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This is what El Niño will do to the global economy

A strong El Niño, for example, is often associated with flooding and warm weather in Peru, drought in Indonesia, Africa, and Australia, torrential rains in Southern California, and a mild winter in the US northeast.<p>Equities analysts at Macquarie, led by Niraj Shah, believe they have worked out what …

Hands on with the HTC Valve Vive virtual reality headset

Image copyright Signe Brewster.When people put on a virtual reality headset for the first time, they almost always try to do two things: look at …

Euro Falls Below $1.09 After U.S. Jobs Report

Yields in Spain, Italy and Portugal strike record low<p>The euro fell Friday to a fresh 11-year low against the U.S. dollar, which jumped after upbeat employment data, while the European bond-buying frenzy showed no signs of abating.<p>The euro sank more than 1.5% to around $1.085, a day after European …

European Central Bank

Greece vs. Germany: Two Competing National Narratives

One reason behind the bitter turn in Greek talks is how the two countries view themselves<p>The tone of Europe’s political debate about keeping Greece afloat has turned bitter, particularly between Germans and Greeks. One important reason is the stories the two nations are telling themselves about …

Europe

Sir Ranulph Fiennes plans Sahara ultra-marathon aged 71

Sir Ranulph Fiennes could become the oldest Briton to complete a gruelling “ultra-marathon” in the Sahara desert.<p>Fiennes, who was the first person to reach both the north and south poles, will attempt to complete the Marathon des Sables next month, covering 156 miles in temperatures above 50C.<p>The …

Marathons

Ahead of the Bell: US trade gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for January. The report will be released Friday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.<p>GAP …

Bluetooth beacons are helping the blind navigate London's Tube

London's Underground network can feel like a maze for even the most seasoned traveller, especially at rush hour when you're packed in with hordes of disgruntled commuters. The problem is only amplified for blind and partially sighted people, but a combination of Bluetooth beacons and smartphone app …

Transport for London

What makes a global top 10 university?

<b>The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is in first place in the latest league table of the world's best universities.</b><p>It's the third year in a row that the US university, famous for its science and technology research, has been top of the QS World University Rankings.<p>Another science-based …

One-way Mars trip: shortlist includes seven Australians

Seven Australians have made a shortlist of 100 candidates competing for a one-way trip to Mars to establish the red planet’s first colony.<p>Nineteen-year-old Sare Teah, stand-up comedian Josh Richards and geoscientist Electra Navarone were among the Australian finalists for the Mars One project, …

Mars

A children’s book claiming that measles is good for you and a measles outbreak in Disneyland both highlight the need for clear and accessible information about vaccines<p>You only need to look at the title of the book to know that something’s wrong. “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” is an anti-vaccination …

Public Health

Researchers warn that patients are missing out on potential benefits due to prohibitive regulations on research into recreational drugs<p>Psychedelic drugs could prove to be highly effective treatments for depression and alcoholism, according to scientists who have obtained the first brain scans of …

Consciousness

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

Who's that girl? The curious case of Leah Palmer

<b>Have you met Leah Palmer?</b><p>She is an attractive, single, fun-loving 20-something Briton currently living the high life in Dubai.<p>She has an active social-media presence and often chats with family and friends on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.<p>If you are a man, you might even have …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

Teach youngsters music and they will soar

Sadly, a good musical education is often denied to those children who need it most<p>Anyone who watched the Channel 4 documentary Don’t Stop the Music last week (the second instalment screens tonight) could be forgiven for thinking our music education system had fallen apart. We were presented with a …