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How many words do you need to speak a language?

<b>Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?</b><p>That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, …

Language Learning

A Doctor Explains Why We’re Attracted To Some People But Not Others, & It's Pretty Simple

Have you ever wondered why you've been attracted to tall people your whole life? Or maybe you just noticed a pattern in your dating history — say, …

London property slump most widespread since financial crisis

House prices are falling in almost half of all London postcodes, according to new figures showing the most widespread collapse in property values across the capital since the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The latest signs of distress will stoke concerns that sliding prices are far from confined to the most …

Housing

Research Shows Bouldering Is a Cure for Anxiety and Depression

New Research from Eva-Maria Stelzer of the University of Arizona, in Tucson, touts bouldering for health benefits that go far beyond promoting …

Bouldering

Coastal Inundation Reveals the Upside of Climate Change

In Miami Beach, they call it “sunny-day flooding.” You’ll be hanging out downtown under clear blue skies—only to see, whoa, the streets slowly …

Five years of your life on email? Time to try some inbox management | Jocelyn Glei

Those who check their email frequently are less happy than those who do it two or three times a day. You can learn to change your behaviour<p>Forty-seven thousand hours: that’s how much time you could potentially waste on email over the course of your working life, according to a recent Washington …

Work-life Balance

The Britain I knew is gone: what Brexit feels like from abroad | David Shariatmadari

I turn my back for what seems like a minute and the country I grew up in no longer exists. And worst of all, it need never have happened<p>I haven’t been an expatriate very long. I came to America in February, when London and New York were the same temperature. Now, the city I moved to is hotting up, …

European Union

January 2016

Students who use digital devices in class 'perform worse in exams'

Study finds use of computers by students in lectures and seminars has ‘substantial negative effect’ on performance<p>Allowing students to use computers and the internet in classrooms substantially harms their results, a study has found.<p>The paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …

Education

World’s most prestigious universities 2016

Asia has increased its share of institutions in a global ranking of the world’s most prestigious universities.<p>The continent has 18 institutions in …

Higher Education

5 Ways Incredibly Productive People Master Their Time

Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."<p>This is a great lesson to remember when we're at war with ourselves; when we know what we should be doing but can't seem to help putting it off.<p>Maybe we put if off for an hour. Maybe …

Are vegetarianism about not harming animals, or feeling morally superior? | Leslie Cannold for the Ethics Centre

An ethically carnivorous life is possible so long as we ensure the animals we consume have lived and died without unnecessary suffering<p>The western obsession with rights makes it difficult to see their limitations. We speak about rights as if they were the only moral value with meaning, ignoring …

Multilingualism: speaking with one voice

If you only speak one language, and you happen to live in a multilingual country like Canada or Switzerland, Graham Fraser is the guy to have on your …

Cover story: Insider’s Italy

<b>Liguria</b><p><b>On the move in Liguria, alternate views of Portofino and imbibing the vibe of La Dolce Vita.</b><p>The bike is uncomfortably close to the edge of the …

Meet the 92-Year Old Recording History in the Himalayas

Adventure<p>The most intimidating person in Himalayan mountaineering is a 92-year-old American woman with a walker. Elizabeth Hawley (most often addressed as Miss Hawley) has lived in Kathmandu for nearly as long as Nepal has been open to foreigners. She was the first to keep good records of Himalayan …

Mountaineering

Language policing and Twitter wars: why modern feminism is failing us (again)

The edifice of popular feminism is a carnival of gifs, Twitter wars and language policing. It’s entertaining and enraging but leaves little trace of itself the next day<p>Late last year I went to a conference session on sexism in the workplace. About 25 of us, mostly young professional women, swapped …

Feminism

U.S. Team Deployed to Aid Ethiopia's Worst Drought in 50 Years

The United States will deploy a team of some 20 experts to Ethiopia as part of an emergency response to the country's worst drought in 50 years.<p>More than 10 million people are at risk of hunger in the country, and more than 400,000 children facing acute malnutrition, as crops wither and livestock …

Five myths about teaching in international schools

It isn’t one long holiday, but the work-life balance could tip in your favour. Headteacher Dan Roberts debunks the misconceptions about working abroad<p>More teachers left the country last year to teach in international schools than there were students completing PGCE courses. With increased …

Teaching

Guide, approfondimenti e recensioni dal mondo della tecnologia.

The Patient—and Her Data—Will See You Now

It’s 2015, the year that Marty McFly, the fictional character in the 1989 hit movie "Back to the Future <i>II</i>," visits by time traveling into the future …

Yemen truce in danger of collapse as prisoner swap blocked

A ceasefire between Yemen’s Houthi group and a Saudi-led alliance was in danger of collapse on Wednesday, each side accusing the other of violating the truce, as peace talks went into a second day in Switzerland.<p>Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri of the Saudi coalition said the Iran-allied Houthis …

'Toothless' climate change deal means Britain could be left pursuing ever tougher green targets

Other countries may fail to deliver on their promises to cut emissions, MPs warn, while UK's Committee on Climate Change may recommend even tougher targets at home<p>Britain risks being left “out on its own” pursuing even tougher green targets in the wake of the Paris climate agreement, as the …

10 apps you should use every day to be more productive

We hear a lot about the hazards of digital technology.<p>But there are thousands of apps that can help you get things done more efficiently and effectively.<p>We picked 10 of the best that you should be using daily, including one that helps you keep track of your to-dos and one that visually tracks your …

UK NHS cancer patients denied drugs due to inflated prices – experts

Pharmaceuticals industry,NHS,The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice),Cancer,Business,Health,Society,UK news<p>Research reveals how drug firms are charging health service such high prices, some treatments can no longer be offered<p>Cancer patients are being denied drugs on the NHS …

iPhone 6s: One more reason Apple convincing you to lease a new iPhone for $1/day is pure genius

One of the new products the company introduced at its iPhone 6s fall event is the iPhone Upgrade Program that lets you buy a new iPhone every year …

Cameron suffers parliamentary defeat over EU referendum rules

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Monday after Eurosceptic members of his Conservatives joined forces with Labour MPs to reject proposed rules for a European Union membership referendum.<p>British Prime Minister, David Cameron leaves 10 …

Great Britain

A novel oasis: why Argentina is the bookshop capital of the world

Their country has endured military dictatorship, economic collapse and a particularly vituperative brand of politics, so perhaps it is not surprising that Argentinians should still find solace in the oldest of pleasures: curling up with a good book.<p>Twelve of the world's most beautiful bookshops - …

UK parliament passes EU referendum bill | DW | 09.06.2015

British lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted in favor of setting up a referendum on the country's continuing membership in the European Union, with …