Follow the author of this article Gina Rippon Follow the topics within this article Environment Sex Nature Neuroscience Women in science
It was hailed as proof at last: for the first time, brain differences between the sexes had been found to be innate and identifiable in babies in the womb. Scientists at New York University Langone had successfully conducted scans of foetuses to look for changes in the connectivity of their growing brains. Supposedly their research had shown that biology plays an important role in their nature.
Had their evidence genuinely pointed to the existence of “male brains” and “female brains”, this would have been quite some discovery. But, at the risk of disappointing all those who have seized on this “proof” with enthusiasm, I would contend it does no such thing.
As a neuroscientist who has long been…
Follow the author of this article Eleanor Steafel Follow the topics within this article Tonight's Dinner Italian food Pasta
I love cooking with ingredients which have a very short season. Rhubarb, blood oranges, asparagus, Jersey royals — these flash in the pan ingredients are a total joy to cook with because though they only linger in our greengrocers for a few brief weeks, they are at their absolute flavour peak and so require very little adornment to make them sing.
Wild garlic tastes, put simply, of Spring. Fresh, earthy and peppery, it brightens up every dish it touches. There are whole festivals dedicated to it in America (where it’s called ramps), and infinite ways to prepare it.
Wild garlic can be expensive to buy — though of course it’s free if you happen to have a patch nearby you can forage from — but…
Follow the author of this article Maria Lally Follow the topics within this article Exercise Allergies Eggs Antibiotics Bacteria
Antibiotics have long been cited as one of the greatest medical discoveries of the 20th century. And with good reason: when they were first used to treat previously untreatable diseases in the 1960s, like TB and pneumonia, they helped to dramatically decrease death rates.
But in recent years, a slightly more complicated picture has emerged: research suggests they’re being over-prescribed and the NHS is currently trying to limit the number of antibiotics given by doctors, due to fears of antibiotic resistance. And evidence is increasingly finding they could be playing havoc with our gut health too.
Researchers at University College London (UCL) have recently discovered just a single course of…
Follow the author of this article James Gurney Follow the topics within this article TAG Heuer Chanel Bulgari Rolex Patek Philippe
The new, ‘slimline’ Baselworld may be short of a few brands, notably including the entire Swatch Group stable, but it remains the industry’s most important get-together by far. Even taking the escalators at Basel offers a good chance of a useful encounter and with the likes of Patek Philippe and Rolex alongside LVMH’s brands, there was never going to be a shortage of news and creativity on offer.
Top of the bill goes to Patek with a wide-ranging collection that included a mega-complication in the Geneva brand’s pilot line; a khaki Aquanaut and the Annual Calendar Regulator 5235R in rose gold. It’s a watch that first saw the light in 2011 in a yellow-gold form, but the new version…
Follow the topics within this article Abuse #metoo Upskirting Friendship Anxiety Sexual harassment
Before Harvey Weinstein. Before #MeToo. And before I really knew what was happening, my best friend’s boyfriend sexually assaulted me in a nightclub.
Under the guise of his usual ‘banter’, Max* leaned towards me, shoved his hand between my legs and squeezed my vagina. Hard. Yes, I was wearing a short skirt. No, I didn’t deserve it.
It happened so fast, my mind – a few drinks into what would have been a good night out – struggled to register. Was it an accident? A prank gone wrong? What the hell?
He had a big, sneery grin on his face and walked off giggling. He thought it was hilarious.
After the initial shock of his hand on me, I knew what he’d done was wrong; how disgusting and cheap it had…
Follow the author of this article Lisa Armstrong Follow the topics within this article Spring and summer trends Ageless style
If you never quite got over the demise of the pashmina, circa 1999, and think there may still be one that didn’t end up in the dog’s basket; if you love the feeling of being swaddled; if you always like to have a big scarf close at hand, just in case; if your favourite fashion film inspiration is The Revenant; if your take away from Dior’s recent blockbuster show was those blankety-coat things that will probably cost five grand when they hit the rails next winter, then rejoice: your guilty secret is about to be exonerated.
Blanket coats – not that different from actual blankets except in terms of softness, drape and price – are set to be a chic statement next winter. They weren’t just at Dior….
Follow the author of this article Simon de Burton Follow the topics within this article Breitling
Breitling can lay claim to kick-starting the 21st-century trend for collaborations between watchmakers and car companies when it partnered with Bentley in 2002.
But equally interesting to fans of revived British marques was the announcement that Breitling has also teamed up with Norton.
The latter went into liquidation in 1977, but its fortunes have been revived by British entrepreneur and motorbike enthusiast Stuart Garner, who acquired world-wide rights to the motorcycle manufacturer in 2008.
Previously in a nearly decade-long partnership with UK watchmaker Bremont, Norton announced the switch to Breitling in February last year, after being approached by the brand’s dynamic CEO, Georges Kern….