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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

The Sichuan peppercorn is known to give some Chinese dishes a pleasant tingling feeling.<p>What's not so pleasant is that pins-and-needles feeling we get when our foot falls asleep — or when people who suffer from paresthesia experience constant tingling in their limbs.<p>Diana Bautista, a neuroscientist …

Pro-Russian separatists defiant as Ukraine peace moves flounder

International attempts to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine were floundering on Friday as separatist groups in the east declared that they had no intention of leaving occupied buildings and accused Kiev of violating an agreement reached in Geneva on Thursday.<p>Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the United …

Game of Thrones: the two characters they can't kill

It's often said that any character can die in Game of Thrones. But is that actually true? The narrative demands that two stay alive, says Michael Deacon<p>Perhaps the most disturbing moment to date in <b>Game of Thrones</b> – which returned on Monday on Sky Atlantic – came in series two, when Theon Greyjoy …

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

GENEVA (AP) — In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared …

James Franco makes cameo appearance in Apes sequel – without his knowledge

James Franco will soon appear in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes … without even knowing it.<p>Franco played human protagonist Will Rodman in 2011's franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With the sequel set 10 years on from the events of the first film, which – *spoiler alert* – saw the …

Vladimir Putin Admits Russian Troops Have Been Active in Crimea

Russian president Vladimir Putin has admitted sending Russian troops into the Crimean Peninsula. Speaking on a question-and-answer television program, the president referred to the region as “New Russia” and maintained that Russian troops “stood behind Crimea’s self-defense forces,” according to <i>The</i> …