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Councils using controversial lie detector tests to catch benefit fraudsters

More than 20 councils have used or plan to use controversial lie detector tests to catch fraudulent benefits claimants, even though the government has dropped the technology having found it unreliable.<p>Responding to freedom of information (FOI) requests, 24 local authorities confirmed they had …

FDA issues warning to controversial Houston cancer doctor

FDA issues warning to controversial Houston cancer doctor, questioning validity of some of his research data.<p>The Food and Drug Administration has issued a strongly worded warning letter to a controversial Houston physician, Stanislaw Burzynski, who was the subject of a USA TODAY investigation last …

Controversial pesticides linked to human neurotoxicity : News blog

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Dead Indian guru frozen by devotees

Ashutosh Maharaj's followers believe he is in a state of deep meditation and will return to life<p>Devotees of a dead guru in India have said they put his body in a freezer to preserve him as they believe he will return to life to lead them.<p>Ashutosh Maharaj was declared dead by authorities in Punjab …

Global Warming May Be More Severe Than We Thought, Study Finds

The Earth’s climate system may be more sensitive to increasing amounts of greenhouse gases than several recent studies have found, which implies that …

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Australian State Bans Right To Protest

On Tuesday 11 March, the Australian state of Victoria passed a controversial law giving police wide-reaching powers over protesters.<p>Police can now …

HIV Prevention Gel Shows Promise

Researchers are a step closer to developing a vaginal gel that could protect women against HIV, according to a study published in Science …

25 Reasons Norway Is The Greatest Place On Earth

Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's home to more natural wonders than we can count and it has stunning cities, fascinating history and really happy people.<p>Norway's not cheap. But it's worth it. Here are 25 reasons why.<p><b>1. It's actually one of the happiest places on</b> …

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The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation

We can almost guarantee that if you haven't been to Costa Rica yet, one of your travel-crazy friends has. And they've told you all about it, right? The beaches and the rain forests. The food. The eco-resorts. And, of course, the zip-lining. Yes, it really is as great as your friends say it is.<p><i>Photo</i> …

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12 Of The Most Remarkable Caves On Planet Earth

Virgin cave systems comprise some of the last unexplored regions on our planet. Late last year, for the first time ever, a group of cavers photographed a cave in China that's so vast it even has its own weather system.<p>But for those who deem caving — or spelunking — a little too adventurous, …

The Seychelles for independent travellers

With stunning beaches and brilliant blue seas, it’s hardly surprising the Seychelles rank among the world’s most idyllic island getaways.<p>Marooned in the middle of the Indian Ocean, this archipelago of 115 islands is notoriously exclusive (and expensive), and if you simply couldn’t imagine …

Taking the Kids -- to a new eco hotspot, Nicaragua

I'm talking to my daughter.<p>Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter all to myself.<p>That hasn't happened in the months …

10 Cheapest Backpacking Cities In Central And South America

South America and Central America are meccas for backpackers seeking an adventure, without spending a lot of money. But with so much to see, how do you pick a place to start?<p>Price of Travel published their Backpacker Index for 2014 on Tuesday, outlining the cheapest cities for travelers on a …

5 Stargazing Spots That Will Take Your Breath Away

There's nothing like looking up at a clear night sky and getting lost in the stars.<p>Whether or not you can name the constellations, stargazing is an activity that anyone can enjoy. Certain spots, however, are superior stargazing locations. The sky is darker, the stars are clearer and the experience …

How the New York Times Travel Section Makes its 'Places to Go' List

Even if the <i>New York Times</i>‘ Sunday travel section wasn’t one of the few remaining dedicated travel sections left in U.S. newspapers, what it chooses …

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Top 10 Distance Trails

Travel<p>Top 10 Distance Trails from National Geographic.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>The Wind River Mountains, Wyoming</b> <br>The mountains climb over 13,00 feet (4,000 meters) into the skies southwest of Dubois in Wyoming. Native American tribes hunted here, and their rock …

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26 Trips You'll Love to Brag About

It's okay: We want to hear you brag! Have you taken that one perfect trip, the one that was just so epic you can't stop talking about it? We asked …

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North America’s top amusement parks

Nowhere can you find more daredevil thrills and family-friendly fun for all ages than in the USA and Canada, where world-record-breaking roller coasters and waterslides meet pleasant throwbacks to the earliest days of theme parks. Get your adrenaline pumping and your trunks wet at our 10 favorite …

Art on Mars: rover images are a wonder of our time

In January 2004, two robotic rovers – Opportunity and Spirit – landed safely on Mars and started their slow treks over the surface of the red planet. Now, a new show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington celebrates a decade of their remote exploration. And it is full of …

Macro photographs of bees - in pictures

Sam Droege is head of the US Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory in Maryland, and for the past seven years he and his team have been photographing bees and other insects to create online reference catalogues to help researchers identify the thousands of species across North …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week