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Elizabethan England’s relationship with the Islamic world

The first stories of the Islamic faith entered England with the Crusades, but what is known of Elizabethan England’s longstanding encounter with the …

History

A 1788 dictionary of vulgar slang

I am having too much fun reading <i>A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue</i>, published in 1788 to provide definitions of the sort of vile, unmannerly …

Language

The Curse of the Second-Born Child Is Real

If you have a son who’s the youngest or middle child, you’re going to want to watch them like a freakin’ hawk. Second-born sons are more likely to …

Parenting

International team identifies gene associated with Crohn’s and Parkinson’s

The study showed that people who carry the mutation in the LRRK2 gene are at high risk of developing Crohn’s, a serious gastrointestinal …

Here Are the Worst Drivers In America, Ranked By State (Using Government Data, From Best to Worst)

Where's your state on the list?<p>Everyone thinks the worst drivers live in their state. When you're stuck in traffic or commuting that can seem likely--but of course they can't all be worst.<p>Recently, the people behind CarInsuranceComparison.com compiled data from the U.S. Department of …

How Americans preserved British English

Americans today pronounce some words more like Shakespeare than Brits do… but it’s in 18th-Century England where they’d really feel at home.<p>It makes for a great story: when settlers moved from England to the Americas from the 17th Century, their speech patterns stuck in place. That was particularly …

Language

The experiments making us feel better about our future

The news might be filled with doom and gloom, but don’t give up hope – there are some incredible methods scientists are testing to save the …

Plastic-free aisles just don’t go far enough – the government must be decisive if it is to fulfil its green pledges<p>The airport: not the most fun place to while away a couple of hours. Most modern airports seem to prioritise row after row of fancy shops over providing enough seats at the gate. One …

Water

20 Healthiest Foods on Earth

Some foods pack more nutritional punch than others, and these 20 offer the most health benefits pound for pound of all food on the planet. They not …

Your Teen Might Find Happiness in a Flip Phone

A study published this week leaves none of us surprised: Screen-addicted teens are unhappy. The lead author is Jean M. Twenge, the professor of …

The Most Effective Way to Sell, According to Research | Inc.com

Relationships are the backbone of any successful business. Businesses need to prioritize building sustainable relationships with prospects from the point of the first contact. According to a recent survey by TOPO, it now takes at least 18 sales and marketing touches to connect with a single B2B …

Customers

Mind diet: Medical researchers reveal new eating plan to combat cognitive decline

A new diet created by scientists may help slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors.<p>Called the MIND diet (short for Mediterranean-DASH Diet …

Holistic Medicine

Catastrophic global warming less likely, study says

Dire warnings of underwater cities and drowning polar bears are less likely to pan out than once thought.<p>That’s an upshot of a new study in the journal Nature by top climate scientists, including a lead author of U.N. climate estimates.<p>The study’s conclusion says it is “renewing hope that we may …

Wise Pairings: Best Flowers to Plant with Vegetables - Organic Gardening

In the 1970s, when I was a budding landscape designer newly exciting about strategizing the best flowers to plant with vegetables, I attended the …

15 ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use in daily life

Plastic pollution is an issue many of us are now highly aware of, thanks to David Attenborough's recent series Blue Planet II shining a light on the …

We are multitudes

Women are chimeras, with genetic material from both their parents and children. Where does that leave individual identity?<i>By Katherine Rowland</i>Read at …

How to Invest in Wind Energy

There are a handful of big players in the industry that investors should be focusing on.<p>Wind energy is booming in the U.S. and around the world, …

A "super blue blood moon" is coming January 31 — here's what that means

It's not often that you get to say a "super blue blood moon" is coming.<p>But that's exactly what we'll get on January 31, for the first time in more than 150 years.<p>For the first time since March 31, 1866, we'll have a total lunar eclipse that happens during the second full moon of a calendar month …

Buy Ripple, Tron, NEO or XLM and you could get as rich as the early Bitcoin traders

If you were lucky enough to buy Bitcoin a few years ago, you’re probably feeling pretty pleased with yourself.<p>But what if you’re skint and hoping to …

Cryptocurrency

5 Things Your Child Should Know Before Age 5

Sure, before your child heads off to kindergarten, there are a few things they should know to prep them for their first day of school. But as your …

This Is The Fascinating Way Blue Eyes Get Their Colour

The human body is incredible.<p>Your eyes aren't blue (or green) because they contain pigmented cells.<p>As Paul Van Slembrouck writes for Medium, their …

88 very British phrases that will confuse anybody who didn't grow up in the UK

Every language has a few phrases that don't always translate well -- and the British English has some absolute corkers.<p>The team at the Business …

Language

When your kids should stop taking daytime naps - and it's younger than you'd think

Anyone with a toddler will know that nap time is a blissfully quiet time.<p>The wash is finally on, dinner is made, the tv comes on and you can actually …

Here's What Will Happen 10,000 Years From Now, According to Science

We come from the far future.<p>Imagining the future of humanity, our planet, and everything we hold dear in our corner of the cold dark Universe is …

Why January 2018 Will Have Two Full Supermoons

There's a whole lot going on with the moon this month.<p>2018 will be starting off with not one, but two supermoons.<p>Supermoons are full moons at their …

Astronomy

Tiny tummy patch could cut fat by one third in four weeks... without exercise

For those who have overindulged during the Christmas period help may be at hand from scientists in Singapore.A tiny tummy patch has been shown to cut body fat by 30 per cent in just 28 days without the need to exercise.<p>The patch is covered in hundreds of micro needles which are smaller than a human …

Diabetes

Super Blue Blood Moon 2018: Here Are The Best Photos and Videos

The rare Super Blue Blood Moon is in the record books and what an event it was.<p><b>Read our wrap story here</b> about the meet-up of a Blue Moon, supermoon …

These secret codes will unlock Netflix's hidden categories - and there are LOADS of them

If it takes you ages to find what you want on Netflix then this handy hint will make things a lot easier<p>Netflix has a lot of content to choose from - …

TV shows