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‘Scantily-clad’ Carla Bruni too risqué for Pope and Vatican City

‘Scantily-clad’ Carla Bruni too risqué for Pope and Vatican City

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London: Pope Benedict XVI has refused to let Carla Bruni visit the Vatican as Italian media might publish racy photos of the French first lady. Officials have sent a clear message to French Ambassador concerning the French First Lady’s presence during her husband’s 30-minute meeting with the Pope. The message was titled,... 

‘Fish were the first to have sex for fun’

‘Fish were the first to have sex for fun’

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Washington: New research from the Gogo Formation of Western Australia suggests that fish were the first to have intimate sex by copulation. Well-preserved fossils of extinct armoured fish belonging to in the early Devonian Period around 400 to 410 million years ago suggest that the activity of sex wasn’t just “spawning in... 

Agatha Christie: Miss Marple mystery solved

Agatha Christie: Miss Marple mystery solved

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London: Thirty five years after the death of Agatha Christie, the mystery of the missing Miss Marple has been solved-a new story featuring the amateur sleuth has been discovered. Christie expert John Curran has unearthed previously unseen material including the Miss Marple short story and a further two new short stories, to... 

Mums win hands-down when naming babies

Mums win hands-down when naming babies

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London: When it comes to giving babies their names, mothers win hands down, according to a survey. Four out of ten mothers disregard the views of the father during the often- fraught process of selecting a name for their new child. It also emerged that the average couple considers 12 different names before selecting their favourite,... 

Fear of technology begins in womb

Fear of technology begins in womb

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London: Technophobia or fear of new technology begins before we are born, say researchers. University of Bath researchers claim pre-natal testosterone exposure has an effect on the way the brain develops that makes it either easier or more difficult to grasp technology. Mark Brosnan, study leader at Bath said: “Lower levels... 

Long-lost photos of Queen `found`

Long-lost photos of Queen `found`

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London: Long-lost photos of the British Queen, used for the design of her head on stamps, and other royalty including the late Shah of Iran and Sultan of Brunei, have been found. According to ‘The Sun’, the photos — which include the portraits of the Queen, the Shah of Iran and the Sultan of Brunei, have actually... 

Haitian quake triggered tsunamis: Scientists

Haitian quake triggered tsunamis: Scientists

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Paris: The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in January, killing a quarter of a million people, also unleashed a string of tsunamis on the country’s western coast, scientists reported on Monday. Several waves measuring up to 75 centimetres (two and a half feet) were caused by a combination of earth movement and... 

Kids find collecting stamps ‘boring’

Kids find collecting stamps ‘boring’

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London: A new UK study has revealed that traditional hobbies like collecting stamps and marbles are dying out because modern kids think they are boring. Today’s youngsters listed watching TV, playing computer games or going on Facebook as their interests. They dismissed old favourites like train spotting, model making, jigsaw... 

Healthy baby born from embryo frozen 20 yrs ago

Healthy baby born from embryo frozen 20 yrs ago

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London: A healthy baby has been born from a frozen embryo that is twenty years old, potentially giving women the chance to put off motherhood until their forties or fifties. It is the longest time a fertilised egg has been stored before developing into a healthy baby, reports the Daily Mail. The newborn’s 42-year-old mother,... 

Body shape `is down to genes`

Body shape `is down to genes`

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London: Ever wondered why some women have figures like skinny models while some appear curvy? A female’s body shape is all down to her genes, says a study. Researchers have identified the genes which make one more likely to become obese, as well as those that give one an apple or pear-shaped figure – and it’s... 

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