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Speedy cyclists are better looking

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:48
Top performers in the Tour de France were considered better looking in an experiment that shows the power of evolution, say scientists.

'Animal Pompeii' wiped out creatures

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:47
Scientists believe fossil beds in northern China are packed with the victims of a volcanic explosion much like that that hit the Roman City of Pompeii.

Pain 'dimmer switch' discovered

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:42
Pain sensitivity is controlled by a genetic "dimmer switch", which can potentially be re-set, a study on twins suggests.

Morgan Stanley pays out $1.25bn

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:28
Investment bank Morgan Stanley agrees to pay $1.25bn to settle a lawsuit over the sale of mortgage-backed securities.

Jackdaws protect nests 'with eyes'

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:26
Jackdaws' bright eyes frighten off their competitors, according to scientists.

In pictures: Soviet posters of the silent screen

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:15
Soviet film posters of the 1920s

Young discouraged from skills route

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:12
Many young people who chose a vocational route over an academic one say they were actively discouraged from following that path, a survey suggests.

Maths teacher boost for colleges

Tue, 2014-02-04 17:10
Graduates who take up a maths teaching post at a further education college in England are to be given a "golden hello" of £7,500.

Pacific castaway 'mulled suicide'

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:58
The castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific has said he considered killing himself but was determined to survive.

New strain of 'deadly' bird flu

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:52
Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.

Silk Road 'mastermind' charged

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:52
The US charges a 29-year-old California man alleged to be the owner of Silk Road, a drug website that brokered $1bn (£613m) in transactions.

NHS fraud rises by 42% in five years

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:39
A BBC Scotland investigation finds that fraud in the NHS has risen by 42% in the past five years.

Microsoft can still learn from Gates

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:39
What Microsoft's co-founder can still teach the firm

Groves wants Froch defeat wiped off

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:31
George Groves calls for his defeat by Carl Froch to be declared "no contest", claiming the referee was wrong to end the fight.

In pictures: David Hockney prints

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:22
David Hockney's 'overlooked' career as printmaker celebrated

Michael Schumacher: Coma challenges

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:16
What lies ahead for Schumacher as doctors seek to end his coma?

New York taxes rich to teach young

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:10
New York tackles the issue of teaching its youngest

Child labour: India’s hidden shame

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:09
The hidden plight of Indian children forced into domestic labour

Should a new boss come from within a company?

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:06
Should a company appoint a boss from within its own ranks?

Kevin Pietersen - always the man apart

Tue, 2014-02-04 16:04
Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce on why Kevin Pietersen's England end is both logical and a sad waste

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