The history of the rubber 'boom' reveals why.
Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong.
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Why grown-ups still need fairy tales.
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We consciously and unconsciously tell fairy tales today, despite advances in logic and science. It’s as if there is something ingrained in us that compels us to see the world through this lens.
Padman starring Akshay Kumar.
A new Bollywood movie based on the story of an Indian entrepreneur who created affordable sanitary pads is helping to counter myths and taboos around menstruation.
Does a fry up really soak up excess alcohol, or black coffee sober you up? Can you avoid that hangover?
We're pouring cold water on old ideas in this episode: from why the population of Easter Island really declined and what makes a good urban legend.
Mount Mazama, a volcano in Oregon. Indigenous stories preserve tales of its eruption more than 7,000 years ago.
Old stories from around the world tell of drowned islands, volcanic eruptions and upheavals to the land around them. Increasingly we are realising these tales preserve actual memory, often from thousands of years ago.
Informal settlements in Cape Town only use 4.7% of the city’s water.
There are a number of myths surrounding Cape Town's drought, one of them being that the city saw the crisis coming but didn't prepare for it.
The ancient Greeks knew what made a good leader. Why does it seem we have forgotten their lessons?
Contraceptives lie at the heart of proper family planning but in Nigeria uptake has been slow.
Nigeria must reduce its population growth to increase the quality of life for people in the country. A better knowledge of contraceptives can help achieve this.
Prometheus statue at Rockefeller Center, Manhattan. The inscription behind it is a paraphrase of Aeschylus that reads: “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends”.
How the idea of a hyper-connected society could quickly go from utopia to dystopia and why neither scenario is likely to last.
Joining a family can be awkward: Are you supposed to act like a father? Should you discipline the kids?
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Stepfathers often enter a family unit with certain expectations about what their role should be. They're usually wrong.
It's become fashionable to suggest that generational designations are arbitrary or a 'myth.' But social scientists can pinpoint generational and cultural changes with a surprising degree of accuracy.
You don’t have to be overweight or obese to have type 2 diabetes.
Many diabetics experience stigma as a result of their condition. Knowing a bit more about the diabetes can dispel some of that stigma.
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.
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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.