Video provides a brief history of bikini styles

From woollen bloomers to barely-there Brazilian briefs, women's swimwear has come a long way over the last century, as demonstrated by an online video that is going viral. "The Evolution of the...

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Blood clot risks in newer birth control pills

The broadest study of its kind yesterday backed estimates that newer kinds of contraceptive pills carry a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. But it also confirmed past advice that the risk...

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Zimbabweans get 100 million condoms in HIV battle

More than 100 million condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe last year, a huge increase on previous years, indicating that more people were practising safe sex in the battle against HIV,...

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Trying to conceive? First fraction of ejaculate most effective, says study

That very first-emerging part of the ejaculate squirt contains sperm that are more numerous, mobile and featuring some of the highest quality DNA in relation to the entire load, according to a...

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Study shows e-cigarettes good as short-term quitting aid

A new study into how e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking long-term suggests that the biggest effects are felt over the first month. The paper, presented at the 2015 American Thoracic...

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It’s a China office block, Jim, but not as we know it!

A Chinese millionaire and self-confessed Star Trek fan has boldly gone where no man has gone before with the design of his company headquarters, erected in the shape of the USS Enterprise. The...

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Asia’s migrant domestic workers rally to fight low pay, abuse

Suay Ing was nine when she was first employed as a domestic worker, cleaning for a family and sleeping in their laundry room in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai for US$10 (RM36) a...

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Some blind individuals see using echoes, says study

As scientists discover ways to transfer sensory elements such as sight and sound across bone, converting one to the other in the central nervous system, a new study says this could occur...

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Pedaling backward is better exercise

Spinning class is one situation in which forward progress could be all about moving backwards, according to a recent study published by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). It might sound a...

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British designer growing trees into furniture

Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100...

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Masking your true colours could be a moral issue, says study

The drive to be true to ourselves, a concept that encompasses individual values and emotional tendencies, could be so ingrained in Western culture that disguising them makes us feel immoral,...

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Sunshine won’t suffice as only vitamin D source during pregnancy

Even in one of the world's favourite places to catch some rays – the Mediterranean – low levels of vitamin D are common during pregnancy, according to a new study. Presented Monday at the...

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Working to death in Japan: health warning over ‘no overtime’ law

Japan's push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country's notoriously long working hours – karoshi, or death from...

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Qatar’s pearl divers seek tradition and riches

From a distance it could be a scene from Qatar's ancient past, long before the country's modern-day wealth was secured by the discovery of gas and oil. Several kilometres off the coast of...

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Breastfeeding may protect baby from pollution

A new study from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, finds that breastfeeding may lessen the negative impact of some environmental pollutants common to high-traffic areas. Researcher...

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Longer, stronger…study reveals more reasons to take your vitamin E

Long established as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is important for the membrane that envelops your muscle cells, promoting proper healing from the natural tears that take place when you work...

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Walking tall, falling short: high-heel injuries on the rise

High-heeled-shoe-related injuries doubled between 2002 and 2012, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US. We're not just talking about blisters. In...

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How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from Isis

Bullets whistled overhead, a black Islamic State flag flapping in the distance, but all Friar Najeeb Michaeel could think of as he fled the jihadists was how to save hundreds of ancient Iraqi...

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New music system could make you an exercise lover

Personalised music playlists with tempo-pace synchronisation turned a group of cardiac rehab patients into devoted fitness enthusiasts, increasing adherence by 70%, according to a new...

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Cold weather more lethal than hot spells, says study

Colder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday. Researchers looked into 74 million deaths between 1985 and 2012 in 13...

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