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Readers reply: how would sport be different if everyone was allowed to dope?

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How would sport be different if everyone was allowed to dope? Johnny Addison, Bonnyrigg Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. I guess athletics would be pretty much the same? Stillgrizzly I’m no scientist, but I ...

Readers reply: why haven’t we invented a way to record and play back smells?

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I imagine that a couple of hundred years ago the idea of recording and playing back audio or video was as ridiculous as the idea seems now of recording and playing back odours. So why have we made so much progress at ...

Readers reply: how much poorer would the rich need to be to provide a basic minimum income for everyone?

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How much poorer would the rich need to be to provide a basic minimum income for everyone? Robin Devany Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. I doubt whether they have to be poorer at all. Putting more money into ...

Readers reply: if the Earth were flat, how would our lives be different?

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If the Earth were flat, how would our lives be different?Paul Tinkler Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. What do you mean: “If …”? Chriskiy Terry Pratchett would have been the winner of a Nobel prize for physi...

‘Go for an entertaining revenge’ – readers’ tips for healing a broken heart

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Take up Muay Thai – it’s a great way to get really sweaty on a weekly basis. If the heartbreak is really bad, travel solo, going as far and as for as long as you can, preferably somewhere with a lot of open space – I ...

Readers reply: why do humans cry when they are sad?

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I understand that tears flush away foreign objects from the eye. But what advantage does crying have when one is feeling sad (or happy)? Perhaps it is to signal an extreme of emotion, but then why would a solitary sad...

Sparkling days out: readers’ favourite British vineyards to visit

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Hugged by purple fields of lavender, the picture-postcard village of Shoreham in Kent is home to The Mount, where you can sample eight varieties of wine from 13,000 vines including pinot noir, rondo, regent, regent, b...

Readers reply: why does the sound of running water make us want to pee?

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Why do many of us have the tendency to want, or need, to pee when we hear running water? Is this equal between female and male, and does age affect the phenomenon? David Cockayne, Cheshire Send new questions to nq@the...

‘An enormous cultural moment’: readers respond to Abba’s return

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Like most fans, I suppose I greeted news of the return with some trepidation. What if they bespoil their near perfect legacy? But Benny and Björn are such gifted writers and producers, I felt confident it would be OK...

Readers reply: what evolutionary advantage comes from women having considerably less body hair than men?

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What evolutionary advantage comes from women having considerably less body hair than men? Mal Jones, Cardiff Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. As you get older everything gets hairier and closer to the ground...

‘Outraged, sickened, terrified’: Guardian readers on the Texas abortion ban

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The US supreme court voted 5-4 to allow a Texas law banning most abortions to remain in force. The law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and before mo...

Readers reply: when and why did men stop wearing hats?

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Why did men stop wearing hats? I saw a video clip recently of the crowd at the 1923 FA Cup final and virtually every man’s head was covered. These days, almost no one wears a hat as a matter of course. When did this c...

‘Our campsite was an apocalyptic disaster scene’: readers’ summer camping stories

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Cliff camping seemed like a great idea during the pandemic, when we were craving adventure. After a couple of hours spotting seals, abseiling and rock climbing with our very patient guide, we abseiled down to our bed ...

Readers chip in to pay dance school fees for ballerina with autism

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A teenage ballerina with autism from the toughest housing estate in Leeds will be able to take up her place at one of the UK’s most prestigious dance schools after Guardian readers and others chipped in more than £97,...

Readers reply: why does everyone hate the sound of their recorded voice?

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Why do I hate the sound of my voice when it’s recorded, yet the same voice sounds perfectly dulcet in my own head? Paulene Dirk Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. The voice you hear in your head when you speak...

‘Ride the giant boat wheel’: readers’ favourite bank holiday family days out

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Easily reached from Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies on the Forth and Clyde canal make for a superb family day out. The Falkirk Wheel is a giant boat lift between different levels of the canal. You...

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