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Wellcome prize shortlist announced: books that 'will change lives'

Spanning human origins, national health services, microbial life forms and death, the shortlist for the 2017 Wellcome Book prize has been hailed as one that will “shift perceptions” by chair Val McDermid.<p>Announcing the six books in contention for the award, which pits fiction against non-fiction, …

Books

Welcome to an emerging Asia: India and China stop feigning friendship while Russia plays all sides

After a few timid signs of warming, Sino-Indian relations seem to be headed for the freezer. While Beijing refuses to take Indian security concerns seriously, New Delhi may have decided to take the Chinese challenge head-on. To complicate matters for India, its erstwhile ally Russia, which has …

Don’t treat Donald Trump as if he’s a normal president. He’s not

There is one week to go and all is confusion. Next Friday Donald Trump will take the oath of office and be sworn in as president of the United States. But still no one has the first clue how to handle what’s coming. Politicians, journalists and diplomats, in the US and around the world, are …

Donald Trump

In the hunt for new ideas, Singapore eases obsession with grades

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s global rankings in maths and science have made its schools the envy of the developed world, but a new push to drive grassroots innovation is prompting local teachers to do the previously unthinkable: go easier on the exams.<p>Students leave for classes after their …

Chamber of Commerce

Estonian national museum review – touching and revealing

Situated on a former Soviet airfield and created by a multinational team in the middle of nowhere, Estonia’s national museum is an unlikely success<p>It is unusual to put a museum at the end of a runway, still more if it also straddles a chain of ornamental lakes, but then the Estonian National Museum …

Architecture

The Science Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Break Negative Thought Patterns

Remember that time you really embarrassed yourself, and you play it over and over in your head, cringing a little each time? Or how about your inability to ask for a raise or promotion you deserve because you have told yourself so many times you are not worth it? You let it stew, creating …

Mindfulness

Bike-sharing revolution aims to put China back on two wheels

Even through Beijing’s nicotine-tinged smog you can make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future.<p>In recent months an unmissable fleet of fluorescent orange, canary yellow and ocean blue bicycles has hit the streets of urban China as part of a hi-tech …

China

American democracy is being derailed. Can faith be restored?

Now that the electoral college has formally selected the next president of the United States, it’s worth taking a deep breath and asking: what kind of democracy do we live in?<p>The will of the people ought to be clear after an election. But as 2016 draws to a close, there are deeply troubling signs …

Government

Employees Naturally Trust Leaders Who Have These 5 Powerful Habits | Inc.com

Organizations far and wide have for years attempted to crack the code on what makes for a healthy and profitable work culture. Well, let me save you time and money and simply break it to you here: It is trust.<p>We already know this to be true from several studies. For example, Great Place to Work -- …

How to Find Your True Calling

Many people are in search of their purpose, or true calling, in life.<p>And this is certainly a worthy endeavor   — research has shown that knowing your …

Moss is super hot in Japan right now

It’s the latest craze in a country known for its eccentric tastes and quirky obsessions. The Japanese have gone gaga for… moss?<p>In 2011, Hisako Fujii published a book titled <i>Mosses, My Dear Friends</i>. It went on to sell more than 40,000 copies, which helped trigger a wave of moss-viewing parties among …

I’ve Seen Hell and Know What’s Coming

There is much to fear from the president-elect, and from ourselves.<p>I’ve seen it in Africa; in the Middle East; in Southeast Asia; and in the …

The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

Amazon Books editors read thousands of pages before settling on their ranking, which includes a number of memoirs as well as books from debut authors.<p>"The main challenge for us was that there were a number of great books to choose from," Amazon Books editor Chris Schluep told Business Insider. "In …

Books

Trump and China: fears that deal-making will consign human rights to political 'roadkill'

In the world according to Donald J Trump, China’s leaders showed resolve in crushing the Tiananmen protests with rifles and tanks; Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is somebody else’s problem; and Hillary Clinton, who has spent two decades standing up to Beijing over forced abortions and the …

China

Theresa May says Donald's Trump's victory shows why Britain needs to control immigration

Donald Trump's shock victory shows that the Government must deal once and for all with the "overlooked" communities that have been transformed irrevocably by immigration without the "permission" of British voters, Theresa May will say.<p>In her first significant assessment of Mr Trump's election, the …

We are living in a depression – that's why Trump took the White House

Words matter. The process of understanding why Donald Trump is now heading for the White House starts with the correct description of what has happened in the eight years since Barack Obama became president.<p>Some economists call the turbulent period that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers the …

Economics

Populists are out to divide us. They must be stopped

So now the challenge is in plain view: we face the globalisation of anti-globalisation, a popular front of populists, an International of nationalists. “Today the United States, tomorrow – France,” tweets Jean-Marie Le Pen. It will be a long, hard struggle to defeat them, at home and abroad, and we …

Political Science

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books podcast. There’s plenty out there so here are 10 of the best:<p>1. KCRW Bookworm<p>I’m quietly obsessed with Michael Silverblatt, the host …

Books

Crypt Believed to Be Jesus’ Tomb Opened for First Time in Centuries

JERUSALEM — The only mystical power visible was the burning light from seven tapered candles. And yet for ages, the tomb that sits at the center of history has captured the imaginations of millions around the world.<p>For centuries, no one looked inside — until last week, when a crew of specialists …

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“Design has nothing to do with art”: Design legend Milton Glaser dispels a universal misunderstanding

Design is not art. It’s a distinction understood by practicing designers, but it still eludes many. In an Oct. 29 talk at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the 87-year-old graphic design legend Milton Glaser gave the best definition of the practice of design.<p>“Design is the process of going …

Graphic Design

The Entire History of Japan in 9 Quirky Minutes

If you peruse our collection of Free Online History Courses, you'll find plenty of enriching history courses from top-notch universities, all …

Japan

Liberalism is still alive – it’s neoliberalism that’s the problem

To understand why, despite the recent funeral orations, liberalism is very much alive, you have to go back to the 1860s and the abolition of slavery in two key countries. To be precise, 1863, when – in one of the great coincidences of history – the proclamations of liberty for the American slaves …

Economics

Japanese governors don pregnancy suits in gesture of sympathy with mothers-to-be

The governors of three prefectures in southern Japan are demonstrating their support for working women and housewives by wearing "pregnancy vests" and calling on their menfolk to help out more around the home.<p>Yoshinori Yamaguchi is governor of Saga Prefecture, Shunji Kono oversees Miyazaki …

Don’t blame globalisation for poverty

Two hundred and forty years ago, Adam Smith published one of the most important texts ever written. The Wealth of Nations set out his vision of free trade as a pathway to opportunity and prosperity for all; and that in a true open global economy no one need lose out – we all could benefit.<p>Liam Fox: …

Globalization

Amazing Affordable Auto That Runs On Air

A car that runs on air? Sounds too good to be true, right? With AIRPod this idea became reality, as it is the first auto that runs on air. The …

Yes, computing genetic ancestors is super accurate

Remnants of extinct monkeys are hiding inside you, along with those of lizards, jellyfish and other animals. Your DNA is built upon gene fragments …

The Short, Online Course In Gratitude That Can Make You A Better Boss

When managers exercise positive psychology, employees and organizations benefit.<p>Every weekday, Cory Ludens starts his morning by writing out three “gratitudes”–each specific, and never repeated. Over the last four years, he has named roughly 400. “It’s just a part of my life,” says Ludens, vice …

Art and design schools set the pace in incubating startups

Young industrial designer Yi Jiang has already stirred up publicity with his small washing machine, the Drumi, operated by a foot pedal.<p>Small, portable and needing no electricity, the Drumi taps nicely into a hip market of apartment dwellers and eco-minded households. Cue the media attention and …

China's walking a tight rope between politics and economic reform

The second report was China's monthly release of investment data. This showed that fixed asset investment growth in China slowed to 8.1% in July. According to Caixin, that's the slowest year-to-date fixed asset investment growth in 16 years.<p>These two reports outline the problems the Chinese economy …