Michael Schumacher's 'medical records' offered for sale
2014-06-24 06:22:21 UTC
Medical notes purported to be those of retired Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher have been stolen and are being offered for sale, according to his management.
It issued a statement warning against the purchase and publication of the documents a week after it was announced that Schu...
Bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind
2014-06-18 06:20:59 UTC
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?
I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions of human cells working in remarkable concert, the...
We should follow a diet like cavepeople
2014-06-18 06:14:35 UTC
We know modern convenience food can be unhealthy for us, but is reverting to a prehistoric diet the answer? Claudia Hammond examines the evidence.
They didn’t eat pizzas or curry. Not a single slice of cake would have passed their lips. They hunted animals for their meat, caught fish and colle...
World's oldest cat dies aged 24
2014-06-11 17:21:17 UTC
Poppy the cat, who was officially recognised as the world's oldest after making it to the age of 24, has died.
The tortoiseshell was born in February 1990 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records in May.
Poppy, who has lived through five British prime ministers lived with her...
Hillary Clinton's new book: A foundations for a potential presidential run
2014-06-10 21:39:48 UTC
Hillary Clinton launched her memoir, Hard Choices, on Tuesday, laying the foundations for a potential presidential run with a carefully crafted self-portrait of a battle-hardened politician who has bounced back from her bruising defeat in 2008 armed with a clear vision for the future of America.
Young Iranians arrested for being 'Happy'
2014-05-31 18:50:03 UTC
It is not the first time the question of Iran's social mores has hit the headlines. Six young Tehranis got into trouble after their contribution to an internet phenomenon – a lip-synched dance to an innocent pop song, Happy – went viral on YouTube. They were arrested, forced to strip naked and pe...
Ageing: The girls who never grow older
2014-07-28 07:12:56 UTC
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immortality.
Richard Walker has been trying to conquer...
Man catches baby falling from building
2014-05-23 16:46:02 UTC
A dramatic video shows the moment a man caught a one-year-old baby who fell from a second-storey window in a southern Chinese city.
The baby, apparently looking for his mother during a heavy thunderstorm, climbed out on to the ledge, said a vendor who lives in the opposite building in Xiaolan ...
Cat saves boy from dog attack in California
2014-05-17 21:08:56 UTC
A young boy had a lucky escape when a neighbour's dog attacked him while playing on his bike.
The family cat pounced on the dog and chased him off.
Katy Hastings reports.
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, infections and obesity have all been linked ...
Monica Lewinsky returns to 'burn the beret and bury the blue dress'
2014-05-07 02:54:56 UTC
Nearly two decades after her name became synonymous with scandal, impeachment and one infamous blue dress, Monica Lewinsky is writing publicly about her affair with President Bill Clinton for the first time.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Lewinsky writes in the upcoming...
Fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana sentenced to 18 months prison for tax fraud
2014-05-04 07:57:42 UTC
AN Italian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a tax fraud conviction for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the founders of the world-famous fashion label Dolce & Gabbana, sentencing them to a suspended 18-month jail term.
The designers stood accused of failing to pay tax on income of $277 milli...
A skirmish between Apple and a French publisher
2014-05-09 10:37:04 UTC
I wonder how many fewer copies French author Bénédicte Martin's book La femme would have sold had her publishers opted for a subtler, more abstract cover design. The image they chose to illustrate her disquisition of "Woman 2013" is a striking chimera: the top half an improbably busty woman, the ...
Carlos Queiroz’s European infusion has Iran thinking upset at 2014 World Cup
2014-04-11 19:45:12 UTC
Playing in a World Cup Group F containing Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia was always going to be difficult, even before Iran’s lack of warm-up games factored into the equation.
After qualifying last June, Iran played their first preparation game on March 5 against Guinea. On the same evening, So...
Bayern Munich blow Manchester United away after Patrice Evra's strike
2014-04-10 05:51:35 UTC
Among all the disappointments for Manchester United, nothing will jar so much as the knowledge that, briefly, they had this game under their control. They will be anguished about the speed at which everything unravelled, leaving them with an uncomfortable gap before they reacquaint themselves wit...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas mainly responsible for climate ...
Stolen Gauguin painting 'hung on factory worker's wall'
2014-04-02 16:32:16 UTC
Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6m euros (£8.8m), they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and left on a train in Italy, with no indication of or...
Jimmy Carter on the road for 'A Call to Action'
2015-08-13 06:20:31 UTC
Former President Jimmy Carter is on an impressive publicity tour as he promotes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." The book addresses worldwide discrimination and violence against women and girls, covers the impact of “distorted religious texts on women” and u...
Soccer player’s life saved by opponent in scary incident
2014-03-31 21:08:40 UTC
Dnipropetrovsk's Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava possibly saved Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Husev's life with his fast reactions after a potentially deadly incident during a Ukrainian top flight match at the weekend.
In the 22nd minute of Sunday's tie in Dnipropetrovsk, Husev was knocked down u...
Jimmy Carter: Fight worldwide 'abuse of women and girls'
2014-03-29 20:27:17 UTC
Jimmy Carter is making a "call to action" over discrimination and violence against women, addressing issues from female genital mutilation to child marriage in a new book out in the US this week.
The 39th US president writes in A Call to Action of his belief that "the most serious and unaddres...
Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy hurts immune development
2014-03-23 07:08:13 UTC
Adequate vitamin A intake during pregnancy is needed for offspring to fully develop an immune system and fend off disease, researchers working with mice report March 19 in Nature.
Vitamin A is plentiful in egg yolks, fish, carrots, yellow sweet potatoes, spinach, butternut squash and other foo...
Guinea confirms deadly mystery epidemic as Ebola
2014-03-22 23:27:38 UTC
Local experts had not been able to identify the disease, the symptoms of which are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding, since they were first identified some six weeks ago. However, lab samples were sent to scientists in the French city of Lyon, who confirmed that it was Ebola.
The Guinean health ...
London 'draining life' from rest of UK economy
2014-03-19 07:49:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's London. And then there's the rest of the U.K.
A tale of two Britains has increasingly emerged since the Great Recession. While the government trumpets the country's recovery from the financial crisis and its status as the world's fastest-growing developed economy, the rhe...
'Chocolate' pills for heart health
2014-03-17 20:16:15 UTC
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The pills are so packed with nutrients that you'd have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount b...
Friend: Pistorius fired guns in public
2014-03-12 02:56:06 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend — once out of a car sunroof on a road and once in a crowded restaurant, a onetime friend said at the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, drawing an aggressive effort from the chief defense...