News archive from 13 November 2013

Researcher finds a flea living in her FOOT - and LEAVES it there for two months so she can study it

41 View comments Most people would panic and seek immediate medical help if they found an insect living in their body. But not one German Ph.D. student, who was so fascinated by the flea inhabiting her foot that she left it there for two months....

Daily Mail, 00:04 in Health
 
Would $4,000 make poor children cleverer?

Would $4,000 make poor children cleverer?

It's not the $1m question. It's the million Swiss francs question. It has become a depressingly universal truth in education that children from poorer backgrounds tend on average to do less well than their richer counterparts. But what would happen if...

BBC, 00:10 in Business
 

Bank of England to stick with rate pledge despite more upbeat forecasts

The central bank will release fresh forecasts at 1030 GMT, when it looks set to revise up its growth outlook and predict lower unemployment and inflation than three months ago, reflecting data that show Britain's recovery is strengthening. But one...

Reuters, 00:15 in Business
 

EU banks outside euro zone likely to overcome stress test divide

Many supervisors in this diverse group of 11 countries told Reuters they will align their reviews closely with the ECB's assessment of major banks within the currency bloc, a tactic that analysts say should dispel any suspicions that their national...

Reuters, 00:15 in Business
 

Fukushima: now for the tough part

Carefully plucking more than 1,500 brittle and potentially damaged fuel assemblies from the plant's unstable Reactor No. 4 is expected to take about a year, and will be seen as a test of Tokyo Electric Power Co's ability to move ahead with...

 
Starbucks to pay $2bn in row over packaged coffee

Starbucks to pay $2bn in row over packaged coffee

An independent US arbitrator has told Starbucks to pay $2.23bn (£1.4bn) in damages and other costs to Kraft Foods in a dispute over packaged coffee. Kraft began selling bags of Starbucks branded coffee in 1998 under a deal that was due to run until...

BBC, 00:19 in Business
 

CORRECTED-GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares, bonds slip, Fed officials back easy policy

* Fed presidents Lockhart, Kocherlakota urge accommodative policy * U.S. Treasuries weaken; Brent, U.S. crude fall * Dollar climbs to one-month peak vs yen, nears 100 yen By Ellen Freilich NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Global equity markets and...

 

Well, figures ARE her strong point! Carol Vorderman wows in form-fitting leather skirt at GQ anniversary...

She's long been popular with GQ readers, even being voted their sexiest pin-up over Britney Spears. So no wonder Carol Vorderman felt the need to sex up her usual red carpet style as she attended the men's magazine's 25th anniversary bash. Arriving on...

 

After the agony, I'm fit to dance insists Natalie: Strictly star beats her back trouble with an epidural,...

Fighting for the Strictly Come Dancing trophy always involves a certain amount of blood, sweat and tears. This year, though, one contestant has suffered more than most - resorting to an epidural, steroids and nerve blocking injections to stay on the...

 
Where is the next generation of coders?

Where is the next generation of coders?

These days coders are as in demand as supermodels were in the 1980s. From banks to hospitals to local government, everyone wants a techie on their team. But just as more and more jobs rely on computing and coding, so conversely fewer people have the...

 
Energy bill hikes to last 17 more years - watchdog

Energy bill hikes to last 17 more years - watchdog

Consumers face 17 more years of above-inflation increases in energy and water bills as they help pay for the renewal of the UK's infrastructure, Whitehall's spending watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office added that "gaps" in the...

BBC, 00:32 in Business
 

U.S. stock exchanges offer plans to prevent trading glitches

Exchanges, including New York Stock Exchange operator NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX, said they agreed on the timing and nature of certain regulatory proposals, including rules designed to protect the securities information processor (SIP) at the center...

 

Belgacom, Mobistar, BASE buy Belgian 4G mobile licences

Belgacom, which launched a 4G service in November 2012, said the new license would allow it to accelerate the roll-out across the country. It aims to reach half of Belgium's 11 million population by the end of the year. BASE launched its 4G service...

 
'Killer Robot' Weapons: Fresh Calls For Ban

'Killer Robot' Weapons: Fresh Calls For Ban

A ban on "killer robot" weapons that are able to think for themselves could move a step closer this week. Nations will vote on whether to consider the move at the annual meeting of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva on...

 

How being sociable can boost your brain: Parts of the organ are bigger and better connected in people with...

If you have lots of friends, this could go to your head. A study has shown that bits of the brain are bigger and better connected in people who have lots of friends. And the more sociable they are, the bigger the brain boost. Parts of the brain are...

Daily Mail, 01:05 in Health
 


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