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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.

Emma West and Mark Rowe with Lewis, who has the same condition that killed his sister

Independent Appeal: Someone to lean on during a family's darkest hour

When a child is terminally ill, the parents endure a traumatic and bewildering experience

Creating the wrong impression: lame skits from Rory Bremner in 'Tonight'

The Week In Radio: The careerist comics who are taking the mic

Being funny on the radio should be a breeze for comics. You'd think they'd be in their element: on a stage with a microphone, with the added advantage that their listeners, scattered across the country rather than crammed in the back room of a pub, can't see the sweat patches forming under their arms.

Woman scales new heights in 'eight-thousander' peak challenge

An Austrian woman has become the first female climber to reach the summit of the 14 highest peaks in the Himalayas without bottled oxygen.

Oldest known fossils prove life began more than 3.4bn years ago

The fossilised remains of the oldest known lifeforms on Earth have been discovered in samples of rock collected near a remote watering hole in the middle of the Australian Outback.

Erhard Loretan: Mountaineer who climbed Everest without ropes or oxygen in under two days

When Erhard Loretan and his fellow Swiss climber Jean Triollet reached their advance base camp at 5,850m on the Rongbuk glacier, Tibet, late on 30 August 1986 they had set a new standard in extreme alpinism – to the summit of Everest (8,850m) and back in less than two days, no sherpas, no rope, no bottled oxygen; for the last 1000m they did not even take a rucksack. The pair climbed mainly at night, so as not to overheat in their down suits, and rested during the day. Meticulous in its planning and stylish in its execution, their ascent of the mountain's North Face via the Japanese and Hornbein couloirs was described by the Polish mountaineer Voytek Kurtyka as "night-naked climbing".

Woman dies following flats blaze

A woman has died after a fire at a block of flats.

Sleeping on left may cut risk of stillbirth

Twenty years after doctors discovered that placing babies to sleep on their backs halved the rate of cot deaths, new research suggests pregnant women who sleep on their left side may halve the rate of stillbirths.

James Lawton: Money is Blatter's oxygen and only sponsors can cut supply

Sooner rather than later it will be pointed out that a shoddy image is going to be deemed untenable by those who care more about their product than football

'Oldest climber' dies in Everest attempt

A former Nepalese foreign minister has died on the slopes of Mount Everest while attempting to become the oldest person to climb the world's highest mountain.

Doctors baffled by sharp rise in terminal lung disease

Scientists ask for funding to research idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which kills 5,000 people a year

Top mountaineer dies during climb

The famed Swiss mountaineer, Erhard Loretan – one of the few people to reach the summits of all 14 of the world's peaks above 8,000m – has died during a climb on his 52nd birthday.

Jab 'could slow tissue damage'

An injection given to heart attack and stroke sufferers could radically reduce their devastating effects, a new study claims.

Elements explode at new science exhibition

Elements, a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in north London, is billed as a “spectacular night of chemical romance, intrigue and performance”. Not being the most studious when it came to science at school, I entered with some trepidation.

Bath confirm double leg break for Olly Barkley

Bath have confirmed fly-half Olly Barkley will be out for the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in two places on Saturday.

Video: 'Cooled' baby makes complete recovery

A baby girl born starved of oxygen, whose body was cooled for three days to reduce brain damage, has made a complete recovery.

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Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

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