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Chicken eyes may hold clues to new state of matter - Futurity

The arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye is the first known biological occurrence of a possible new state of matter called "disordered …

Bioengineering

11 Reasons Why Cat Bites May Be Linked To Depression

Here are the best possible explanations for the strange correlation.<p>In case you hadn't heard, cat bites are linked to depression. As I wrote last week, a study in <i>PLOS ONE</i> looked through the health records of 1.3 million people and found that 41 percent of people who were treated for cat bites were …

Meteorite smashes into moon in largest lunar impact ever recorded

Rock travelling at 61,000 km/h punched a crater 40 metres wide and produced a flash that could be seen from Earth<p>Astronomers have captured the moment a lump of rock slammed into the moon with so much force that the bright flash could be seen from Earth with the naked eye.<p>The 400kg (63st) meteorite, …

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery

Researchers have found the "final" predicted way of making top quarks, the largest subatomic particle.<p>Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are …

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Ed Miliband rejects claims of Labour trio's links to paedophile campaign

Labour leader reacts to Daily Mail allegations against Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt<p>Ed Miliband has strongly rejected claims that three senior Labour figures – Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt – were linked to a paedophile rights campaign in the 1970s, with one …

Ed Miliband defends Harriet Harman over alleged links to paedophile organisation

The Labour leader praised Harriet Harman's "huge decency and integrity' and joined her in her rejection of the allegations<p>Ed Miliband has defended his deputy Harriet Harman amid questions about her alleged links to paedophile rights campaigns in the 1970s.<p>The Labour leader praised Mrs Harman's …

Labour Party

Harriet Harman rejects allegations of 1970s link to paedophile campaign

Labour deputy leader issues point-by-point rebuttal of Daily Mail's claims that she says are an attempt to smear her<p>Harriet Harman has attacked the Daily Mail for launching a "politically motivated smear campaign" against her and her husband, Jack Dromey, over its claims they were linked to a …

Ending female genital mutilation: my hopes for my meeting with Gove

We need real progress from the education secretary – I hope he will want to be remembered for helping stop the cycle of abuse<p>• Click here to sign the FGM petition to Michael Gove<p>If you had told me a year ago that today I'd be meeting Michael Gove I'd have said: "Yeah, right." Come to that, if you'd …

Sweet chicory and golden sultana cake recipe

A fruitcake with an unusual ingredient: chicory. When cooked very slowly in butter, chicory – and radicchio – will become toffee-sweet.<p>Occasionally you will see it used in panettone in northern Italy. This is a heavier, wetter cake, though, and much more delicious, I think.M<p><b>Makes</b> 12</b> …

Dessert

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The Secret Origins of the Bloody Mary

From Prohibition, Paris, and something called a "Bucket of Blood," to Hemingway, and your hangover<p><b>When you think</b> of the few "classic" cocktails that bartenders even know how to make anymore, none has a more storied past than the Bloody Mary, this year celebrating its 80th birthday. In fact, if it …

Alcohol

The Trick to Making Perfect Poached Eggs

Using a sieve will help you get smooth, compact poached eggs.<p>Ever crack an egg into simmering water only to watch the white spread out and form wispy tentacles? It happened to me until I came across this game-changing fix: Break the egg into a sieve set over a bowl. The watery outer edge of the …

Breakfast

Milan fashion week AW14: the 10 key trends – in pictures

Statement knee-high boots, the brightest shaggy shearling, art deco influences, abstract prints, the return of the parka … Observer fashion editor Jo Jones brings you the top trends from the autumn/winter 2014 Milan shows

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