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'Mysterious power over humanity': How cats affect health

When a stray cat wandered onto the tracks of a midtown 7 train in New York City last month, the MTA halted the entire subway line until the animal was out of harm's way. At the same time, the U.S. government euthanizes millions of stray cats each year.<p>They're a disaster for the environment: One …

Mental Health

A Hatred for Hindus

Long before the recent rise in Islamophobia, distrust of Hinduism was rife among Britain’s ruling class.<p>In February 1945 Winston Churchill had dinner …

Best German animal words that have nothing to do with animals

From bull's heat to water rooster and savings fox, here are the eight most quirky German words that sound like they're linked to the animal …

World leaders call for legalisation of drugs

World leaders have called for an end to the criminalisation of drugs.<p>The Global Commission on Drug Policy's annual report advocates the removal of …

Sounding The Alarm: UK Biotech Struggles To Cope With Brexit

UK-based biotech companies and their investors are slowly coming to terms with the likely exit or “Brexit” of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Speculation about what Brexit means for biotech has been circulating since the stunning referendum result from June, but the full consequences …

Fake election coverage got more Facebook engagement than real news in final months, says Buzzfeed

BuzzFeed analysis raises further questions about Facebook's role in promoting fake election coverage.<p>Fake news stories about the US presidential race …

Penguin chicks, polar bears and icebergs – pictures from the Poles

Award-winning wildlife photographer, Sue Flood, is one of the world’s only women to specialise in polar photography. Her images capture wildlife, people and landscapes in the Arctic and Antarctica

Polar Bears

This May Be The Most Sweeping Set Of Animal Protections Ever Announced

Tens of millions of animals will be spared from suffering. 🐔<p>In the realm of animal protection, the chickens that we eat, known as broilers, have been the proverbial elephant in the room.<p>Their numbers are almost inconceivably vast. Roughly 9 billion chickens are slaughtered every year in the United …

‘Call me a racist, but don’t say I’m a Buddhist’: America's alt right

They present themselves as modern thinkers of extremism. But the US far right, discovers Sanjiv Bhattacharya, have the same white supremacist obsessions<p>Every few weeks, William Johnson, the chairman of the white nationalist American Freedom Party (AFP), holds a lunch for members, the goal being to …

Los Angeles

Undercover Video Shows Shocking Animal Cruelty at Eggland's Best Supplier

<i>This story has been corrected. See below.</i><p>Mercy For Animals is a nonprofit dedicated to animal welfare that is best known for publishing …

Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise

After I wrote last year that diet, not exercise, was the key to weight loss, I was troubled by how some readers took this to mean that exercise therefore had no value.<p>Nothing could be further from the truth. Of all the things we as physicians can recommend for health, few provide as much benefit as …

Is Your Mind Wandering?

<b>Is your mind wandering?</b><p><b>The Practice: Pay attention.</b><p><b>Why?</b><p>Moment to moment, the flows of thoughts and feelings, sensations and desires, and conscious and unconscious processes sculpt your nervous system like water gradually carving furrows and eventually gullies on a hillside. Your brain is …

Mindfulness

Religious tolerance in India deteriorated in 2015: US report | india

Religious freedom in India was on a “negative trajectory” in 2015 as religious tolerance “deteriorated” and religious freedom violations “increased”, …

Religion

Not So Rich Anymore, Gulf Arabs Enter World of Cuts and Strikes

A cushy government job, cheap fuel, a mortgage-free home and a bit of five-star travel and luxury shopping were never too much to expect in the …

Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history

The fate of industrially farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line<p>Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in …

Anthropology

Saudis are going for the kill but the oil market is turning anyway

The collapse of OPEC talks with Russia over the weekend makes absolutely no difference to the balance of supply and demand in the global oil markets. The putative freeze in crude output was political eyewash.<p>Hardly any country in the OPEC cartel is capable of producing more oil. Several are failed …

3 science-backed ways to manage your anger

They're one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you. And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's …

“Twenty Sixteen” by Artist Erik Jones – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

New work by one of our favourites, Brooklyn-based artist Erik Jones (click here for previous posts). His solo show is currently on display at …

Pakistan Went From No Executions To Hundreds In Just One Year

It ranks among the world's worst executioners.<p>The worldwide use of the death penalty has hit a more than 25-year high and Pakistan is one of the main reasons for the spike, according to Amnesty International's annual report.<p>Pakistan ended a six-year moratorium on capital punishment at the end of …

Amnesty International

What Are The Panama Papers?

Yesterday, it was all anyone was talking about: the Panama Papers. And then the names spilled out: Messi. Ulloa. Putin. Cameron. It seemed that the Panama Papers were connected with a staggering number of high-profile names.<p>But what, exactly, are the Panama Papers? Here’s what you need to know.<p>The …

Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin

A massive leak of documents shines new light on the fabulous fortunes of the Russian president’s inner circle<p>A network of secret offshore deals and vast loans worth $2bn has laid a trail to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.<p>An unprecedented leak of documents shows how this money has made members …

#Halalchallenge: Racism in the guise of animal rights

Social media users are using provocative videos to protest the appearance of halal meat at supermarkets in Germany. They call their campaign civil …

Yachts, jets and stacks of cash: super-rich discover risks of Instagram snaps

Flaunting assets on social media makes the world’s wealthy an easy target for fraudsters – and financial investigators<p>From selfies on super-yachts to posing with private jets, the young heirs of the uber-wealthy have attracted worldwide envy and derision by flaunting their lavish lifestyles on …

How the Media Got a Study About Vegetarianism Really, Really Wrong

Like, really.<p>If you're the sort of person who believes bacon makes everything better, then a study that made headlines this week claiming a vegetarian diet can kill you was probably a welcome sight. Enough with this nonsense about how eating less meat is better for you, for animals, and for the …

Pakistan: The Army Steps In

The suicide bomber who killed seventy-two people on Easter Sunday in a park in Lahore, Pakistan has drawn condemnation from around the world. Among …

Why smart people are better off with fewer friends

Hell might actually be other people — at least if you're really smart.<p>That's the implication of fascinating new research published last month in the British Journal of Psychology. Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

Psychology

How can you sell jeans for £5.99? Easy … pay people 23p an hour to make them

As Lidl trumpets its latest clothing bargain, we estimate just how the high street cost is made up – and who is paying a heavy price<p>Abracadabra! “Jean genie Lidl magics up £5.99 denims,” shouted the headline in a newspaper last weekend as it extolled the brilliance of the cut-price supermarket …

Selling

Viewpoint: India's tortured debate on nationalism and free speech

<b>It was the French intellectual and writer, Albert Camus, who once wrote, "I love my country too much to be a nationalist".</b><p>Those words seem to have particular relevance to India's contemporary political milieu.<p>What most activists and intellectuals across India seem to have forgotten is that those …

India

Top 71 Motivational Quotes To Boost You Life and Your Energy

Does Motivation needed in our everyday life, No it doesn’t, when? Only if you are “made of gold”. A made of gold person doesn’t need any motivation …

Motivation

GMOs haven’t delivered on their promises — or risks

Arriving home after work a few summers ago, agricultural economist Matin Qaim found several disturbing messages on his home phone. A study by Qaim …