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Why your brain likes it when you multi-task

We’re told that multi-tasking can leave us with an attention deficit and make us less effective. BBC Future investigates.<p>We all know the feeling. You’re in a noisy office trying to concentrate. Your computer screen shows you have eight different websites open, along with two email accounts, three …

Time Management

What would happen if aliens contacted Earth

For decades we’ve been listening out for a message from space. Organisations like Seti analyse unusual radio signals to catch potential transmissions from an intelligent alien civilisation. But what would happen if they really heard one?<p>Nearly 40 years ago, radio astronomer Jerry Ehman was scanning …

Paranormal

Why do the British say ‘sorry’ so much?

The British are famous for how frequently they say ‘sorry’ – even when they’re not at fault. But does the data hold up this stereotype? And is apologising so often really that bad?<p>It is probably the most over-used word in the United Kingdom: whether they are sorry about the weather or sorry because …

Language

What’s the secret to dodging hangovers?

Why do some people have heads as clear as the morning dew after heavy drinking? BBC Future speaks to the man with the answers.<p>We’ve all met them – the people who appear to be able to drink what they like without any of the consequences. While most people lie wilted and lifeless under their …

Alcohol

Why Mars should be independent from Earth

If we build a colony on Mars, should its citizens be their own masters? BBC Future considers the case for the Red Planet’s declaration of independence.<p>The race to get humans on Mars has begun. SpaceX’s Elon Musk has said he thinks he can get humans to the Red Planet by 2026. Mars One says that its …

Space Science

How do you freeze a human body for a second life?

BBC BritLab explores whether it’s possible to put humans in “suspended animation”.<p>Some people are prepared to pay a lot of money to have their bodies frozen after death. The hope is that as medicine advances, doctors may be able to bring them back to life.<p>How much does it cost? How do you stop the …

Second Life

What is deja vu?

Is it all just an illusion? In the video below, Greg Foot of Britlab explains the fascinating history and perplexing science of this strange feeling.

Science

Can your brain reveal you are a liar?

Your brainwaves never lie. Or at least that’s the story believed by a growing number of police and law courts worldwide – the truth is more complicated.<p>At Northwestern University in Illinois, a group of psychologists are teaching students how to commit the perfect crime.<p>They are taught how to break …

The Brain

Why ‘bowl food’ might be tricking your brain

A new food craze sweeping restaurants from London to California serves food only in bowls. Bowl food just “tastes better” says the fans. Could there be method in this madness?<p>“I’ve eaten the same meal on a plate,” New Yorker Lily Kunin told the NY Post recently. “It just wasn’t that good.” Others …

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