Emily Blackwell

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The best iPad apps for kids of 2014

1. Jack and the Beanstalk by Nosy Crow (£2.99)<p>British books and apps publisher Nosy Crow has made a succession of beautiful fairytale apps, all with a strong eye on encouraging reading, not just tapping on interactive whizziness. Jack and the Beanstalk was their best effort yet, blending …

The best Android apps for kids of 2014

1. Endless Reader (Free + in-app purchases)<p>Endless Reader is full of character: an app where a troop of colourful monsters teach your children how to spell a series of words, as well as acting them out. The app focuses on tricky words (“sight” words in some schools) that children need to recognise …

A virgin birth has been confirmed in a reticulated python — a first for the species

It's no miracle, but it sure is a rare event: A reticulated python (the world's largest species of snake) gave birth to six babies without the help of a male partner.<p>The birth actually occurred in 2012. But it was only a few months ago that researchers published DNA evidence that Thelma — an …

7 Things You Can Do on Friday to Make Monday Awesome | Inc.com

Most people get excited that Friday is here, especially if the week has been hectic and packed. But often Fridays can seem like a waste (especially before holidays). Your brain, in anticipation of the time off, just says: <i>I have had enough! Bring on the downtime.</i> Then the afternoon just drags on and …

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The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."<p>The busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is not Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or any of …

12 of the Best New Android Apps from July 2014

From privacy-focused messaging apps, to chatting with friends directly from your lock screen, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in July. Here, we filter through the cacophonous crackle to present you with our selection of Google Play newcomers from the past month.<p>MyRoll<p>Strictly …

Perseids meteor shower and supermoon offer divine heavenly show

Astronomers and amateur skywatchers excited as perigee moon and comet Swift-Tuttle appear together for dazzling skies<p>Supermoon lights up skies around the world – in pictures Share your pictures of the supermoon with GuardianWitness<p>A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor …

The New York Times calls for the legalization of marijuana

The nation’s largest newspaper urges Congress to take action<p>In a bold and compelling op-ed adorned with an animation that morphed American stars into cannabis leaves, The New York Times on Saturday evening called upon the federal government to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years old and over, …

Opinion: The man who would be king - CNN.com

President Barack Obama said Monday he would take executive action on immigration, where Congress has failed to act.<p><i>Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-North Carolina, is chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorismand Unconventional Warfare and a member of the House Committee on</i> …

5 Realities of Being Lost at Sea (From a Shipwreck Survivor)

Fiction is full of stories of shipwrecked people winding up on deserted islands (like Tom Hanks in <i>Cast Away</i>), or, more implausibly, getting stuck for …