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Nigeria becomes Africa’s top economy

In a dramatic boost for African economic confidence, Nigeria has announced a huge rise in its estimated GDP, making it the biggest economy on the continent and the 26th biggest in the world.<p>The surge in its newly calculated GDP, nearly double the previous estimate, helps to reveal Africa's hidden …

Weekend readers' best photographs: glow

From sunsets to cakes: your best pictures on this week's theme, glow<p>The next topic is snack (to appear November 30). Email a hi-res image (one per entry), plus a sentence or two about what inspired you to take your photo, to in.pictures@guardian.co.uk by noon on Wednesday November 20; please supply …

West Africa's best wildlife parks

Everyone knows about the great national parks of eastern and southern Africa – Masai Mara, Kruger and Serengeti all conjure up images of majestic landscapes, packs of lions lazing in the shade and herds of elephants roaming the savannah. But have you heard of Mole, Pendjari and Waza? These wildlife …

Be Like the Trees: 3 Steps in the Art of Mindfulness

<b>Learning to Listen</b><br>Learning how to listen to your body and trust in the information coming to you through sensations is so important. Over the last …

These Waterfalls From Around The World Will Provide Some Mental Rejuvenation (PHOTOS)

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- of course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

13 Qualities of Spiritual Ascension

Barbara Lynn-Freed, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Like everything else, the meaning of Ascension is relative to who you are, your spiritual background and …

Photographer F Holland Day - a picture from the past

Scientists discover Earth’s fiery doppelganger

Kepler-78b is the first known planet that's similar in size and composition to Earth<p>The sci-fi worlds of <i>Star Wars</i> and <i>Star Trek</i> have trained us to think there are rocky, solid planets orbiting far away stars that are so similar to Earth we could walk upright and breathe their atmosphere. In reality, …

Scientists find Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

With a radius about 1.2 times that of Earth and a mass equal to about 1.7 times Earth’s, Kepler-78b has a density that’s the same as Earth’s, …

Exoplanet Discovered to Be Earth-Sized and Covered in Lava

Astronomers have found that another world is quite similar to our own: It has a radius just 1.17 times and a mass only 1.9 times that of Earth. …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

SatireOther Microbes That Will (Not) Make Your Startup a Unicorn<p>Author: Adam RogersAdam Rogers<p>PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris …

Studies in monkeys may be next step in search for HIV cure

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A powerful infusion of HIV-fighting antibodies beat back a potent form of the virus in monkeys and kept it at bay for weeks, U.S. government scientists and a team led by Harvard University found, offering a potential next step in the battle against human HIV.<p>The two studies, …

AIDS Scientists Encouraged By Antibodies That Hit Monkey Virus

Scientists have a new idea for beating HIV: Target the virus with guided missiles called monoclonal antibodies.<p>At least in monkeys infected with an experimental virus similar to the human AIDS virus, the approach produced what researchers call "profound therapeutic efficacy."<p>The results appear …

Chinese Bats May Be Carrying the Next SARS Pandemic

In November 2002, a deadly new virus emerged suddenly in the south of China. In less than a year, the disease it caused, known as SARS, spread to 33 …

Malaria cases in the US reach a 40-year high, new data shows

Malaria has been nearly obliterated in the United States — but rates of the deadly tropical illness recently saw a striking rise stateside, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).<p>In a report issued today, the agency noted that malaria cases in the US …

Big Pic: Young Stars Brew In The Witch Head Nebula

A pretty witch in the sky.<p>Far away, near the knee of the hunter constellation Orion, a witch is stirring a cauldron of innocent babes. Young stars are forming in the Witch Head Nebula, seen here through NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.<p>Can you see the witch's profile? Or do you …

Nebulas

Success : TED Radio Hour : NPR

<i>"There is real danger of a disconnect between what's on your business card and who you are deep inside, and it's not a disconnect that the world is ready to be patient with."</i> — Alain de Botton<p>Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in …

Can You Smile Your Way To Success?

<i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Success.<p><b>About Ron Gutman's TEDTalk</b><p>Smile! It just might make you a success. Ron Gutman says your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being.<p><b>About Ron Gutman</b><p>Ron Gutman is the founder …

Is Having Grit The Key To Success?

Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.<p><i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Success.<p><b>About Angela Duckworth's TEDTalk</b><p>Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh-graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't …

Lefties more likely to have schizophrenia

People who are left-handed are more likely to develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia rather than mood disorders such as depression, new …

This Week in Plagues: The Origin of Syphilis, Cheese Made from Armpit Bacteria, And More

Here are some links on infestations contagions, and controls from around the web, as well as a few on clever ways to use microbes. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news:</b><p>In response to the confirmed polio outbreak in Syria, the UN is preparing to vaccinate 2.5 million children. The …

Microbiology

New bat virus in China can infect people

Scientists have discovered a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese horseshoe bats that can infect people.<p>The research team isolated and cultured the …

Renan Ozturk’s View from the Bugaboos

Last week, the climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk took over <i>The New Yorker</i>’<i>s</i> Instagram feed to share images from a recent expedition to the Bugaboos, a mountain range in British Columbia. Below is a selection of the images posted to Instagram, along with their captions from the feed, followed by a …

Beautiful Games: wilderness skiing

Shot on some of the most remote slopes in the world, including those of Antarctica, these images by American photographer and adventurer Jim Harris are rather spectacular. The combination of pristine snow, beautiful vistas and daredevil skiing is enough to make us envious of his career. His pics …

July 2012