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Welcome to dystopia – George Orwell experts on Donald Trump | The panel

Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon’s book sales chart. So, is the age of Newspeak here?

Donald Trump

Stop giving mothers a hard time over breastfeeding

For what seems like forever, health professionals and institutions have brainwashed mothers into believing that children who are breastfed have …

How to create the perfect office, according to science

Could a chia pet make you happier at work? How about a nature soundtrack? Maybe slapping some pictures of flowers on the wall?<p>Everyone seems to have …

10 Ways Climate Science Has Advanced Since An Inconvenient Truth

The aughts were an inconvenient time for environmentalism. President George W. Bush declared the Kyoto Protocol, the first international treaty meant …

Climate Change

15 Extremely Underrated Films That Every Movie Buff Needs to See

The brilliant films of the last three decades that have fallen through the cracks of time.<p>There are so many films coming out at any given period that's it's impossible to keep track of them all. That's why we're always on the lookout for those diamonds in the rough, those films that speak to us and …

Entertainment

20 Quesadillas for Weeknight Meals in a Hurry

If you’re a millennial, you’re probably used to people saying that you’re a part of the “instant gratification” generation. Just because you live for 30-minute dinners and express check-out doesn’t mean that you’re impatient — you’re just busy! For those hectic nights, quesadilla recipes make the …

John Oliver Explains Why There Are So Many B.S. Scientific Studies

So, do coffee, wine, and eggs cause or prevent cancer? Yeah, no, they don't.<p>Thanks to science, we can eat four pounds of chocolate a week and drink two glasses of wine a day. Science is amazing! Every week we see headlines in our Facebook feeds touting questionable claims of coffee reversing liver …

How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success

Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.<p>"Parents are a really critical force in child …

Psychology

Free cellphone service is here but few Canadians have signed up

Diane Thomson recently made a bold move. She ditched her cellphone plan for good.<p>She still makes calls with her iPhone, but no longer pays a telecom …

Canada

Dad of Child on the Autism Spectrum Writes an Open Letter to the Public Exposing Insensitive and Damaging Behavior From Grown Adults Toward Young Children

<b>"Seek to understand, before being understood." -A basic principle in Empathic Listening</b><p>When people stare - or even criticize - you have to wonder if maybe they are simply unaware. Do they truly think these children are just "naughty" rather than distressed? Maybe. But each time we read about the …

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

10 ways to keep yourself safe from Zika, now definitively linked to birth defects

The Zika virus transmitted by mosquito bites definitely causes severe birth defects, the Centers for Disease Control announced Wednesday. That makes it even more important to protect yourself from the bite of the <i>Aedes</i> mosquito.<p>Zika poses a particular threat to pregnant women because of a birth …

Why I Praised My Kid For Threatening Me

Like many parents, I struggle with setting limits around screens. Once upon a time, as an experiment, I enacted a "no-screens-during-the-week" rule for my son. And it worked. For a while. Until the weekday holiday, when I slid the limit. Then a deadline led to the rule being further overlooked. The …

A quick travel guide to Los Angeles neighborhoods

THE RESTAURANTS, nightlife, historic sites, and outdoor options in LA are all enough to make you forget the 45-minute drive it takes to reach them. …

Why Being a Working Parent Is Actually Great for You and Your Kids, According to Science

Studies show everyone's better off when parents have lives outside the home.<p>When you're a parent, choosing between working and staying at home feels like a no-win situation. Whichever door you choose, regrets are always lurking in the background needling you about what you've given up. Whether …

workingparent

How to Make Sure Your Kids Have 'Grit,' Backed by Research

What makes kids persist? What gives them the “grit” to keep working hard in school, to get good grades and ultimately be successful in life?<p>A big …

Self-improvement

Tykes and tablets: Is too much screen time damaging your child’s brain?

Let’s face it – screen time is an inescapable reality of modern parenting, with kids of every age spending hours upon hours in front of iPads, smartphones and televisions. And that’s not always a bad thing.<p>Educational apps and kiddie-geared TV shows are great ways for little ones to sharpen their …

How to Talk to Your Kids About that Bad Teacher

Most teachers are great.<p>But not every kid gets along with every teacher.<p>And when that’s the case, the problem is long-lasting: until the end of the …

Teaching

8 Clear Signs of a Successful Life That Have Nothing to Do With Money or Fame

If you're not careful you can end up chasing the wrong goals for the wrong reasons.<p>Oftentimes peoples goals are associated with making money or achieving a high level of status.<p>While there's nothing wrong with wanting either of the above, you can be lead astray by chasing after them.<p>If money and …

Canada to feature woman on bank note: seven top candidates

Jennie Trout, who helped advance the cause of women in Canadian medicine, and Anne of Green Gables author LM Montgomery among our contenders<p>Canada’s national bank announced this week that a new Canadian banknote will feature a woman other than Queen Elizabeth, and appealed to the public for …

5 Tips for Calming an Angry Child

<i>My son is a hot-tempered boy who gets very angry. What can I do to calm him down before he lashes out at the rest of the family?</i><p>Unless you're a saint, dealing with an angry child is challenging at best. While no parent enjoys their child's explosive outbursts, anger is a normal and human emotion. …

Zika virus: sexual transmission more common than thought

Mosquito remains the main driver of transmission but sexual contact can also pass on the virus, according to the World Health Organisation<p>Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought, the World Health Organisation has said, citing reports from several countries.<p>After …

Public Health

The difference between all-weather and all-season tires

Lately, there’s barely any snow on the roads and temperatures are above freezing; this year’s winter season has been a bit of an anomaly – people …

5 Lingerie Brands Challenging Victoria’s Secret's Sex Game

Is Victoria’s Secret starting to lose its relevance, even a little bit?<p>Founded in 1977, Victoria’s Secret has long been the leader in the women’s …

Why do Americans still believe bad science that suggests “fat” means “unhealthy”?

Americans have some truly wrong-headed ideas about what healthy bodies look like.<p>In February, model Ashley Graham became the first plus-size model to land the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit issue. The backlash against the 5’9, size 14 model was swift. As usual, the objections …

Diabetes

I talked to an ex-prostitute in Amsterdam and everyone should hear what she had to say

<i>“I don’t really know where I stand as for the legalization of prostitution, because I’ve never talked to someone who’s been in it”.<br>“Well, you are</i> …

Taking Your Children To Disney For "Vacation": Part 1

My husband and I had previously avoided Disney World like the plague. Neither of us had ever been there as children so we had no attachment to the place. I come from a family of horrible snobs (who are about as much fun at parties as you would imagine) who looked down on such bourgeoisie, …

The Food Lab: Here's Why McDonald's Burgers Don't Rot

Like Rolling Stones farewell tours or the McRib, every few years they seem to come back. I'm talking about those ready-made-for-reposting, viral-friendly photographs of McDonald's food that doesn't seem to ever rot. It started back in 2008, when Karen Hanrahan shared a photograph of a McDonald's …

Hey, Harry Potter fans, here's an exclusive sneak peek at Universal's Wizarding World

The Hollywood Hills play the role of the Scottish Highlands as the scenic mountains form a cinematic backdrop for the snowcapped rooftops and teetering chimneys of Hogsmeade Village at Universal Studios Hollywood.<p>After years of waiting with wands at the ready, Harry Potter fans will finally get …

Walt Disney Company