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The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Psychology

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked, According to Experts

No PJs? No problem.<p>We're always on the hunt for new routines that improve wellness, and we've been hearing a lot about this one lately: sleeping …

sleepingnaked

How many words do you need to speak a language?

<b>Learning a new language can be tricky, but how many words do you need to know before you can actually get by in a foreign tongue?</b><p>That was the question posed to BBC Radio 4's More or Less programme by one frustrated listener. Despite learning German for three years, and practising nearly every day, …

Language Learning

That 400,000 Romanians live in the UK is a tragedy for their homeland | Claudia Ciobanu

Romanians are now the second largest group of non-British nationals in the UK, following Poles. More than 400,000 Romanians live in the UK, more than double the number before 2014, when restrictions on the UK labour market lifted (seven years after Romania joined the European Union).<p>Nevertheless, …

Europe

Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town's food-growing scheme takes root worldwide

When two women began turning disused verges in the former mill town of Todmorden into free food plots, little did they realise they would inspire a global movement of growers<p>A deep mist hangs over Todmorden on a chilly spring morning. Only the birdsong and a few daffodils give the sign of …

Daffodils

Loneliness isn't inevitable – a guide to making new friends as an adult

Striking up friendships can be tricky – and studies show millions of us are lonely. Here, four people who forged new connections explain how they did it. Plus: psychologist Linda Blair gives her tips<p>When you are a child in the playground it is pretty simple, but “Do you want to be my friend?” isn’t …

Loneliness

Can you solve it? The puzzle with a twist

Hi guzzlers,<p>Today’s puzzles are in honour of the German mathematician Felix Klein, who was born this week 169 years ago, on April 25, 1849.<p>1) <i>What is numerically interesting about Klein’s date of birth, and why is this year’s anniversary particularly noteworthy?</i><p>Klein is best known for describing, in …

Bestsellers

What is relativity? Einstein's mind-bending theory explained

How our ideas about space and time changed forever.<p>When the theory of relativity appeared in the early 1900s, it upended centuries of science and gave physicists a new understanding of space and time. Isaac Newton saw space and time as fixed, but in the new picture provided by special relativity …

Physics

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Related: Why have we …

Privacy

Four key dates that shaped the US gun debate

<b>It's one of the most divisive issues in American society, once again brought to the fore because of a deadly mass shooting.</b><p>So what is the basis for the right to bear arms? And what key events have helped shape the debate?<p>The very beginning<p><b>15 December 1791</b><p>It makes sense to start with the date the …

Yoga for lazy people: seven moves to make you happy

You don’t even have to get off the sofa<p>• Tim Dowling’s lazy person’s guide to self-improvement<p>Lots of people tell me that while they want to practise yoga, they just can’t get off the sofa. Well, no worries. Yoga can be done by the laziest of the laziest. Just stay where you are and do this …

Yoga

The Favorite Literary Work of Every Country Visualized on a World Map

Begun by user "BackForward24" and crowdsourced through Reddit, this map of the world illustrates the most beloved/popular book of each country by …

Literature

Germany's other vote: Tegel airport row divides Berliners

<b>If you want to get a row going at a Berlin dinner party, just mention Tegel airport.</b><p>"We had to change the topic in the end," one friend said, after a cordial chat with neighbours over the garden fence threatened to get nasty.<p>That's because the question of what to do with Tegel, western Berlin's …

The island where people eat puffins

<b>The seabirds' cute appearance is a big lure for tourists. But for inhabitants of a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of puffin is a reminder of home, writes Ros Jones.</b><p>You need a strong stomach to take the boat to the Arctic island of Grimsey. When you board the ferry at Dalvik on Iceland's …

Is the Jaybird Run the totally wireless earphone you've been waiting for?

We go hands-on with Jaybird's wireless sports buds, which only cost slightly more than Apple's AirPods.<p>Jaybird Run is a set of totally wireless earphones that are Jaybird's sports-oriented answer to Apple's AirPods. They retail for $180 (£170, AU$249) -- or $20 more than the AirPods -- and come in …

Exit polls: What are they, and how do they work? All you ever wanted to know just in time for the election result

National exit polls have been used to predict the results of British general elections for forty years. In the October 1974 election, the BBC …

Royal Welch museum faces closure unless funded

<b>A museum charting the history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers (RWF) says Welsh government funding delays could force it to close.</b><p>Trustees of the RWF Museum at Caernarfon Castle say they have not received funding since February.<p>The museum said it was waiting for the Welsh government to sign off a deal …