By Zara Aziz (BBC)
One Friday morning at my practice, I meet Jake*, a 42-year-old computer engineer with an unexpected favour to ask.
I am a little intrigued to know why he is sitting opposite me. That’s because Jake is normally well and an...
By Simon Constable (BBC)
Surely you’ve heard the plea from on high at your company: we want more innovation, from everyone at every level. Your boss might even agree with the sentiment — because, of course, who doesn’t like...
Moonlight has won best picture at the Oscars - but only after an error saw La La Land initially declared the winner.
The La La Land producers were in the middle of their acceptance speeches when the mistake was discovered.
By Lennox Morrison (BBC)
You might say you're slammed, swamped, up to my eyes or — if you’re Australian — flat out like a lizard drinking. But chances are, when people ask you how you’re doing, your response is likely a...
By Alina Dizik (BBC)
When David Erickson leaves his home in Long Beach, California to spend several days on Panama’s southern coast, he also reluctantly gives up his smartphone.
There’s no wireless internet where he’s going, and...
By Jason G Goldman (BBC)
They say that an elephant never forgets. It is also often stated that one of the functions of sleep is to consolidate memories. If both of those things were true, then you'd expect elephants to sleep a lot – but the...
By Dave Seminara (BBC)
If you ask Jeff Shea where he’s going or where he’s been, you better grab a drink, sit back in your favourite chair and brace yourself for a long story.
The 60-year-old California-based adventurer has walked...
By Veronique Greenwood (BBC)
Popcorn, that delicious, crunchy vehicle for butter, caramel and salt, is seeing its star rise. Americans already consume nearly 50 litres of popped corn a year each, on average. But in the UK, where crisps have...
By Richard Gray (BBC)
From the distinctive opening “Whooah” to the recurring funky brass riff that follows each line of lyrics, James Brown’s hit song I Got You (I Feel Good) is a recipe for happiness.
The iconic track is...
By Philip Ball (BBC)
"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."
The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum...
A traditional Mediterranean diet with added olive oil may be tied to a lower risk of heart disease at least in part because it helps maintain healthy blood flow and clear debris from arteries, a Spanish study suggests.
“A Mediterranean diet...
By James Badcock (BBC)
Scientists have long puzzled over how animals reach remote islands in the midst of our vast oceans. There are plenty of possible explanations, but now it seems they may have neglected an essential element: landslides.