Radhika Reddy

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Tiny, insect-eating animal becomes earliest known primate Archicebus achilles lived 55m years ago in what is now China and is the ancestor of all monkeys, apes and humans http://bit.ly/182x8xG Photograph: Xijun Ni/Chinese Academy of Sciences

Brazil rainforest deforestation leads to seed shrinkage

<b>The destruction of tropical rainforests is having an even greater impact on the environment than was previously thought, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists have found that deforestation in Brazil is causing trees to produce smaller, weaker seeds that are less likely to regenerate.<p>They believe this has …

Viggo Mortensen interview: 'If I think a film's beyond me – that's a good sign': http://bit.ly/18uU9bO If you saw him in a restaurant, you'd smile at him not because you'd think there's a huge movie star, but because he radiates a gentle integrity and, well, niceness. But he's a disconcerting interviewee. The conversation goes like this. I ask question A, expecting answer B. He listens carefully, considers, and gives me answer E, and then we find ourselves on point K, V, or Z.

Critics have attacked a new portrait of the Queen to be used for a Royal Mail stamp celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Coronation. Some have commented that the painting by Nicky Phillips bears more of a resemblance to Margaret Thatcher than to Queen Elizabeth. A good likeness, or just another terrible royal portrait? Story here: http://soa.li/ChUBKei

Let sleeping clerics lie

THE city of Bologna, by reputation a stronghold of leftism, has just held a referendum on whether the municipality should continue helping with the …

Femen, a Ukrainian women’s movement, mostly fights against pornography and prostitution—yet all its protestors demonstrate topless. Why are some feminists going bare-breasted? http://econ.st/177aC5B

How Does a Baby Giraffe Sleep?

Duh! With its eyes closed, of course! Take a look at these cute photos of baby giraffes sleeping, using their own bodies as pillows for their heads, …