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How do you escape a life of crime if you're the the child of a mafia boss? http://bbc.in/19gpeBu Picture courtesy of Getty Images.

Using Facebook can reduce young adults' sense of well-being and satisfaction with life, a study suggests: http://bbc.in/1bzZZb1 Results from a study of Facebook users by the University of Michigan found that the more often they used the site, the worse they felt afterwards. Is it time to stop liking Facebook?

Police in London get into the Notting Hill Carnival beat - watch the dance: http://bbc.in/179HKKe #NottingHillCarnival

"Not only did this mother-daughter duo break the law, they broke hearts worldwide." http://bbc.in/187Vdi2 A mother and daughter team in the US state of Colorado who used an internet dating scam to steal $1.1m (£700,000) have been jailed for a total of 27 years. Karen Vasseur and daughter Tracy tricked victims into thinking they were talking to US service personnel looking for love. The prolific scammers duped 374 victims in the US and 40 other countries.

Could the size of testicles be linked to the role of fathers? Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, are investigating an evolutionary theory about trade-offs between investing effort in mating or putting that energy into raising children. http://bbc.in/17Tibd5 The idea is that larger testicles would suggest greater commitment to creating more children over raising them.

Experience: I found a message in a bottle from my dead daughter 'It felt like discovering buried treasure. It was a beautiful message for a mother to get' http://t.gu.com/oQhVK

Pervert who filmed sex romps with horse called Ambrose given lifetime animal ban

<b>A pervert who filmed himself having sex with a horse called Ambrose has been banned from keeping animals for life.</b><p>Graham Redfearn, 41, also romped …

Man screaming on slingshot fairground ride becomes internet hit

A man who took a ride on a fairground attraction is probably regretting allowing himself to be filmed after he had a mini breakdown on board.<p>At first …

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Why We Need Solitude

When I read <i>Walden</i> in 9th grade, I was convinced that Henry David Thoreau was a bit off. Spending over two years living in solitude on the shores of a pond seemed a recipe for madness. Now, I have begun to appreciate Thoreau’s search for isolation and communion with nature. I have become a seeker of …

Why Does Friday the 13th Scare Us So Much?

The superstition is rooted in Western culture, biblical events, experts say.<p><b>It's Friday the 13th, and millions of people are on edge, fearing a calamity with personal or global repercussions-a broken leg, a stock market crash, or the trigger pulled for World War III.</b><p>Why all the anxiety? In short, …

Superstitious Numbers Around the World

Numbers carry different meanings depending on what country you are in.<p><b>Today is Friday the 13th—a day thought to be unlucky because of the idea that number 12 is "complete" (think apostles, months of the year, zodiac signs) and 13 is just ... odd. That's the explanation given by Joe Nickell, a</b> …

Do Animals Get Dementia? How to Help Your Aging Pet

<b>A couple of months ago we told you how the age of certain wild animals is determined. Since then, some of you wondered about age-related changes in those animals.</b><p>Now that it’s September, aka World Alzheimer’s Month—Alzheimer’s disease accounts for up to 80 percent of all dementia cases, in which …

UN Study Looks at High Rate of Rape

An author of the study explains why rape is so prevalent.<p><b>One in four men surveyed for a United Nations study in Asia and the Pacific admitted raping at least one woman.</b><p>The UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific surveyed over 10,000 men at nine sites in six countries: …

This column will change your life: stop rating your whole self http://t.gu.com/oQiS8 'Trying to think of yourself as a good person dramatically raises the stakes of everything you do and magnifies mistakes' Illustration: Robin Hursthouse for the Guardian