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'We know so little about so much': Robert Newman talks skulls, science and psychology

The comedian talks us through why Freud was was wrong, Isaac Newton’s brain capacity and why thinking of the brain as a ‘wet computer’ is an error<p>I discovered Rob Newman’s comedy when I was 16. His shows were relentless: packed full of quotes, arguments, anger, history, philosophy and, above all, …

Box Office
Journalism

David Bowie: the man who read the world

Jake Arnott has followed all his hero’s literary references, from Shakespeare to JG Ballard, since the age of 11. He traces the eclectic influences on Bowie’s work<p>It’s long been clear that David Bowie’s was a polymath, an artist as much as a musician, that “chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and …

Literature

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Pedagogy

Theoretical Physicist Proposes Radical New Hypothesis For Why Humans Exist

Dark matter.<p>Where do we come from? Well, it depends on who you ask. For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our …

Dark Matter
Literature

Winter Poetry Issue: Amber Tamblyn

Author, actress, and director Amber Tamblyn explores unrequited love.<p><b>Coda, Etcetera</b><p><i>On the unrequited love of Turner's assistant, Hannah Danby Commissioned for the Getty Museum, spring 2015</i><p>I tie my life to the mast of your brush<p>and ask for the salt's forgiveness.<p>A hundred tourists are caught in my …

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Crime fiction in 2015: the rise of the Girl that could be any of us

The blockbuster successes of Girl On a Train and Gone Girl before it underline a desire among female readers for stories that speak to their experiences<p>Over and over again, in Wilkie Collins’s wildly popular sensation novel The Woman in White (1859), the titular female character emerges from …

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Top 10 parallel worlds in fiction

When you open the pages of a book you step into a parallel universe. From Narnia to Coraline, Christopher Edge picks his favourite stories that step through the looking glass<p>When you open the pages of a book you step into a parallel universe. You can discover new worlds, fantastic lands or even see …

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Scientists just discovered a weird new shark that glows in the dark, so they officially named it the 'ninja lanternshark'

Say hello to the ninja lanternshark, a species of shark that has only just been discovered. It's really weird. It hides in the deep — and its black skin keeps it camouflaged — but it also glows in the dark.<p>The ninja lanternshark was discovered by a team at the Pacific Shark Research Center, in Moss …

Zoology

Japanese bookshop stocks only one book at a time

With hundreds of thousands of books published every year, the choice of what to stock can prove bewildering for booksellers. The owner of one small bookshop in Tokyo has taken an unusual approach to the problem: Morioka Shoten, located in the luxury shopping district of Ginza, offers just one title …

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Hermione is not black, but she's not white either...

It wasn’t until the films that the image of each of these characters solidified in people’s minds as a certain race or ethnicity, and that, argues site member Hawwa, is why some people are now so astounded at the casting of Noma Dumezweni to play Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If …

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Psychologists studied whether people like themselves better than their partners — and found something pretty sad

When people compare themselves to their partners, they may think most highly of themselves.<p>Psychologists tested this assumption, and published the results earlier this year in the journal Personal Relationships.<p>In the first experiment, researchers asked participants to list 10 traits their partner …

Psychology

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About Sleep In 2015

Arianna Huffington has shared the big idea that she thinks will define 2016 -- and it's probably not what you would expect.<p>"Sleep. That's right, sleep!" Huffington wrote in a Dec. 16 blog post. "How much and how well we sleep in the coming year -- and the years to follow -- will determine, in no …

Sleep

Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos on Possible Rock Hall Reunion

"Any friendship we had went away when I had to file a federal lawsuit," says drummer<p>The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is …

Public Radio's #1 Songs Of 2015

Hidden inside our enormous year-end Songs We Love 2015 app — 401 songs across a dozen genres compiled by NPR Music and our public radio partners — is a playlist of 61 jewels, the ones we loved the best. We polled our entire team —including dozens of hosts from around the country — and these are the …

Kurt Cobain
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The playlist: the best indie of 2015 – Mac Demarco, This Is the Kit and more

We continue our roundup of the year’s top tracks with the pick of the best indie songs of 2015<p>Tame Impala – Disciples<p>This might be a good opportunity for me to apologise to my neighbours. I have played this song – because of its honey-drenched heartache and its deliciously short running time – …

Indie Music

Scientists say these 2 'dark' personality traits can help you succeed at work

It's a question that's plagued researchers for years, and unfortunately, there's no clear answer.<p>Now, new research suggests that jerks can sometimes be more successful, depending on the specific traits they display.<p>For the study, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, psychologists at …

Psychology

Scientists Have Discovered Brain Networks Linked to Intelligence For The First Time

And we may even be able to manipulate them.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have identified clusters of genes in the brain that are believed to be …

Genetics
Shades of Grey

Why do I have blue eyes?

If you have ever wondered why, like Cameron Diaz, Leonard Di Caprio and Frank Sinatra, you have blue eyes it is because you share a gene mutation …

Black Sea

Genius at Play: A Brilliant Mathematician on Tinkering, Thinkering, and the Art of Being a Professional Nonunderstander

Anatomy of thought at the fault line of invention and discovery.<p><i>“Mathematical Science,”</i> wrote Ada Lovelace in contemplating the nature of the imagination, <i>“is the language of the unseen relations between things.”</i> Few have mastered that language and transmuted it into Lovelace’s “poetical science” …

Father breaks law to buy time with ‘brain dead’ son, then something unbelievable happens

HOUSTON, Texas– A father broke the law to buy more time with his ‘brain dead’ son, who is now alive and well.<p>KPRC reports that last January, George …

Getting Over Sylvia Plath

Her husband, Ted Hughes, drew on his childhood to create powerful poetry.<p>H<i>er husband</i>isthe title of a previous book about the English poet Ted Hughes, reflecting the odd asymmetry of his fame. Hughes, who died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 68, is best known in the United States for his six years …

Literature

Why J.K. Rowling Needs to Let Harry Potter Go

Last February, mystery author Lynn Shepherd committed an unforgivable offense: she advised J.K. Rowling to stop writing. Her piece, titled “If J.K. …

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