The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

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The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimers and what you can do about it Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question What do you do? At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him […]

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A moment that changed me: finding out that my dad was an Auschwitz baby | Namalee Bolle

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A moment that changed me: finding out that my dad was an Auschwitz baby | Namalee Bolle
The discovery that my real grandparents died in the Holocaust helped me understand my father and made me determined to help others, says artist and writer Namalee Bolle Mum was sombre as she spoke, so I knew it was serious. Shes not the kind of mother who is unsmiling very often so when she is, […]

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?
Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables […]

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I have herpes and my partner and I have lost our libido

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I have herpes and my partner and I have lost our libido
She insists I wear a condom and is going through the menopause, leading to dryness, and I am experiencing premature ejaculation My partner and I have been together for 15 years but the sex has always been a bit hit and miss. I get occasional bouts of herpes and as she is, understandably, worried about […]

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion
The centre of Lisbon is notoriously hilly, stopping many people from choosing cycling as a form of transport. Can e-bikes encourage an uptake of pedal power? Wander around Lisbons city centre with its vertiginous cobbled streets, treacherous enough on foot in the rain, its hard to imagine cycling ever taking off. Some streets are so […]

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Is marriage improving your health?

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Is marriage improving your health?
In theory being married is better for than you than being single, but theres a twist, says Ben Ambridge Is your marriage healthy? Many studies have found that married people are healthier than unmarried ones, and the longer you have been married, the healthier you are. But it depends on gender and age. To find […]

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Paris plunge: daily queues after city opens cleaned-up canal to swimmers

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Paris plunge: daily queues after city opens cleaned-up canal to swimmers
Free swimming at La Villette is first step in Pariss efforts to reopen some of its murky waterways to casual bathers, and the Seine could be next Standing in his swimming trunks, Gilles looked up at the modern grey apartment buildings and trees that lined the Paris canal. He took a deep breath, then dived […]

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Creativity and risk taking what exactly is the link? Quiz

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Creativity and risk taking  what exactly is the link? Quiz
Disagreeing with an authority figure in public is associated with creativity but having unprotected sex is not. Answer our questions to test yourself Creativity has many different aspects, but one way to measure it is through its links with risk taking. Many pieces of art and music took risks by flying in the face of […]

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The real reason women freeze their eggs | Eva Wiseman

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The real reason women freeze their eggs | Eva Wiseman
Its often assumed women freeze their eggs to stop the ticking of their fertility clocks so they can crack on with their careers. The truth is rather different, says Eva Wiseman Theres a story that weve been told about why women freeze their eggs, which begins with ambition for a career and ends with them […]

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The man who may have secretly fathered 200 children

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The man who may have secretly fathered 200 children
When Esther-Louise Heijs son asked if she could trace his genetic father, she began a battle to find out whether she was deceived by her late doctor, Jan Karbaat, who is suspected of fathering up to 200 of his patients children Twenty five years ago, when she was 35, Esther-Louise Heij made two decisions that […]

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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children

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Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children
Next best actions are selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian, according to study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child, according to a new study that identifies the most effective ways people can cut their carbon […]

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Why I wrote the sex manual Id have loved as a teenager

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Why I wrote the sex manual Id have loved as a teenager
The Spanish YouTuber Chusita gives young people honest, down-to-earth advice on sex in her new book, This Is Not a Sex Book At a recent book signing in Barcelona, Spanish YouTuber Chusita. They then told everyone how much they loved the book and that it had rekindled their sex life. Their daughter stood beside them, […]

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Brain game: how quitting routine tasks can help you learn new tricks

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Brain game: how quitting routine tasks can help you learn new tricks
Daniel Glaser explains the benefits of taking on new challenges in middle age Although his previous attempt at a career break, by becoming an apprentice shoemaker in Florence, didnt last long, it seems

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Feminism, politics and death: my mum died the night Hillary Clinton lost

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Feminism, politics and death: my mum died the night Hillary Clinton lost
They may seem like unrelated events but the end of Clintons campaign and my mothers life made me reflect differently on my own political career My mother died the night Hillary Clinton lost. These might seem like two very unrelated events and youd be right about that. But for me, and my somewhat particular circumstances, […]

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The rise of biodynamic farming: a return to ‘the way farmers farmed for millennia’

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The rise of biodynamic farming: a return to ‘the way farmers farmed for millennia’
Biodynamic foods are more nutritious than conventionally farmed crops but critics are questioning biodynamic farmings ability to feed the masses When John Chester, a filmmaker from California, quit his job to become a farmer, he didnt do it out of a desire to feed the world. Instead, he says: Im trying to feed my neighbors […]

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