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Underwater towns of the Volga - in pictures

Communities on the Volga were flooded on Stalin’s orders for dams – but a few relics of the past remain

Joseph Stalin

How To Stop Measuring And Start Managing

When I first started taking business classes a thousand years ago, they were still teaching the old-school definition of management. Back then the conventional wisdom was that managers did five things: planning, forecasting, budgeting, controlling and something else. Who can even remember? I heard …

The Workplace

How the Scorpion Lost Its Tail (And Its Anus)

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Many lizards can break off their tails when they’re in danger. Many spiders can do the same to their legs. This is called autotomy. The body parts have in-built lines of weakness that can easily tear, and the wounds tend to rapidly close and heal. …

Insects

Son challenges Belgian law after mother’s 'mercy killing’

Tom Mortier, whose mother was killed by lethal injection at her own request due to depression in a Brussels hospital in April 2012, takes landmark euthanasia case to European Court of Human Rights<p>A Belgian man is going to the European Court of Human Rights after his depressed mother was killed by …

Artist Hilariously Reimagines Disney Princesses with Realistic Hair

There are several aspects of Disney films that don't quite match up to reality, from talking animals to unbelievably tiny waistlines to magic spells. Noticing that Disney princesses' hair often behaves in ways that are just as fantastical as the characters' lives, BuzzFeed illustrator Loryn Brantz …

Hair

Americans! This is what it's like to use the NHS, Britain's universal healthcare system that Trump thinks is 'going broke and not working'

President Trump woke up this morning and fired off a tweet criticising Democrats who "are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working."<p>"Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal …

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The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Are

We’ve already seen that the notions of stable character and fixed personality are a myth. And yet, our culture is wired for labels and checkboxes, eager to neatly file people away into categorical cabinets and thrown into furor over the slightest inkling of multiplicity. Take, for instance, Howard …

Table of Contents: Living Small

Living small doesn’t mean you can’t live large. This week we’ll make the most of tiny gardens, with a sneak peek at Ikea’s new summer collection for …

10 Great Science Fiction Books for People Who Don’t Read Sci-Fi

This week, <i>The New Yorker</i> published their first ever science fiction issue, filled with speculative stories from popular authors, many not necessarily …

Science Fiction

What's happened so far at the alleged Silk Road kingpin's trial

It's been a dramatic few weeks in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old accused of being the mastermind behind Silk Road, what was once the …

Silk Road

Your gluten-free detox cleanse is nothing more than conspicuous consumption

People have been selling snake oil for centuries. But the way similar marketing puffery has crept into our food politics has been unusually subtle. The US Food and Drug Administration doesn’t even have a firm definition for the words “natural” or “organic”, yet those words have helped sell a …

FDA

Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

Children throwing tantrums should be given time to calm down on their own rather than distracted with tablets or smartphones, say researchers<p>It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.<p>But child psychologists say it may be stunting …

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