The subtle ways your friends change you

22 May 2019
The subtle ways your friends change you

Our health choices are constantly influenced by our friends, both consciously or unconsciously. We often think that self-control comes from within, yet many of our actions depend just as much...

Here’s a look at Northern communities where mothers are paid to allow their children attend school

19 May 2019
Here’s a look at Northern communities where mothers are paid to allow their children attend school

Located on a large expanse of land, Rafin Giwa Model Primary School in Kwakware community, Kebbi State, is gradually becoming a prime destination for anxious parents wishing to enrol their...

Here’s why you don’t remember your dreams - and how to recall them

18 May 2019
Here’s why you don’t remember your dreams - and how to recall them

Stephen Dowling Many of us struggle to remember the details of our dreams. The reasons lie in the complicated cycles of our sleep. I am standing outside my childhood primary...

The '3.5% rule': How a small minority can change the world

15 May 2019
The '3.5% rule': How a small minority can change the world

Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change. In...

Millions of students are buying 'plagiarism-free' essays - and it's nearly impossible for teachers to prove

12 May 2019
Millions of students are buying 'plagiarism-free' essays - and it's nearly impossible for teachers to prove

Hayley Peterson • An estimated one in six students is buying school assignments from so-called "essay mills" that claim to offer original, "plagiarism-free" essays, term papers, dissertations, and more for...

The 1968 novel that predicted today

11 May 2019
The 1968 novel that predicted today

In the first of BBC Culture’s new series on fiction that predicted the future, Hephzibah Anderson looks at the work of John Brunner, whose vision of 2010 was eerily accurate....

Why ‘small wars' are only going to get deadlier

05 May 2019
Why ‘small wars' are only going to get deadlier

Steven Metz • The US has spent decades fighting small, asymmetric conflicts against insurgencies around the world. • Insurgent forces have always been fierce opponents, but technological change likely means...

As churches are demolished at home, Chinese Christians find religious freedom in Kenya

05 May 2019
As churches are demolished at home, Chinese Christians find religious freedom in Kenya

But migrants embracing God in highly Christian Nairobi are often unaware of the atheist Communist Party’s war on religion Every Sunday morning in an affluent suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, the...

How hindsight bias skews your judgement

02 May 2019
How hindsight bias skews your judgement

Sometimes we just know something will happen and it does. But experts say channelling that experience into decision-making is an error that leads to mistakes. On 8 November 2016 –...

Why food poverty is a health time bomb

01 May 2019
Why food poverty is a health time bomb

More and more children in ostensibly rich countries like the UK are now going hungry - with serious consequences. Kerry Wright didn’t feel hungry. Not in the way you might...

The world is sadder, angrier and more scared than ever before

27 April 2019
The world is sadder, angrier and more scared than ever before

People across the world are sadder, more scared and angrier than ever before, according to a startling new survey into global well-being. The study is US analytics company Gallup's annual...

Here's how Google knows in less than 5 minutes if you could be a great leader

25 April 2019
Here's how Google knows in less than 5 minutes if you could be a great leader

After years of study, Google uses a few simple questions to identify the company's best leaders. Great companies are built by great leaders. (That's why the ability to identify and...

What and where is heaven? The answers are at the heart of the Easter story

22 April 2019
What and where is heaven? The answers are at the heart of the Easter story

Robyn J. Whitaker My pious Baptist grandmother once shockingly confessed, at the ripe old age of 93, that she didn’t want to go to heaven. “Why,” we asked? “Well, I...

‘How I made fathers carry babies on their backs'

17 April 2019
‘How I made fathers carry babies on their backs'

Marta Moreiras and the subjects of her portraits - fathers carrying babies on their backs - were surprised by the attention they attracted as she took their photographs on the...

There’s an ingredient in madam’s breast milk that can prolong your life - Study

15 April 2019
There’s an ingredient in madam’s breast milk that can prolong your life - Study

Jack Kaskey Mother’s milk isn’t just for babies anymore. Global chemical giants DowDuPont Inc. and BASF SEare investing millions to ramp up production of an indigestible sugar found naturally in...

These are the 10 most confusing words in English language

12 April 2019
These are the 10 most confusing words in English language

Mark Abadi Certain words can leave some people perplexed. • Merriam-Webster has a list of the most looked-up words in its online dictionary. • Words like conundrum or affect/effect continue...

This 1 word makes others think less of you, and you probably say it several times daily

11 April 2019
This 1 word makes others think less of you, and you probably say it several times daily

TEDx speaker Maja Jovanovic explains why it's bad, and what you should say instead. How many times a day do you use the word "sorry"? Statistics on Americans are hard...

Nutritional supplements don't work - Report

10 April 2019
Nutritional supplements don't work - Report

A study has found that taking supplements has little effect and only nutrients found in foods can lower your chances of death. In fact, some supplements - such as calcium...

Ghana Must Go: The ugly history of Africa’s most famous bag

08 April 2019
Ghana Must Go: The ugly history of Africa’s most famous bag

Shola Lawal In 1983, Nigeria expelled two million undocumented West African migrants, half of whom were from Ghana. The sturdy, checked bags into which they packed their belongings have become...

Five personality traits holding you back at work

08 April 2019
Five personality traits holding you back at work

Emilia Mazza Your behaviour at work can make a difference as to whether you move up the ranks or find yourself constantly being overlooked for that much-hoped-for promotion. And according...

Exercise makes you happier than money - Report

07 April 2019
Exercise makes you happier than money - Report

Ruqayyah Moynihan Researchers at Yale and Oxford may have proven exercise is more important to your mental health than your economic status. The scientists found that, while those who exercised...

Is there such a thing as love at first sight?

06 April 2019
Is there such a thing as love at first sight?

We judge people in a snapshot – and those first impressions are powerful but misleading. If you are looking for love, here are the most important things to bear in...

Study challenges health benefits of moderate drinking

05 April 2019
Study challenges health benefits of moderate drinking

It might just be enough to kill your buzz: A new study challenges the idea that a drink or two a day could actually be good for you. In a...

What can bees teach economists about how markets work?

03 April 2019
What can bees teach economists about how markets work?

It's a little known fact that economists love bees - or at least, the idea of bees. The Royal Economic Society's logo is a honeybee. The Fable Of The Bees,...

The most common destination for African migrants is neither Europe nor North America

02 April 2019
The most common destination for African migrants is neither Europe nor North America

Yomi Kazeem There is even more evidence that African immigrants are more likely to move elsewhere within the continent than outside it. While migration to Europe through life-threatening tripsacross the...

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT): What’s it?

01 April 2019
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT): What’s it?

Jim Edwards and Theron Mohamed Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) should be "a larger part of the conversation" in an interview with Insider in January. MMT is...

Mobile barbering: 'It's like Uber, but for haircuts'

31 March 2019
Mobile barbering: 'It's like Uber, but for haircuts'

For many black British men, barber shops are a place to hang out, chat and meet friends. But for others they waste too much time, which is why two young...

4 qualities successful people have in common - and how to hone them

30 March 2019
4 qualities successful people have in common - and how to hone them

Peter Swaniker •Those who find success in life are proactive, not reactive. They seek opportunities instead of waiting for opportunities to find them. •To get ahead, try to roll with...

'I'm working on it right now' and other workplace white lies we're all guilty of telling

27 March 2019
'I'm working on it right now' and other workplace white lies we're all guilty of telling

Lyndsey Reid Everyone's guilty of occasionally telling lies at work. Most of us tell lies in an attempt to appear more competent. Business Insider spoke with Lynn Taylor, a national...

How to kill mosquitoes naturally

26 March 2019
How to kill mosquitoes naturally

Ahhhh. The sounds of summer: the crash of ocean waves, the crackle and bang of Fourth of July fireworks, the sizzle of burgers on the grill. Unfortunately, the sounds of...

Life lessons with ex-VC, Oye Ibidapo-Obe

25 March 2019
Life lessons with ex-VC, Oye Ibidapo-Obe

Mr Oye Ibidapo-Obe, professor of mathematics and former Vice-Chancellor (VC), University of Lagos (UNILAG) has been back in the classroom doing what he loves most -teaching- and generating research papers....

UCH: Citadel for medical feats - Folu Olamiti

24 March 2019
UCH: Citadel for medical feats - Folu Olamiti

University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has come a long way since 1957 when it was commissioned as the first tertiary hospital in Nigeria and the West African sub region. It...

Science says dancing with friends is good for your health

23 March 2019
Science says dancing with friends is good for your health

Bronwyn Tarr You might not think of yourself as a dancer. In fact, maybe even the idea of dancing makes your palms sweat. But growing scientific evidence suggests that getting...

8 ways successful people make sure they don't fall apart when things go wrong

22 March 2019
8 ways successful people make sure they don't fall apart when things go wrong

Deep Patel •Resilience is an important skill to master in order to be successful for the long haul. •Building a tight-knit circle of people you can trust is a key...

More evidence confirms that drinking lots of soda, sugar-filled coffee could lead to an early death

21 March 2019
More evidence confirms that drinking lots of soda, sugar-filled coffee could lead to an early death

Hilary Brueck •A long-term study of more than 118,000 men and women suggests that the more sugar people drink, the more likely they are to die from several things, especially...

I researched moral psychology for 20 years. Here's why rich parents are more likely to be unethical

20 March 2019
I researched moral psychology for 20 years. Here's why rich parents are more likely to be unethical

Prosecutors found that parents together paid up to US$6.5 million to get their kids into college. •People are good at rationalizing unethical actions that serve their self-interest. •When it comes...

2 snap judgments people make when they meet you - and how to overcome them

19 March 2019
2 snap judgments people make when they meet you - and how to overcome them

Travis Bradberry • Harvard Business School found that we make snap judgments about other people that answer two primary questions. •Subconsciously, you and the people you meet are asking yourselves,...

7 unforgettable leadership lessons from the ancient Roman conqueror Julius Caesar

18 March 2019
7 unforgettable leadership lessons from the ancient Roman conqueror Julius Caesar

Áine Cain Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March over 2,000 years ago. Caesar held a number of roles over the course of his career, serving as a...

Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate

16 March 2019
Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate

The latest U.S. research on eggs won’t go over easy for those who can’t eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1 ½ eggs daily had a slightly higher...

Dear Lagosian, VIO is closer than you think

15 March 2019
Dear Lagosian, VIO is closer than you think

VIO is going digital on Lagosians. A few days ago, I was minding my business when I received a text message that would alter my mood for the rest of...