Diane Barakat

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What Your DNA Says About Medieval History

A new study uses genetic data from living people to trace millennia-old migration patterns.<p>Earlier this year, researchers from Oxford University published a study showing how the slave trade and colonization shaped the genetics of North and South America.<p>Analyzing more than 4,000 DNA samples from …

Anthropology

Tony Abbott should have explained first budget better, says Philip Ruddock

The Tony Abbott-led government should have done a better job at laying the groundwork for big reforms before it released its first federal budget, the father of the house, Philip Ruddock, said on Thursday.<p>Tony Abbott says he will remain in parliament while he ponders future<p>Read more<p>Ruddock, who is …

Revealed: how Tony Abbott's government was the least productive since 1971

An analysis of legislation passed shows the Abbott administration was less productive than any Australian government since John Gorton<p>The Abbott government was the least productive government in passing legislation since 1971, according to a Guardian Australia analysis.<p>Following Malcolm Turnbull’s …

Joe Hockey says bottom line of first budget $3bn better than expected

Joe Hockey has declared that the bottom line of his widely criticised first budget turned out to be $3bn better than expected in a piece of good news for the treasurer as he braces for the likely loss of the key economic portfolio in Malcolm Turnbull’s looming cabinet reshuffle.<p>The new prime …

Joe Hockey reveals latest budget figures – as it happened

• <b>On his way out the treasury portfolio, Joe Hockey announced the first budget was $3bn better off than expected. He gave that little bit of good news in what is likely to be his last question time as treasurer. Scott Morrison is tipped to take over.</b>• <b><br>The recriminations are still swirling over the</b> …

Surreal animation explains Tony Abbott's downfall – video

Tony Abbott,Malcolm Turnbull,Kevin Rudd,Julia Gillard,Bronwyn Bishop,Australian politics,Australia news,Liberal party,Labor party,Animation,World news,Animation<p>The recent change of leadership in Australia gets the Taiwanese Animators treatment. Despite the conventional title, ‘Tony Abbott out, …

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

15 photos that capture Earth's turbulent drama and blissful serenity

The deadline is rapidly approaching for National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest with the first place contestant winning an eight day …

10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves is a rare chance to step into the heart of a glacier. The 12-mile-long stretch of ice (it is getting shorter every day, because of global warming) near Juneau …

North Island

12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

Preface by Tim Ferriss<p>I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments …

New Study: Being Bilingual Slows Down Brain Ageing

Speaking a second language can slow down the ageing of the brain, a study has said.<p>According to the paper, published in Annals of Neurology, the …

7 Reasons Why It's Good To Speak Another Language

It's one of life's truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing. The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; to interact with people you wouldn't otherwise be able to communicate with; to really understand and immerse yourself in another culture, whether it …

Music, language, and the brain: Are you experienced?

Have you ever thought about everything that goes into playing music or speaking two languages? Musicians for example need to listen to themselves and …

Want more bang for your Starbucks? We tested 8 money-saving hacks

Even if you're a die-hard penny pincher, your daily Starbucks routine may be a habit you're just not willing to kick. Fortunately, there's no shortage of Starbucks addicts online, sharing tips for how to shave cents or even dollars off each cup. We tested eight of the hacks they brag about the …

Coffee

The big list of 100 tools, tips and tricks to work more efficiently online

<b>What does it take to be productive?</b> It’s a question I often ask myself and to be honest I don’t have a great answer for it yet. One key discovery …

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

There’s more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s …

9 Pilates Moves That Burn Major Calories

Get your heart pumping for a leaner physique

Half the Bike, Double the Fun

Halfbike brings you a completely new experience. It’s a vehicle that combines running and cycling, which turns out to be remarkably exciting and fun …

High Fitness Associated With High Brain Function Later in Life

New study shows that cardio fitness has long-term effect on several key cognitive functions.<p>In the first report of its kind, a multicenter research team has shown that cardio fitness in the mid 20s is associated with lower cognitive decline 25 years later. Also, subjects who improved their fitness …

The 5-Minute Warmup That Makes You Run Faster

Do this quick routine before any race so your body is at its peak to perform<p>Before any local road race, you're bound to see hundreds of runners milling around, lightly stretching out their calves, hamstrings, and quads. But traditional "static stretching"—tugging on a muscle with constant tension …