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Should I chew gum?

Studies have found that it may help to reduce tooth decay, but is it that simple?<p>However ugly it looks and however yucky it is when you tread on it, chewing sugar-free gum may be positively good for you. Studies have found that it may improve concentration, reduce tooth decay and aid relaxation. …

Malala Yousafzai leaves Jon Stewart speechless on Daily Show

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for women's education, received a standing ovation on a US chat show for her message to the man who had tried to kill her.<p><b>Malala Yousafzai</b>, who is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, appeared on the The Daily Show with Jon …

Malala Yousafzai

Ahead of tomorrow's Nobel Peace Prize Award 2013, we have compiled this infographic of the previous winners of the illustrious prize, dating back to its inaugural year in 1901. Find it here http://fw.to/4axxRJB

US shutdown has other nations confused and concerned

<b>As the United States approached a budget crisis that will shut down many federal services and affect more than 700,000 workers, other countries looked on with a mixture of puzzlement and dread.</b><p>For most of the world, a government shutdown is very bad news - the result of revolution, invasion or …

Mark Rutte

The terrible truth about swimming with children

Everyone always goes about about how heavenly it is taking your youngster swimming. Unfortunately that's piffle<p>I started taking my first baby at six months old, inspired perhaps by the now-seminal cover of Nevermind and forgetting that just out of shot stood a mother maybe not in her physical prime …

‘Pregnant’ boy, 2, gives birth to his own parasitic twin

<b>Doctors in China were left stunned after discovering a two-year-old boy was carrying an undeveloped foetus inside his stomach.</b><p>Xiao Feng had to …

The Best Illustrated Children’s Books and Picture Books of 2012

On the heels of this year’s best science books, art books, design books, and philosophy and psychology books, the 2012 best-of reading lists continue with the annual roundup of the year’s ten-or-so most delightful children’s and picturebooks. (Catch up on last year’s roundup here.)<p>HENRI’S WALK TO …

A Visual Ethnography of the World’s Last Nomadic Peoples

What is it about Dutch photographers that makes them so visually eloquent at capturing the human condition? From Jeroen Toirkens comes <b>Nomad</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a fascinating and strikingly beautiful visual anthropology of the Northern Hemisphere’s last living nomadic peoples, from Greenland to …

What Actually Happens While You Sleep and How It Affects Your Every Waking Moment

The Ancient Greeks believed that one fell asleep when the brain filled with blood and awakened once it drained back out. Nineteenth-century philosophers contended that sleep happened when the brain was emptied of ambitions and stimulating thoughts. <i>“If sleep doesn’t serve an absolutely vital</i> …

David Ogilvy’s Timeless Principles of Creative Management

Advertising legend <b>David Ogilvy</b> endures not only as the original Mad Man, but also as one of modern history’s most celebrated creative leaders in the communication arts. From <b>The Unpublished David Ogilvy</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the same compendium of his lectures, memos, and lists that also gave us …

Anton Chekhov on the 8 Qualities of Cultured People

What does it mean to be “cultured”? Is it about being a good reader, or knowing how to talk about books you haven’t read, or having a general disposition of intellectual elegance? That’s precisely the question beloved Russian author <b>Anton Chekhov</b> (January 29, 1860–July 15, 1904) considers in a …

Edgar Allan Poe on the Joy of Marginalia and What Handwriting Reveals about Character

<i>“Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author,”</i> Mortimer Adler wrote in his timeless 1940 meditation on marginalia as the yin-yang of reading and writing, adding: <i>“Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the</i> …

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

For the past half-century, sleep researcher <b>Rosalind D. Cartwright</b> has produced some of the most compelling and influential work in the field, enlisting modern science in revising and expanding the theories of Jung and Freud about the role of sleep and dreams in our lives. In <b>The Twenty-four Hour</b> …

The Magic of Metaphor: What Children’s Minds Reveal about the Evolution of the Imagination

<i>“Children help us to mediate between the ideal and the real,”</i> MoMA’s Juliet Kinchin wrote in her fascinating design history of childhood. Indeed, children have a penchant for disarming clarity and experience reality in ways profoundly different from adults, in the process illuminating the workings …

A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939

Literature is the original “inter-net,” woven of a web of allusions, references, and citations that link different works together into an endless rabbit hole of discovery. Case in point: Last week’s wonderful field guide to creativity, <i>Dancing About Architecture</i>, mentioned in passing an intriguing …

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

How is your New Year’s resolution to read more and write better holding up? After tracing the fascinating story of the most influential writing style guide of all time and absorbing advice on writing from some of modern history’s most celebrated writers, here comes some priceless and pricelessly …

Baby No.17 on the way for Sue the supermum

The biggest family in Britain is getting ready to become even bigger – with baby number 17 on the way.<p>The Radfords say they are ‘thrilled’ with the …

Britain needs 'national debate' about banning Muslim girls from wearing veils in public

Britain should consider banning Muslim girls and young women from wearing veils in schools and public places, a Home Office minister has said.<p>Jeremy Browne, a Liberal Democrat, said there needs to be a national debate about whether the state should step in to protect young women from having the …

Religion

Guardian front page, Tuesday 17 September: Thirteen people dead after gun rampage at Washington naval yard http://t.gu.com/oW6M4

Diana’s Impossible Dream

Though Princess Diana’s August 1997 death forever linked her to a flashy playboy named Dodi Al Fayed, that fatal Paris tryst may have been intended as a message to the man she’d just broken up with—Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan—the only one who would never use or betray her. Talking to those …

Woody’s Women

In nearly every Woody Allen movie, from <i>Bananas</i> to <i>Midnight in Paris</i>, which opened this year’s Cannes film festival, there is a central male character who’s a facsimile of Woody Allen (neurotic, brainy, urban). And, like a sun encircled by planets, Allen surrounds his cinematic twins with a …

The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion

Death is always near, and teamwork is essential on the Serengeti—even for a magnificent, dark-maned male known as C-Boy.<p>They say that cats have nine lives, but they don’t say that about the Serengeti lion. Life is hard and precarious on this unforgiving landscape, and dead is dead. For the greatest …

Wildlife

Quentin Tarantino Lists the 12 Greatest Films of All Time: From Taxi Driver to The Bad News Bears

<i>Creative Commons image via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Any list of the most respected American filmmakers of the past half-century would have to include Stanley …

Quentin Tarantino

Our favourite images of the week

The most breathtaking travel photos from the past seven days – capturing the magnificent Arabian Peninsula, Laos’ traditional weavers and the back streets of Venice.

Abu Dhabi

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Interior Design

Birmingham college makes U-turn on face veil ban

Thousands joined student campaign forcing Birmingham Metropolitan College authorities to rethink ban on veils<p>A city college has been forced to drop a controversial ban on Muslim face veils.<p>Birmingham Metropolitan College had said students must remove all hoodies, hats, caps and veils while on the …

Experience: I found a message in a bottle from my dead daughter 'It felt like discovering buried treasure. It was a beautiful message for a mother to get' http://t.gu.com/oQhVK