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At last, celebrity women in lesbian relationships are no big deal | Hannah Jane-Parkinson

Model Cara Delevingne and musician St Vincent were pictured sitting lovingly together at London fashion week, without any titillation or shock at their union in the media. It’s a joy to see<p>When is a lesbian relationship between two high-profile celebrities not cause for salacious and intrusive …

The Easiest Way To Get A Better, Smarter Brain

Extraordinary abilities -- from memory to supercharged creativity -- may be within reach for all of us, says neuroscientist Berit Brogaard, PhD, coauthor of the new book <i>The Superhuman Mind</i>. We asked her to tell us more.<p><b>Q: You say ordinary people possess talents they haven't even tapped into. Can</b> …

The Brain

Setting aside half the Earth for ‘rewilding’: the rational argument for extreme conservation

A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, which is due early next year. It builds on his proposal to set aside half the Earth for the preservation of biodiversity.<p>The famous biologist and naturalist would do this by …

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 …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

7 Fitness Escapes for the Outdoor Adventurist at Heart

With each passing day, summer’s clarion call grows stronger—and, for those who long to extend the season’s buoyant vacation spirit, so does the desire to spend every waking hour outdoors. For the fitness-minded adventurist at heart, these fleeting weeks offer one last chance to sail in Penobscot …

15 cognitive biases that screw up your relationships

In fact, we're pretty much hardwired to make mistakes in our judgments of and behavior toward others.<p>Here, we've rounded up 15 cognitive biases that affect our everyday interactions. The scary part is that most of them happen without us even noticing.

Psychology

A nine-week-old corgi trying to go downstairs is the cutest thing you’ll see today

<b>First up, this is a 9 week old corgi and any puppy that ickle is just going to be cute.</b><p>But a teeny tiny corgi attempting to clamber downstairs is …

Born this way? Society, sexuality and the search for the 'gay gene'

Are our sexual desires derived from our genes? Or can we make active choices about who we are sexually attracted to?<p>Over the past decade the idea that we are “born this way” — or that our sexuality is genetic — has become increasingly important. The mantra has become a political strategy, in …

These Foods Are Making You Sleepy

<i>Forget turkey and crash-inducing candy -- these surprising foods could be the reason you're counting the hours until bedtime.</i><p>By Emma Haak<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>5 Foods That Are Making You Sleepy

Sleep

Some physicists believe we're living in a giant hologram — and it's not that far-fetched

Some physicists actually believe that the universe we live in might be a hologram.<p>The idea isn't that the universe is some sort of fake simulation out of <i>The Matrix,</i> but rather that even though we appear to live in a three-dimensional universe, it might only have two dimensions. It's called the …

Why Google's Neural Networks Look Like They're on Acid

Robo-tripping with a neural network.<p>Recently, a mysterious photo appeared on Reddit showing a monstrous mutant: an iridescent, multi-headed, slug-like creature covered with melting animal faces. Soon, the image's true origins surfaced, in the form of a blog post by a Google research team. It turned …

Consciousness