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Everything You Know About Your Sex Drive Is Wrong

A Ph.D. says it doesn't exist.<p>There is no such thing as a sex drive. Not according to Emily Nagoski, sex educator and author of the revelatory book <i>Come as You Are</i>. As she told New Scientist in a recent interview, "a drive is a motivational system to deal with life-or-death issues, like hunger or …

5 Things to Look Forward to in 'Game of Thrones' Season 5

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Online Life

Do colours really warp our behaviour?

Red paint is meant to inflame our passions while blue and green keeps us calm – but Claudia Hammond finds that their true influence is not what you’d expect.<p>We can spend hours choosing the right paint colour for a room to create just the mood we want. We pore over paint charts and bring home tester …

British Columbia

Lessons of the world’s most unique supercentenarians

There are a handful of people left on Earth who have been alive in three separate centuries, says Rachel Nuwer. What can they – and those of a similarly extreme age – teach us?<p>Reaching a hundredth birthday is always cause for celebration, but these days there are so many centenarians around that …

University of California

The Universal Pleasures of 7 PM

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."<p>If there's a time when you'd seem least likely to be doing the same thing as someone else, a good guess might be about 7 p.m. Late at night, most of us are sleeping. During the day, most of …

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

22 Things To Start Doing Now That Will Improve The Rest Of Your Life

<i>On Quora, the social question-and-answer site, a 23-year-old student asked: "What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in five years?" Hundreds of answers poured in, and this one by Quora contributor Andy Giroux was one of our favorites. You can contribute your own answers to this</i> …

Happiness

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Britain’s Horrific VIP Pedophile Cover-Up

Now that most of the major figures are dead, the truth is emerging about the systematic sexual abuse of children by members of the British government.<p>…

Pictures of the Week 3.5.15

The seven ways to have a near-death experience

Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences.<p>In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel …

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

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England

Crazy Shape-Shifting Crystals Can Transform Into Any 3D Shape

Scientists at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory have developed an incredible new material that can be programmed to form any shape you can imagine<p>At first glance it looks like a screen protector for your smartphone. The transparent sheet is sheer and flat—and around twenty times …

Pictures of the Week 2.26.15

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland

Honest black and white street photography reveals the eccentric and extraordinary side of London

Street photography is a wonderful genre of photography in which the photographer captures candid moments of people's day-to-day lives, often in …

Truly Vintage Street Style

A look back at the ladies who ruled the street style scene first.<p>Long before Bill Cunningham hopped on his bicycle or Tommy Ton launched Jak & Jil, photographers captured stylish women in black and white film sporting Dior and Balenciaga on the street. Take a look back at the ladies who ruled the …

Street Style

Check In to Japan’s Creepy Robot Hotel

Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel will feature ten robotic, but startlingly human-like, members of staff. Now scientists are working on them being able to …

Playful Celebrity Portraits Show Off the Goofy Sides of A-List Stars

When we think of Hollywood royalty, often the picture that comes to mind is gorgeous and airbrushed to the extreme. London- and New York-based photographer Andy Gotts, however, takes a different approach with his celebrity portraits, which are often bursting with spontaneity and humor. Both playful …

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

Text Messaging

Meet the artist who creates surreal masterpieces with his iPhone

“Really I just download some apps I think sound interesting and play around with them for some time.”<p>The iPhone makes creativity-on-the-move a reality

The real meanings behind 11 puzzling expressions we still use today

The phrase "cut to the chase" doesn't mean what you think it means.<p>The common descriptor, like many other popular sayings, is one of many …

Urban Legends

8 Reasons to Be Scared of Foreign Grocery Stores

<b>1. Turnstiles</b><p>I don't understand why because you don't have to pay to enter or anything, but now you can't get out until you buy stuff and go through the check out. What if you forgot your wallet in the car? What if one of the bambini escapes? What if there's a fire? What if it turns out they don't …

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How to Make Difficult Conversations Easy: 7 Steps From a Clinical Psychologist

Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs. Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise. Or maybe they’re sobbing so …