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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.

Investigation reveals oxygen bottle failure caused Qantas emergency

Air safety investigators confirmed Friday that an exploding oxygen cylinder ripped a gaping hole in a Qantas jet's fuselage midflight last month, but said they were no closer to solving the mystery of why the tank failed.

Accusations fly after Ryanair jet is hit by sudden loss of cabin pressure

Passengers on board a Ryanair flight to Spain spoke yesterday of the dramatic moment that their plane lost cabin pressure and was forced to make an emergency landing.

Dr Feelgood: Deep breath... it's canned oxygen

Your weekly health and beauty check-up

How to turn water into rocket fuel – scientists unlock power of the sun

Scientists have devised a cheap and simple method of turning water into rocket fuel using solar power in a development that could generate a new source of green energy for the home and workplace.

'We have a big hole' - terror hits flight from London

Passengers on a packed jumbo jet flight from London spoke today of their terror after a gaping hole appeared in the plane as it headed for Australia.

Witness to murder: I saw knife victim dying

'His efforts had a desperate knowledge about them, a hopeless instinct in the face of an implacable fact.' By Archie Bland

Navy says sorry for death of submariners

The Armed Forces minister and the head of the Royal Navy publicly apologised yesterday for grievous "systemic failings" that led to two submarine crewmen being killed by an underwater explosion.

Fritzl victim comes out of coma a month after escape

The 19-year-old daughter of the Austrian rape and incest offender Josef Fritzl is being eased out of the artificially induced coma she was put into more than a month ago, doctors say.

Album: Spiritualized, Songs in A&E (Sanctuary)

Subterranean hospital blues

Cancer treatment: 'Why were we waiting so long?'

When an X-ray revealed a shadow on her husband's lung, Victoria Summerley assumed he'd be treated as an urgent cancer case. But he wasn't...

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Lover, you shouldn't have come over

Dear Virginia, I had a brief fling with a man. At first I thought he was great, but I went off him. He was far more interested in me than I was in him. I told him how I felt, but he's pestering me with texts and calls and has even appeared at my door with flowers. I don't want to hurt him, and I know it was my fault, but I feel a bit threatened. What can I do? Yours sincerely, Corrie

The Independent: More sales success

Alone among national daily newspapers, The Independent recorded a year-on-year rise in circulation in the latest audited sales figures for the industry, released yesterday.

Dizziness: Does my lifestyle have anything to do with it?

Why is it that whenever I bend down and then stand up suddenly I feel dizzy?I have had a normal ECG and blood test. I am a 58-year-old man, a smoker, slim build and reasonably fit. I work in an office and walk for two to three hours a day.

Widow wins £1m damages from the world's most expensive matchmaker

This is the way love goes in Beverly Hills. You pay a matchmaking service to find you a multimillionaire - or "soulmate", as the euphemism has it. You decide you don't like the people you're set up with. So you sue, alleging psychological damage and demanding millions in compensation for your distress.

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there