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Bob Dylan has now removed even that tiny Nobel reference

If you see him, say hello. That's what the Nobel academy must have told Bob Dylan's close associates after unsuccessfully trying to contact him about …

Long term vegetarian diet changes human DNA raising risk of cancer and heart disease

Long term vegetarianism can lead to genetic mutations which raise the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists have found.<p>Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations were found to be far more likely to carry DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation.<p>Scientists in …

Spiders' closest relative reveals silky secret of evolutionary success

Scans of spider-like fossil<i>Idmonarachne brasieri</i> point to the idea that the ability to spin silk has given spiders a leg up in evolutionary terms<p>With more than 45,000 known species and a foothold, or eight, on every continent except Antarctica, spiders are an evolutionary success story.<p>Now …

University of Missouri Faculty Stages Walkout as Racism Protests Widen

The Atlanta Journal-Consitution/AP<p>AP<p>Ted Dully—The Boston Globe/Getty Images<p>Bettmann/Corbis<p>Paul Sakuma—AP<p>Dana Linnane—The Michigan Daily/AP<p>David L. …

Processed meat ranks alongside smoking as major cause of cancer, World Health Organisation says

WHO publishes report listing processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans' - the highest ranking, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes<p>Bacon, ham and sausages rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer, the World Health Organisation has said.<p>"For an individual, the risk of …

Women 'don't understand' fracking, leading scientist claims

Averil Macdonald, chairwoman of UK Onshore Oil and Gas, says women lack scientific understanding so follow their 'gut instinct'<p>Women are opposed to fracking because they "don't understand" and follow their gut instinct rather than the facts, according to a leading female scientist.<p>Averil Macdonald, …

Quiz: Are You Smarter Than A South African High School Student?

View Survey<p>Do you keep up with international news?<p>This quiz will give you a chance to find out.<p>The Interschool Quiz made its debut in 1993. It's a project of the Western Cape Branch of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), designed to boost interest in global matters. This …

Galaxy S6 Edge vs Huawei P8 – hands on

Every year, Android manufacturers are faced with attempting to produce the best handset possible at the cheapest price possible in a bid to gain market share at the expense of the market leaders, Apple and Samsung. Normally this is a somewhat easy enough task as Samsung generally introduces …

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Will Pope Francis Break the Church?

The new pope's choices stir high hopes among liberal Catholics and intense uncertainty among conservatives. Deep divisions may lie ahead.<p>In 1979, almost a year into the papacy of John Paul II, a novel called <i>The Vicar of Christ</i> spent 13 weeks on the <i>New York Times</i> best-seller list. The work of a …