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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 Flatman: Sorry I missed the hat-trick... I was busy chewing grass

View from down under with the England prop

Dom Joly: I prayed my flight would land. I hadn't paid for oxygen

Just back from a flying visit to France for half-term. It was with Ryanair so it wasn't until we actually took off that I was sure that we would actually be on a plane – we'd had to pay so many extras, for luggage, boarding, taxes – that I suddenly panicked that nothing had ever specifically mentioned a flight. Maybe I hadn't paid for that particular option?

Smallest lily saved from extinction

The world's smallest water lily, which was found growing in hot springs in Africa, has been brought back from the brink of extinction by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Bonita Norris is youngest British woman to climb Everest

A 22-year-old woman has realised her "crazy" dream after becoming the youngest British female to reach the summit of Mount Everest, it was announced today.

Oil spill could be among worst ever

Latest American survey reveals disaster is 'many times bigger' than early estimates

Blood test on newborns could prevent disability, say scientists

A blood test to assess the risk of brain damage in vulnerable newborn babies could save lives and prevent disability, scientists say.

Colony of microbes 'as big as Greece' found in ocean

Giant cluster of creatures believed to be related to Earth's earliest inhabitants

Ash poses no health risk, says expert

A vulcanologist today reassured people in the UK that the ash did not pose a health risk.

GM viruses offer hope of future where energy is unlimited

Breakthrough as US researchers replicate photosynthesis in laboratory

NHS cuts patient death rate

Number of fatalities following accidents or mistakes falls 37 per cent

Inquiry into 'sex game' after death of BBC host

Inquest to find cause of 'unexplained' death as belt and bag are taken for tests

My heart attack at 36

At just 36, Sally Bee suffered a heart attack so severe that doctors told her husband to say his goodbyes. Here, she recounts her recovery against the odds

Sharks survive but Sheridan pays the price

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Why hospital is a dangerous place to be

Almost 4,000 NHS patients in England died last year following “safety incidents”, in which some aspect of their care went wrong.

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...