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A team of French researchers spent more than 6 years following 8,000 people and found that those taking supplements were just as likely to have developed cancer or heart disease as those who took an identical-looking dummy pill

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...nothing for our health. A team of French researchers spent more than 6 years following 8,000 people and found that those taking supplements were just as likely to have developed cancer or heart disease as those who took an identical-looking dummy pill. And when they were questioned on how healthy they felt, there was hardly any difference between the two groups. Experts said the study – one of th...

Bed Bugs close-up

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New research shows that bug bombs are ineffective against bed-bug pests. In a new study, the first of its kind to be published, etymologists at Ohio State University tested three commercially available foggers – sold under the Hot Shot, Spectracide, and Eliminator brands, respectively – and concluded that all three products were virtually useless at fighting bed bug infestations. In &...

The study investigated products from a range of OXY treatments using brown seaweed ingredient Phycosaccharide ACP

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...nt from brown seaweed found only off the coast of Brittany, France, can banish the bugs that trigger acne and cut spots by nearly two thirds. A new clinical trial of treatments containing active compound called Phycosaccharide ACP showed the number of spots fell by 64% and blackheads by 60% after just eight weeks. The trial is the first cosmetics clinical study in acne to be published in an offici...

Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined

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Barack Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined, according to figures to be published in The Rise of the President’s Permanent Campaign by Brendan J. Doherty. Barack Obama is also the only president in the past 35 years to visit every electoral battleground state in his first year of office. The figures, contained in The...

General anesthesia might lead to ADHD

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...de adjustments for other factors (gestational age, sex, birth weight, co-morbid conditions, maternal age and education), but the rate of ADHD was still high. These results may not be applicable to all racial or ethnic groups. “The population in 1976 and 1982 was mostly white/Caucasian here in Minnesota,” said Dr. Juraj Sprung. A previous research published in Pediatrics in November 2011, suggested...

Bo Guagua hit out at claims that he had cashed in on his parents’ wealth and influence by spending more partying than studying while he was at Oxford University

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...ign, and another for speeding – he was caught going 58 in a 30 mph zone. The official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the story, said that Bo Guagua was driving a 2011 Porsche Panamera, though the car was not licensed to him, CNN reported. Bo Guagua painted himself as a sympathetic character in a letter to the Harvard Crimson student newspaper published Tuesday. In it,...

Irish author Maeve Binchy has died aged 72 after a short illness

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Irish author Maeve Binchy has died aged 72 after a short illness. Best-selling Maeve Binchy, born in Dalkey, Co Dublin, has sold more than 40 million books. Her works were often set in Ireland and have been translated into 37 languages. They include The Lilac Bus as well as Tara Road and Circle of Friends, which were both adapted for screen. Maeve Binchy trained as a teacher before moving into jo...

Us Magazine claims that Bella and Connor Cruise were sent on a course to teach them to recognize “suppressive persons”, such as their adoptive mother Nicole Kidman

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The Church of Scientology was responsible for “turning Tom Cruise’s children against their mother”, his ex-wife Nicole Kidman, according to new reports. The claims were made in an excerpt from a controversial article about Scientology which is due to be published in Vanity Fair. The allegations have been strongly rejected by a Scientology spokesman, which labelled the article “hogwash”. The...

Ed Kennedy defied the military censors to report the Nazi surrender on the night of 7 May 1945 in France

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...nce Ed Kennedy was one of 17 reporters taken to witness the formal surrender of German troops to the Allies at 02:41 on 7 May 1945. The group was sworn to secrecy by US military commanders, told not to report the news until 15:00 on the 8th – a full 36 hours later. But when Ed Kennedy heard that German radio had announced the surrender at 14:41 on the 7th, he went ahead and published his sto...

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...adition by publishing paperbacks books edition earlier than regular, occasionally less than 6 months after the book came out in hardcover. It used to be a strict schedule in the books business: first the hardcover edition was printed, and about 12 months after that, the paperback book was published. E-books have made cost a challenge for publishers and they are considering the right time of a pape...

Science-fiction author Ray Bradbury has died in Southern California at the age of 91

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...ival. Three years later, Ray Bradbury began to establish his reputation with The Martian Chronicles, a collection of stories about materialistic Earthmen colonizing and ruinously exploiting Mars. His most celebrated novel, Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, depicts a future society in which books are banned. The story, which gets its title from the temperature at which paper supposedly ignites, pr...

Dan Kloeffler, the ABC News anchor, came out as gay yesterday, as he was reporting on Zachary Quinto’s interview about his sexuality

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...n about dating actors for that one.” Dan Kloeffler, the ABC News anchor, came out as gay yesterday, as he was reporting on Zachary Quinto’s interview about his sexuality The ABC News anchor later explained on the TV station website: “For the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life. “As a journalist, I don’t want to be the story, but as...

St James's Palace has condemned plans by Italian gossip magazine Chi to print photos of the pregnant Kate Middleton on a Caribbean holiday

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...has condemned plans by Italian gossip magazine Chi to print photos of the pregnant Kate Middleton on a Caribbean holiday. The pictures – expected to appear in Chi - are thought to show Kate Middleton wearing a bikini and walking on a beach on the island of Mustique with Prince William. Last year, Chi magazine published a 26-page special revealing Kate topless during a holiday in France. The...

Elton John is suing The Times for libel over articles he says falsely linked him to immoral tax avoidance

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...nt. Elton John is suing The Times for libel over articles he says falsely linked him to immoral tax avoidance However, Elton John’s lawyers described the correction, published on 22 June, as “wholly inadequate”. They said the four-line apology did not have equal prominence to the original articles, which appeared on pages one and six of the newspaper, adding that it “delib...

Manufacturers use aspartame and similar sweeteners in fizzy drinks such as Diet Coke

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Leading British expert Erik Millstone has called for an investigation into serious health concerns over the artificial sweetener aspartame – after the EU food watchdog insisted it was safe. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a draft scientific opinion effectively rubbishing more than 20 studies which have identified potential problems with aspartame, ranging from premature bi...

Edward Snowden offered to collaborate with Brazil's investigation into the mass surveillance programs

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...o collaborate with Brazil’s investigation into the mass surveillance programs Tuesday, writing an open letter that hinted at his asylum request to the country. In a letter published in the Folha De S. Paulo newspaper, Edward Snowden praised the “inspiring” reaction around the world – and in Brazil – after he unveiled the NSA’s far-reaching spying program, which included the...

A printing mix up led to early copies of the latest Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy, having a chunk of David Jason's memoirs in the middle

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A printing mix up led to early copies of the latest Bridget Jones book – Mad About the Boy – having a chunk of David Jason’s memoirs in the middle. About 40 pages of Sir David Jason’s My Life were printed in Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, both of which came out on the same day. “The printers have had a Bridget moment,” said publishers Vintag...

Bridget Jones fans have expressed their horror at the news that author Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy in new book Mad About The Boy

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Bridget Jones fans have expressed their horror at the news that author Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy in new book Mad About The Boy. In extracts from her new book, published in the Sunday Times magazine, Bridget Jones reveals that Mark Darcy – her husband and father to her two children, died five years earlier. Mark Darcy was played by Colin Firth in the Bridget Jones movies. Bri...

Last month it was reported that there were fears the modified strain of the H5N1 virus is more dangerous than anthrax

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...by experimenting on ferrets, whose immune system is very similar to humans, it is possible to create a highly-infectious strain through just a few mutations. The decision on whether the findings should be published has divided academics as well as security specialists. Thomas Inglesby, of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, told the New Scientist: “The bene...

Jane Austen is to feature on the next Bank of England’s £10 note, avoiding a long-term absence of women represented on banknotes

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...move showed “sense and sensibility”. In April, the Bank prompted a high-profile campaign against the prospect of having no female characters, besides the Queen, on the UK’s currency. It had announced that Sir Winston Churchill would be put on the £5 note from 2016, replacing social reformer Elizabeth Fry. The latest announcement means that women could be absent from newly issued...

G-spot was first described in western medicine by Dr. Grafenberg in 1950, the bean-shaped area of the vaginal wall is supposed to guarantee a female orgasm as soon as it is stimulated

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...after all. G-spot was first described in western medicine by Dr. Grafenberg in 1950, the bean-shaped area of the vaginal wall is supposed to guarantee a female orgasm as soon as it is stimulated. Earlier Indian texts such as the Kama Shastra seem to support this claim, describing a sensitive area in the vagina that induces great pleasure. A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, has ca...

Greek journalist Costas Vaxevanis has been acquitted of breaching privacy for publishing the names of 2,000 suspected tax evaders

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Greek journalist Costas Vaxevanis has been acquitted of breaching privacy for publishing the names of 2,000 suspected tax evaders. Costas Vaxevanis published a list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, including a government minister and other prominent figures in public life. Lawyers for Costas Vaxevanis, 46, argued that the charges were outrageous and said no-one on the list had actually complai...

Chinese author Mo Yan has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature

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Chinese author Mo Yan has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature. A prolific author, 57-year-old Mo Yan has published dozens of short stories, with his first work published in 1981. The Swedish Academy praised Mo Yan’s work which “with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary”. Mo Yan is the first Chinese resident to win the prize. Chinese-born G...

Pascal Rostain claimed that the photographer was spying on royal couple on the orders of France's Closer magazine

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...the orders of France’s Closer magazine, which was first to publish 13 intimate images of Kate and William last week. The news comes as Swedish magazine Se och Hor and Danish magazine Se Og Hor (See And Hear) published the pictures. Pascal Rostain, in his 40s, is a close friend of former French First Lady Carla Bruni and one of France’s most notorious long lens photographers. He told F...

An IBM team in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned

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An IBM team in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned. The same pioneering team took the first-ever single-molecule image in 2009 and more recently published images of a molecule shaped like the Olympic rings. The new work opens up the prospect of studying imperfections in the “wonder material” graphen...