This is a story about a duck. More precisely, it's a story about what your brain just did when you read the word "duck." Chances are, your brain created an image of a web-footed waterfowl. It also may
NPR's Coffee Week is winding down, but we'd be remiss if we didn't give some space to caffeine, the most widely used stimulant drug in the world. As much as we may enjoy the nutty dark roast aromas and
The 21st century city will need to be built around efficient, low-emitting mass transit. How can this best be achieved, especially with existing infrastuctures? In comparison to slums I’ve visited in parts
There has been a surge in technology initiatives aimed at delivering education in the developing world. But is there too much focus on flashy devices? In a tiny classroom tucked inside one of Nairobi’s
It’s a plausible theory, until you look through the evidence. Then things become a little messy. We’re often told that breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet, especially if you are watching weight.
The Pentagon's growing interest in the brain for everything from mind-controlled vehicles to advanced prosthetics. It’s been 30 years since the first message was sent over initial nodes of the Arpanet,
There’s been a rising dissatisfaction with current language teaching methods in China, but scientists think they may have an answer. There’s no way round it: learning Chinese is tough. As far as reading
Margaret Thatcher did it. So did Salvador Dali. They survived the day with only a few hours of sleep. The question is whether you can force yourself to do the same. We waste a third of our lives sleeping
Why our simplistic view of science and our desire to make heroes does a great disservice to the thousands of people who have invented our modern world. Who invented the internet? To answer that seemingly
Hope a lottery win will make you happy forever? Think again, evidence suggests a big payout won’t make that much of a difference. Tom Stafford explains why. Think a lottery win would make you happy forever?
Africa could help feed the world if its farmland was properly utilised. Things are starting to change, however, thanks to ideas transforming farmers’ lives. Before last year, George Wainaina’s tiny shop