The price of progress in China: 'We traded our lives for development'

15 December 2018
The price of progress in China: 'We traded our lives for development'

For four years at the turn of the century, Wang Zhaohong worked on a demolition crew in Shenzhen, clearing the way for the once-tiny border village to become a bustling...

The hobby that helps you live to 100

13 December 2018
The hobby that helps you live to 100

Many of the world's centenarians share one common hobby: gardening. Could you extend your life and drop your stress by taking up the pursuit, too?Dan Buettner has studied five places...

What’s the best way to define Africa’s middle class?

12 December 2018
What’s the best way to define Africa’s middle class?

Yomi Kazeem The “Africa Rising” narrative has been hinged on the continent’s middle class—but the methods used to defined the size of that population has been inconsistent to say the...

Losing just two hours of sleep makes you angrier

30 November 2018
Losing just two hours of sleep makes you angrier

Losing just two hours of sleep each night can make you angrier, a new study has revealed. It is the first time a direct link has been proven between irritability...

How learning to say 'no' allowed me to build a life that I love

29 November 2018
How learning to say 'no' allowed me to build a life that I love

Jessica Thiefels Learning to say "no" in your work and life can change your life for the better. Author Jessica Thiefels describes how saying "yes" to the wrong opportunities can...

Nigeria's medical brain drain

24 November 2018
Nigeria's medical brain drain

Paul Adepoju Each week, at least 12 Nigerian doctors are employed in the United Kingdom. More than 4,000 are already practicing in the United States, while Canada continues to attract...

Why do you keep dreaming you forgot your pants? It’s science

24 November 2018
Why do you keep dreaming you forgot your pants? It’s science

Where your brain goes when you’re asleep helps you when you’re awake. One muggy Saturday last summer, I went on a date with a man who seemed entirely fine. We...

Coffee is bitter and horrible: Why do we like it?

18 November 2018
Coffee is bitter and horrible: Why do we like it?

Our ability to detect bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect the body from harmful substances. So why is coffee—a bitter-tasting drink—so popular around the world? In evolutionary...

Nigeria battles enduring problem: Rigging

12 November 2018
Nigeria battles enduring problem: Rigging

Dulue MbachuNew legislation tightens controls before February elections As Nigeria heads toward general elections in February, it’s in a race to stamp out the bane of the voting system in...

Why half of America panics when this woman falls ill

11 November 2018
Why half of America panics when this woman falls ill

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to hospital. Why did the news send many Americans into a tizzy? On Wednesday evening, Justice Ginsburg fell in...

Why the French don’t show excitement

10 November 2018
Why the French don’t show excitement

Not only is ‘Je suis excité’ not the appropriate way to convey excitement in French, but there seems to be no real way to express it at all. When I...

10 countries with the most natural resources

09 November 2018
10 countries with the most natural resources

Craig Anthony Natural resources, or commodities, are the raw inputs that are used to manufacture and produce all of the products in the world. Commodities themselves, which include those extracted...

Silver: The colour of betrayal?

06 November 2018
Silver: The colour of betrayal?

Silver has represented the devious actions of Judas and gleaming armour that’s now rusted. Kelly Grovier looks at the complex history of a shade that can bedazzle as well as...

Stone throwers face different fates around the globe

05 November 2018
Stone throwers face different fates around the globe

President Donald Trump’s recent assertion that U.S. troops should respond to rock-throwing migrants — a hypothetical scenario — as if they were armed has sparked a debate about the appropriate...

Sex before marriage won’t make you happy - Study

04 November 2018
Sex before marriage won’t make you happy - Study

Ben Shapiro This week, Institute for Family Studies released a new study. Its key finding: married people are happiest if their spouses are the only people with whom they have...

5 reasons why this world doesn’t need equality

03 November 2018
5 reasons why this world doesn’t need equality

The world today needs fairness more than equality. Although the words equality and fairness are often used interchangeably, they have slightly varied meanings. While equality is treating everyone the same,...

Recruited from Nigeria to be a computer technician—then forced into prostitution in Italy

03 November 2018
Recruited from Nigeria to be a computer technician—then forced into prostitution in Italy

When Blessing Okoedion arrived in Italy from Nigeria, she met a woman she was told to call Madam Faith, who explained to her the work rules. First, she described the...

Nigeria: A young country for old men

31 October 2018
Nigeria: A young country for old men

In our series of letters from African journalists, editor-in-chief of Nigeria's Daily Trust newspaper Mannir Dan Ali looks at why a country where more than half the population is under...

How to be happy: Stoic lifestyle could be key to a good life - John Sellars

27 October 2018
How to be happy: Stoic lifestyle could be key to a good life - John Sellars

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, obviously the roads—the roads go without saying. How about guidance for how to live in the 21st century? That seems less...

'The food supplement that ruined my liver'

25 October 2018
'The food supplement that ruined my liver'

Jim McCants took green tea capsules in a drive to get healthy in middle age. His doctors now say they left him needing an urgent liver transplant, writes the BBC's...

Fela @ 80: A lost provocateur

21 October 2018
Fela @ 80: A lost provocateur

Decades after his death, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the Afrobeat impresario remains a revered icon among his teeming devotees worldwide, Yinka Olatunbosun reports TRIBUTEFela was a legend of strong music pedigree. His...

Why Finnish people don’t like to chat

19 October 2018
Why Finnish people don’t like to chat

Their desire for avoidance is a predisposition so common that it’s become hard-baked into Finnish culture. I met my now best friend Hanna a few years ago during my first...

Execution of Hauwa, enslavement of Leah, confound insurgency weary nation

17 October 2018
Execution of Hauwa, enslavement of Leah, confound insurgency weary nation

Many Nigerians were shocked yesterday as news of the execution of an aid worker with International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Miss Hauwa Leman, and the enslavement of kidnapped Dapchi...

How to spot when anyone is lying

17 October 2018
How to spot when anyone is lying

How to spot a liar: Behavioural psychologist expert reveals the tell-tale signs of a bluffer - from your partner to someone you've just met Nobody likes to feel they've been...

Nigeria is set to stay the world’s poverty capital for at least a generation

15 October 2018
Nigeria is set to stay the world’s poverty capital for at least a generation

Nigeria is making little progress in eliminating poverty. New reports by global development institutions show that human capital spending in Nigeria—the poverty capital of the world after recently overtaking India—is...

‘Why we faked our Facebook wedding

13 October 2018
‘Why we faked our Facebook wedding

To her friends and family, Arlène Agneroh has it all. Well, nearly.She is successful, educated and attractive. They call her a leader - she coaches entrepreneurs and offers personal development...

Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

12 October 2018
Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back?...

This is what a great book does to your brain

11 October 2018
This is what a great book does to your brain

The neuroscience of deep reading will make you want to curl up with a great book. Books can make us smarter, more informed, even more intellectually humble. But one of...

Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

10 October 2018
Why you have (probably) already bought your last car

I'm guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me. A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than...

Sexual violence, a savage feature of conflict over centuries

06 October 2018
Sexual violence, a savage feature of conflict over centuries

Through the ages, sexual violence has been a savage feature of armed conflict, often systematically inflicted by combatants on girls and women in what the world today defines as a...

4 things newly promoted leaders need to do right away

01 October 2018
4 things newly promoted leaders need to do right away

So you're called in to the boss's office for a meeting. There, you get the happy news that you've been tapped for a new role at your company, possibly with...

Secret life of rare antelope revealed

01 October 2018
Secret life of rare antelope revealed

The world's largest forest antelope has been caught on camera in Uganda for the first time. The elusive striped antelope, known as the lowland bongo, was snapped in dense forest...

Why does Nigeria keep flooding?

29 September 2018
Why does Nigeria keep flooding?

Heavy seasonal rains are a regular feature of life in Nigeria and towns close to the country's main rivers are particularly vulnerable. This year floods have killed at least 100...

Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly

27 September 2018
Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly

It's a diplomatic spat no one saw coming, but tensions have over the past few weeks been escalating between China and Sweden. It all started earlier in September when Chinese...

10 reasons you aren’t growing as a leader (and why you should still try)

25 September 2018
10 reasons you aren’t growing as a leader (and why you should still try)

If you aren't getting better at leadership, you shouldn't give up just yet. There's no shortage of leadership content available. As you're reading this article, millions of other people around...

Eating junk food tied to higher risk of numerous cancers

23 September 2018
Eating junk food tied to higher risk of numerous cancers

You probably already know that junk food, though delicious, is bad for you. It can have negative health effects such as increasing your risk of heart disease, metabolic disease and...

The link between earth tremors, God and Nigeria's elections

20 September 2018
The link between earth tremors, God and Nigeria's elections

In our series of letters from Africa, Nigerian writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers why some earth tremors in Nigeria's capital caused such a stir. Sometime in the early...

I consumed fresh ginger daily for 1week, and these are the results

16 September 2018
I consumed fresh ginger daily for 1week, and these are the results

I've always loved the flavor of ginger. Spicy and pungent, it is delicious in tea form and almost completely cuts the bitterness of vegetables in fresh juices and smoothies (adding...

'Just Do It': The surprising and morbid origin story of Nike's slogan

15 September 2018
'Just Do It': The surprising and morbid origin story of Nike's slogan

Before Colin Kaepernick and “Just Do It,” there was Gary Gilmore and “Let’s Do It.” In a plain T-shirt with a bag over his head, Gilmore was strapped into a...

How pidgin English became voice of international media in West Africa

11 September 2018
How pidgin English became voice of international media in West Africa

Yomi Kazeem As global media brands push to expand their reach and audience, Pidgin English—a language spoken by millions across West Africa—is gaining currency. The language, a mix of English,...





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