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Daydreaming is GOOD for you: Researchers find a wandering mind can boost your brainpower

Daydreaming can be good for you and actually boost the brain, researchers have found.<p>They say that while we daydream, the brain is actually more …

Heartwarming moment dozens of cops and firefighters flocked to autistic boy's birthday party after his heartbroken mom revealed none of his classmates turned up

When none of an autistic boy's classmates showed up for his sixth birthday party, his community and local sheriff's office rallied together to make …

Fire Fighting

Brazil Amazon: Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia

<b>Scientists are to scan the Amazon forest in Brazil to look for evidence of occupation by ancient civilisations.</b><p>A drone will be sent up with a laser instrument to peer through the canopy for earthworks that were constructed thousands of years ago.<p>The UK-led project is trying to determine how big …

Amazon Rainforest

Spaniards face sanctions if found to be drunk in charge of a pair of legs

Pedestrians to be breathalysed, and even be subject to speed limits, in proposed effort to make pavements safer<p>Pedestrians in Spain could soon be breathalysed and made to obey speed limits in proposals by officials hoping to make the country’s streets safer.<p>The plans have sparked a dispute, with …

The meaning of Mongol

<b>Uuganaa Ramsay was raised in Mongolia but now lives in Scotland. She has recently been exploring why her ethnicity is linked to Down's syndrome, a condition diagnosed in her son.</b><p>"I don't like that word," says a woman sitting opposite me on the train, pointing at the title of the book I am holding. …

World Health Organization

An Infant's Brain Maps Language From Birth, Study Says

A new study study reveals that an infant’s brain may remember a language, even if the child has no idea how to speak a word of it.<p>The finding comes …

This Typeface Could Help Dyslexic People Read More Easily

A typeface now on display at the Istanbul Design Biennial aims to help people with dyslexia read more easily by better distinguishing between letters.<p>…

Rastas, royals and revolution: 100 years of photography in the Caribbean

A new photography book examines culture, politics, religion and tourism in the Caribbean over the past century. Here are some of the best images<p>90 Degrees of Shade: Image and Identity in the West Indies – 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbeanby Paul Gilroy and Stuart Baker is published by Soul …

Translating sign language into TEXT: Deaf entrepreneurs develop a tablet case that interprets gestures

While 70 million deaf people use sign language as their mother tongue, not everyone has knowledge of the language so communicating can still be …

Language

Monkeys are as clever as CHILDREN: Bonobos solve puzzles as well as three-year-olds, study finds

Monkeys and young children can get up to all sorts of mischief - and recent research suggests that may have far more in common than previously …

Monkeys

Have archaeologists come to a dead end? No remains discovered within Alexander the Great-era tomb - but experts hope the burial room is hidden below ground

The world has been waiting with bated breath to see whether one of Alexander the Great’s relatives lies in a mysterious ancient tomb in Greece.<p>But it …

Revealed: How supermarket staff demand payments from suppliers for an 'easy' bonus as cost of secretive deals said to run to billions

One-off payments demanded by supermarkets from suppliers could contribute billions more to profits than previously thought, sources have told the …

Finance

Dylan’s Basement Tapes: it sounded like nonsense, says his ‘cover girl’

It was summer 1967, midway through the era of drugs, promiscuity and rock’n’roll rebellion. But in the basement of a small house – Big Pink – near Woodstock in upstate New York, Bob Dylan was holed up with his backing band, a group of mostly Canadian dropouts known as the Hawks, inadvertently …

China's obsession with vertical cities

In late September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit organisation that keeps the world’s largest database on skyscrapers, held its annual conference in Shanghai – two years after its last meeting there. “We’ve never done that before, gone back to the same city,” says …

Century-old notebook from Antarctic expedition found - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Explorer Robert Falcon Scott died in 1912 while crossing Antarctica, but his story lives on in artifacts that continue to be discovered on the frozen continent at the bottom of the world.<p>The most recent find: a century-old photographer's notebook in the ice at one of Scott's expedition …

Candi Staton webchat – as it happened

<b>ID5545799 asks the final question:</b><p>Would you still rather be an old man’s sweetheart than a young man’s fool?<p>Guardian contributor<p>CandiStaton<p>I guess so, yeah. I would. End of story!<p>Thanks for all the questions! I did the best I could. I love you!<p>tomcasagranda asks:<p>Candi, I love your sessions with …

The booksellers of South Sudan

In 2012, as civil war loomed – and with just a quarter of the South Sudan’s population able to read and write – Awak Bior’s decision to found a bookshop may have seemed risky. But for Bior it was a necessity.<p>“Literacy rates are very low in South Sudan,” she says, sitting on a wooden bench at Leaves …

Important Inca Remains of Hatun Xauxa Ceremonial Site Discovered in Central Peru

Peru state archaeologists have discovered the remains of Hatun Xauxa, one of the most important ceremonial places of the Inca Empire in central …

Meet Your Maker: Counter Culture Coffee

<i>We think every merchant we work with for Provisions is special -- but when we find one with a great story, we'll be featuring them here. Because we want to tell the world about our favorite makers.</i><p><i>Today: Meet Counter Culture Coffee, meet their mission, and then meet their beans.</i><p>Many of us do not …