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The Story of Africa| BBC World Service

<b>"…They resemble us, but in appearance are the colour of pumpkin-porridge…<br>They are rude of manners and without any graces or refinement.<br>They carry a long stick of fire.<br>With this they kill and loot from many nations."</b> <b><br>Zulu impression of first white men, taken from Zulu epic poem, Emperor Shaka the</b> …

South Africa

8 Kettlebell Moves That'll Sculpt Your Entire Body

...and FAST!<p>If you love yourself some kettlebell exercises, this workout is for you. (And if you've never tried them out, this workout is for you, too!) Kettlebell exercises are awesome because, thanks to the fact that their weight isn't evenly distributed, they make your stabilizer muscles work …

Why the UK could face millions of pounds in EU recycling fines - for using less paper

The Art of Persuasion: 10 Brain Hacks to Leverage in Business and Life

Image Credit: Pixabay.<p>If you throw a frog into boiling water, it'll jump straight out. However, if it's placed in cold water and the temperature gradually increased, it'll be found dead without any attempt to escape. We've all experienced that subtle death.<p>Neuromarketing takes advantage of that …

Hacking

'Good guy' virus kills bacteria

Bacteriophages kill about half the bacteria on Earth every day. Dr Karl explains how nature's guided missiles can treat common diseases.<p>There have …

48 Hours in Paris: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

Two days is surely not enough time to even scratch the surface of this city of buttery-rich French cuisine and romantic sites. But if you only have a short span of time, here are my top picks on where to eat, stay, and play.<p><b>EAT</b><p><i>Isaphan croissant from Pierre Herme</i><p><b>Pierre Herme</b><p>French Vogue magazine …

France

Samsung will make fewer phone models next year

Samsung makes a lot of different phones, almost all of them functionally identical Android devices with slight differences. Now, according to remarks …

Does pot make you a better athlete?

Rise in Weight Linked to Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Obesity could cause shrinkage in a brain area critical to long-term memory.<p>An expanding waistline may lead to a shriveled brain, new research suggests.<p>In a long-term study of people in their early 60s, a brain region called the hippocampus shrank close to 2 percent a year in those who were obese—a …

Boost the Passion in Your Relationship With These 5 Steps

Relationship maintenance is an important part of any marriage or sacred union. But as time progresses, your relationship dynamic will transform through different phases and incarnations. The fiery sparks of your romance will inevitably burn down to a (hopefully) reliable smolder. Although the …

The smart way to double your nest egg in 10 years

<i>My wife and I are in our 50's and contribute 12% of our salary each year to our retirement accounts that we invest in a mix of 90% stocks and 10% bonds. We would like to double the size of our nest egg by the time we retire at 65. Are we being too aggressive? -- Gary W., Pittsburgh, Pa.</i><p>If by "too …

Mediterranean diet: 7 easy ways to do it right

The Mediterranean Diet is an amazing eating plan, according to loads of scientific evidence. It's recommended for longevity, weight loss, stopping heart disease and diabetes, and more — the message is clear about the real-life benefits of going Mediterranean in your diet.<p>But what exactly is it?<p>The …

Nutrition

Reddit is baffled by this huge explosion over the Sverdlovsk region in Russia

<b>Sverdlovsk (YouTube/Andrey Kazantsev)</b><p>And they’ve got some great explanations<p>Sarah Gray<p>November 18, 2014 11:10pm (UTC)<p>On Monday a video of an explosion in the sky over the Sverdlovsk region of Russia appeared on YouTube. Eight hours ago IgorKS posted the video to Reddit, and the Reddit community has …

Seven Essential Steps: The Power of Your Mind and Setting Intentions

If you're an ambitious and driven person, chances are you've heard the word intention thrown about:<p><i>Set your intentions...Be mindful of your intentions...Create powerful intentions...</i><p>But the term can be vague and convoluted. Is it a belief? A prayer? Is it having faith?<p>In simple form, your …

Physics

How To Date Someone Who Doesn't Eat Like You

Ever struggled to stick to a healthy diet when eating with your partner? Don't worry, you're not alone!<p>I get questions about this all the time from …

Nutrition

5 Keys to Running Healthy and Staying Injury-Free

Follow these rules, and you’ll spend more time on the road and less time in rehab.<p><b>AVOID THE TERRIBLE TOO’S.</b> Doing too much, too soon, too fast is the number-one cause of running injuries. The body needs time to adapt to increases in mileage or speed. Muscles and joints need recovery time so they …

Dave Grohl: ‘Computers have made people forget what it’s like to rock out’

Foo Fighters frontman admits that his band struggle in a digitised world<p><b>Dave Grohl</b> has posited his theory that people have “forgotten how to rock …

10 Tips For Healthier Grocery Shopping, From The Nutrition Experts Who Know Best

The grocery store can be a tricky place.<p>Between the trendy buzzwords on packaging, the tempting low prices on processed food and the limited amount of time you'd like to spend reading nutrition labels, even the most knowledgable shoppers can end up making mistakes in his or her cart.<p>But with a few …

Your 60-second guide to the Black Death

Tom Beaumont James, a professor of archaeology and history at the University of Winchester, sums up the need-to-know facts about the Black Death of …

Kill Net Neutrality, Because Obamacare

Earlier last week, President Obama publicly threw his support behind Net Neutrality, which immediately launched conservative wingnuts into apoplectic tantrums. The tea party's Ted Cruz (R-TX) turned up his inner hysterical, screaming toddler to 11, leaving no doubt as to the depth of his ignorance …

These are the tiniest copyright violations ever made

Good artists copy. Great artists steal, in nanoscale<p>Artist M.C. Escher died in 1972, leaving behind iconic optical illusions that are now generations old. Painter Joy Garnett was born in 1965, and her career is in full swing. But when nanoscience researcher Robert Hovden copied works from both for …

These food waste statistics will make you think twice about what you throw out

As Americans prepare to sit down at the dinner table and give thanks this holiday, it's a good time to note the growing problem of global food waste.<p>Last month, National Geographic reported some startling statistics about how much food is wasted each year.<p>The average American family of four tosses …

Car Camping

Even a passing mention of camping conjures up vivid memories of sleeping under the stars, watching the sun rise and the quintessential smell of a campfire. An adventurous way to escape the daily grind, we've prepared a few gear round-ups for different levels of outdoorsiness. This first—for the …

Driving

Five diet myths completely busted

The Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) are an independent authority on the nutrition and health benefits of grains and legumes, and frankly, …

5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

Let’s start with a fact: We are all capable of conceiving new, useful ideas. Unfortunately our chances of doing this are hampered by a few stubborn …

Creativity