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Luxury hotel openings around the world, August 2013 - Telegraph

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Soccer

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery on UEFA shortlist for top award

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery have been shortlisted for UEFA's award of Best Player in Europe.<p>Lionel Messi - can he regain UEFA …

Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects, say researchers

Marriage between first cousins doubles the risk of children being born with birth defects, according to a study seeking answers to the higher than …

Psychologists Determine Visual Working Memory Abilities of Three and Four Year Olds

Psychologists led by the University of Iowa used optical neuroimaging to quantify how much 3- and 4-year-old children are grasping when they observe …

Why must childbirth be such hard labour?

Anyone who has given birth to a baby, or watched someone else doing it, knows that it's a tight squeeze. The birth canal, framed by the bones of the …

Can Putting Your Phone In The Fridge Keep It Safe From Eavesdroppers?

Fact-checking Edward Snowden's anti-spy technique<p>Being legal counsel for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden probably comes with its fair share of paranoia. To combat eavesdropping techniques that can activate a cell phone's microphone and transmit data even when the device is ostensibly off, even his …

Why grammar really is child’s play

Babies "babble" grammatically, according to new research. It just shows that young children can be excellent grammarians, says Sara Wernham.<p>For the uninitiated, the word ‘grammarian’ conjures up a picture of an elitist scholar or geeky pedant who is overly involved with the minutiae of language. …

Language

Dad Sequences Daughter's Genome To Pinpoint Her Rare Syndrome

The extreme possibilities of personalized medicine<p>Dads all have their talents. Mine was a whiz at fixing mechanical toys, such as my orange, flower-printed, wind-up owl. Bea Reinhoff's dad trained as a geneticist in the 1980s, although he ultimately chose to leave medicine in order to fund biotech …

Lemur personalities vary from shy to 'mean as sin' - Futurity

DUKE (US) — Scientists have found distinct personalities in grey mouse lemurs, the saucer-eyed primates …

Lemurs

Celebrity Babies and Kids – Moms & Babies – People.com

Celebrity Baby Blog<p>01/01/2017 at 12:00 AM ET<p><b>Hello CBB readers – we’ve officially transitioned our vertical over to the main PEOPLE website. Same content, new address, now at PEOPLE.com/babies. See you there!</b><p>Filed Under:<p>10/13/2016 at 05:00 PM ET<p><b>Sarah Jessica Parker</b> is opening up about the lessons …

Celebrity Babies

Shakira shares beautiful family photo in honour of Father's Day

<p>A first Father's Day is a special event for any new dad, and <b>Shakira</b> decided to mark the occasion for her boyfriend <b>Gerard Piqué</b> with a touching …

Music

OK! Magazine

Kim Kardashian says being a mum is "so crazy"

<p><b>Kim Kardashian</b> is still revelling in the moment of becoming a new mother. When host Ryan Seacrest congratulated her on the safe delivery, saying …

Reality TV

Jennifer Lopez interview: 'I feel like I could do anything'

Jennifer Lopez is emerging from her third broken marriage – and doing some serious heart-searching. She tells Celia Walden why she is feeling happier and stronger than ever.<p>'I think it’s a little bit much,’ <b>Jennifer Lopez</b> says with a frown.<p>Her sulphurous live performance on <i>Britain’s Got Talent</i> two …

Sony PlayStation 4 Plus Changes Detailed, No Subscription Required For Auto Updates

Sony has released details of a new PlayStation 4 Plus changes which will be implemented with the release of the new next-generation Sony PlayStation …

PlayStation

Rose Prince's Baking Club: cinnamon breakfast buns

Our weekly column gives you the confidence you need, to knead with confidence. Today: cinnamon breakfast buns.<p>If forced to name a favourite spice in my cupboard, I would have to say cinnamon. The earthy flavours of allspice come close, as does coriander seed, which has a unique ability to mellow …

Baking

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

The human voice appears to trigger pleasure circuits in the brains of typical kids, but not children with autism, a Stanford University team reports. The finding could explain why many children with autism seem indifferent to spoken words.<p>The Stanford team used functional MRI to compare the brains …

APOD: A Supercell Thunderstorm Over Texas (2013 Jun 18) Video Credit & Copyright: Mike Olbinski; Music: Impact Lento (Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/fap/ap130618.html http://vimeo.com/67995158 Explanation: Is that a cloud or an alien spaceship? It's an unusual and sometimes dangerous type of thunderstorm cloud called a supercell. Supercells may spawn damaging tornados, hail, downbursts of air, or drenching rain. Or they may just look impressive. A supercell harbors a mesocyclone -- a rising column of air surrounded by drafts of falling air. Supercells could occur over many places on Earth but are particularly common in Tornado Alley of the USA. Pictured above are four time lapse sequences of a supercell rotating above and moving across Booker, Texas. Captured in the video are new clouds forming near the storm center, dust swirling on the ground, lightning flashing in the upper clouds, all while the impressively sculptured complex rotates ominously. Finally, after a few hours, as shown in the final sequence, dense rain falls as the storm begins to die out. http://gallery.mikeolbinski.com/ http://incompetech.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130618 #APOD

Got something to say to an alien? Lone Signal can beam your message

Their new website launched today, so you can be among the first to compose a message to a distant civilization.<p>A group of scientists and …

Astronomy

How Men's Choice Of Mates May Have Led To Menopause

A dapper older gentleman spurns his mate of a certain age to take a fresh-faced young lover. You've seen that movie before, right?<p>Well, this choice of youth may turn out to be more than a Hollywood trope. Researchers say decisions like that one may have been the evolutionary source of …

Common Sweetener Could Help Treat Parkinson's Disease

Mannitol, a plant-produced sweetener used in gum and candies, has proven effective at blocking production of a Parkinson's-related protein.<p>A sweetener produced by most plants could hold the key to treating Parkinson's disease, a recent paper in the <i>Journal of Biological Chemistry</i> asserts.<p>Mannitol, a …

Gene makes heart stronger without exercise - Futurity

CASE WESTERN RESERVE (US) — A single gene that suppresses breast cancer also makes hearts …

Breast Cancer