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The world's most brain twisting puzzles – in pictures

Your brain may appear like a 1.4kg lump of soft tofu but test yourself on what it can (and can’t) do with Clive Gifford’s mind baffling puzzles, spatial intelligence games and illusions from his new book Brain Twisters

The Brain

Why Americans can’t write

<i>Natalie Wexler chairs the board of trustees for the Writing Revolution.</i><p>It’s no secret that many Americans are lousy writers. Just ask any college professor or employer, including those at prestigious institutions. With the advent of e-mail, writing ability has become more important than ever, and …


Pope Francis Arrives in New York City: Pictures

Chuck Schumer

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …


A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse will rise Sunday

Get ready. A very special, very rare moon is rising this weekend.<p>On Sunday, the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit …


5 Leadership Lessons From Pope Francis

Visiting the U.S. this week, Pope Francis is showing off a leadership style we can all learn from.<p>“Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.” Those were the words shared–on Twitter–by Pope Francis, <i>Time</i>‘s “Person of The Year” in 2013, who assumed the …