Lucy Hunter Johnston

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There is no such thing as a vaginal orgasm, according to new research

The female orgasm: Why are scientists so obsessed with what goes on between our thighs?

Are multiple orgasms a myth? How many erogenous zones are there? Will any of these answers be found in a lab?

#WakeUpCall is the latest trendy hashtag campaign, and they all need to end

Giving to charity is great, but these celebrity driven campaigns are doing more harm than good

Fireworks burst around the Eiffel Tower in Paris as part of France's annual Bastille Day celebrations

Is France really finished?

Stinson Hunter vows to continue his vigilantism

The Paedophile Hunter: Do you agree with the methods of vigilante Stinson Hunter?

Last night's Channel 4 documentary The Paedophile Hunter shone a light into the murky world of internet vigilantism.

William Hague

Is William Hague "our greatest living Yorkshireman"?

In his speech today at the Conservative party conference, David Cameron described William Hague as "our greatest living Yorkshireman".

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada speaks to the media after his release from Mwaqar 2 prison near Amman

Should extremists be silenced?

Theresa May has announced plans for “terrorist Asbos” to be introduced at the next election, a ban on so-called hate preachers and other extremists being interviewed on television or speaking at public meetings.

We have no right to see Jennifer Lawrence's nude photos. We do not own her body

Taking naked photos isn’t illegal. Stealing them and publishing online is.

Should e-cigarettes be banned indoors?

It's been seven smokeless years since nicotine addicts were allowed to light up in restaurants and bars. But recently public places have once again been full of people puffing away, this time inhaling a legal 'water vapour' from electronic cigarettes. But is the is the rise of the e-cig reversing decades of anti-smoking campaigning, or are they a handy tool for people looking to quit the real carcinogenic deal?

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington
The plane being escorted to Manchester Airport. Picture: William Service

Manchester airport bomb scare: There's no trauma like one in mid-air

As I know too well, the fact that the threat turned out to be a hoax will have been meaningless to the passengers who had to suffer through the terrifying experience

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?
Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

It's time to say farewell to Klopp, Clement, Casillas and Xavi this weekend as they move on to pastures new, reports Pete Jenson
Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

'Focus on killing American people'

Released Bin Laden documents reveal obsession with attacking United States
Life hacks: The innovations of volunteers and medical workers are helping Medécins Sans Frontières save people around the world

Medécins Sans Frontières's life hacks

The innovations of volunteers and medical workers around the world are helping the charity save people
Ireland's same-sex marriage vote: As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?

Same-sex marriage

As date looms, the Irish ask - how would God vote?
The underworld is going freelance: Why The Godfather's Mafia model is no longer viable

The Mafia is going freelance

Why the underworld model depicted in The Godfather is no longer viable