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The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

An easy chair can be hard to make

At some point most designers try their hand at chairs. Some of them, such as the British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby – winners of this year's Créateur de l'Année award at the Maison&Objet show in Paris with their Tip Ton chair – have really shaken up seat technology. But on the whole …

Why does your voice sound different on a recording?

No one likes listening to themselves, but why? It’s because when you speak you hear yourself in two different ways.<p>What makes a recording of our voice sound so different... and awful? It’s because when you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. Greg Foot explains all.<p>The first is …

Music Production

New Silver, Porous Gel Sucks Bacteria Out of Dirty Water in Seconds

Though we often take it for granted, access to safe drinking water is a major problem in many parts of the world—especially in the wake of a natural …

Not Science Fiction: A Brain In A Box To Let People Live On After Death

Scientists believe it may be possible in the future for human brains to survive death in robotic bodies. but would we want to?<p>I recently had the unusual experience of seeing three renowned scientists discuss whether it’s possible to remove a human brain from a body, put it in a tank, and give it a …

7 Things You Won't Believe Science Says Make You Happy

You can find plenty of articles in magazines or on the Internet with tips for living a happier, more fulfilling life. Things like "exercise" and "be …