Creativity, a mating boost for the unattractive male

18 Apr

In the ruthless world of the mating game, plain-looking men instinctively know that being funny, smart or poetic helps to compensate for a less-than-stellar exterior. That gut feeling has now gained scientific validation from an unusual study published…

WHO hails major gains against once ‘neglected’ diseases

18 Apr

The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed “unprecedented progress” in the fight against 18 neglected tropical diseases — including dengue fever and sleeping sickness — which kill 170,000 people and disable millions each year.The UN’s health a…

Studies question autism link to antidepressants in pregnancy

18 Apr

Two scientific studies published Tuesday suggested the risk of children developing autism after their mothers used antidepressants while pregnant may be lower than previously believed.One of the studies in the findings in the Journal of the American Me…

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France’s Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram

18 Apr

French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon made a return to hologram campaigning Tuesday, beaming himself and his far-left message to six cities as far away as the overseas territory of Reunion.For his last major rally before Sunday’s nailbiting …

Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

18 Apr

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.The holders will be in …

Yahoo earnings beat expectations on cusp of Verizon merger

18 Apr

Yahoo on Tuesday reported quarterly earnings that topped expectations as the pioneering internet firm remained on track to be bought by Verizon.Yahoo posted profit of $99 million in the first three months of this year on revenue of $1.3 billion, as com…

Vardy in vain as Atletico end Leicester fairytale

18 Apr

Jamie Vardy scored in vain as Leicester City’s Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end following a 1-1 quarter-final draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Leicester fell further behind to Saul …

Facebook pushes to augment reality through smartphones

18 Apr

Facebook on Tuesday launched a mission to make smartphone cameras windows to augmented reality, focusing on what people have in hand instead of waiting for high-tech eyewear.While kicking off the leading social network’s annual developers conference in…

Google Earth re-invented for new era

18 Apr

Google on Tuesday launched a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.”This is our gift to the world,” Google Earth director Rebecca Moore said while giving AFP …

Death toll rises to 113 in Peru floods, mudslides

18 Apr

The death toll from flooding and mudslides plaguing Peru since the start of the year has risen to 113 people, including five killed last weekend, officials said Tuesday.The natural disasters, which scientists blame on a climate phenomenon called “coast…

Santander bond sale hit by UK election announcement

18 Apr

Spain’s largest bank Santander on Tuesday raised only 750 million euros in a bond sale as demand was affected by Britain’s shock call for a snap election.The bank, one of the eurozone’s two biggest, had hoped to raise up to two billion euros ($2.1 bill…

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Joshua to Tyson Fury: shut up and get in the ring

18 Apr

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury exchanged jibes on Twitter on Tuesday with Joshua challenging the former world champion and fellow British heavyweight to cut out the insults and step into the ring.Joshua, the reigning International Boxing Federation titl…

More problems for McLaren as Hamilton tops testing

18 Apr

The turmoil at McLaren deepened Tuesday when development driver Oliver Turvey missed most of testing in Bahrain with an engine leak, as Lewis Hamilton went fastest in his Mercedes.At the weekend Bahrain Grand Prix McLaren’s Fernando Alonso complained h…

Heroic Matuidi sinks Metz as PSG catch Monaco

18 Apr

Blaise Matuidi scored a 93rd-minute winner as Paris Saint-Germain recovered from throwing away a two-goal lead to beat Metz 3-2 on Tuesday and move level with Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.Edinson Cavani netted his 30th league goal of the season and Matuidi q…

Thousands of young Slovaks protest corruption

18 Apr

Several thousand young Slovaks on Tuesday protested in the EU member’s capital, calling for the dismissal of the interior minister and police officials for allegedly not doing enough to fight corruption.Demonstrators at the rally organised by a couple …

Retina Consultants Physicians Named Top Doctors

18 Apr

Five physicians with Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida have been named “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. Retina Consultants Founder Joseph P. Walker, M.D.; Glenn L.

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Ding downs Zhou in all-China clash at worlds

18 Apr

China’s Ding Junhui advanced to the second round of the World Championship with a 10-5 win over teenage compatriot Zhou Yuelong at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in northern England on Tuesday.Ding, beaten in last year’s final as England’s Mark Selby thw…

Zuckerberg vows work to prevent next ‘Facebook killer’

18 Apr

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday vowed to work to keep the world’s leading social network from being used to propagate grisly acts like the murder of an elderly man on Easter Sunday.Zuckerberg’s comment came during the opening of Facebook’s an…

Big space rock to streak past Earth on Wednesday

18 Apr

An asteroid stretching 650 metres (2,000 feet) across is on track to whoosh past Earth on Wednesday at a safe — but uncomfortably close — distance, according to astronomers.”Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet…

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Montpellier owner backs out of Gloucester deal

18 Apr

The owner of French club Montpellier said Tuesday he was withdrawing from plans to invest in Premiership side Gloucester after English officials voted to restrict his stake to 20 percent.Both England’s Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL) and the Ligue Nati…