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Life in the shadow of Grenfell: the tower next door

In June they woke to see Grenfell tower in flames. Now the people who live in the tower next door face an uncertain future of their own.<p>default

Grenfell Tower

This Is How Countries Get Their Names

If you tell your friends you’re planning a visit to <i>Vitalia</i>, they’ll probably think you’re heading to some new spa for a week of pampering. Or you …

Political Science

Grace under fire: A first lady's ambition cut short

<b>(CNN) —</b> Grace Mugabe had the world at her feet, a national airline at her disposal for shopping jaunts around the world, where she stayed at luxury hotels without a care for the staggering cost. Her husband Robert Mugabe was president, and she was inching ever closer to assuming the reins of power …

Africa

Slavery Ensnares Thousands in U.K. Here’s One Teenage Girl’s Story.

LONDON — Every Friday morning, as commuters arrived in London Victoria station, a teenage girl would board a train to Eastbourne, a coastal town about 60 miles outside the city.<p>Dressed in her sports uniform and carrying a shoulder bag covered in badges of pop icons, she tried to give the impression …

Crime

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.<p>World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.<p>Of course, …

Millennials are narcissistic? The evidence is not so simple

Rising social media use has sparked a passionate debate among psychologists: are today’s young people more “Generation Me”, or “Generation We”?<p>At the next table in the cafe where I was working this morning, a young woman spent a whole hour talking excitedly to her older companion about herself, her …

Psychology

This Diet Burns Fat Like No Other—and You've Probably Never Heard of It

The ketogenic diet is having a moment. Scientists are beginning to discover that this relatively little-known diet reduces inflammation in the brain, …

Nutrition

The George Michael documentary 'Freedom' is like 'Amy' – if Amy had directed it

He hasn't let us down.<p>On 23 December 2016, George Michael spent hours working on changes to <i>Freedom</i>, the documentary he was crafting about a …

How to Be Better at Canceling Plans—Especially When You’re Dealing With Social Anxiety

Picture this: You’re relaxing at home relishing the bliss of alone time and a plush mattress. Suddenly, a ping from your phone grabs your attention, and, sure enough, it’s a text from a friend confirming your approaching plans. If you’re being extra honest with yourself, not only are you less than …

Self-help
Israel

Everyone’s Mad at Google and Sundar Pichai Has to Fix It

The sparsely furnished offices of Sundar Pichai stretch across the second floor of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. On one side of the room, a …

Artificial Intelligence

Insects Are In Serious Trouble

In western Germany, populations of flying insects have fallen by around 80 percent in the last three decades.<p>The bottles were getting emptier: That was the first sign that something awful was happening.<p>Since 1989, scientists from the Entomological Society Krefeld had been collecting insects in the …

Insects

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bullet Journaling

Staying organized seems easy from afar. Write a daily to-do list, use a calendar, don't take notes on random scraps of paper: these suggestions sound …

Productivity

What is sleep, even?

There’s a good chance that when you woke up this morning, your first thought was to go back to bed. But it’s also likely that you had so many obligations pulling you out from under the covers—work to do, food to cook, friends to see—that you started your day, even if you didn’t get your seven to …

The Brain

Fiercest of rivals, best of friends: cross-party pals in parliament

At a time when British politics is riven by bitterness, friendships across the divide might seem like a miracle. But odd couples - from Shami Charkrabarti and Sayeeda Warsi to Frank Field and Nicholas Soames - can be what makes parliament work best<p>It is politics as bloodsport, half an hour of pure …

UK Politics

Russian internet trolls studied US politics by watching House of Cards

An internet troll who has claimed he was part of a network of Russians ordered by Vladimir Putin to disrupt the 2016 US election has revealed he and his fellow trolls were tasked with watching the Netflix series House of Cards to learn about the American political system.<p>According to a Yahoo …

UK flights chaos: Air traffic control computers using software from the 1960s

One of the main computer programs used by air traffic control centre Nats was written in the 1960s and has been phased out by every other country<p>A computer failure that led to southern England being closed to air traffic on Friday could be repeated because software used to control flights dates …

Air Traffic