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QBE Insurance predicts 'costliest year' in global industry's history

QBE Insurance, one of the world’s biggest insurance companies, has warned 2017 will likely be the “costliest year in the history of the global insurance industry” after a series of catastrophic hurricanes in recent months.<p>The Sydney-based insurer told shareholders to brace for a multimillion-dollar …

Insurance

A stroke took away this neuroscientist's sense of past and future

Jill Bolte Taylor recalls all the things she forgot.<p>As a neuroanatomist at Harvard, I studied how our brain creates our perception of ­reality. And then one morning, I woke up with a sharp pain directly behind my left eye. In the course of four hours, I lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, …

The Brain

This Easy One-Pot Lasagna Soup Is Perfect for Lazy Cooks

Lasagna is one of the best comfort-food meals out there. When you want to warm up on a cold night, or you're feeling a little sad about something, …

Cooking

A Man Got Cyanide Poisoning From Taking Apricot Kernel Extract to Prevent Cancer

DIY medicine can have serious consequences.<p>A seemingly healthy 67-year old Australian man developed cyanide poisoning after ingesting apricot kernel …

Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain

CHICAGO (AP) — Researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 …

The Brain

In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease

In certain states in southern India, anesthesiologists know to ask anyone undergoing surgery whether they belong to the Vysya, a regional group traditionally associated with traders and businesspeople.<p>Anecdotally, medical workers know that some people with Vysya ancestry — who live primarily in …

Genetics

3 Ways to Raise Your Kids to Think -- and Solve Problems -- Like an Entrepreneur

Kids who feel lost in the face of adversity today will encounter substantial challenges in the "Fourth Revolution" of tomorrow.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As every parent knows all too well, parenting doesn't come with a handbook. We all just do our best to find the …

Can Rock Climbing Help With Depression?

Far from weekend Instagram fodder (is it just us, or is <i>everyone</i> swapping hell-ish hangovers for heights at the mo?), rock climbing - or rather, …

Why Humans Have Such Big Brains

The better to make friends with.<p>Humans are the only ultrasocial creature on the planet. We have outcompeted, interbred or even killed off all other …

Scientists find genetic underpinnings for eczema

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, affects millions of people in the United States. While there is yet no cure for the condition and its causes …

Son of Concorde: Supersonic passenger jet to take off next year

An American firm is promising the return of supersonic passenger aviation, with transatlantic airfares “about the same price as today’s business …

Scientists just took a major step towards achieving nuclear fusion

With the potential to provide almost limitless energy, free of any radioactive by-product or greenhouse gases, nuclear fusion is the goal many are …

Physics