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41 books sexist prof David Gilmour should read

<b>Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer/Luke Macgregor)</b><p>A list that lets readers ponder what it means to be human — not just white and male<p>Roxane Gay<p>September 26, 2013 7:52pm (UTC)<p>Canadian novelist and professor David Gilmour ran into some trouble when he told interviewer Emily Keeler, …

The Simpsons' secret formula: it's written by maths geeks

When one of Britain's best-known science writers went to Los Angeles to meet the show's writers for a new book, he found a team dedicated to inserting gags about complex maths problems. And you thought it was just a cartoon…<p>Without doubt, the most mathematically sophisticated television show in the …

'Normal sex' is not having sex in a box in front of a studio audience

In the past year, MPs, peers and staff in the Houses of Parliament tried to view sex 309,316 times. But they don't have sex in the Houses of Parliament. Not any more. Even I know that. They should've looked online instead. There's loads of sex on the internet. Or they could've just popped out to …

The miracle hair tamer for bouncy, shiny curls

Well-behaved curls with no faffing? Facegoop's M tames her scalp cobras with a miracle conditioner<p><b>M:</b> E, you are aware that my hair has been trying to kill me for the past, oh, 25 years or so.

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30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …