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FYI: How Do Mosquitoes Survive Rainstorms?

Raindrops are to mosquitoes what falling VW Beetles would be to humans. Yet incredibly--maddeningly--mosquitoes survive rainstorms all the time. How?<p>Imagine you are walking through a park and suddenly thousands of Volkswagen Beetles start falling from the sky. They are falling at a speed that is …

7 Memorable Graduation Speeches by Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders | Inc.com

In 1994, I witnessed perhaps history's most insane commencement addresses, at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.<p>Connie Chung, then the anchor of CBS Evening News, offered a stream-of-consciousness recounting of a dream she'd had the night before--not exactly a Martin Luther King Jr.-style …

Princeton University

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake

I made this cake on a whim. I didn’t feel like making ganache, so in desperation, I reached for the the half-eaten tub of Nutella I’d hidden on the …

2.55pm revealed as most unproductive time of day in offices

Mid-afternoon is the least productive time of day for office workers, a new poll has revealed.<p>Researchers said 2.55pm was when most workers hit their …

GCSEs may be replaced by I-levels, education watchdog suggests

England's secondary schools could be in for sweeping reforms with GCSEs being replaced by "I-levels" and an end to assessments by coursework.<p>A draft …

Captain orders 100 unruly school children off plane

The captain of an American aeroplane grew so infuriated with the behaviour of 100 unruly schoolchildren that he ordered them to leave the plane.<p>The 100 students, all aged 17 or 18, were reportedly refusing to sit down, and continuously playing with their mobile phones.<p>Asked by the air stewards to …

In-school vaccinations could cut flu - Futurity

UC DAVIS / U. ROCHESTER (US) — Offering flu vaccines at elementary schools could expand …

If a medical cure looks too good to be true, it probably is

If you want to know whether science works, look around you. Your mobile phone, your TV, your computer –they would have seemed like miracles only 50 …

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'Superfoods' shown to fight prostate cancer

Superfoods have been shown to fight prostate cancer, in a ground-breaking study.<p>Men who had been treated with surgery or radiotherapy for the disease were given a capsule containing essence of pomegranate, green tea, turmeric and broccoli.<p>At the end of a six-month trial, their PSA levels - a …

Scientists search for way to help burns victims regenerate skin

British scientists are hoping to find ways to help burns victims regenerate new nerves and skin so that they are only left with minimal scarring.<p>It is believed that at one point humans had the ability to regenerate skin but it was lost over time. The liver still has the ability to regenerate itself.<p>…

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Oswald T Avery, the unsung hero of genetic science

In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick changed the face of biology when they discovered the double helix structure of DNA, on the basis of …

Facebook profiles raise users’ self-esteem and affect behavior

A new study shows that viewing your Facebook profile – the ideal version of self- can provide beneficial psychological effects and influence behavior.<p>…

April guide to the bright planets

April finds Venus blazing away in the west at evening twilight, and Jupiter rising at mid-to-late evening. After the Mars and Saturn conjunction on …

Astronomy

Student told he’s ‘too ugly’ to be a Cambridge punter

A student has been refused a summer job punting tourists on a river – because he is apparently too ugly.<p>Ben Cronin applied for work on Cambridge’s …

How growing a beard made me 'a terrorist'

She came on the No 1 bus around the New Kent Road with her toddler already having quite a tantrum. She dragged him on by his right arm, the …

One in five children think fish fingers are made from chicken

Nearly one in five primary school children believe fish fingers are made from chicken, new research has shown.<p>The British Nutrition Foundation – …

HPV and links to cancer - live webchat

2.05pm BST<p>We've reached the end of our allocated time - thanks very much to our experts for taking part, and to everyone who has posted a question, …