This is how being left or right-handed influences your politics

It seems so obvious when you hear it, yet it could have shaped society for centuries without our knowing. According to research presented by Dr Daniel Casasanto to the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Washington DC, people just prefer things that are in front of their favourite hand. It could be products on a shelf, or applicants for a job.

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The CIA style guide goes online: now you can learn to write like a spy

The spy agency's writing manual has been leaked online. So now we can all learn how to write up our waterboarding reports properly

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Sluggish cognitive tempo: the ADHD-like disorder that explains daydreaming?

According to emerging research, many children previously diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could be living with another condition entirely – but not everyone agrees

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What are the most popular swearwords on Twitter?

One in every 13 tweets contains a rude word. But what are people's favorites – and which ones do women use more than men?

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Is it time to join the Preppers? How to survive the climate-change apocalypse

We are getting close to what might be called The Noah Scenario. Last month was the wettest January in Britain since records began in 1767. So far this month has been no different, and the Met Office expects the wind and rain to continue until March. Climate change may be a gradual process, but people who live on the Somerset Levels or the banks of the Thames are getting a very sudden education in the value of arks.

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