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The brain does less processing when looking at rural landscapes

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Video star: Olympic medal winner Tom Daley

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The revelation about the Olympian's sexuality, delivered on YouTube to a fascinated world, says more about the age we live in than Tom Daley's love life

World's oldest prehistoric toilet unearthed in Argentina

Fossilised dung left by megaherbivores 240-million years ago have been found clustered together

Professionals are concerned about the direction taxidermy is heading as it gains popularity

Stuff and nonsense: The fashion for taxidermy is growing apace, but professional artists worry about 'ghoulish' amateurs having a go

Once, stuffing a guinea pig for pleasure was considered mildly eccentric. Now, the craze has become so popular that even leading practitioners say it has got out of hand. Polly Morgan, who made taxidermy fashionable 10 years ago with her zany displays of birds, says she has become "uncomfortable with the direction taxidermy is taking", saying it is "ghoulish and macabre to stuff animals for kicks". She thinks that young people are "glorifying or sexualising" dead animals.

US biologist discovers new species up his nose after research trip to Africa

Nasal surprise led to discovery of new method of spreading disease from chimps to humans

Lostprophets announce split after 'year of heartache'

Welsh band Lostprophets, whose frontman Ian Watkins is standing trial for sex offences, have announced their split.

Tamarin monkeys: you just can’t shut them up. According to a new study published in the journal of Zoo Biology, theses squirrel-like primates don’t just whisper to each other – they also have a range of calls including “whistles, chirps, squeaks, chevron chatters, and trills”.

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First example of whispering observed in non-human primates

Researchers noticed tamarin monkeys communicating with each other at a 'reduced amplitude' in the presence of zoo staff they disliked

Connecticut Supreme Court to decide if horses are a 'naturally vicious species'

The Connecticut Supreme Court will decide whether horses in the state should be classified as a " naturally vicious species", in a court case that dates back to 2006.

A photograph of Rihanna posing with a slow loris has led to two arrests in Phuket, Thailand

Rihanna selfie with endangered slow loris leads to two arrests in Thailand

Two men have been arrested for allegedly peddling the protected animal

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Stephen Hawking speaks out in favour of assisted suicide

71-year-old cosmologist had previously been less supportive of the right to die as 'there is always hope'

Iran plans to launch Persian cat into space as it prepares to send first human astronaut by 2018

Iran is preparing to launch a cat into space, just seven months after claiming to have sent a monkey on a successful 20 minute flight 72 miles into the atmosphere.

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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