Some snippets from the news:
- The British Asian community is the most influential among the minority groups in the UK.
- Under Portuguese law close relatives stand automatically to gain the greater part of a person's inheritance, and the person bequeathing gets to dispose freely of only about a quarter of it.
- Food is peripheral to running a restaurant.
- Australian farmers used to cut slices of flesh from lambs' rumps - called "mulesing" - to prevent maggot infestation.
- Chocolate, like art of clay, is an art medium.
- To preserve a tissue sample from the deadly 1918 flu virus, researchers buried a body of a flu victim in Alaskan permafrost.
- Pesticides, chemicals and radioactive material have all been linked to decreased fertility.
- Historical accounts of women's hair removal have been linked to Greece, the Trobriand Islands, Uganda, South America and Turkey.
- Award winning Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is also a keen photographer.
- Women find men more attractive if they see other women admiring them, a study has suggested.
- Kylie Minogue and tennis player Anna Kournikova have both recreated a 70s poster image in photo shoots that has been described as "soft porn".
- A killer cloud hit Britain in 1783 killing over 23,000 people.
- In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, a Shodhyatra is a walk to find knowledge.
- Citrus fruit growers in California use wind machines to protect their crops from frost damage.
- China opens a new coal-fired power station every five days.
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