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How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

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The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

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Get Lost In These Maps Of Fictional Literary Worlds

Your favorite books come to life in Andrew DeGraff's Plotted.<p>If you’re looking for something -- a geographic landmark, your childhood home, a favorite spot near your college campus -- it shouldn’t take you more than a few clicks to find it. Programs like Google Earth, miraculous though they may …

How to optimise your brain's waste disposal system

New research suggests that body posture during sleep may affect the efficiency of the brain’s self-cleaning process<p>The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has …

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.<p>A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation …

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The science of empathy—and why some people have it less than others

Empathy is hot in business wisdom these days: Forbes says it’s invaluable, Apple’s training manual offers empathy exercises, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls caring “key.”<p>“Corporate empathy is not an oxymoron,” concluded an article in the Harvard Business Review on January 8. “It is a …

We either cut immigration or have a properly staffed NHS. We can’t do both | Jonathan Portes

Many experienced nurses will be deported as a result of new visa rules – this will be catastrophic for the NHS and the economy as a whole<p>Four years ago, the Home Office proposed that skilled migrants should only be allowed to stay in the UK for six years. After that, unless they were earning more …

Tesco tops list for supplier complaints

Groceries Code Adjudicator names and shames supermarkets in survey of suppliers<p>Tesco is the worst of Britain’s leading supermarket chains at complying with industry guidelines designed to protect suppliers, according to a confidential survey of food and drink makers.<p>A total of 30pc of suppliers …

The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours

The rate at which vertebrate species are dying far exceeds the norm<p>Life on Earth is in trouble. That much we know. But how bad have things become – and how fast are events moving? How soon, indeed, before the Earth’s biological treasures are trashed, in what will be the sixth great mass extinction …

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What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …