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Do our names push us towards certain jobs?

Baker, Barber, Butcher, Painter: why we want to see our own selves reflected in what we do for a living.<p>A proctologist called Dr Butts, a pastry chef called Baker – is it sheer coincidence, or does the universe have a way of pushing people towards careers that reflect their names?<p>There’s a term for …

Psychology

Your Baby from 16 to 18 Months: Language and Motor Skills

Once toddlers figure out that everything has a name, they want to label their world.<p>Your Toddler's Vocabulary<p>Ask your toddler to bring you her favorite toy, and she'll cheerily oblige. Tell her you're off to the playground, and she'll dash to the front door. Remind her that it's bedtime, and you …

Why is my otherwise polite 8-year-old so rude at home?

<i>Q: I have an 8-year-old daughter who is by all accounts friendly (if a little shy) and polite to others at school and elsewhere, but at home she often speaks quite rudely and can be dismissive of others’ feelings. It’s been going on for a while, and nothing we’ve tried — talking to her about it,</i> …

10 Trips to Make a Backpacker for Life

2.4K<p>SHARES<p>We long for the wild. We yearn for quiet peaks, undisturbed lakes, and stretches of lonely trail. Though we experience them alone, it’s …

Mind maps: the beauty of brain cells – in pictures

The 19th-century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, was one of the first people to unravel the mysteries of the structure of the brain – and he made stunning drawings to describe and explain his discoveries

Neuroscience

Confined: artwork from Indigenous prisoners in Victoria – in pictures

An exhibition showcasing art from Indigenous Australians in or recently released from Victorian prisons opens today in Melbourne.<p>Now in its eighth year, the annual Confined exhibition is presented by prisoner support organisation The Torch as part of St Kilda’s Indigenous Arts festival, Yalukit …

Death Row

Want To Unlock Your Brain's Full Potential? You Should Know This 90-Minute Trick

The brain is complex and mysterious. It does everything from composing music to solving the most complicated mathematical problems in the most …

People Reveal The Life Lessons They Learned Too Late

'Treat people well, while you can.'<p>Sometimes in life, you learn things the hard way (and often about a gazillion years too late).<p>In a bid to help …

If you were an elephant …

If you were an elephant living wild in a western city, you’d be confused and disgusted.<p>You’d have one two-fingered hand swinging from your face – a hand as sensitive as tumescent genitals, but which could smash a wall or pick a cherry. With that hand you’d explore your best friends’ mouths, just …

University of Oxford