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Life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – why?

Buried deep in a note towards the end of a recent bulletin published by the British government’s statistical agency was a startling revelation. On …

Geography

Our favourite Italian baking recipes

Release your inner <i>nonna</i>, dust your countertop with flour and get ready to create a pastry and dough-filled feast that transports you to the sunny …

Great British Bake Off

20 Killer Recipes For Your Labor Day Cookout

Make this holiday weekend one to remember with a delicious backyard bash. From Whipped Feta Dip to Watermelon Gazpacho, these party-friendly recipes are perfect for saying sayonara to summer.<p>1. Middle Eastern Lamb Kofta<p>This recipe will take your taste buds on an exotic Middle Eastern adventure. …

Cooking

5 Benefits Of Writing Fiction Longhand Versus On A Computer

Writers working within the past 20 years have been blessed with the widespread introduction of personal computers in their professional and …

The Countries Building The New Silk Road -- And What They're Winning In The Process

When the Soviet Union fell the political and economic landscape of central Eurasia shattered into a melee of disconnected, dysfunctional shards as 14 new countries suddenly emerged in tandem with a pronounced political and economic vacuum. Whereas the Soviets, to varying degrees of success, …

China

Terror and rage: what makes a mass murderer different to a terrorist?

The contrast between mass killings labelled as ‘terrorism’ and those that aren’t becomes even starker when the crimes look the same<p><i>Was the attack terror related?</i><p>That’s the central (and sometimes almost the only) question asked now in the immediate aftermath of violence – and for good reason. All of …

Terrorism

Why borders matter — and a borderless world is a fantasy

Borders are in the news as never before. With Muslim refugees flooding into the European Union from the Middle East, and with terrorism on the rise, a popular revolt is taking shape against the so-called Schengen Area agreements, which give free rights of movement within Europe. The European masses …

The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers

<i>The following is adapted from a speech the author gave at the Whiting Writers’ Awards on March 5th.</i><p>When I had just finished my schooling and was looking for a job, a friend put me in touch with an absurdly well-connected British biographer who, she assured me, would help me find the professional …

Literature

The writers Russians don't read – and you should

A new survey has found that living writers are not much favoured in Putin’s Russia, and there are many reasons why, but readers are missing out<p>Asked to name their country’s greatest writers in a new survey, Russians stick with the classics. The Levada Center’s survey of 1,600 Russians is topped, …

Literature

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

How Much Can You Travel With 110 Euros in Europe? Here's one Plan for 4 Cities in 3 Countries!

<b>110 EUR/88 GBP/125 USD - If you wanted to spend a similar amount on travel costs in Europe, but not stick to visiting one city alone, what options would you have?</b><p>Well, the possibilities could be endless, but here's a plan I had come up with to visit 4 cities in 3 countries!<p>This happened two springs …

How Would a “Brexit” Affect the U.K. Economy?

By Martin Hutchinson, <i>Global Markets Analyst</i>On June 23, Britain will vote on whether to leave the European Union.For those like me, brought up in …

United Kingdom

How do Brexiteers justify the claim that the EU will give us a good deal when we leave?

Leave campaigners need to argue their case on the basis of years of painful negotiation, or accept that the EU isn't as bad as they claim.<p>The first sign of desperation from those campaigning to leave the European Union may have been the moment that Nigel Farage dismissed the collective concern of …

The Basics Behind ‘Brexit’

<i>June 23, 2016 has already been tentatively set as the date of the U.K. European Union membership referendum, and the results of the vote are likely</i> …

United Kingdom

The European Union is an ongoing disaster for Africa

Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell speaks for Africa’s 1 billion people when he writes “the world is moving to a freer trading regime, protectionism is declining and discredited” (A plea to fellow Tories: let’s not relive the Maastricht years, 22 February). No continent is …

Africa

How art helped me see the beauty in loneliness

Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City explores the connection between isolation and creativity. In this extract she examines its role in the work of Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol and others, and suggests we should all be a little less frightened of being alone…<p>Q&A: neuroscientist John Cacioppo on science of …

Art

Peter Singer on the COP21 Agreement and the Ethics of Climate Change

Peter Singer is arguably one of the world’s best-known modern philosophers. Singer has been based out of Princeton University since 1999 and has a …

Climate

Can a Republican candidate win by going green?

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Cybersecurity: Highlights from Zuckerberg, round two | Senate panel to consider bill protecting …

Government

Santa's Home Is Melting. Will We Ever Bring It Back?

Later this century, after the North Pole is open water, we may have the technology to bring back the Arctic ice—if we want to.<p>Vast and white, easily visible from space, Earth’s Arctic ice cap seems such a permanent fixture—a frozen country at the top of the world—that the idea that it could ever …

Blaming Terrorism on Climate Change Isn't Just Stupid—It's Dangerous

President Obama certainly knows how to use a red-hot news hook to highlight his agenda.<p>This week, during the United Nations Conference on Climate …

National Security