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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.

Portable machine to help swine flu victims developed

A portable version of a life-saving machine that has been used to treat seriously ill swine flu victims is being developed, scientists revealed today

Cooling 'cure' averts infant brain damage

Hi-tech 'ice pack' helps to protect newborns starved of oxygen through suffocation

£400,000 damages for family of woman who died in childbirth

The family of a woman who died in labour and never saw the son she had conceived after IVF treatment was awarded £410,000 damages today.

Cancer trial for 'bends' therapy

An oxygen treatment given to divers with the "bends" is to be tried out on cancer patients suffering side effects of radiotherapy.

Heatwave attracts an unwelcome visitor

Algae chokes estuaries on south coast as England enjoys hottest day of year

Sonja Bigg: 'My daughter was born early and chronically sick but my family are unbreakable thanks to our special little girl'

The premature birth of Sonja Bigg's daughter Nessie almost brought her family to breaking point. But four years later, they've changed in ways that they never expected

More Flight 447 bodies found

Six more bodies have been recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, bringing to 50 the number found after an Air France jet crashed on 31 May, killing all 228 on board. Investigators have also received the first wreckage: two plane seats, oxygen masks, water bottles and several structural pieces, some no bigger than a human hand.

Deborah Orr: The immigration debate is not a right-left issue

That long-running debate about whether the BNP should be given "the oxygen of publicity" seems finally to have resolved itself. Days after the group won two seats in the European Parliament, James W von Brunn, a US friend and supporter of the BNP, shot dead security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns at Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum. Tragic for Johns, but a winner for anti-fascism.

Gerry Gable: Well-aimed eggs aren't enough

The images of Nick Griffin cowering in terror as he and his gorillas fled Parliament Square on Tuesday certainly brought a smile to many people's faces. If you peddle messages of division and hate, then you shouldn't be surprised to find that hatred bouncing right back at you. But it's going to take more than a few well-aimed eggs and worthy placards to finish the BNP for good.

Jeremy Laurance: A remarkable feat for a man half his age

To climb Everest is a feat at any age. To climb it successfully at the age of 65 is worthy of special celebration.

Leading article: Burmese resilience

Many feared the worst when the Burmese junta announced that Aung San Suu Kyi would face trial for breaching the conditions of her house arrest. The opposition leader's health was said to be poor after six years of strict confinement. So it came as a surprise to hear Ms Suu Kyi described as "composed", "crackling with energy" and "very much in charge of her defence team" by the British ambassador at yesterday's hearing in Rangoon. Perhaps we should not be surprised though. Ms Suu Kyi has proved her strength and resilience time and again over the past two decades.

Achille Compagnoni: Mountaineer whose ascent of K2 left a legacy of bitter controversy

When Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli staggered to the summit of K2 as the sun was sinking on 31 July 1954 they restored for Italy a touch of national pride after the humiliations of fascism and wartime defeat. Straddling the border of Pakistan and China in the Karakoram mountains, K2, at 8,611 metres, is the world's second highest summit and following the British success on Everest was the highest untrodden place on Earth. Fame was assured for Compagnoni and his team-mates but personal rivalries and tactics high on the mountain left a legacy of bitterness and lawyers' bills. Only last year, the Club Alpino Italiano issued the latest "official" version of what happened high up on the first ascent of K2.

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