David Crookes

David Crookes is a journalist, author, exhibition curator and communications manager.

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Smiley culture: Nataly Kogan, ‘chief happiness officer’ at Happier.com

Log on to Happier - it’s like Facebook and Twitter, without the snarking. But can this new social network help us feel better about ourselves?

There are plenty of reasons why we use social networks: to catch up with friends, to share photos, to link to thought-provoking articles or funniest cat videos and to brag about our bikini bodies/beach holidays/beautiful children –sometimes all in the same post.

Educators call for reform in how programming is taught in schools

One survey found that 54 per cent of teachers felt their students knew more about ICT than they did

Manchester United have been named the most influential football brand, pipping Liverpool to lead the way

Manchester United beat Liverpool to be named the most influential football club brand in the world

Both clubs feature in the top five of the most influential sporting brands which is headed by the London 2012 Olympic Games

'Around the world in 80 games' - a global trip for gamers with itchy thumbs

The £5,582 trip will taken in Phuket (Lara Croft), Seoul (for the e-Sports) and Los Angeles (L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto)

Battlefield 4 review: ‘One of the best multiplayer experiences out there’

A lacklustre single player mode, but vast multiplayer maps and satisfying objective-based gameplay keep this title feeling fresh

Why children should learn how to program

Even if pupils don't use the skill in later life, they will have learned something valuable

'Bing It On': Microsoft puts its search engine to the test as it goes up against Google - with surprising results

Results showed that more people picked Bing than Google results in blind test

Scottish videogame trade body emerges following GTA 5's success

Scotland boasts around 100 games development studios with the sector seen as important to the country's economy

Grand Theft Auto: UKIE defends age ratings system

UK body responsible for age ratings suggest parents take a 'sincere interest' in what their children buy

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn