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Being stereotyped makes you more likely to act badly

Most people intuitively know that pervasive negative stereotypes are tough to deal with. Now, researchers at Stanford University have found another, particularly disturbing effect of subtle stereotypes. A series of five studies showed that people are more likely to lie, cheat, steal, or endorse …

Psychology

7 Places in Japan You Must Put on your Bucket List – Japan Info

When you travel to Japan, do not forget to list your destinations. It will save you lots of time and tons of money. The fact that you are prepared …

Here’s What Actually Gets Terrorists To Tell The Truth — And It’s Not Torture

Over the past five years, psychological research — some involving real terrorist suspects — has shown how to get information from people who don’t want to talk. Now Washington has the chance to put these findings into practice.<p>Hollywood has a lot to answer for. Thanks to the hit TV show <i>24</i> and …

Jammu and Kashmir

The mistake we all make... and the simple experiment that reveals it

A simple experiment questioning people’s response to a picture reveals a common error that hampers our decision making. In an extract from his new book, psychologist Richard Nisbett reveals the ‘mindware’ to help us think smarter<p>Bill Gates is the richest person in the world. At the age of 19, he …

Tour de France 2015: Stage 13 Winner, Highlights, Updated Standings and Schedule

Greg Van Avermaet of BMC won a scintillating end to Stage 13 of the Tour de France, with Peter Sagan finishing on the wheel of the winner in a dramatic conclusion.<p>Chris Froome placed in sixth position in a battle for the finish line—and keeps control of the leaderboard—with Vincenzo Nibali just …

Strong pound: good for the holiday, bad for the homeowner

Talk of interest rate rise fuels seven-year high against euro but makes life tougher for UK exporters and puts unwelcome focus on household finances<p>Britons holidaying in Europe this summer were handed a windfall by the Bank of England after the prospects of higher interest rates sent the pound to a …

Mixed German messages on Greece serve a purpose

BERLIN (AP) — German government officials have appeared to send mixed messages about their desire for Greece to keep using the euro — and that's just the way they want it.<p>The approach has helped keep up the pressure on a Greek government viewed in Berlin with deep suspicion, while also keeping …

The 15 Most Gorgeous Train Rides in the World

In a relaxation showdown amongst trains, planes, and automobiles, trains win as the most laid-back style of travel, allowing you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Luckily, some of the world's most beautiful destinations are also home to the most scenic train rides--journeys ranging from a few …

Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Albert Einstein’s Handwriting Is Now A Font

Even the dumbest articles look smarter when they’re printed in the handwriting of the 21st century’s most iconic genius.<p>E=MC^2. It’s not just a fascinating equation, it was written in a fascinating hand. The handwriting of Albert Einstein, the legendary German theoretical physicist, was unique: a …

This is Your Brain on Expensive Wine

Here's one reason you get more pleasure from wines with extravagant price tags.<p>A new study in the <i>Journal of Marketing Research</i> confirms what prior …

Prehistoric Ardèche cave art brought to life in €55m replica

France is opening up the oldest art gallery in the world – although the Caverne du Pont d’Arc is a meticulously conceived replica of the nearby cave and its 36,000-year-old paintings<p>In 1994, three amateur cavers felt a strange waft of air emanating from a cliff where the Ardèche gorge ties itself …

Archaeology

Japan's magnetically levitated vehicle train sets new speed record

Magnetically levitated vehicle surpasses 366mph on test track and sets sights on going even faster<p><b>Japan</b>’s <b>magnetically levitated (maglev) train</b> has set a new speed record, hitting 366.61mph on a test track.<p>Central Japan Railway Co., which is developing a vehicle that it sees as the long-distance, …

High-speed Rail

Documenting India's Villages Before They Vanish

The country's greatest chronicler of rural life embarks on a mission to digitize, well, everything.<p>NEW DELHI—When Palagummi Sainath was starting out as a young reporter in the 1980s, his news agency sent him into India’s heartland to collect the usual sob stories from farmers devastated by drought. …

India

European islands: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Lofoten</b><p>Fancy a trip to Hell and back? Feeding wild sea eagles? How about snacking on cod that has been left to dry on a line outside, like your washing? Or walking or kayaking for miles around jagged islands that even Norwegians find exceptionally stunning? If you do, head to …

European Travel

Russian Railways Wants To Build An Insanely Long Train That Runs From Europe To North America

“This is an inter-state, inter-civilization project.” But is it even a good idea?<p>If the head of Russian Railways gets his wish, you might eventually be able to take a train–or drive–from Paris to Los Angeles to New York.<p>As reported in a recent <i>Siberian Times</i> article, Vladamir Yakunin, president of …

Trains

Exit checks: what you need to know

The Home Office is introducing new checks on travellers leaving Britain by rail and sea. How will they work and will the new requirements cause any problems?<p><b>What is changing?</b><p>From Wednesday April 8 passengers leaving Britain will face new "exit checks" when they leave by maritime and rail services - …

Plane cabins are about to get even more cramped

Air passengers in the 21st century are accustomed to a relative lack of space when it comes to journeys in the skies – especially if, like the vast majority, they are travelling in economy class.<p>However, with developments in the aviation industry set to deliver a raft of updated aircraft in the …

Aviation

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archeological marvels? The founder of Timeless Travels magazine recommends 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds<p>Koh Ker, Cambodia<p>Lost to forest and abandoned for over a thousand years, you’ll find this …

Top 10 B&Bs in France to break your motorway journey

Break up the long drive to your French holiday destination with a stop at one of these chic but affordable guesthouses – chosen by Alastair Sawday<p>For more places to stay in France check out our readers’ B&B favourites<p><b>1. Cèdre et Charme, Saint Branchs, Indre-et-Loire</b><p><b>Near Tours and the A10, a major</b> …

Great B&Bs in France: readers’ travel tips

From a converted prison in the Dordogne to a family-run affair in Lille, our readers share their favourite B&Bs across France<p>• To add a tip for next week, and be in with a chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher, go to Guardian Witness<p><b>Winning tip:</b> <b>The Frogs House, St Jeannet, near Nice</b><p>This fantastic …

'Dangerous arsenic levels' found in California wine

Many popular brands of wine found to contain illegal and dangerously high levels of poisonous arsenic, according to lawsuit<p>A number of popular brands of California wine have been found to contain “dangerously high” levels of arsenic, according to a class-action lawsuit.<p>Bottles of top-selling wine …

National Geographic Travel

Travel Photography

Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human

US scientists say they have discovered fossils of the ‘Carolina butcher’, a pre-dinosaur beast with sharp teeth<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right …

The best flight search websites – tried and tested

The internet’s supposed to make things easier when comparing flights. Rather than juggle dozens of airline websites, meta-search engines do the job for you, rifling through countless prices to find the best offers. The only snag is there are dozens of such sites, too, so which should you use?<p>To …

Scientists Claim to Solve Riddle of Life’s Chemical Origins

The question of how life got its start on Earth is a tricky one. Life as we know it needs a genetic mechanism like DNA or RNA to record blueprints for proteins, but proteins are required for the replication of DNA in the first place — and none of that is likely to happen without a cell membrane …

Biology

Largest NHS trust put into special measures after damning CQC report

Barts Health facing tough action after inspectors found poor patient care and a culture of bullying and harassment at its Whipps Cross hospital in east London<p>The NHS’s largest hospital trust in England is being put into special measures after inspectors uncovered an array of serious problems at one …