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Why sloths descend from the safety of the trees once a week to go to the toilet has baffled scientists - but one specialist thinks he has the answer

Asbestos risk to children in 13,000 schools, MPs warn

The lives of pupils and teachers are being put at risk because the Government is "burying its head in the sand" over the dangers of asbestos in as many as 13,000 schools, MPs and medical experts have warned.

Window display closed at Selfridges in asbestos scare

Selfridges has been forced to close the world-famous window display in its flagship London department store for a month after the discovery of asbestos, The Independent has learnt.

Did life begin with a meteorite?

Scientists discover genetic ingredient for creation of man on rock from space

Well seasoned: How salt can actually be good for you

Health campaigners reckon that it's a recipe for high blood pressure – but some mineral-rich varieties can actually benefit our health.

The Ten Best: Night creams

Family Outing: Geevor tin mine, Cornwall

Tour the undersea tunnels of Penwith and pan for 'gold'

Asbestos: How a widow made `experts' see danger

CREDIT for the asbestos ban belongs not to the doctors, who were mostly slow to accept the damage the mineral could do, nor to the trades unions who often seemed strangely indifferent, writes Geoffrey Lean. Above anyone else, the credit belongs to a latter-day Miss Marple.

Open Eye: Geology's Europrix

THE OU'S Geology Course has established itself among Europe's best new multimedia products, by winning the Knowledge and Discovery category in the prestigious Europrix multimedia art awards.

Before the week is out...Drink this

WHAT WITH a new juice bar opening every week and smoothies being sold on every supermarket shelf, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a way to get your vitamins at home without needing half-a- hundredweight of juicing equipment and an allotment full of vegetables. Enter Sweet Wheat, a freeze-dried wheatgrass juice from America (where else?). Add it to your smoothies, sprinkle it on salads or add water and drink it neat. It's small enough to pop in your bag and an easy way to get your daily fix of this ever-so-trendy supplement - packed with vitamins and minerals and said to boost your immune system. Good for you it may be, but can you stand the taste?

Open Eye: Launch of new course for rock students

Anna Grayson, the geologist who presents BBC2's The Essential Guide to Rocks, said the textbook that inspired her career was an OU publication called Understanding the Earth.

Vichy: A splash in the waters of life

Indigestion? Problems with your gall bladder? General aches and pains? Liz Jensen seeks an antidote in Vichy's spas
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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
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How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

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Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

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No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

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Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy