Sport NASCAR team owner Gene Haas could launch a bid for a place on the F1 grid

Haas is one half of the successful Stewart-Haas Racing team currently plying their trade in the American motorsport

The Christmas issue of the BMJ reports that, of the women who took part in the study, 45 (0.5%) reported at least one virgin pregnancy,

America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'

The findings were based on a study of 7,870 women and girls aged 15 to 28

Sporting Heroes: Jimmy Valvano, the Cinderella coach

Jimmy Valvano is a name not widely known this side of the Atlantic. In America, he is revered as an extraordinary inspiration.

Is there an afterlife? The science of biocentrism can prove there is, claims Professor Robert Lanza

It’s a question pondered by philosophers, scientists and the devout since the dawn of time: is there an afterlife?

Nairobi Westgate attack: American family speak of heroic rescue by Kenyan man

The family rescued by the brother of an anti-terror agent have spoken of their ordeal, after coming under siege by terrorists in a Kenyan shopping mall.

Bomb threat: Nuclear fallout at Hiroshima

Revealed: Nuclear bomb 260 times more powerful than device that devastated Hiroshima nearly exploded over North Carolina

Incident over North Carolina was just days after President John F Kennedy's inauguration in 1961

A Brazilian man recovering from a stroke has turned into a philanthropist after damage to parts of his brain changed his personality in a way previously unheard of by doctors

Businessman suffers stroke, then can’t stop giving his money away

A Brazilian man recovering from a stroke has turned into a philanthropist after damage to parts of his brain changed his personality in a way previously unheard of by doctors.

Global treaties aimed at preserving threatened wildlife have failed to identify the regions of the world with the highest proportion of endemic species that are not found anywhere else

Protected nature areas are 'focusing on places without as many endangered species'

Scientists warn the wrong kind of land is currently being protected as national parks and other types of national wildlife zones

New York mayor announces the city's largest ever gun bust by NYPD

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Monday that an operation by the New York Police Department has seized the largest number of illegal guns in the city's history.

Ms Clinton said anyone who believed that racial discrimination was no longer a problem in US elections 'must not be paying attention'

Hillary Clinton attacks US Supreme Court ruling on voters’ rights

Speech is first high-profile engagement since leaving State Department

Scots abroad: The Grandfather Mountain Parade in North Carolina

Hamish McRae: Head to the US for a true Highland gathering

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DVD & Blu-ray review: Safe Haven, retail and rental (Momentum)

Another Nicholas Sparks romance to swell the morass of tranquillising mush (Message In A Bottle, The Notebook etc) he turns out by the yard. 

Paperback review: Strands, By Jean Sprackland

The poetry of marine flotsam makes a perfect beach read

'I am not afraid,’ says high-school dropout Edward Snowden, as he reveals his identity from a Hong Kong hotel room

Edward Snowden profile: The secretive life of America’s most wanted man

What made the whistleblower give up his Hawaiian idyll?

'People have tried to copy my sound, but they couldn't do it': Lytle in 2001

Marshall Lytle: Bassist at the forefront of the rock'n'roll explosion with Bill Haley and His Comets

Marshall Lytle, the upright bass player for Bill Haley and His Comets, was the most enthusiastic musician that anyone could possibly meet. He lived for his music and, up until he retired through ill health in 2009, he was recreating his "slap bass" sound and indulging in comic showmanship. He gave the impression that he had made his last hit record yesterday; in his mind, it was always 1955.

Born survivors: How cockroaches lost their sweet tooth in battle to evade sugary traps

German cockroaches evolved to avoid glucose-based baits in household bug killers

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