the tournament for the first time since 2003. Here are some of the key players to watch in the six-week event.

Rugby World Cup