Why urban noise has made us angry and ill for eons

The earliest record of a noise complaint goes back 4000 years. Who was to blame, and what can we learn from it? 

November 20, 2023

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Unravelling the DNA of music

Many of us enjoy music from cultures across the world – but do we respond in the same way and does it evoke similar thoughts and feelings?

September 29, 2023

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People, place-iness, and the power of paths 

Many of the footpaths across the British countryside have existed since medieval times and before. Even when they’re ploughed into oblivion, people tramp them back. Why? 

July 28, 2023

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Drama queen creates Tolkien-esque yawnfest

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress from 1678 is one of the best-selling and most influential books in history. How does it read today?

August 10, 2023

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