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Monday, February 25, 2008

Things in February [3]

Even more news nuggets from February's news headlines:

FebruaryA digest of news headlines in February*
  1. Cyprus has voted in its first Communist president.
  2. Naturism is known as Free Body Culture or Freikörperkultur in Germany and was particularly popular in the days of the old East Germany.
  3. A couple in the Scottish Borders are celebrating the diamond anniversary of a marriage which bridged the divisions of World War II, when a Scottish girl fell in love with a German prisoner of war.
  4. Britain's longest living married couple, celebrating their 80th Valentine's Day, say a kiss every night is the secret of keeping love alive.
  5. A study has found the body chemistry which makes people sexually attractive to new partners lasts, at most, two years.
  6. Wearing higher heels - although perhaps not stilettos - may boost your sex life.
  7. According to scientific research sex can lower the risk of heart attacks, stimulate immune system cells that targets illnesses like cancer, as well as wrinkles, and helps people live longer.
  8. The mysterious G spot - supposedly a route to female sexual satisfaction - can be located with ultrasound, claim Italian scientists.
  9. A poster claiming that gay people want to "abolish the family" has been criticised by an advertising watchdog.
  10. Scientists are no further forward in developing a vaccine against HIV after more than 20 years of research, while scientists in Germany say that tattoos could be the ideal way of delivering vaccines into the body.
  11. An Icelandic scientific study found third and fourth cousin couples had more children than those more distantly related.
  12. Each day the National Blood Service (NBS) collects about 7,000 donations to maintain supplies to hospitals in England and Wales.
  13. Doctors are increasingly prescribing exercise for people with depression.
  14. Varying forms of the flu virus have killed millions of people.
  15. Learning to control your anger may speed up the healing process after surgery, while listening to music in the early stages after a stroke can improve a patient's recovery.
  16. Whether it's over health fears or not, an estimated 14% of the UK adult population goes without a mobile phone, in contrast to the growing number of people that are becoming addicted to their mobile phones.
  17. Clothes may one day generate electrical energy from movement to power portable electronic gadgets while gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone.
  18. Normal mice cannot catch colds.
  19. Rat is a common foodstuff in the far north of Thailand, but you can't find any in Scotland's St. Kilda.
  20. Badgers make their beds before they leave the house.

* (Pictures from left to right) 1. A Palestinian boy looks through a hole in the gate of his house in Gaza City, as clashes continue in the Gaza Strip between militants and the Israeli military; 2. Singer Madonna invites herself to the Berlin film event; 3. Roses displayed at a flower auction market in Naaldwijk, Holland, in the run up to Valentine's Day. Almost four million roses are traded in the market every day; 4. A rare frog that uses semaphore to communicate; 5. Sony's Blu-ray has triumphed over Toshiba's HD DVD in the race for next generation storage media; 6. The London Fashion Show begins.

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