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Six-hour workday boosts productivity, worker satisfaction

In recent years, some employers in Sweden began what many considered an audacious experiment: Local governments and privately owned companies in various cities put their staffs on a six-hour day.<p>The move went further than, for example, France's 35-hour workweek.<p>The results were somewhat surprising. …

No grades, no timetable: Berlin school turns teaching upside down

Pupils choose their own subjects and motivate themselves, an approach some say should be rolled out across Germany<p>Anton Oberländer is a persuasive speaker. Last year, when he and a group of friends were short of cash for a camping trip to Cornwall, he managed to talk Germany’s national rail …

Teaching

The best way to win an argument

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.<p>You are, I'm afraid to say, mistaken. The position you are taking makes no logical sense. Just listen up and I'll be more than happy to …

Monica Lewinsky calls for a more compassionate internet

<b>Monica Lewinsky has taken to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to call for a more compassionate internet.</b><p>The former White House intern's love affair with President Bill Clinton made headlines around the world in 1998.<p>Describing herself as one of the first …

Monica Lewinsky

Graphene Is The World's Most Amazing Material, And Now We Have A Simple Way To Make It

Graphene just might be the world's most incredible material. A honeycomb-like sheet of pure carbon only one atom thick, it's one million times thinner than a human hair and yet 200 times stronger than steel. It's also an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is stretchable, flexible, …

Graphene

The country training people to leave

<b>The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia - but there aren't enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad.</b><p>When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under …

Asia

Portraits of Strength: Seven Extraordinary Women

Picture Stories<p>What do photographs of women, taken by women, look like? In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8, I asked seven female National Geographic photographers to share an image they took that revealed a woman’s experience. In a world where gender equality is still elusive, these …

Overheard on the ladies' coach

<b>A year in London taught me that people on underground trains rarely speak but on the Delhi metro, on the coach reserved for women, the ladies unabashedly share their experiences with their friends - and occasionally with strangers. Here are some snapshots of conversations I've overheard,</b> …

Fashion (India)

Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – about 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years, the country’s antiquities authority said on Tuesday.<p>“The largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on …

Penguins lost ability to taste fish

<b>Penguins can taste only sour and salty food, scientists have discovered.</b><p>A genetic study suggests the flightless birds lost three of the five basic tastes long ago in evolution.<p>Taste is critical for survival in most animals, but may not matter in the penguin, which swallows fish whole, say …

From the Gulf to New England, cold grips the US

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the U.S. and …

Weather

APNewsBreak: AP sources say port talks focus on arbitrator

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The labor-management standoff that is disrupting billions of dollars of international trade at West Coast seaports now centers on …

5 plaintiffs drop pimping accusations against DSK

LILLE, France (AP) — A high-profile pimping case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn nearly unraveled Monday, as five of six plaintiffs in a French …

Crime

Jordanians rally in revulsion to killing of pilot

King Abdullah II of Jordan vowed Wednesday that his country would exact "relentless" retribution against Islamic State militants, as many in the Arab world united in revulsion after learning that a captive pilot had been burned alive in a metal cage.<p>"This terrorist organization does not just fight …

Dilapidated stairway in San Francisco’s Excelsior to get fix

Tucked off a quiet street in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood, a bedraggled set of stairs leads down to the Crocker Amazon Playground.<p>On a recent day, the stairs from Prague Street were overridden by grass and vegetation. The uneven steps created a precarious descent for those headed to the …

San Francisco

Princeton professor and others offer to take 1,000 lashes for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi

A Princeton University professor and a prominent Muslim American figure, as well as five other religious freedom advocates, are offering to take 100 lashes each for imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced by Saudi Arabia to 1,000 lashes for insulting his country's clerics.<p>In a letter to …

Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality

How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?<p>A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.<p>Bobby, as her friends called her (theirs is a generation of nicknames), was a farmer’s …

Russians keep calm and shop on in face of rising prices

Fuelled by a double whammy of a plummeting ruble and the embargoes Russia slapped on many Western products in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, inflation is soaring.<p>Prices on meat, fish and vegetables rose by some 20 percent last year, according to official figures, and Russian …

Republicans Say Goodbye to Latino Voters

The Congressional GOP's unhealthy obsession with President Obama's use of his presidential powers has driven them into a strategic black hole, with very high, long-term costs for the party and future candidates. Speaker John Boehner's House of Representatives has voted to overturn all of Obama's …