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What Inspires Street Style Photographer Tamu McPherson to Take the Shot

Clothes matter, but only so much.<p>Insta-famous, oft-photographed bloggers are integral members of the fashion community. What may come as a surprise is that many of them actually got their start <i>behind</i> the lens, taking pictures of other stylish show-goers at fashion weeks around the globe. Tamu …

The strange story of the world's most famous logo

It’s the most famous corporate symbol in the word – but it has a fraught history, writes Jonathan Glancey.<p>There’s Trajan’s Arch and Marble Arch, the Arch of Constantine and Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe. You can ride to the top of the biggest of them all, the 630ft (192m) high Gateway Arch in St …

McDonald's

The language rules we know – but don’t know we know

Mark Forsyth tasted internet fame this week when a passage from a book he wrote went viral. He explains more language secrets that native speakers know without knowing.<p>Over the weekend, I happened to go viral. Or rather a single paragraph from a book I wrote called The Elements of Eloquence went …

Language

Don’t blink first! The power of a stare

A photo of a standoff between a protester and a Chilean policeman leads Kelly Grovier to examine what an unflinching gaze can mean.<p>Staring is power. The ability to command another’s gaze, to transfix their mind and muscles by using nothing more than the resolve of one's unblinking eyes, requires …

The wild era that changed what we wear

The Jazz Age was a wild era that changed the way we dress and how we live our lives to this day, writes Lindsay Baker.<p>“It was an age of miracles,” F Scott Fitzgerald wrote in his essay Echoes of the Jazz Age. “It was an age of art, it was an age of excess.” In his fiction, the author beguilingly …

Coco Chanel

The secret “anti-languages” you’re not supposed to know

From London to Timbuktu, there is a teeming underworld of rebellious “anti-societies” who speak a mercurial, ever-changing code. Their words are, quite literally, gobbledygook designed to confuse authority.<p>Could you <i>erectify a luxurimole flackoblots</i>? Have you hidden your <i>chocolate cake</i> from <i>Penelope</i>? …

Language

The amazing benefits of being bilingual

Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those of us who speak only one language missing out?<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words …

Language

What would happen if all animals were as smart as us

If every species on the planet were suddenly equally intelligent, would we cooperate or fight? Rachel Nuwer explores this hypothetical survival of the fittest scenario.<p>In Planet of the Apes, a man finds himself in a world governed by hyper-intelligent primates that lord over enslaved human …

How comedy makes us better people

After years spent in dark comedy clubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act.<p>Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see …

Comedy

How curiosity can protect the mind from bias

Neither intelligence nor education can stop you from forming prejudiced opinions – but an inquisitive attitude may help you make wiser judgements.<p>Ask a left-wing Brit what they believe about the safety of nuclear power, and you can guess their answer. Ask a right-wing American about the risks posed …

Critical Thinking

Why you feel busy all the time (when you’re actually not)

Overwhelmed? It can seem like we’re busier than ever, but that’s not quite true, says Oliver Burkeman, who has been exploring the topic in a new series for BBC Radio 4.<p>Few facts about modern life seem more indisputable than how busy everyone seems to be. Across the industrialised world, large …

Time Management

The genius who grows tiny brains in a lab

Our brains are complex organic computers – some believe the most complicated in the Universe. Yet one scientist has managed to create mini brains that mimic how our minds work.<p>Deep in a lab in Cambridge, England, you will find see an extraordinary thing: tiny, exact replicas of the human brain …

The Brain

How anxiety warps your perception

An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. But could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?<p>As your thoughts run uncontrollably, your heartbeat starts to race and your breathing becomes heavy. Uneasiness is followed by fear, and then without …

Psychology

The mystery of why left-handers are so much rarer

Relatively few people are lefties, and it’s a puzzle why. Still, the science of handedness is revealing fascinating insights about you – from how it could change the way you think, to the fact that you might be ‘left-eared’.<p>From the time we pick up a chunky crayon and start scribbling as children, …

Disability

Our IQs have never been higher – but it hasn’t made us smart

We tend to assume that our intelligence is simply a matter of nature and nurture – but as the celebrated psychologist James Flynn explains to BBC Future, many other factors can stunt or boost your IQ, right down to the person you choose to marry.<p>James Flynn is worried about leaving the world to …

IQ

The myths and reality about interstellar travel

Is reaching alien planets outside our Solar System actually possible, and if so, how would it work?<p>Science fiction writers and moviemakers have shown us countless visions of humanity spread out across the Universe, so you might be forgiven for thinking that we’ve already got this in the bag. …

Solar System

'We’re growing brains outside of the body'

Madeleine Lancaster has 300 brains growing in her lab – here’s how she’s done it.<p>As she speaks, Madeleine Lancaster rests her hand on her pregnant belly. “Oh they’re about six or seven months along now”. At this point her progeny measure about four millimetres across. She’s growing a few hundred, …

Immune System

Would it be ethical to implant false memories in therapy?

We can implant false memories with increasing ease – and it may well help you to live a healthier, happier life. But what are the ethics?<p>Take a moment to remember an event that you experienced as a child. Pick something that’s important to you – an event that really shaped for the better the person …

Psychology

Мировые СМИ: Путин жертвует «Южным потоком», чтобы бросить вызов Западу

Решение России закрыть проект «Южный поток», о котором Владимир Путин объявил во время своего визита в Турцию, стало большим сюрпризом для мировой общественности. Пока европейские партнеры по строительству трубопровода молчат, мировые СМИ оценили этот виток российской газовой дипломатии как …

8 вещей, которые не может объяснить наука

Кошачье мурлыкание, велосипеды, сон и плацебо<p>Наука появилась ради необходимости отвечать на вопросы людей. И вроде бы большая часть сложных явлений …