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Birds use cigarette butts to line nests, St Andrews University study finds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-20607413

5 December 2012


Birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, research at St Andrews University has suggested.

The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters act as a natural pesticide that repels parasitic mites.

At the same time, the cellulose butts provide useful nest insulation.

Wild birds are also known to protect their nests from mite invasion by importing certain chemical-emitting plants.

The new evidence suggests some bird species in the cities have adapted the same behaviour to harness the repellent properties of tobacco.

St Andrews University scientists studied nests of house sparrows and house finches that each contained, on average, about 10 used cigarette butts in Mexico City.

The number of stubbed-out cigarettes incorporated into the nests ranged from none to as many as 48.

In both species, nests with larger numbers of butts were significantly less infested by mites.............>


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Barnstaple phone 'mix-up': Devon crash reported to Massachusetts police




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The London hairdresser who offended Kim Jong-un



8 October 2016 Last updated at 01:15 BST

A salon in west London attracts customers from all over the world, thanks to a poster that went viral two years ago.

Barber Karim Nabbach used a picture of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, to offer a discount to anyone experiencing a "bad hair day".

North Korean officials visited the salon a few days later and demanded the poster be taken down. The story quickly made headlines around the world.

Two years on, Nabbach continues to use satire to drum up business. His latest effort features US presidential candidate Donald Trump, and was featured on CNN.

"If there's a funny news story and I can think of some sort of hair pun, then I'll run with that," he says.

"We've started to get more international clients. We've had people come from Geneva, Zurich, Canada, Dubai."

Nabbach's next target is Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

"I've had Boris Johnson in my head for the past six month, but I can't think of anything. So if anyone does have an idea, I'd be willing to brainstorm with them!"

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Chinese wine-tasters scoop surprise win in France

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37601132
9 October 2016

Chinese wine-tasters have won a taste test in France, in what organisers call "a thunderbolt in the wine world".

They came first out of 21 teams by identifying details of six white wines and six red wines without seeing the bottle or label.

The French team came second and the US team came third, while former champions Spain slipped into 10th place and the UK only managed 11th..........>


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Sleep deprivation feeds hunger: around four extra slices of toast a day, research suggests


2 November 2016 

A poor night’s sleep is likely to make you fatter, research suggests. 

Those who get less than seven hours' sleep a night were found to consume the equivalent of an extra four slices of toast a day.

The systematic review by King’s College London found that those who were sleep-deprived consumed an average of 385 calories per day more than those who slept for longer.

Researchers said that that disruption to the body clock appears to affect the hormone ghrelin which controls hunger and the hormone leptin, which dictates feelings of fullness.

Other studies have also found that sleep deprivation resulted in greater activation of areas in the brain associated with reward when people were exposed to food.

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Some people just do not know how lucky they are!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37974904
16 November 2016

............Now a father and living in Ilchester, Somerset, he recently saw a photo from his own childhood, showing 27 children from his neighbourhood in the 1970s.

He is the only one still alive, the others dying through drugs, car accidents or violence. Both his brothers died because of drugs and alcohol abuse.

He added: "I see my prison past as an old movie I watched that scarred me, but now I don't get so bothered about it.

"If I hadn't have gone to prison, then my life wouldn't be as good as it is now. I never look at it in a negative way."..........>

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More Americans now die from drugs than from guns or in car accidents, and increasingly, reports Ian Pannell, the victims are young, white and middle class.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/features/magazine-37992809/37992809

16 November 2016

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The rise in selfie deaths and how to stop them


17 November 2016

The number of people who die each year taking a selfie is on the rise but a team of US researchers now hope they can tackle the problem.

They are developing an app which will warn people when they are at risk.

Their research found 15 selfie-takers died in 2014, 39 in 2015 and 73 died in the first eight months of 2016.

They revealed where most incidents happen and how causes of death can change depending on where in the world you live.

The study has been led by PhD student Hemank Lamba and a team of friends at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The first report (by a reputable news source) of a selfie-taker dying while snapping a picture was in March 2014.

Since then, Hemank and his team of researchers found there had been 127 recorded incidents of selfie deaths across the world.

76 of these took place in India, nine in Pakistan, eight in the US and six in Russia.

The most likely cause of death was falling from a great height, with people going to extreme lengths to take a selfie on cliffs or the top of buildings to impress followers on social media.............>


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Low social status 'can damage immune system'



25 November 2016

Simply being at the bottom of the social heap directly alters the body in ways that can damage health, a study at Duke University in the US suggests.

Monkey experiments showed low status alters the immune system in a way that raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and mental health problems.

One expert said the findings were "terrifically applicable" to people.

The findings, in Science, had nothing to do with the unhealthy behaviours that are more common in poorer groups.

The gulf in life expectancy between the richest and poorest is huge - in the US it is more than a decade for women and 15 years for men.

Part of the explanation is that people from poorer backgrounds are more likely to have a worse lifestyle - including smoking, little exercise and diets containing junk food.

But the latest study goes further to show low status - with all of those other factors stripped out - still has an impact on the body..................>


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The Chinese burger designed by Asia's 'best female chef'



2 January 2017

The humble steamed bun is taking Hong Kong's culinary scene by storm - and scooping up awards along the way.

May Chow, the owner of restaurant Little Bao, has just been voted Asia's best female chef by a panel of over 300 experts.

The 32-year-old's restaurant serves what she calls Chinese burgers: steamed white buns filled with braised pork belly, fried chicken or fish.

And there are even burgers for dessert, in the form of fried buns sandwiched with ice cream.

Winning the award is no mean feat, considering Asia's competitive food scene, but the restaurant might not have started at all if Ms Chow hadn't sneaked behind her parents' back...............>

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French cyclist Robert Marchand sets new record aged 105

4 January 2017

He may not be the fastest cyclist round a velodrome, but he is easily one of the oldest.

Robert Marchand has clocked up 105 years and now a new record for the furthest distance cycled in one hour.

The French cyclist managed 22.547km (14 miles) at the national velodrome, taking the top spot in a new category - for riders over 105............>


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Horses more deadly than snakes in Australia, data shows

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38592390
18 January 2017

Horses killed more people in Australia in recent years than all venomous animals combined, research has shown.

The University of Melbourne's Dr Ronelle Welton examined hospital admissions data and coronial records.

From 2000 to 2013, horses were responsible for 74 deaths.

Bees and other stinging insects were the next most dangerous, causing 27 deaths, followed by snakes, which also claimed 27 lives but landed fewer people in hospital.

Spiders were not responsible for any deaths during that time, the research showed.............>

Bites and stings in Australia


Animal Deaths (2000 - 2013) Hospital visits (2001 - 2013)

Wasps, bees, hornets
27 (25 bees, 2 wasps) 12,351
Snakes 27 6,123
Spiders 0 11,994
Ticks and ants 5 4,533
Marine animals 3 (box jellyfish) 3,707
Centipedes/ millipedes 0 119
Scorpions 0 61
Unknown animal or plant 2 N/A


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Who was the abandoned man with no memory?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38769685

30 January 2017

Police and social services were baffled when an elderly man with an American accent was found lost on the streets of the English city of Hereford. He didn't know who he was or have any ID, and he was dressed in brand new clothes from Tesco. The quest to find out who he was had results that nobody could have predicted.

It was 7 November 2015 when the man was found in a bus station car park. Tests at the county hospital showed why he wasn't able to reveal his identity - he had dementia........

.............A woman called Debbie Cocker posted a photograph of a man called Earl Roger Curry, from a 1958 US high school yearbook. The photograph was of an 18-year-old man. He looked a bit like Roger and was about the same age.   The yearbook picture was from Edmonds High School. Edmonds is just north of Seattle, in the northwest state of Washington...........

...........Jerry Maiques lives opposite the old Curry home. I showed him pictures of Roger taken in the nursing home in England.  "That's Roger." No hesitation. "No question about it. No doubt." Another neighbour also recognised Roger.........

...........The 27-year-old was upset when I told her about her father. She knew nothing about him turning up in England but thought Kevin could have arranged it. Her biggest worry though was that he might be returned to LA. As far as she was concerned he was safe and well in Britain.  Back in the UK, the authorities were brought up to date about these new facts. Within two days a man was arrested in England. US social services and the FBI joined the investigation.............

...........We now know that all three flew into the UK in November 2015, but only two flew home. An elderly and vulnerable man was dumped overseas by his family
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AI program beats humans in poker game

30 January 2017

A poker-playing AI has beaten four human players in a marathon match lasting 20 days.

Libratus, an artificial intelligence program developed at Carnegie Mellon University, was trained to play a variant of the game known as no-limit heads-up Texas hold 'em.

In a similar tournament in 2015, the humans won.

The victory has been hailed as a significant milestone for AI, by the team responsible for building it.

The AI won more than $1.5m (£1.2m) worth of chips from the humans.

The matches - held at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh - were live-streamed over gaming site Twitch.

Tuomas Sandholm, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, said the event was "historic".

"Heads-up no limit Texas hold 'em is in a way the last frontier of all the games," he said.

"Othello, Chess, Go, Jeopardy have all been conquered, but this remained elusive: this is a landmark in AI game-play."

Prof Sandholm said that the algorithm could be transferred to a range of other uses.

"This is not just about poker," he said.

"The algorithms can take information and output a strategy in a range of scenarios, including negotiations, finance, medical treatment and cybersecurity."

"Now we have proven the ability of AI to do strategy and reasoning, there are many potential applications in future..........>

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Why the falling cost of light matters

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38650976

6 February 2017

.................The light bulb has become an icon of innovation.

It has transformed our society into one where we can work, read, sew or play whenever we want to, regardless of how dark the night has become.

But the price of light alone tells a fascinating story: it has fallen by a factor of 500,000, far faster than official inflation statistics suggest.

A thing that was once too precious to use is now too cheap to notice.

Tim Harford writes the Financial Times's Undercover Economist column. 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy is broadcast on the BBC World Service. You can find more information about the programme's sources and listen online or subscribe to the programme podcast.

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Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years


11 February 2017


A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family.

The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country.

Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who told him efforts were being made to take him back.

Mr Wang was met by family members when his flight landed in Beijing.

Later, in his home city of Xianyang, crowds met him with banners reading "Welcome home, soldier, it's been a rough journey".

Mr Wang flew out from Delhi on Friday night accompanied by his adult children.

Chinese officials took him and his family shopping in a Delhi mall before they boarded the flight.

Mr Wang had been given a document by the Indian Foreign Ministry stating that he was cleared to leave. His family were given Indian passports so that they could leave with him if they wished.

His wife, an Indian citizen, was sick and did not accompany him...............>

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The simple steel box that transformed global trade
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38305512
  • 9 January 2017

..............In a large port, someone would be killed every few weeks.

In 1950, New York averaged half a dozen serious incidents every day, and its port was safer than many.

Researchers studying the SS Warrior's trip to Bremerhaven concluded the ship had taken ten days to load and unload, as much time as it had spent crossing the Atlantic.

In today's money, the cargo cost around $420 (£335) a tonne to move..................

.................Rather than the $420 (£335) that a customer would have paid to get the SS Warrior to ship a tonne of goods across the Atlantic in 1954, you might now pay less than $50 (£39).

Indeed, economists who study international trade often assume that transport costs are zero.

It keeps the mathematics simpler, they say, and thanks to the shipping container, it is nearly true...........>

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Which nationalities work the longest hours?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/nationalities-that-work-the-longest-hours/
24 FEBRUARY 2017

  1. Mexico - 2,246 hours per year
  2. Costa Rica - 2,230
  3. South Korea - 2,113
  4. Greece - 2,04
  5. Chile - 1,988
  6. Russia - 1,978
  7. Poland - 1,963
  8. Latvia - 1,903
  9. Iceland - 1,880
  10. Portugal - 1,868
  11. Lithuania - 1,860
  12. Israel - 1,858
  13. Estonia - 1,852
  14. Turkey - 1,832
  15. Ireland - 1,820
  16. United States - 1,790
  17. Czech Republic - 1,779
  18. New Zealand - 1,757
  19. Slovakia - 1,754
  20. Hungary - 1,749
  21. Italy - 1,725
  22. Japan - 1,719
  23. Canada - 1,706
  24. Spain - 1,691
  25. Slovenia - 1,676
  26. United Kingdom - 1,674
  27. Australia - 1,665
  28. Finland - 1,646
  29. Austria - 1,625
  30. Sweden - 1,612
  31. Switzerland - 1,590
  32. Belgium - 1,541
  33. Luxembourg - 1,507
  34. France - 1,482
  35. Denmark - 1,457
  36. Norway - 1,424
  37. Netherlands - 1,419
  38. Germany - 1,371
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How hackers could use doll to open your front door

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38966285
14 February 2017

The National Cyber Security Centre in London opens on Tuesday, aimed at protecting the UK against cyber attacks.

Technical Director Dr Ian Levy demonstrated how smart devices - and even toys - could be a security threat in your home.

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Music makes curries taste 10pc spicier, scientists find

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/12/music-makes-curries-taste-10pc-spicier-scientists-find/
12 March 2017

Diners tucking into spicy food in curry houses are unlikely to notice music being played in background, however new research shows it could be having a remarkable effect on their taste buds. 

For the first time research has shown that traditional music, often played by curry restaurants to set the mood for diners, may also be making their food taste hotter.

Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered that certain types of music - those with fast beats, distorted notes and high-pitched sounds - can enhance the sensation of heat from chilli peppers.

In a series of tests researchers were able to produce specific soundtracks that can boost the spiciness of food by up to 10 per cent.

They describe the effect as "sonic seasoning". A shrill violin concerto or fast samba music were among the most effective types of music while distorted notes also seemed to increase the sensation of heat.........>

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Dogs 'deliberately deceive owners' to get what they want

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/dogs-deliberately-deceive-owners-get-want/

Cats might have a reputation for being a bit sneaky or scheming - but, according to science, we really ought to be keeping an eye on dogs if we're worried about our pets running rings around us.

A new study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, has found pet dogs will deliberately deceive humans in order to get something they want.

Researchers at the University of Zurich studied 27 dogs, pairing each one with two human partners: a "co-operative" one who would allow the dogs to eat treats, and a "competitive" one who withheld the treats. ..........>

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This man raced a tube train and filmed the whole thing

If you have a couple of minutes to spare watching something pointless you could do worse than this;

https://www.indy100.com/article/video-man-runs-beats-tube-london-underground-race-tube-watch-update-7630601

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Boscastle ankle break woman rescued by webcam 200 miles away

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-39331354
20 March 2017

A woman who fell and broke her ankle in a remote Cornish village was rescued because a man, sat 200 miles away in Worcester, saw her on a live webcam.............

...............Mrs Davies, from St Teath, had gone into the seaside town to get a present for her son.

"I crossed over the road and my left foot shot out in front of me and I just went down," she said.

Minutes later Becky Galvin, who lives in Boscastle, got a call from her son in Worcester.

"I suddenly noticed this lady coming to me and we hobbled back to her place," said Mrs Davies.

"It was amazing that someone in Worcester saw me lying there and and phoned his mum to say 'Can you help her?'"

She said there was nobody around as the weather was bad...........>

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British Vogue names first male editor https://www.yahoo.com/news/british-vogue-names-first-male-editor-151904293.html

April 10, 2017

British Vogue, an iconic fashion magazine which celebrated its centenary last year, named Ghana-born Edward Enninful as its first male editor on Monday.

Enninful, a close friend of British supermodel Naomi Campbell, will replace Alexandra Shulman, who is stepping down on August 1 after more than 25 years.............>

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A D-Day war hero became the world’s oldest person to skydive, at the age of 101 and 38 days............Mr Hayes said he wanted to parachute jump since he turned 90, but was first talked out of it by his late wife.  He was determined to take the world record from its previous holder, Candaian Armand Gendreau – who did it at the age of 101 and three days in 2013............>
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Drinking five cups of coffee a day could reduce chances of liver cancer by half, scientists reveal

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man hit by bus gets back up again and heads to pub       

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/27/i-get-knocked-down-man-hit-by-bus-gets-back-up-again-and-heads-to- 27 June 2017 

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Do you live in the world's laziest country?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40570442
12 July 2017

US scientists have amassed "planetary-scale" data from people's smartphones to see how active we really are.

The Stanford University analysis of 68 million days' worth of minute-by-minute data showed the average number of daily steps was 4,961.

Hong Kong was top averaging 6,880 a day, while Indonesia was bottom of the rankings with just 3,513.

But the findings also uncovered intriguing details that could help tackle obesity..............>

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Niagara Falls: Officials explain why the water turned black

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40777634

31 July 2017


Mystery surrounding a foul-smelling black cloud that appeared in water at the base of the Niagara Falls on the US-Canadian border has been explained.  Experts say the discharge - which at one point was feared to be an oil leak - was caused by residue from black carbon filters used to clean the water.

The leak happened during maintenance work on Saturday, US officials say. The Niagara Falls Water Board (NFWB) has since apologized for causing alarm to residents and tourists.

In a statement the board said the "inky water" was the result of "routine, necessary and short term change in the waste water treatment process" at its plant near the city of Buffalo................>
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