Is Facebook making us forget? Study shows that taking pictures ruin memories

Students in an art gallery were more likely to forget the art they took pictures of, than those they were merely asked to observe

David Gulden: Like humans, animals can be very boring

The photographer shares his secrets from the wild

Around the World in 125 Years, By Reuel Golden - Review

For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s magazine has inspired millions to explore and take an interest in the planet. Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given Taschen access to its archives to distil the huge collection into three volumes of photographs, totalling 1,500 pages – and with only 125,000 copies produced worldwide.

Missing wildlife camera captures eagle selfie

The camera trap was meant to capture images of crocodiles in Australia, but a sea eagle mistook the device for something tasty to eat instead

A poster of Nelson Mandela on which mourners have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela's death: South Africa and the world mourns loss of Nelson Mandela

To mark the passing of a statesman abundantly blessed with spontaneity, mourners danced as he would have wished

Andy McSmith's Diary: Bad news - Capita’s visa task bombs. Good news - they’re paid by results

More than a year has passed since the UK Border Agency awarded a four-year, £30m contract to a private firm, Capita, to track down immigrants who have overstayed their visas in the UK. Hiring a private firm for a task that is normally the responsibility of the state did not escape criticism. “We are appalled the Government has offered a contract of this size to a private company,” Ruth Grove-White, policy director at the Migrants Rights Network, told The Independent.

Morrissey's autobiography, published by Penguin Classics, is not your average celebrity memoir

Morrissey: 'gay' relationship edited from US edition of autobiography

Lines about the singer's relationship with Jake Owen Walters have been cut

YotaPhone review: the dual-screen smartphone is coming to the UK

It's got and LCD screen on the front and an E Ink display (above) on the back - but does it make any sense when you're using it?

'The Knight and His Steed' by Nicolas Reusens Boden from Sweden, Open Competition, Nature and Wildlife category, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. This picture was taken in a natural but controlled environment. A tree frog managed to jump to a branch where a huge titan was sleeping

In pictures: Sony World Photography Awards 2014 - last call for entries

With just over one month remaining for photographers to enter the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Organisation is proud to reveal an exclusive selection of submissions to the 2014 awards.

James Leslie, 37, has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a police officer in Leeds

Leeds manhunt: Police arrest suspect James Leslie after female officer shot

A man has been arrested close to the scene of the shooting. The officer's injuries are serious but non life threatening, police said

Hitchen receives his CBE in 1990; he later served on the Media Honours Committee

Brian Hitchen: Admired and respected tabloid editor behind whose easy grin was a ruthless and indefatigable chaser of stories

Brian Hitchen was an archetypal tabloid journalist of what is now termed the old school. He was supremely self-confident, ruthless, indefatigable in pursuit of a story and, like many of his contemporaries, scornful of the abilities of today's practitioners of the trade, emerging from what he called "half-baked courses" in journalism.

Tom Daley says his whole world has changed

Tom Daley's coming out video was brave and honest... and something else as well

Perhaps we saw a hint of manipulation too in this piece to camera

Darth Vader takes a selfie but gets the technique slightly wrong...

Star Wars launches Instagram page with Darth Vader selfie

The popular franchise is attempting to engage with younger fans of the series

Katy Perry and John Mayer reveal first portrait

The on-off pop couple make like a modern day Johnny Cash and June Carter on the cover of "Who You Love"

'This really is science fiction. The technology isn't good enough and it seems impossible to fit in all the safety systems'

Amazon Prime Air: Plan for drones to make home deliveries takes heavy flak

The online retailer's announcement that it will introduce home deliveries by drone aircraft is being dimissed as science fiction

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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