Omkar Khadamkar

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Why We Laugh—or Do We?

(LET’S GET THIS THING SETTLED, MR. EASTMAN)<p>In order to laugh at something, it is necessary (1) to know <i>what</i> you are laughing at, (2) to know <i>why</i> you are laughing, (3) to ask some people why <i>they</i> think you are laughing, (4) to jot down a few notes, (5) to laugh. Even then, the thing may not be cleared …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

<b>1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)</b><p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.<p><b>2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)</b><p>By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had …

Literature

What Your Favorite Music Reveals About Your Brain

If you like R&B but hate heavy metal, a new study explains why—and what it means about the way your mind works.<p>Hate punk rock? Despise country? …

25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design

What the landscape of design will look like in 2020, according to the most innovative designers of 2015.<p>Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we’re arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of …

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

How the eyes betray your thoughts

Look closer at eye movements and you can find out what’s happening inside somebody’s head, says Mo Costandi.<p>It’s sometimes said that the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does …

The Brain

Microsoft Goes Freemium With Its Smartphone Software Strategy

Today’s simple question is this. ‘What’s Microsoft good at?’ Historically the answer is a simple one - Microsoft’s key strength has been software. When I look at Microsoft’s ongoing moves in the mobile space, I come back to the idea that CEO Satya Nadella has boiled down the essence of Redmond’s …

Satya Nadella

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Language Learning

Salma Hayek praises social media's 'peaceful revolution' for women

Salma Hayek has made her Facebook and Twitter debut – and taken her first selfie – while describing the “peaceful revolution” on social media that has enabled women to tackle problems such as age and body image stereotyping in advertising.<p>Hayek used her Advertising Week Europe session with senior …

Social Media

India’s freelance boom is creating a crop of creative co-working spaces

There are no cubicles at The Hive, a quaint three-storey mansion on the corner of a cobblestone street in Khar, Mumbai. There are colourful corridors that lead to musicians, endless cups of <i>chai</i> and coffee, and outdoor divans where casually-dressed entrepreneurs can lie down or work.<p>But definitely …

India