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She did pilates, kept up an exercise regime while she had strength and listened to the BBC World Service when she was allowed a radio. The remarkable story of Judith Tebbutt and the six months she was held hostage by Somali pirates. http://bbc.in/1aMCOcR

A South African chef weighing 130kg (20 stone) faces expulsion from New Zealand for being too fat. http://bbc.in/1aOH6AE An immigration official said Albert Buitenhuis' obesity put him at risk of diabetes, heart disease and other complications, and that it was important to minimise the demands on health services.

Eve players stage giant online space battle

<b>One of the largest video game space battles ever seen has taken place in the Eve Online game.</b><p>For five hours on 28 July about 4,000 players took part in the epic battle between two of the game's biggest alliances.<p>The two sides were fighting for control of resources within several of the game's solar …

Scientist to eat lab-grown beefburger http://t.gu.com/nzZ7g Dr Mark Post will cook and eat €250,000 burger painstakingly constructed from protein grown from stem cells Photograph: Judith Jockel

Psychiatrists: the drug pushers

A psychiatrist who once "treated" me used to recite this rueful little mantra: "They say failed doctors become psychiatrists, and that failed psychiatrists specialise in drugs." By drugs this psychiatrist meant drugs of addiction – and his "treatment" of me consisted of prescribing Temgesic, a …

There’s nothing social about social media

The little boys with their dirty talk have brought on a fully fledged crisis of confidence<p>Our lives have been transformed by technology (again). Public debate is now dominated by social media, right? So everybody who owns a mobile phone has as much of a chance to influence the national discourse as …

World’s Stinkiest Fruit Is Fermented Into Wine

There is a popular expression to describe the durian’s creamy yellow flesh: it tastes like heaven but smells like hell. Known as the king of fruits, …

Apple Juggernaut Powers On, Despite Doubters

It’s been nearly two years since Steve Jobs died.<p>Since then, Apple has been challenged by Congress over controversial labor practices at its …

Google Unveils a New, Nicer, Pricier Nexus 7 Tablet

It wasn’t all <i>that</i> long ago that Google announced its Nexus 7, a $199 7″ tablet built by Asus — it’s only around 13 months old. But so much has …

Google Takes Another Stab at TV with the $35 Chromecast Device

This might just be crazy enough to work. Take the idea of Apple’s AirPlay feature, make it work with more than just Apple devices, and charge $35 for …

Joan Snyder, Symphony V, 1982