50 is the new 20 for South Korean workers, data shows

Workers in their 50s outnumbered those in their 20s last year in South Korea, home to the world's fastest-ageing population, data showed yesterday. People in their fifties accounted for 18.3%...

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E-cigarettes have 10 times carcinogens

E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said today, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than...

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Poor and besieged, Myanmar’s Rakhine join Rohingya exodus

For years, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim boat people have fled this remote corner of western Myanmar for nearby countries. But another huge exodus has grabbed far fewer headlines. Ethnic...

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Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool

Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking. While cats expertly...

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Cold hard facts: underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice

Measuring the thickness of Antarctic sea ice, an important gauge of environmental conditions in this remote polar region in a time of global climate change, has proven to be a tricky task. But an...

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Why your knees hurt after a run

Runners often complain about pain around or behind their knees. It’s such a common problem among runners, that this ailment is named after them – runner’s knee. Fortunately, knee pain isn’t...

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Thanksgiving grease cooks up plumbing disaster

Thanksgiving is a royal pain in the American drain. Thanksgiving means turkey dinners, family gatherings and football. For household drains and aging sewers across the United States, it means a...

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First humans settled on Tibetan Plateau 3,600 years ago

Researchers said today that people likely moved to the Tibetan highlands 3,600 years ago, in an indication of when humans first settled at high altitudes. Humans were able to permanently settle...

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‘Budget’, ‘Plant’, ‘Chinese’: quirky first names abound in DR Congo

Nigeria holds the prize for an eccentric presidential name but move over Goodluck Jonathan, you can also meet Suffering or chat with Chinese in the heart of Africa. The Democratic Republic of...

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Three Ebola miracles in Sierra Leone

Yesterday was a day of three miracles — two of our sickest patients were discharged, and a baby girl survived against all odds. When Hassan was brought in, he was almost dead. He wasn’t moving...

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The art ‚Äčof photography comes alive for Afghan children

A group of 12 refugee children from Afghanistan recently learnt the rules of perspective through a photography workshop conducted by a volunteer, Mohammad Soleimanikhah, known professionally as...

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Job authority spells depression for women, study shows

Women in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said. Researchers looked into 1,500 middle-aged women...

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Find out what Year of the Wood Goat brings

As we approach the end of 2014, it is time to welcome a New Year. The Year of the Wood Goat is likely to be influential and fruitful for individuals who wish to discover more about what the...

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Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds

A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific...

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Malaysians turning to mobile devices when looking for job

Malaysians are increasingly using mobile devices when looking for a new job. A survey of 660 Malaysians by recruiting experts Hays shows that job seekers still do most of their job searching on...

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Top 10 Beautiful historic universities in the UK

Royal Holloway, University Of London Year Established: 1879 Royal Holloway is a constituent member of the University of London. It remains one of the most impressive university structures...

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Kissing couples exchange 80 million bugs, study shows

In just ten seconds, one kiss can transfer up to 80 million bacteria, according to a new study published in the journal Microbiome. Partners who kiss up to nine times per day share the same...

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Japan’s smartphone ‘zombies’ wreak havoc on the streets

When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over...

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Napoleon’s two-pointed hat goes under hammer

One of Napoleon's famous two-pointed hats could fetch up to two million euros when it goes under the hammer at an auction near Paris today, memorabilia-watchers believe. The black beaver felt...

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Bristol-Myers immunotherapy shows promise to replace chemo for melanoma

Chemotherapy as a treatment for advanced melanoma could soon become obsolete, researchers said today, after patients taking an experimental immuno-oncology drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co had a...

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