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Freshers' week: how to make a good first impression
The prospect of living with complete strangers is enough to make anyone nervous – especially if their culture is alien to you.
Killing Eve: twisting the spy genre with comedy, tragedy and strong women
A whirlwind spy tale of murder, obsession, betrayal and resilience.
Freshers' week: how to resist the pressure to drink (if you don't want to)
Rather than leaving home, the biggest worry for freshers is fitting in with new flatmates.
World Elephant Day: What it takes to move 200 elephants 1500 km
The elephants are being moved from South Africa to a new home in Mozambique.
Burqa comments like Boris Johnson’s are pushing Muslims to reassert their identity
Boris Johnson’s inflammatory remarks about women who wear the burqa have sparked outrage and fierce debate.
Lady Gaga’s Twitter blunder and why speculating about suicide after a celebrity death is problematic
Lady Gaga’s apology about the tragic passing of Zombie Boy highlights how difficult it can be to talk about sudden and unexpected deaths.
Why the UK needs its own Black Lives Matter moment to wake up to police racism
Gang culture, social media, drug violence, funding cuts to policing and youth clubs, poverty - they've all been blamed for knife crime in London.
Why the mainstream media should stop giving extreme views a platform
In recent weeks, a number of quite astounding articles have appeared in the British press.
Brexit: champagne, parmesan, prosecco and feta could soon be at the centre of negotiations
They're coming for our bubbles and cheese.
Keto diet: a dietitian on what you need to know
It was first developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy.
Team GB star's death and the pressured world of elite sport
Ellie Soutter died in France.
How to cheat at dice – from an expert in games
Archaeologists recently uncovered a 600-year-old die that was probably used for cheating. The wooden die from medieval Norway has two fives, two fours, a three and a six, while the numbers one and two are missing. It is believed that the die was used to cheat in games, rather than being for a game that requires that specific configuration of numbers.
Death: why children should be taught about it in school
Have you ever thought about how you’d like your funeral to be? Or what dying might feel like? Or what should happen to your body?
America looks hopeless – a lot like the ‘mother country’ once did
A decade ago, as the scale of the disaster in Iraq began to sink in, American historians often compared the United States to ancient Rome. Both seemed to suffer from an imperial disease whose symptoms began with overreach and ended in collapse.
How culture influences children’s development
From educational toys to governmental guidelines and detailed nursery progress reports, there are lots of resources available to help parents track and facilitate their children’s development. But while there are tricks we can use to teach children to talk, count, draw or respect others, a surprisingly big part of how they develop is determined by the culture they grow up in.
Love Island and other reality TV shows are helping to normalise domestic abuse
Anyone with experience of abuse will know that “violence” is only one form of exercising control. Growing evidence shows the negative effect of other behaviours, like coercion and psychological manipulation. Recent legislation, such as Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 prohibits “coercive and controlling behaviour”, and is a welcome addition to existing law and a step forward in combating the wide range of domestic abuse criminality.
Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it
Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide.
New research explores how reading affects eating disorders – for good and ill
Why do you read? Maybe you read to relax after a long day, to learn about unfamiliar people or places, to make you laugh or to let you dream. Maybe you never really ask yourself why, but turn to books out of some vague instinct that they’re what you want or need.