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From Scarecrow to Scabby William, what can medieval names tell historians today?
For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
What's in a name? A valued sense of history and identity.
On the up.
A Rose by any other name might not choose to become a gardener, and other odd quirks in how names affect us.
MESSENGER enhanced colour image showing the southern half of Mercury’s Caloris basin, hosting several red spots.
Red spots suggest Mercury may have formed far away from the sun.
It’s not good if women’s research isn’t in the library stacks.
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Women are underrepresented in academic science. New research finds the problem is even worse in terms of who authors high-profile journal articles – bad news for women's career advancement.
‘I’m called what?!’
The latest UK baby name data is in. But a name is more than just a noun, it can reveal who you are and where you come from.
Who is who?
Eight studies have found that when people were shown ID-style photos of people they'd never met, they were often able to correctly select the person's first name.
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We're more likely to remember a storm with a human face – and will prepare for it.
New linguistic studies show the ratio of “he” to “she” in Australian news reporting is 3.4 to 1.
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A new database that shows the use of gendered words in major Australian newspapers tells us much about whose voices are being heard.
Balga is the Noongar name for the grass tree - seen here in the Flinders Ranges.
Words from 100 Indigenous languages are in the new edition of the Australian National Dictionary – reflecting a heightened interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
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They may offer a cloak of anonymity, but you can peep behind the veil and learn a little about who's at the controls.
With Vikings on trend, it's high time for a masterclass on the bizarre world of their names.
In condemning terrorist attacks in Paris, French president Francois Hollande (center) used the term Da'ish to refer to Islamic State, a deliberate naming change.
The French term for ISIS – known as Da'ish or Daesh – has gathered more interest in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's why this battle of naming matters.
Already having baby-naming regret? Don’t worry – look to the past for alternative role models.
Still of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Universal Pictures
Some parents have been horrified to discover that, in Harper Lee’s new book, Atticus Finch – long admired as a paragon of virtue – is a racist. Why? Because their kids are named after him. So, what now?