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23
Jan
Syria's warring factions agree to talks, as Al Qaeda leader urges rebels to unite

Delegations representing the Syrian regime and its main Western-backed opposition have reportedly agreed to start direct talks when negotiations resume on Friday.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Sky News that he had held discussions with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and the Syrian National Coalition's Ahmed Jarba after a contentious first day of talks Wednesday that featured accusations of wrongdoing from both... [read news]

17
Jan
Critics: Taxpayer money wasted in 'embarrassing' Justin Bieber raid

Los Angeles County law enforcement descended upon the Calabasas home of Justin Bieber on Tuesday morning with a search warrant to investigate an alleged egg-throwing incident, sending in not one, not two, but a reported 11 patrol cars. According to some legal experts the fanfare was an “embarrassing” financial waste. “Cops are going to extraordinarily lengths to try to prove what is a relatively minor crime. Rest assured if the... [read news]

30
Dec
Small changes in kids' fast food meal cut calories

Changes made last year to McDonald's Happy Meals selections for children may be helping kids to cut calories, according to a new study. "We were curious to know how diners might have changed what they were ordering in order to make up for the reduction of calories," Andrew Hanks, one of the study's authors, said. Hanks is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University in... [read news]

28
Dec
Kanye West vows not to talk 's - - t' about anybody for six months

Mark your calendars, everybody — Kanye West has announced he won’t talk “s - - t” about anybody for “like, six months.” The mouthy musician, who’s lashed out at Lenny Kravitz, Hedi Slimane, Bruno Mars and Nike while on his epic Yeezus tour, proclaimed he is finally going to shut up. During a rambling speech at his concert in Toronto on Monday, he told the crowd, “Everything I’m saying that’s not allowed, soak it in... [read news]

28
Dec
Diabetes risk gene 'from Neanderthals'

A gene variant that seems to increase the risk of diabetes in Latin Americans appears to have been inherited from Neanderthals, a study suggests. We now know that modern humans interbred with a population of Neanderthals shortly after leaving Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago. This means that Neanderthal genes are now scattered across the genomes of all non-Africans living today. Details of the study appear in the journal Nature. The gene... [read news]

19
Dec
Youth-drug can 'reverse' ageing in animal studies

US scientists have performed a dramatic reversal of the ageing process in animal studies. They used a chemical to rejuvenate muscle in mice and said it was the equivalent of transforming a 60-year-old's muscle to that of a 20-year-old - but muscle strength did not improve. Their study, in the journal Cell, indentified an entirely new mechanism of ageing and then reversed it. Other researchers said it was an "exciting finding". Ageing is... [read news]

18
Dec
Stress gene linked to heart attacks

A stress gene has been linked to having a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or heart disease. Heart patients with the genetic change had a 38% increased risk of heart attack or death, say US researchers. Personalised medicine may lead to better targeting of psychological or drug treatment to those most at risk, they report in PLOS ONE. The study adds to evidence stress may directly increase heart disease risk, says the British Heart... [read news]

16
Dec
Baby illusion: Youngest born 'perceived as shorter'

Mothers perceive their youngest children as shorter than they actually are, a study suggests. This "baby illusion" applies regardless of the number of children a mother has, Current Biology reports. Mothers underestimated the height of their youngest child by an average of 7.5cm (3in), yet accurately judged the height of any older children they had. The study authors believe this is an adaptive mechanism - to nurture and protect most... [read news]

14
Dec
Obama honors Sandy Hook victims while renewing call for tighter gun laws

President Obama on Saturday honored the victims of the fatal Sandy Hook elementary school shootings while renewing his call for tighter gun control and more spending on mental-health care, on the anniversary of the tragic event. “We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds,” the president said in his weekly radio address, before he and first lady... [read news]

13
Dec
James Bond is an 'impotent drunk'

Vodka martini, "shaken not stirred" - often said as part of a bad Sean Connery impersonation - is one of the most quotable lines from Bond. Yet Her Majesty's top secret agent's love of the bottle would leave him impotent and at death's door. Doctors analysing the Ian Fleming novels show James Bond polishes off the equivalent of one and a half bottles of wine every day. They say he is not the man to trust to deactivate a nuclear... [read news]


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