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Why humans lost their body hair: to stop their brains from overheating as we evolved

Losing heat through sweating would have been important for early humans walking on two legs and developing larger brains

World Cancer Day: How meat can be murder

Warnings are now added to cigarettes, but what about meat consumption?

The 10 Best nourishing beauty buys

Indulge in some all-over rehydration with products providing TLC from the top of your head to the tips of your toes

NHS food standards: An exclusive kind of compassion

Too much of the food served by the NHS fails welfare standards

“Chronic lung complaint”: Three words that could mean many things

“Chronic lung complaint” is how Ecuador’s ambassador describes Assange’s medical problem. This could cover several possibilities. If it is asthma, he is likely to need bronchodilator drugs or steroids, which would explain his regular check-ups.

The Business Matrix: Friday 23 November 2012

British lead the tip-off league in US

Reckitt buys US company in Kapoor's first big deal

Reckitt Benckiser yesterday added US vitamins company Schiff to its existing bathroom cupboard of products including Gaviscon and Strepsils, with a $1.4bn (£877.7m) deal which marks the first major acquisition for its new chief executive, Rakesh Kapoor.

Market Report: Melrose dips as momentum slows

Engineering firms topped and tailed the benchmark index yesterday. There was a contrast in fortunes for IMI and Melrose.

World Vegan Month: Want to be a winner on and off the field? Go vegan

A vegan diet can provide all the nutrients you need - why make animals suffer for a moment of taste?

The 'Hangover Patch' being sold by Firebox.com

Hungover? There's a 'cure' for that as detox patch goes on sale

Christmas revellers have been offered a helping hand with an American hangover “cure” that claims to be second only to having an “intravenous stuck in your arm”.

Home comforts for some can mean flowers...

Freshers' Guide: What to take to university

If you're starting university soon - or going back, but worryingly absent-minded - have a good think and read through this checklist to make sure you pack what you absolutely need

Leading article: Aid is no answer to the food crisis

The aim of the "hunger summit" to be hosted by David Cameron tomorrow is a laudable one: bringing together heads of state, charities and athletes – including Somalia-born gold medal winner Mo Farah – to talk about the problem of malnutrition in the developing world.

Bacon and eggs: 338 calories

Which foods make you fatter?

For years, we've counted calories to control weight. But the latest thinking suggests they can't give us the whole picture.

Mark Steel: No pattern here. Just individual, ghastly mistakes

The case of the soldier who went berserk in Afghanistan and killed 16 people must be utterly baffling to psychiatrists. Who can imagine what might cause someone in a stable environment such as Kandahar, with reliable role models training you to distrust the entire local population as terrorists, and no access to weapons except automatic machine guns, to flip like that? Still, they say it's always in the tranquil places that these things happen.

Mark Steel: That's an awful lot of bad apples

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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?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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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
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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
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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
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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
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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