World Cup 2014 in statistics: the best XI from the tournament
Bastian Schweinsteiger leads his Germany team-mates in celebration after the World Cup final. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Fifa via Getty Images Sunday's spectacle was billed as the best team against the best player. Germany had experienced a few hitches on ...
The Most Dangerous Place in the World
From the thick, ambush-perfect swamps around Kismayo in the south to the lethal labyrinth of Mogadishu to the pirate den of Boosaaso on the Gulf of Aden, Somalia is quite simply the most dangerous place in the world ... some of the best and cheapest ...
The US Is Sneezing Like Crazy. Will The World Catch A Cold?
Washington’s painful and embarrassing political crisis, which has led to a government shutdown and the very real threat of default, has damaged the United States’ standing in the world and sent ... Kerry sought to put the best possible face on things ...
The mantis shrimp has the world's fastest punch
Reference: Patek, Korff & Caldwell. 2004. Nature 428: 819-820. Update: At the time of writing, the mantis shrimp’s punch was a strong candidate for the fastest movement in the natural world. It has since been trumped by the bite of the well-named trapjaw ...
The sneeze that shook the world
Tearing through a world still reeling from the horrors of the First World ... advising just a few pointers: avoid sneezing and coughing in public, carry plenty of fresh handkerchiefs, wash hands regularly and gargle with disinfectant mouthwash.