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Terminally-ill mum who found lump on face two days before giving birth is desperate for cancer treatment abroad

A mum who found out she had terminal cancer just weeks after giving birth is desperate to travel abroad for treatment to give her more precious time …

Cancer

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research

Forget pandas. Close friends are the real endangered species these days.<p>That’s a painful thing. And I don’t mean “sad-painful.” I mean …

Psychology

Where Did Picasso’s Genius Come From?

Pablo Picasso’s talent was fierce, dark, and revolutionary, but did it reach the level of true genius? It’s complicated, a new book says.<p><i>Genius: Picasso premieres Tuesday, April 24th at 9/8c on National Geographic.</i><p>On April 24, Antonio Banderas will strut his stuff as Pablo Picasso in the latest …

Pablo Picasso

How to Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition

How to Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition<p>Updated March 14, 2018<p>Facial recognition is definitely on our radars now. Though it has been around for …

Social Media

Dramatic Photos of Our World From Above

This photographer provides a bird's-eye view of urban and natural wonders.<p>Photography is a meditative practice for Toronto photographer Gary Cummins. Working in the construction industry by day, Cummins relishes his nights and weekends to explore his sky-high passion. “Photography for me is mainly …

Photography

People in South East may be descended from Romans as study suggests invaders may have stayed in Britain

The Romans may have given us impressive roads, plumbing and an entirely new calendar, but it was always thought that when they left Britain they took their DNA with them.<p>Previous studies have shown that the legionnaires left little genetic legacy before returning to defend the Roman Empire from …

Archaeology

Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Bill Gates

A white mob wiped this all-black Florida town off the map. 60 years later their story was finally told

Even by the standards of the 1920s South, the chain of events in Rosewood were unfathomable<p>Nine-year-old Minnie Lee Langley was outside with her …

Crime

What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

LONDON — What will our future look like — not in a century but in a mere two decades?<p>Terrifying, if you’re to believe Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” a pair of audacious books that offer a sweeping history of humankind and a forecast of what lies …

Artificial Intelligence

Marcus Aurelius - the Philosopher on the Emperor's Throne

The Statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Musei Capitolini in Rome<p>On March 17, 180 AD, Roman Emperor <b>Marcus Aurelius</b> passed away. He is often referred to …

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.<p>It is November 2, 1930, and <i>National Geographic</i> has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, King of Kings of …

Travel Photography

Early American photography – in pictures

The work of American photographers who experimented with photography on paper is the subject of a new exhibition at the Getty Museum. Paper Promises features rare 19th-century paper negatives and prints, and illustrates portraiture, landscapes and the emergence of photojournalism with stark images …

Historical Photography

Documenting A Different Great Divide | Sony

Michael Christopher Brown has spent the past several years focusing his cameras on Africa and Cuba. His work has been inspiring and thoughtful. Like …

Los Angeles

Biography is a thoroughly reprehensible genre

Creative achievements are explained away, and great men and women are unmasked as sneaky, cruel and ordinary<p>I saw a biopic about Morecambe and Wise recently. The actors impersonating the comedians were not a patch on the originals — how could they be? You need a genius to play a genius. I often …

Literature

Lance Armstrong finds a kindred spirit in former porn star

When Lance Armstrong was lifting his seventh Tour de France trophy, we bet he didn’t expect to find himself here.<p>Sitting in a small office in Austin, …

This Is What Went Down When Albert Einstein Visited HBCU Lincoln University In 1946

Dr. Albert Einstein is most celebrated for being a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and discovering the theory of relativity.<p>Einstein was one of 340,000 …

A Race Against Time to Excavate an Ancient African Civilization

Archaeologists in Nubia are struggling against erosion, desertification, and government plans to develop the land.<p>In 1905, British archaeologists descended on a sliver of eastern Africa, aiming to uncover and extract artifacts from 3,000-year-old temples. They left mostly with photographs, …

Archaeology

Apple’s Move to Share Health Care Records Is a Game-Changer

In late January, Apple previewed an iOS feature that would allow consumers to access their electronic health records on their phones. Skeptics said …

Are You a Target of Blame for a Narcissist?

Source: oneinchpunch/Shutterstock<p>Is someone verbally attacking you at work, at home, or in your community? Telling you that you’re a loser, saying …

Self-help

Once and For All—This Is How Often You Should Shampoo Your Hair

It really depends on what kind of hair you have and how oily your scalp gets.<p>There's one nugget of grooming mythology that I abide by, even though it isn't scientifically proven. It's the answer to the perennial question: How often should you shampoo? When we wash our scalps less, the theory goes, …

Hair Care

This Letter From A 27-Year-Old Who Was Dying Of Cancer Will Change Your Approach To Life

"Be ruthless for your own well-being."<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook

New South Wales

The World's Oldest Known Wild Bird Is About to Become a Mum at 67, Baffling Scientists

We didn't think this was possible.<p>One Laysan albatross is brazenly defying the norms for her species. Wisdom, the world's oldest known wild bird, has …

Birds

Why setting up a living trust may be wise, especially in California

<b>Dear Liz:</b> Is there a minimum amount of assets required before a revocable living trust is advisable? I am retired but my wife is still working. If we do not include our 401(k) plans, our total liquid assets (my wife's monthly salary, my monthly Social Security benefit and my pension check) are …

What a Bestselling Author Learned by Dropping Out of Law School | Heleo

“The lessons there for me are the dangers of doing something because of inertia and of simply following along.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>How to break free</i> …

Standardized Testing

Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch

Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn …

Medical Technology

The Best Things We Bought in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we at Wirecutter are reopening our blog. As people who are truly passionate about how the things we own affect our lives, …

Shopping

9 Fast Wagons Made For The Fun-Loving Grown Up

Ah, the humble station wagon. Where would a many family man be without the practicality of cramming in a lovely partner and a few ankle biters whose …

Volkswagen Golf

How To Survive A Party Alone When You Don't Know Anyone

Running with the bulls in Pamplona. Cycling Death Road in Bolivia. Racing over 250 km in the scorching Sahara Desert. Attending a party alone.<p>All …

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

Leonardo Da Vinci