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Watching John Oliver's New Video Will Give You Cancer... Or Maybe Cure It

"There's no Nobel Prize for fact-checking."<p>Science isn't bullshit, "but there is a lot of bullshit currently masquerading as science," John Oliver explained Sunday on HBO's "Last Week Tonight."<p>Oliver spent much of the program ripping apart supposedly scientific studies with bizarre conclusions, …

Cancer

Women's Equality Party: 'The Mayoral election was a dress rehearsal. We're not going anywhere'

I answer the phone to Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party, expecting to hear – perhaps – a slight note of discontent in her voice.<p>Yesterday, as the election in Barnet descended into chaos – with thousands reportedly turned away from polling stations after not being listed to vote - …

Happy 200th Birthday, Charlotte Brontë: 14 Books That Celebrate the Literary Icon

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf<p>Charlotte Brontë and her autobiographical character Jane Eyre are nothing short of cultural icons. Generations of readers, myself included, have a deep and abiding connection with the plucky governess--an independent, self-made woman, even as she found herself …

10 Religions Spawned By Works Of Fiction

The world’s religions all have their inherent histories and mythologies, many of which have existed for so long that there is near-constant debate …

Top 10 Best Selling Indian Novels

Novels are a great time pass for many, and are a great source of information for much more. Sometimes the stories we read may transform our lives and …

Books

The 8 Books Neil DeGrasse Tyson Thinks Everyone Should Read

Book club, anyone?<p>Back in 2011, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the revamped <i>Cosmos,</i> completed a Reddit Ask Me Anything.<p>In-between sharing his …

TIME Person of the Year 2015: Angela Merkel

Fairy tales are where you find them, but any number seem to begin in the dark German woods where Angela Merkel spent her childhood.<p>The girl who would …

Facebook offers all employees four months paid baby leave

As CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to become a father, the world's largest social network shakes up its parental leave policy.<p>Facebook is giving all full-time employees four months of paid leave to take care of a new baby, regardless of an employee's gender or location.<p>Starting January 2016, all new …

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

Rare Earth

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

Is Sexism All in Your Brain?

A new study says the brains of misogynists are also super-dense in regions that control fear and anger. But there’s a twist.<p>Sexism is deeply …

Research

8 Brain Exercises To Improve your IQ Score

Can we make ourselves any smarter? The answer to that particular question is still a puzzle, trying to be solved by scientists all over the world. …

The Brain

Why Hurricane Patricia Can't Be Blamed On Climate Change

On Thursday morning, Patricia was a relatively small Category 1 hurricane. By Friday afternoon, it was the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.<p>Is climate change to blame for this record-breaking storm's ferocious rise?<p>The answer is complex, and shows why it's so hard to tie …

Weather

Einstein wouldn't like it: New test proves universe is "spooky"

LONDON (Reuters) - The universe really is weird, which is bad news both for Albert Einstein and for would-be hackers hoping to break into quantum encryption systems.<p>Eighty years after the physicist dismissed as "spooky" the idea that simply observing one particle could instantly change another …

Quantum Mechanics

The 'sexist' words your children are no longer allowed to use at school

Teachers are to be issued guidelines from the Institute of Physics detailling the words which are to be banned from the playground<p>Children as young as five are going to be admonished for using language that enforces gender stereotypes as new guidelines are sent to every school in England this …

Education

The Most Underrated Tourist Attractions in Europe

Let me just come out and say it: I hate tourist attractions. Or rather, I hate touristy tourist attractions. Don’t get me wrong, the Mona Lisa’s got …

From Running To Road Biking, The Tech That Matters

Making the transition from running to biking couldn’t be easier with these gadgets.<p>As you may have seen in my previous posts, I’m a keen advocate of technology for road running. Having run over 3000km this year the right kit has made a real difference.<p>Recently I’ve been working with Specialized to …

Gear & Gadgets

Jupiter's great red spot turns orange as storm abates, Hubble images reveal

Most recent images from Hubble space telescope show giant red spot on planet’s atmosphere has continued to shrink and has become more circular<p>The raging storm that creates Jupiter’s great red spot has waned and turned the planet’s famous blemish to orange, according to the most recent images from …

Astronomy

David Cameron wants to close the gender pay gap. Now comes the hard bit

The Prime Minister has spoken for the first time about ending the gender pay gap and said that big companies will be forced to publish details of salary differences. Ann Francke, head of the CMI, explains what it means for you<p>It might have come from a man, but David Cameron's announcement today …

Gender

Thousands support junior doctor’s angry letter to PM

Facebook surge of support for junior doctor’s defence of colleagues and attack on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt<p>A junior doctor’s attack on David Cameron and his Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, over working hours in the NHS has won the backing of more than 80,000 people.<p>Angered by complaints from …

It took me six months to get from Syria to the UK. Now I want to live with dignity

I never imagined that I would go through a journey like this. I am from Damascus and before the war my family was happy.<p>Older refugees don't make the headlines, but they need help too<p>Read more<p>At first I thought the uprising against Assad was a great thing, and my brother and I went on marches, but …

Middle East

Humans of the world: This stunning new film will change how you see yourself

You may think that you’ve seen this film before. If all you see is the poster, trailer or Google promo for Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s stunning latest opus <i>Human</i>, it’s easy to dismiss the production as yet another beautifully photographed but unstartling documentary—the kind you might play in the …

United Nations

A day in the life of the UN

Arwa Baider, paediatrician working for Unicef in Yemen<p>Before this conflict, my day would start with an early breakfast, a coffee with my father and a chat about life and the situation in Yemen. A million babies are born each year in Yemen and to minimise child deaths we have to vaccinate against …

Africa

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

21 Inspiring Fitness Girls To Follow On Instagram

All the motivation you need to get in shape—and stay there—in 2018.<p>From ballerinas to yogis and celebrity trainers, these stylish and in-shape girls show off the best workout motivation on Instagram. Follow along and be inspired to get fit—the healthy way.

Women at all levels of UK companies are paid less than men

It’s old hat now that women are paid less than men, even if they’re at the very top of their industry. The latest confirmation comes from data in the UK showing that women in senior management or at director level in the country earn 11% less than their male counterparts, and are awarded with …

Career Development

Stephen Hawking has found a way to escape black holes

Professor Stephen Hawking has proposed a new solution for how information might be able to escape a black hole.<p>The problem has confounded physicists …

China’s schools are testing factories. Why is Britain so keen to copy them?

Our government seems determined to move towards the Chinese style of hothousing pupils, just as China is waking up to the folly of such methods<p>This evening the BBC will carry forward the great myth that Chinese education is “better” than Britain’s. A documentary comparing Chinese and British …

China