To what extent do hours of practice, development squads and role models really make a difference?
Does sport really improve young people’s development?
Parents go to great lengths to make their kids believe the Santa myth.
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Most children are not likely to believe that fish live on the moon. What makes children accept some stories and be skeptical about others?
Not your average politician.
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It’s difficult to ignore the proto-religious fervour that has accompanied Corbyn on his whirlwind tour of top-level politics.
Cataclysmic natural disasters frame indelible human stories.
Francis Danby, The Deluge
New research suggests a mythical flood in China really happened about 4,000 years ago. It's the latest case of scientists matching ancient tales to actual local natural disasters.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at Southport Magistrates Court in Australia, 18 April 2016.
Why we're being asked to decide whether Amber Heard is one of two archetypes: the gold-digging, manipulative siren or the innocent female victim.
A mosaic of a gorgon’s head from the floor of a Roman bathroom
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Australian writers are embracing monsters from classical mythology, which provide profound connections to issues of identity and coming of age. Which mythical beast are you? Try our author's quiz and find out.
Less unicorn, more hairy rhino.
Fantasy often meets reality when we try to find explanations for mythological creatures.
A sonar image of the ‘Nessie’ found 180 metres deep in Loch Ness.
The hunt for 'Nessie' has been going on for decades but there's a good reason why nothing has been found.
An artist’s impression of the giant shark, megalodon.
Giant sharks did once exist in our oceans – many millions of years ago. But rumours persist that some may still be alive today.
Reading is a complicated task and it can go wrong in many different ways.
Dyslexia is often poorly understood by the public, leading people to attribute a problem they have, like bad spelling, to dyslexia. Here are the most common misconceptions explained.
Swing and a miss.
There's no evidence that cloud cover affects bowling at all, but everyone involved with cricket seems to think it does.
The San are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa, where they have lived for millennia.
The San are caught between a rock and an art place. While they face an uncertain future, myths and meaning come under the spotlight in a new book.
Is the real villain in Frankenstein the scientist who created him, or the people who refused to understand him?
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Critics of controversial science like GMOs and cloning often invoke the myth of Frankenstein to highlight the dangers of new technology. But these critics may overlook the moral of Shelley's story.
Rubens, The Discovery of the Child Erichthonius.
The science and morality of creating a life with DNA from three different individuals is hot news. The UK parliament has voted in favour of allowing trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), otherwise…
The King in 1957.
Elvis Presley Enterprises
During the summer I visited the Louvre in Paris. I wanted to see the Mona Lisa but wasn’t quite prepared for the iconic power of the image. Standing in front of the picture reminded me of a rock concert…
Section of the Carta Marina, 1527-39.
What comes to mind when you think of the Arctic? Ice, I imagine, polar bears, a barren cold landscape. And most would assume that these associations have remained the same for a pretty long time, given…
Instead of dying out, Anti-Semitic myths have withstood the test of time.
Eight hundred years ago, a monk named Thomas of Monmouth wrote a bogus account of the life of St. William, a Christian boy supposedly abducted by “the Jews” of Norwich. A boy – “like an innocent lamb…
Rewrite textbooks now.
Let’s start with a quiz… How many senses do you have? Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips? What are the primary colours of pigments and paints? What region of the tongue is responsible…