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Private Lives

Private Lives

How much privacy are you willing to give up for the convenience offered by the digital world?

Giving Carers a Break

Giving Carers a Break

Heather McHugh won $500,000 and had a ‘genius’ idea.

Everything You Need to Know About Iran

Everything You Need to Know About Iran

From a glittering Persian empire to a religious state: Iran's strategic importance.

Are We Natural-Born Racists?

Are We Natural-Born Racists?

A simple test revealed the writer’s ingrained prejudice. Equally simple psychology can help all of us to remove it.

15 Favourite Facts that are False

15 Favourite Facts that are False

Relax: it turns out we don't swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep after all.

Everything you Need to Know About Prince Philip

Everything you Need to Know About Prince Philip

As the Duke of Edinburgh turns 95, we reveal some surprising facts – and some of his most memorable remarks.

Everything You Need to Know About Retrofuturism

Everything You Need to Know About Retrofuturism

Whatever happened to the past’s visions of a glorious tomorrow? And just where are our flying cars?

10 Common Sayings That Sound Way Funnier in Other Languages

10 Common Sayings That Sound Way Funnier in Other Languages

'Nice guys finish last' means something very different in Spain.

How To Win Almost Anything

How To Win Almost Anything

From acing a competition or landing a job, to tricking a claw crane machine or getting your book published – here are strategies you need for victory.

cats love boxes

Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

We all know that cats love boxes. But why?

The Origins of Superstitions and Lucky Charms

The Origins of Superstitions and Lucky Charms

All around the world, many people still believe that the supernatural intervenes in everyday life. Where do these ideas come from?

The Children Who've Lived Before

The Children Who've Lived Before

Professor Jim Tucker thinks that past lives are possible. Here are three startling accounts.

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