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Although it might seem a fairly obvious observation, a new study from the University of Iowa has found not only that men, on average, have noses ten per cent larger than womens', they’ve also worked out why this might be.

David Hemery on his way to victory in the 400m hurdles at the 1968 Games in Mexico

David Hemery: 'I didn't know I had won, let alone beaten the world record'

Continuing our series, David Hemery recalls his 400m hurdles win being such a blur he needed the BBC to tell him he was champion

4 February 2012: The start of the siege of Homs: as many as 1,000 civilians are killed within a month in the intense fighting

Mary Dejevsky: Calls to act in Syria must be resisted

After Houla comes Qubair in Syria's Hama province. Upwards of 70 people, including women and children, have been slaughtered. As with Houla, where more than 100 were killed in similarly barbaric ways, President Bashar al-Assad blames "terrorists"; his enemies blame Assad, and inexorably the pressure mounts for outside intervention. The calls come from Syrian opposition leaders, who equate their cause with that of the anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya. And they come from ordinary people and politicians, distressed by the multiplying massacres of the innocent. The urging is loud and it is impassioned. It should be resisted at all costs.

Axl Rose routinely throws his toys out of the pram

Axl Rose 'fuming' after £130,000 worth of gold and diamond necklaces are stolen in Paris

Axl Rose was said to be “fuming” after the temperamental Guns N’Roses singer was robbed of three gold-and-diamond necklaces, worth an estimated £130,000, in Paris.

Insects cut down to size by birds

The evolution of birds may have helped to keep insects from growing into much larger species, scientists have said. Faced with an airborne predatory threat, the creatures stayed small to be more manoeuvrable, it is believed.

Gareth Williams: Mountaineering would have strengthened his hands, the inquest was told

Spy could not have locked himself in bag, inquest told

Experts tried 400 times but could not recreate events without assistance

The region of 30 Doradus is the brightest stellar birthplace in our galactic neighbourhood

Watch this space: the birthplace of a billion stars

This breeding ground for new stars, captured as never before by the Hubble Space Telescope, is in the heart of the Tarantula nebula some 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud – a small satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way.

Researchers are investigating the effects beetroot has on the body by studying how it benefits high-altitude climbers

Purple patch? Beetroot emerges as nature's performance enhancer

If you see an athlete with purple stains on their lips during this summer's Olympics, they may be taking the latest performance enhancer – beetroot.

Hall at the Everest Advance Base Camp in May 2006

Lincoln Hall: Mountaineer who miraculously survived a night left for dead on Everest

Overcome by a severe form of altitude sickness, and showing no vital signs, Lincoln Hall was left for dead near the summit of Mount Everest by his Sherpa guides. The next morning, another climbing party found him sitting cross-legged near a precipitous drop, frostbitten and delirious, but still alive. "I imagine you're surprised to see me here," he told them.

Jeremy Laurance on Fabrice Muamba: We must wait to see if the help came fast enough

Undetected heart defects affect about one in 500 young people. Most live normal lives unaware that anything is wrong. But in elite sportsmen and women who push their bodies to the limit, a defect may make itself felt suddenly with devastating effect. That may explain Fabrice Muamba's collapse. But with all Premier League players undergoing regular cardiac testing, it does not explain why his problem was not picked up in screening.

NDT's David Ledger and Marne van Opstal in the country-house mystery 'Passe-Partout'

NDT2, Sadler's Wells, London
ENB Late at Tate, Duveen Gallery, Tate Britain, London

What does it all mean? With performers as gifted as this Dutch youth squad's, no one cares

Large areas of open ocean starved of oxygen

Large regions of the open ocean are being starved of oxygen because of warmer sea temperatures according to studies showing that fish and other marine creatures are moving into narrower habitats to avoid suffocation.

Andrew Miller won the Costa Book of the Year award with his sixth book, 'Pure'

Literary feud lies behind novel choice for Costa book of the year

Andrew Miller emerges triumphant after support for biography divides the judging panel

Five-month-old Melinda Guido goes home with her mother

Nine-inch baby survives, grows up, and goes home with mum

She weighed less than a couple of mobile phones at birth, but now Melinda's made medical history

James Lovell: Calculations in the Apollo 13 commander's checklist were crucial to the return to Earth

Nasa probes Apollo 13 commander's right to sell flight checklist

Nasa is investigating whether the Apollo 13 commander, James Lovell, has the right to sell a checklist from the flight that includes his handwritten calculations crucial in guiding the damaged spacecraft back to Earth.

Ni Yulan is the third dissident to stand trial in China this week

China cracks down – on a dissident in her sickbed

Campaigning lawyer says decade of torture has left her crippled – but state refuses to delay trial

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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

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