Ruth Delaney

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John Lewis Will Make Millions From Your Tears This Christmas, But That's OK

Emotion is valuable. John Lewis's staff know this - never more than when it unveiled its £7 million Christmas advertising extravaganza, Monty's …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Sleep

What Every Introvert Should Know To Be Happy And Successful At Work

In many cases, being introverted is wrongly seen as a hinderance when in social or professional settings. But because of their excellent listening …

Personality

The Shocking State Of Humanity: Our World With Just One Hundred People

Increasing connectivity, technology, and global awareness have made it easier than ever to observe the state of our globe. As we move forward in our …

What Are the Three Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Happy?

You can train your mind to be unhappy and you can train it to be happy.<p>Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like …

Child witchcraft claims increasing as ‘hidden crime’ is investigated

Heightened awareness of ritual child abuse as appalling cases have come to light in the UK is partly behind the recent rise in reported cases, police say.<p>A decade ago, in 2004, just two cases came to light, but detectives in London have reported almost 30 cases connected to beliefs linked to …

Report: 40,000 migrant deaths worldwide since 2000

Every day, refugees and migrants risk their lives as they seek a new life. Now, a new report from the International Organization for Migration has put a figure to the number of victims: at least 40,000 deaths since 2000.<p>More than half of those who died -- some 22,000 -- were trying to get to …

Devil and the deep blue sea: how Mediterranean migrant disaster unfolded

The first the crew of the Antarctica knew of the disaster was a radio request to help a search and rescue operation. There were bodies in the water 200 miles off the coast of Malta. Two other ships – the Verdi and the Japan – were already at the scene, picking people out of the sea. The Antarctica …

WWF: World has lost more than half its wildlife in 40 years

The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.<p>The World Wide Fund for Nature's Living Planet Index, released Tuesday, revealed the dramatic decline in animal species, and said the trend could cost the world billions in economic …

The Awful Truth: We Know Nothing About Child Abuse in This Country

Joining the dots between various scandals paints a horrifying picture.<p><i>(Image by Marta Parszeniew)</i><p>It's hard to keep track of the UK's recent series of scandals. Cases skip by week after week - Fernbridge, Fairbanks, Yewtree - the peaceful, bucolic names at odds with the collections of human misery …

British Children Trafficked For Sex Or Forced Labour Surges

The number of British children reported as being trafficked for sex or forced labour within the UK has surged in the last year, as high-profile abuse …

Lonely potato syndrome: how I invented a mental disorder

Just over a month ago, I knocked up a quick blogpost in response to some of the unpleasant things being said in the immediate aftermath of the tragic suicide of Robin Williams.<p>It was my most popular post to date, with a readership that I’m 99.995% sure I’ll never get again, so many thanks to …

Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’

I want to tell you about my friend Terry Pratchett, and it’s not easy. I’m going to tell you something you may not know. Some people have encountered an affable man with a beard and a hat. They believe they have met Sir Terry Pratchett. They have not.<p>Science fiction conventions often give you …

For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test

Satellite navigation and GPS can't match the street smarts demanded by "The Knowledge" test.<p>LONDON—Steve Scotland had better reason than most for thinking he knew London like the back of his hand. Not only was he a native Londoner, born and bred, but he'd spent years working as a chauffeur in the …

The Power of Sleep

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Sleep

Why Dying Is Easier for Doctors

Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the …

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

The One-Day Stress Cleanse

Wellness

5 Delightful Science Experiments From 100 Years Ago

In 1892, the dubiously named Mr. Tom Tit published a book of at-home activities for children called <i>Magical Experiments: or, Science in Play</i>. He made …

Job vacancies

<b>Current vacancies</b><p><b>Campaign Manager</b><p><b>£23,000-£25,000 depending on experience.</b> <b><br>2-year fixed-term contract. Full-time post (flexible working considered).</b><p>We …

Employment

Amazon’s awful war of words: How an iron-fisted PR strategy went off the rails

Misquoting Orwell and alienating authors, Amazon is like a politician who can’t appeal to voters outside his base<p>Since 1948, Highlights for Children ("Fun With a Purpose") -- a magazine most of us have only ever encountered in pediatricians' waiting rooms -- has featured a cartoon called "Goofus …

How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation

As access to medical information becomes more democratized, patients have new power to investigate their problems.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning inward, unbidden. A few weeks later she started having trouble lifting her feet properly near the end …

Why I Canceled My Amazon Prime Account (Following Amazon's Spamming of My Inbox)

For those of you who follow publishing news, or who are KDP authors, you know that on August 9, Amazon sent a very bizarre email to all of its KDP customers, which has been dissected best, in my opinion, here and here.<p>You can read the full email here, but this post is really about why I canceled my …

Writing

The Book of Trees: 800 Years of Visualizing Science, Religion, and Knowledge in Symbolic Diagrams

How the humble tree became our most powerful visual metaphor for organizing information and distilling our understanding of the world.<p>Why is it that when we behold the oldest living trees in the world, primeval awe runs down our spine? We are entwined with trees in an elemental embrace, both …

Ice Buckets, Sci-Fi Celebrities, and How ALS Claimed My Friend Jack - Unbound Worlds

You probably know all about the ice bucket challenge: A grass-roots fund-raising effort benefiting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. …

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

The Executor for George Orwell’s Literary Estate Responds to Amazon’s “Doublespeak”

Bill Hamilton, the executor of George Orwell’s literary estate, has some strong words for Amazon’s quoting of Orwell in their letter to their Kindle …

Literature

The Look And The Legend Of Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, nicknamed "The Look," was one of the last remaining vestiges of the golden age of Hollywood — with the mythology, unique beauty, and gravitas of all classic stars. In the wake of her death, this is how her legacy came to be and how it will live on.<p>Lauren Bacall was a woman of sharp …

Key Largo

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

I would write more if I could quit my day job. I would write more if I had a million dollars. I would write more if I had my own office. I would write more if I had some quiet time away from the kids. I would write more if I took a vacation. I would write more if I knew it wouldn't suck.<p>As a …

Creative Writing