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Scientists say they have found a cure for fear

If love can’t conquer all, at least now there’s hope that it conquers fear.<p>Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany found that doses of oxytocin can help eliminate fear. The hormone bonds to the amygdala (the emotional center of the brain) and parts of the prefrontal cortex. In addition to …

More Than 15 Million People Have No Nationality

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in 500 people globally has no nationality, experts said on Monday, a far higher estimate than that used by the United Nations which last month launched a major campaign to eradicate statelessness in a decade.<p>The number of stateless people worldwide likely …

Chris Ofili: Can art still shock us?

A new exhibition by British artist Chris Ofili has been greeted with rapturous praise – where once his work was surrounded by controversy. What’s changed? Alastair Sooke explains.<p>“Ambitious”, “vibrant”, “gorgeous”: these were just three of the adjectives marshalled by American art critics to salute …

Why are dolls so creepy?

Dolls are so like us and yet they aren’t – and they can stir strange, unsettling feelings. Marquard Smith explains the uncanny power of the mannequin.<p>The doll is 22 inches high. It has a porcelain head, articulated wooden limbs, and a metal torso. Out of its perforated tin chest comes a strangled, …

Is Human Laziness Human Nature?

For most of human history, it’s been recognized that we tend to follow the path of least resistance. We go to comical lengths to avoid work of even …

Power and Money Explain Many Mental Disorders

Gross abundance of money and power, or the extreme lack of both, lie at the root of many mental disorders, according to a group of researchers at the …

Venice of the Middle-East: The Floating Basket Homes of Iraq

Little is known to the world about Iraq’s Tigris-Euphrates marshlands – an area that, at one time, covered over 9,000 square miles – bigger than …

Readers' 10 best books of 2014

These are the books our readers picked as the best of 2014 – from searing polemic to stunning fiction and a story of very intimate science

Can AIDS Be Cured?

Researchers get closer to outwitting a killer.<p>One morning in the winter of 1981, my wife came home after her on-call shift at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center and told me about a baffling new case. Queenie was an eighteen-year-old prostitute, his hair dyed the color of brass. He had arrived at the …

How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell

A couple of years ago, a Chicago-based corporate-identity consultant Chris Herron gave himself the ultimate challenge: rebrand hell. It was half gag, half self-promotion, but Herron took the project seriously, considering what it would take for a place like hell to become a premier destination in …

Arguing Abortion

The recent midterm elections returned a mixed but ominous report on abortion rights. On the one hand, the various personhood amendments, making a fertilized egg equal to a woman, mostly failed; on the other, representatives of the hard-line, forced-birth movement seemed to carry many a day and …

Cover Story: A “Broken Arch” for Ferguson

“I wanted to comment on the tragic rift that we’re witnessing,” Bob Staake says about his cover for the December 8th issue, arriving next week. “I lived in St. Louis for seventeen years before moving to Massachusetts, so watching the news right now breaks my heart. At first glance, one might see a …

How the UK became a nation of lager drinkers

For years, British pub-goers were wedded to their UK-brewed ales and bitters. How did the likes of Heineken turn us all into European lager drinkers, asks Barbara Smit<p>For many years the British did not care for lager at all.<p>Insular in their drinking habits, they still mostly drank UK-brewed ales …

Extremely positive people aren't as good at empathy

People with extremely sunny attitudes find it difficult to empathize with people who are recounting a negative experience, according to a study …

12 British Sayings Americans Don't Understand

But British people also say some other really weird, confusing things.<p>To celebrate the launch of Business Insider's UK website, we compiled 12 British phrases that will leave Americans utterly flummoxed. You might just see these on our new site.<p>When someone has "lost the plot," it means they have …

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Reading the world in 196 books

Writer Ann Morgan set herself a challenge – to read a book from every country in the world in one year. She describes the experience and what she learned.<p>I used to think of myself as a fairly cosmopolitan sort of person, but my bookshelves told a different story. Apart from a few Indian novels and …