Marcin Fabjanski

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Hatchet-wielding hermits and spectral wildcats: the stories of Scotland’s strangest bothies

A new book visits all of rural Scotland’s famous bothies – unlocked huts which provide free shelter to travellers. Here are some you’d have to be brave to stay in<p>There are around 100 bothies in Scotland – stone cottages, left unlocked for use as overnight shelters by travellers in wild places. You …

Big data’s power is terrifying. That could be good news for democracy

Online information is already being used to manipulate us. We must act now to own the new political technologies before they own us<p>Has a digital coup begun? Is big data being used, in the US and the UK, to create personalised political advertising, to bypass our rational minds and alter the way we …

Introduction to Ancient Greek History: A Free Online Course from Yale

Taught by Yale professor Donald Kagan, this introductory course in Greek history traces "the development of Greek civilization as manifested in …

Ancient History

Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains

I'm in!<p>While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering …

Can we sense invisible magnetic fields?

Animals are known to be able to navigate by taking advantage of the Earth’s magnetic fields. But do humans possess the same ability? And do we do so without even knowing?<p>In 2006, an Arizona body-hacker named Steve Haworth sliced open Quinn Norton's ring finger, slipped a small rare-earth magnet …

Magnetism

This is how it feels to learn your memories are fiction

Due to an unusual illness, Matthew creates false memories that seem as vivid as the real thing. He’s had to learn to live with a past that is as uncertain as the future.<p>A few months after his brain surgery, Matthew returned to work as a computer programmer. He knew it was going to be a challenge – …

The Brain

When Plants Are Cut, They Bleed, Sort Of

When humans suffer a cut, our blood coagulates into a gel, attempting to create a semi-solid blockage so that we don't lose more blood than necessary.<p>The field of plant "intelligence," that word being a not-really-correct shorthand for how plants interpret and respond to their environments, has …

Why ' Work-Life Balance' Talk Might Make Us More Stressed Out

Do you snicker when you hear the term "<i>work-life balance</i>?" As if. That elusive Zen zone can provoke anxiety, especially to those of us whose perfectionism tells us if we try harder, we'll find it. After 55 minutes of trying to force myself to relax in last week's yoga class, I finally found almost …

How Will Young People Choose Their Religion?

Introducing our special project on the changing nature of beliefs and practices among teens, 20-, and 30-somethings<p>In the United States, fewer young Americans identify as religious or attend regular services than members of any other living generation. People in their 20s and early 30s account for …

Religion

A Reader's Guide to the Paris Agreement

The most important piece of international diplomacy in years, deciphered<p>The greatest triumph of the Paris climate agreement is that there is an agreement at all.<p>Unlike previous attempted climate treaties, Paris encompasses not only an affluent United States, but also a transformed China and an …

Climate

Why we should celebrate winter woodland – not just the Christmas tree

Trees in winter reflect the deepest connections between humans and nature, writes Robert Penn<p>A few years ago my father died suddenly, at the beginning of winter. For a while after his death I hated being inside: I could feel the shock reverberating within the walls. Working in the woods through …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Loneliness has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease. Depression is common among the lonely. Cancers tear through their bodies more rapidly, and viruses hit them harder and more frequently. In the short term, it feels like the loneliness will kill you. A study suggests …

Loneliness

Neuroscientists explain why control freaks are ineffective leaders

Whether you're an IT manager locking down access and permissions to IT-business collaboration tools, or a micromanager who forces a process on her employees to get work done, you may be negatively affecting business productivity.<p>Historically, leaders have controlled employees rather than connecting …

Psychology

Do you really make your own decisions?

How much of your path in life is pre-determined, and how much is down to you? Hannah Fry finds out in the video below.<p>More videos from BBC Britlab

How ‘Treat Yourself’ Became a Capitalist Command

Corporations love telling Americans they “deserve” fancy electronics and indulgent food.<p>In a 1982 lecture that went on to be published as an essay called "Technologies of the Self," the French philosopher Michel Foucault argues that looking after oneself, rather than being a form of navel-gazing or …

Rush Limbaugh

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

Psychology

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Magnetism

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

8 astonishing benefits of walking

Check out these amazing perks to taking a simple stroll around the neighborhood.<p>Walking is known to melt your thighs and perk up your bum. But its …

Healthy Living

Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

Ignore Your Feelings

A profanity-filled new self-help book argues that life is kind of terrible, so you should value your actions over your emotions.<p>Put down the talking stick. Stop fruitlessly seeking "closure" with your peevish co-worker. And please, don't bother telling your spouse how annoying you find their …

Self-help

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

Consciousness

The surprising benefits of feeling insignificant

In the grand scheme of things, you are a tiny blip on the Earth’s surface. And recognising that fact may make you a better person, writes David Robson.<p>Take a look at the video above. Feel small and insignificant, compared to the enormous, beautiful world around you? If so, you may just have become …

Psychology

Coal's Devastation

Scholars may never understand the energy source's full economic cost, but that doesn't make its damage any less knowable.<p>In Anthony Doerr’s <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i>, a radio broadcaster marvels at the wonder of coal:<p>Consider a single piece glowing in your family’s stove. See it, children? That …

Clean Power Plan

When Death Is a Fascination

For some, scrutinizing the deaths of others is a source of intrigue, enjoyment, and community. Is this pastime perverse, harmless, or an honest confrontation of what we all face?<p>When Scott Michaels purchased the domain FindADeath.com in 1997, he had no sense of the phenomenon he was starting. He …

Chris Farley

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness

The scientific trick to healthy happiness

Science has proven a few things about happiness. First, there is the well known research that having fewer things, and fewer choices over consumer …

Happiness

‘Why I want to die at 75’

How long should we live? At BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas summit in New York, Ezekiel J Emanuel argued that we focus too much on racking up years, and it’s time for a new attitude to death.<p>Death – along with sex – is one of our two great taboos. So it came as some surprise when Ezekiel Emanuel …

Medicine