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NHS patients are being let down by a "fundamentally broken" drug industry that ignores the most urgent health problems to prioritise profits to shareholders, academics have said. Pharmaceutical companies are reaping billions of dollars from drugs discovered thanks to government funding, according... [Read More]
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A consumers' group has warned that three top-selling toddler stair gates have serious safety failings.Which? found that three of the ten that it tested were potentially unsafe and demanded that one of these be recalled immediately. The devices are meant to stop young children from climbing up and d... [Read More]
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Social media accounts sponsored by the Kremlin have whipped up fears about western food and water supplies, analysis shows. Scores of tweets sent from accounts controlled by Russia have portrayed genetically modified (GM) foods as dangerous, and attacked companies that deal in the technology. Mos... [Read More]
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After a terrorist attack took place on London's Westminster Bridge last March an incendiary image swept across social media. It showed a young woman in a hijab walking past the injured, eyes fixed on her mobile phone. The tweet that accompanied the picture had an Islamophobic spin: "Muslim woman p... [Read More]
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At first glance "OrganicErica" appears to have an enviable lifestyle. Her Twitter page says that she lives in San Jose, California. Her profile depicts a young woman with a beaming smile and images of her surfing an azure-blue wave. But one piece of the jigsaw does not fit: over a 60-day period moni... [Read More]
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The Kremlin is targeting British teenagers as part of a covert campaign to sow discord among young westerners, The Times can reveal. Russian-run accounts have posed as Harry Potter fans and used images of celebrities such as the actress Emma Watson to amass young followers on social networks.Thousan... [Read More]
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One social media post depicts the model Cara Delevingne grinning into the lens and flexing her biceps. Male fashion models do not make as much as their female counterparts, it complains. The real "gender pay gap" favours women, it seems to argue.Another post quotes a speech by the actress Emma Watso... [Read More]
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In the common imagination Neanderthal man was a savage whose survival rested on his ability to wield a spear. Now, however, research suggests that the species had a rather less brutish advantage: an excellent bedside manner. A review of decades of archaeological data has shown how Neanderthals, cou... [Read More]
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Forget the allure of a refreshing G&T at the 19th hole: golf is under orders to transform itself into an athletic, accessible sport fit for the 21st century. A study has recommended that a decline in its popularity can be reversed only by promoting new versions of the 500-year-old game that are qui... [Read More]
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Scientists have identified the oldest known animal fossil thanks to a residue of ancient cholesterol.The classification of the mysterious Dickinsonia had long been one of the trickiest riddles in palaeontology. The oval-shaped organism, which grew to about 1.4m in length, had been described as resem... [Read More]
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Monkeys that were taught to gamble have helped scientists to pinpoint an area of the brain that appears to be key to the willingness to take risks. The team said that the study could support the development of treatments for destructive risk-taking in humans, whose brain structure is similar to... [Read More]
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Scientists have shed new light on the evolutionary origins of our sociability by giving a few grumpy octopuses the rave drug Ecstasy.Octopuses are known for their aggressiveness towards other members of their species. However, when researchers gave several of them the mood-altering drug MDMA, also k... [Read More]
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Scientists have discovered a link between dysfunctional "zombie cells" in the brain and the accumulation of a damaging protein tied to dementia, potentially opening the way for new therapies to treat conditions including Alzheimer's. Senescent cells, which have lost their capacity to divide, are k... [Read More]
A British satellite has used a net to capture a simulated piece of space junk.The test mission, the first of its kind, was carried out nearly 200 miles from Earth by a team from the University of Surrey and could be a step towards removing the most threatening pieces of debris hurtling through space... [Read More]
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They are best known for ruining picnics, but research suggests that wasps have been unjustly neglected by science and deserve a similar place in our affections as the beloved bee.A study suggests that a lack of information on the role wasps play in the ecosystem and economy has contributed to them b... [Read More]
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For those prone to disgracing themselves in front of strangers, there is good news: poor first impressions are quickly forgotten. Humans are predisposed to forgive those who behave cruelly or selfishly and resist categorising them as irredeemably wicked, research suggests. A study found that when... [Read More]
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Pollution from plastics is being embedded in the environment to such an extent that it will be visible in fossil records millions of years from now, a leading geologist has said.Dan Parsons, professor of sedimentology at the University of Hull, said that the fossilised remains of plastic debris wou... [Read More]
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Archaeologists have identified what they say is the earliest known drawing. Found in the Blombos Cave archaeological site in South Africa, it pushes back the first known use of a pencil or crayon-type device by some 30,000 years to about 70,000 years ago. It adds to evidence that early population... [Read More]
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A decision by the European Union to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will greatly increase the continent's greenhouse gas emissions and is likely to harm the world's forests, a study has warned. EU officials revised the bloc's energy policy in June in an effort to double Europe's use of... [Read More]
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Three daily portions of full-fat dairy products may help to maintain a healthy heart, according to a global study that goes against conventional dietary guidelines. People who ate three portions of full-fat milk, butter, cheese or yoghurt were a quarter less likely to succumb to an early death, com... [Read More]
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