Mankind's attitude to gold is bizarre. Chemically, it is uninteresting - it barely reacts with any other element. Yet, of all the 118 elements in the periodic table, gold is the one we humans have always tended to choose to use as currency. Why? Why not osmium or chromium, or helium, say - or maybe seaborgium?
Top 10 Technology Predictions For 2014 “will be about pitched battles” and a coming IT industry consolidation around a small number of big “winners.” The industry landscape will change as “incumbents will no longer be foolish enough to say we don’t compete with Amazon.”
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich put in a clinical performance to hammer Werder Bremen and extend their unbeaten run in the league to 40 games. They led 3-0 at half-time thanks to an own goal from Assani Lukimya and strikes from Daniel van Buyten and Franck Ribery. Mario Mandzukic made it 4-0 before Thomas Muller
Manchester United slumped to their second home Premier League defeat in the space of four days as Yohan Cabaye's goal gave Newcastle a first victory at Old Trafford since 1972. The home side struggled to break down the Magpies, other than a flurry of chances at the start of the second half
Is leadership born or built? What about the in-between position that says early childhood is an imprinting that’s hard to undo? That faction claims that unless the tendency to lead is learned early on, it’s not likely to happen later in life. I say leadership can be taught. But then, I have a unique definition
A colleague of mine once received an email from a student. Noticing that the student in question should have been in a lecture at the time, she emailed to ask why he was not in the lecture theatre. He replied; 'I am'. After fifteen years as a University Lecturer, I have seen and heard students do many things
Who wants to own stuff? It costs too much and you've got to find room to store it. The best way to get what you need is to share. Stuff, as all students know, is expensive – and the simple answer is to share it. Wherever you look these days, you can find examples of the "sharing economy".
With the 2014 World Cup Final Draw only days away, FIFA has launched official apps for both iOS and Android. Available now, the app provides live score updates for "85 of the world’s top leagues" (including MLS in the United States) according to FIFA. Thankfully it offers news, standings, statistics, and photos
As CDC Director, I've had the privilege of meeting with nurses, doctors, outreach workers, and people living with HIV in communities across the U.S. and around the world. As an infectious disease doctor who trained in New York City before treatment for HIV was available, these meetings are always deeply moving.
(Guardian) "I have applied to Warwick University as it has moved from fourth to third in the league table for my accountancy course", said a college student when I was working as a student ambassador. But should ranking really be the only factor considered when choosing a university? And can you get a great
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has no plans to retire despite turning 40 on Friday. The Welshman has spent his whole career at Old Trafford, making 953 club appearances since making his debut against Everton in 1991. "I'm lucky that I have been at one club, where I am surrounded by good players and a good
The World's most expensive footballer Gareth Bale has scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid cruised to a 4-0 win over Valladolid in the Spanish league. The Welshman also set up a fourth goal on Saturday to make sure Real Madrid did not miss injured star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Substitute Mario Gotze scored on his return to Borussia Dortmund as Bayern Munich preserved their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Gotze, who joined Bayern for £31.5m in the summer and was jeered throughout, prodded home 10 minutes after his introduction in the 56th minute.
Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has donated $3 million (£1.85 million) to help save tigers in Nepal. The Great Gatsby star made the donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) via his charitable foundation. The funds will be used to significantly increase the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022 - the next year of the tiger.
Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen has become the world champion, beating Indian title holder Viswanathan Anand. Carlsen, 22, secured a draw to win the World Chess Championship in 10 games, with two left to play. Carlsen won the match in Chennai, India, with a score of 6.5-3.5. He has now achieved the highest
Gulf countries have young populations - more than half the locals are under 30 - and that means higher education is big business. New colleges and universities open every year but many are choosing to study abroad instead, usually in English-speaking countries such as the UK, the US and Australia.
In an unlikely battle of sequels, "Thor: The Dark World" bested "The Best Man Holiday" at the box office. Disney's "Thor: The Dark World" continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening 15 years after the original "The Best Man,"
Modern cooks are rediscovering the wide world of leafy greens. But how do you buy, store and prepare these nutritious, delicious superfoods? Covering everything from spinach to bok choy to nettles, The Complete Leafy Greens Cookbook will help you embrace the unfamiliar as well as offering a fresh outlook on old favorites.