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The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

The computer designed in the 1800s

In the video above, discover how punched cards were proposed as a way to program 19th Century ‘computers’.<p>When we interact with computers today, we type into keyboards or press on screens. But the earliest programmers in the 1800s had to use much more rudimentary methods to control their …

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Why some cultures love the tastes you hate

Why do some cultures find one taste delectable and another disgusting? BBC Future investigates.<p>When I was visiting Shanghai, I learned to avoid a certain alley on my walk to the underground system. It always smelled incredibly, almost unbelievably bad – like there was an open sewer on the sidewalk. …

Columbia University

Do we all need to eat more protein?

Casual gym-goers are often advised to guzzle down a high-protein drink as part of their routine. But is it really necessary? Watch the video above to find out.<p>A few decades ago, only the most serious bodybuilders would supplement their diets with protein powder; today, thanks to some clever …

Protein

How much coffee should you drink?

A few cups a day could extend your life – but you need to know what’s in your favourite brew.<p>In Britain alone we drink 70,000,000 cups of coffee a day – but what is that doing to our bodies?<p>As BBC presenter Michael Mosley explains in the video above, coffee is full of mysteries. It stops us …

Coffee

Why it feels so good to scratch an itch

It’s the unpleasant feeling that makes us instinctively scratch and scratch and scratch. So why does a fingernail almost instantly make an itch feel better?<p>J R Traver began to itch around her 40th birthday, and would continue to scratch away at her skin until her death some 40 years later. The …

Dry Skin

Here are some of the best tech moments in the year’s movies

By Nancy Szokan<p>Nancy Szokan<p>Email Bio<p>“Like the Oscars, but with explosions.” That’s how Popular Mechanics introduces its second annual list of great technological achievements in 2015 movies. You’ve already seen the Oscars; here’s a sample from the magazine’s “incredibly special effects.”<p>Best use of …

Los Angeles

6 Superhero Movies Fox May Be Giving Us In The Near Future

Marvel and DC are getting a lot of attention nowadays by expanding their cinematic universes, but let’s not forget that 20th Century Fox is still …

Superhero Movies

Oscars 2016: 20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments

It was another night of self-congratulating stars, passionate speeches being interrupted by play-’em-off music (“Ride of the Valkyries”? Really???), …

New Anti-Bacterial Packaging Doubles The Shelf-Life of Perishable Food

These leftovers just won’t quit.<p>Covering leftovers with plastic wrap (aka cling wrap) is a good way of keeping your food fresher for longer, but …

A Gentlemen's Guide To Buying The Perfect Bag

Bags. Aren’t they more of a girl’s thing?<p>Please. Men’s bags are witnessing a renaissance with the world’s most stylish men and luxury brands jumping …

Men's Fashion

How To Buy A Vintage Watch (And Not Get Ripped Off)

<b>Rolex, Omega, Breitling, IWC and more. When we talk about things that get better with age, wine is always what comes to mind. If all you want is to</b> …