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The World's Sexiest Women Are From Brazil, Sexiest Men Are From (Surprise!) Australia

Just ask Woody Allen: a little foreign fling is the hands-down <i>best</i> part of traveling.<p>Travel dating website MissTravel asked members -- both men and women -- to rate the nationalities they find sexiest in a dating partner. The answers revealed a preference for women from South America (Brazil's got …

Does mixing alcoholic drinks cause hangovers?

Many people believe that mixing wine, beer and spirits causes nasty hangovers. Are they right? Claudia Hammond studies the evidence<p>"Grape or grain, but never the twain." So runs the old folk wisdom that advises against drinking wine or beer on the same night. It is far from uncommon to hear people …

Ageing: The girls who never grow older

A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immortality.<p>Richard Walker has been trying to conquer …

The science of jet lag... and how best to beat it

It’s the curse of the long-distance traveller: how to stay awake in New York when your body is telling you it’s in London.<p>Jet lag is exhausting, disorientating, and can even make you lose your appetite and libido.<p>According to Air & Space magazine the term “jet lag” may have been first coined in …

The best way to win an argument

How do you change someone���s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.<p>You are, I'm afraid to say, mistaken. The position you are taking makes no logical sense. Just listen up and I'll be more than happy to …

Psychology

Does flossing your teeth prevent tooth decay?

Can flossing reduce the risk of tooth decay? When you take a close look at the evidence, it’s not quite as straightforward as you may think.<p>“How often do you floss your teeth?” It’s a question almost always asked by dentists when you are in the chair. We’re advised that we should floss our teeth as …

How insects could feed the food industry of tomorrow

Would you eat meat fed on maggots? Raising pigs, chickens and fish on insect larvae could change the way we farm animals, says Nic Fleming<p>Millions of maggots squirm over blackened pieces of fruit and bloody lumps of fetid flesh. A pungent stench of festering decay hovers over giant vats of …

Nostalgia: Why it is good for you

The past is not just a foreign country, but also one we are all exiled from. Like all exiles, we sometimes long to return. That longing is called nostalgia.<p>Whether it is triggered by a photograph, a first kiss or a treasured possession, nostalgia evokes a particular sense of time or place. We all …

Psychology

How often do men really think about sex?

Do men think about sex every seven seconds? Probably not. But rather than wonder about whether this is true, Tom Stafford asks how on earth you can actually prove it or not.<p>We've all been told that men think about you-know-what far too often – every seven seconds, by some accounts. Most of us have …

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Pig business: Can mega-farming become more humane?

It’s one of the most difficult questions of our age: is it possible to improve conditions for animals on industrial farms while still meeting humanity’s insatiable demand for low-cost meat? Sujata Gupta profiles the researchers and farmers trying new ideas on a very unusual pig farm.<p>Passing fields …

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We …