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Why Switzerland Has Some Of The Happiest, Healthiest Citizens In The World

Switzerland is home to one of the world's most thriving economies and also one of the happiest populations on the globe. So what's the Swiss secret sauce? The tiny, landlocked central European country is known for investing in its people. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum's 2013 Human …

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'Head orgasms', meditation and near-death experiences

When I was nine I was frogmarched to the opticians for my first sight test. It was after copying down the fact that "Marco Pob was a famous explorer" from the board at school.<p>The optometrist explained what the test entailed and asked me questions about how much I watched TV and used computers, all …

Neuroscientist uses MRI scans to show that dogs have emotions similar to humans

Man’s best friend may have more in common with his or her human owners than previously thought.<p>For the past two years, neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University has been conducting a series of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on canines – including his pet terrier Callie – and he says …

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Pakistani Muslims Form Human Chain To Protect Christians During Mass (PHOTOS)

Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack …

OECD: 'No bailout' for climate threat

<b>Governments forced to rescue the world's banking system are being warned there will be no bailout if there is a crisis in the Earth's climate system.</b><p>That is the view of the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).<p>Angel Gurria is expected to rebuke nations failing …

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Tibet: Chinese police 'fired into protesters'

<b>At least 60 Tibetans were injured after Chinese police fired into a crowd of protesters, rights group Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia report.</b><p>The shooting occurred on Sunday in Biru county, as villagers demanded police free a man who led separate protests in September, the reports said.<p>There …

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Borders system failure lets criminals back into Britain

Dangerous criminals who have been deported from Britain are able to fly back to this country unchecked because of failings in a £500million computer project, the chief inspector of borders has said.<p>The e-borders system is supposed to stop people who have already been deported from being able to …

Proposed Treatment To Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues

The federal government is considering whether to allow scientists to take a controversial step: make changes in some of the genetic material in a woman's egg that would be passed down through generations.<p>Mark Sauer of the Columbia University Medical Center, a member of one of two teams of U.S. …

Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It's On The Job

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a health alert warning that an estimated 278 illnesses caused by <i>Salmonella Heidelberg</i> are associated with raw chicken produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says illnesses have been …

The rise of the reader: journalism in the age of the open web

Katharine Viner, deputy editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian Australia, gave the AN Smith lecture in Melbourne on Wednesday night. Here's her speech<p>I'd like to begin with a true story.<p>I was recently conducting a job interview for a Guardian role, and I asked the interviewee, who …

Plane passenger forced to make emergency landing after pilot becomes ill

A plane passenger with no flying experience was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot became ill and unable to operate the controls.<p>The passenger was helped from the ground by two flight instructors, who guided him safely into Humberside Airport.<p>One of the instructors, Roy Murray, …

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Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana water system, CDC confirms

A rare amoeba that caused the August death of a child in south Louisiana has been found in five locations in a north Louisiana water system, state health regulators said Tuesday.<p>The state Department of Health and Hospitals said in a news release that the federal Centers for Disease Control and …

Mozilla’s Firefox OS Gets First Update As It Heads For 2nd Phase Of Market Launches

Mozilla’s HTML5-based open mobile platform Firefox OS, which bagged support from a raft of carriers at the start of this year as a low cost alternative to Android-based smartphones, is gearing up to launch in more markets.<p>New device hardware running FFOS is also incoming, Mozilla said today in a …

Firefighters work to put out Bangladesh clothing factory fire

In the latest clothing industry disaster to hit the country, seven have died in a fire in a factory in Bangladesh.<p>A fire killed seven people at a garment factory in Bangladesh about six months after a factory building collapse that killed 1,100 people exposed the harsh and often unsafe conditions …