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Did you know coach seats are there just to fill up the airplane? A fascinating video of the economics of a jet!

Did you know coach seats are there just to fill up the airplane? A fascinating video of the economics of a jet! Continue reading →The post Did you …

Airplanes

Why so many sports stars run into tax troubles

Professional athletes and tax problems: it’s a recurring theme. Examples include Pete Rose and Ron Darling (baseball players), O.J. Simpson and Mel …

Ten-day-old baby among dead after powerful quake hits southern Taiwan

What we know so far<p>A powerful earthquake has toppled a 17-storey apartment block in southern Taiwan, killing at least five people, including a 10-year-old girl.<p>It triggered frantic efforts to rescue about 35 people feared trapped inside.<p>The baby and three of the other dead were from the collapsed …

Pharma Industry Calls on Governments to Fund New Antibiotics

Governments must help solve the problem of no new antibiotics by funding and creating incentives for developing new drugs, almost 100 pharmaceutical companies and trade associations say in a statement being released this evening at the World Economic Forum in Davos.<p>“The value assigned to …

Boston University

We will beat Alzheimer's on two fronts, and soon

Understanding dementia is hard; curing it is harder. But, fingers crossed, we are just years away<p>Alzheimer’s is one of the great challenges of our age. Reports this week have served to remind us that as our society ages, and more and more people develop the disease, immense strains will be placed …

Alzheimer's Disease

Creative industries are 'driving force' of UK economy, says David Cameron

'From Asia to America, they’re dancing to our music, watching our films and wearing our designers’ latest creations'<p>Britain's creative industries have become the driving force of the UK economy, the Prime Minister said at the launch of a new scheme to help creative entrepreneurs raise investment …

Entrepreneurship

Tiger mauls keeper at Steve Irwin's zoo

TV star's widow says both the tiger and keeper are doing OK<p>A tiger attacked a keeper at a zoo in Australia on Thursday, leaving him with a "significant puncture wound" to the head at the popular tourist attraction, officials said.<p>The man in his 40s was treated by paramedics at the Sunshine Coast's …

Fears grow of repeat of 2008 financial crash as investors run for cover

As leaders gathered in Davos, FTSE 100 was gripped by panic selling and entered bear market with Dow Jones also plunging<p>Fears that the global economy could be heading for a repeat of the 2008 financial crash have sent shockwaves through financial markets – prompting a rush to safe havens by …

Stock Markets

In Paris, freeing a bridge and unlocking love

Don't believe what the songs tell you. Love is dangerous. It is also dumb, as the most romantic city in the world had the misfortune to discover.<p>For the past seven years, lovestruck couples have been attaching personalized padlocks to the bridges of Paris as a symbol of their eternal devotion – not …

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 …

Cancer

Work On Parasite Diseases Earns Nobel Prize For Medicine

The medicines they helped develop are credited with improving the lives of millions. And now three researchers working in the U.S., Japan and China have won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Among the winners: William C. Campbell of Drew University in Madison, N.J., for his work on …

Nobel Prize

Drug mentioned by Hippocrates may reverse Alzheimer's memory loss

Salsalate is already used for arthritis but it could bring back memories of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease<p>One of the world’s oldest drugs which was first mentioned by Hippocrates in the 5th Century BC could help restore memory in Alzheimer’s patients, scientists hope.<p>Salsalate, which …

Dementia

No school, no rules: would you sign up to the latest parenting trend?

Allowing children complete freedom – no limits, no enforced bedtimes, no eat-your-greens. Welcome to the world of 'radical unschooling'<p>With the new term starting, most children will be mourning the end of summer. But for a growing number of families, the school year never begins.<p>Take Kim Constable. …

The Only 4 Knots You Need to Know

<i>You don't need a sailing to learn useful knots; these are four of our favorites.</i><p>T<i>he double bowline knot, used here to suspend mason jars and votives, creates a strong loop at the end of a line.</i><p>When I was younger, my parents took me camping all the time. So at a tender age, I was aware of how to …

Climbing

Simple blood test detects breast cancer relapse seven months early

The new blood test could end the need for invasive biopsies and help doctors select the best treatment based on the genetic make-up of tumours<p>A 'revolutionary' blood test which can detect breast cancer relapses nearly eight months before they strike has been developed by British scientists.<p>The …

Drug lets eczema sufferers be 'comfortable in their skin' - Futurity

An arthritis drug may do for eczema what treatments like steroid creams and oral medications can't: stop itching and improve sleep.

More than 100 firms now competing for every prime Central London commercial rental space

It's almost impossible to win a prime spot in the capital, says nightclub and bar owner<p>Business owners looking to rent property in prime central London can now expect to compete with more than 100 rivals as the capital’s property bubble continues to swell, says the owner behind a number of …

Housing

Mapped: The world according to life expectancy

Average life expectancy in some countries is expected to rise by more than five years by 2030, a new study has claimed. Scientists and researchers applied various forecasting models to 35 (mostly developed) countries and concluded that the average South Korean will live to 90 or older within 13 …

Why You Should Eat Watermelon

Watermelons originated in Africa and are grown on vines in sandy soil throughout the world. You need at least three months of reliably hot, sunny …

Eating spicy food regularly could reduce risk of death by 14%

Eating spicy food regularly could reduce your risk of death, a study of over 485,000 people has suggested. The scientists who carried out the …

Can rice give you cancer? 'Not if you cook it in a coffee percolator'

Rice contains high levels of arsenic because it is grown in flood plains, but steaming it in a coffee percolator removes most of the poison<p>Rice should be cooked in a coffee percolator because it contains dangerous levels of carcinogenic arsenic, scientists have said.<p>People who eat a lot of rice are …

Acupuncture May Work Like Drugs To Relieve Stress

It might be more than just placebo after all<p>The thought of having needles inserted into your body may sound stressful. But to those who regularly receive acupuncture treatments, it’s quite relaxing, though scientists haven’t really been sure why. Now researchers from Georgetown University have …

Acupuncture

Eating at restaurants just as bad as fast food - study reveals

The research found that, on average, around 200 more calories are consumed a day when eating out than staying at home for meals.<p>Eating out also leads …

Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

<b>Analysis</b> SpaceX's perfect delivery record to the International Space Station ended on Sunday, 139 seconds into the flight of its Falcon 9 rocket. But …

Space Travel

Julia Stiles Back For More Bourne

Talk about timing! Mere days after <b>Empire</b> talked to Julia Stiles about her latest film and discussed the chances of her returning to the <b>Bourne</b> …