Scientists have discovered a key substance in the central nervous-system responsible for transmitting the sensation of an itch from the skin to the brain

Don't scratch the itch: Scientists find substance that could be key to stopping the sensation

Researchers found that removing natriuretic polypeptide b causes an itch to disappear

Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF file, poses with an award backstage at the Webby Awards. He says the file should be pronounced 'jif' not 'gif' with a hard 'G'.

GIF inventor Steve Wilhite says it should be pronounced 'jif'

The inventor of the Gif file has revealed that the world has been mispronouncing his creation.

Single ticket scoops $590m jackpot in Florida lottery

A single ticket in Florida has matched all the numbers to win the highest Powerball lottery jackpot in history at an estimated 590.5 million dollars (£389.2m), officials said today.

'A massive and unprecedented intrusion': Associated Press condemns US government for seizing journalists' telephone records without explanation

The Associated Press news agency has condemned the US government for the unexplained seizure of records of telephone calls made by its journalists.

No more fun and games in 'special relationship' as domestic woes dominate David Cameron's visit to Washington

When the British Prime Minister dropped in a year ago, Barack Obama threw him a party and took him to a basketball game.

South Korean President sacks spokesman for 'unsavoury' act during trip to Washington

The sacking of the spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, 56, was announced after he broke off from the presidential delegation and returned home earlier this week

Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama meet at the White House

Michelle Obama pays tribute to Prince Harry as he begins tour of United States

Seven-day visit is the Prince's first to America since he caused outrage by being photographed naked during a weekend break in Las Vegas last year

North Korea moves missiles away from coastal launch site, say US officials

Musudan missiles believed to now be in non-operational location

The historic home of the Lakota Indians

The new battle for Wounded Knee: Sale of massacre site divides tribe

As a patch of their native land is offered for £2.5m, the Lakota people have been left split by what to do

A man cries at a site hit by what activists said was a Scud missile in Aleppo's Ard al-Hamra neighbourhood, in this 23 February 2013 file photo. The United States believes with varying degrees of confidence that Syria's regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale, the White House said on Thursday

David Cameron says evidence 'growing' that chemical weapons used in Syria

But PM said it was unlikely it would lead to British troops on the ground

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria

John Kerry says Assad's Syria regime HAS used sarin chemical weapons against rebels - despite Barack Obama insisting that was a 'red line' for US

Chuck Hagel and John Kerry reveal nerve gas has been used – but they will not invade for now

The new artwork by Shepard Fairey, attacking the anti-gun control lobby in America

Barack Obama poster artist Shepard Fairey joins gun control march in Washington

Famous for 'Hope' and 'Change' posters from the 2008 presidential election, Fairey says 'I’m not anti- 2nd Amendment, I’m pro-common sense'

For Farea Al-Muslimi, ‘the American’, the campaign against drones has barely begun

Farea Al-Muslimi stole the show when he appeared at a hearing in Washington this week on the fall-out from American drone strikes. But while he has welcomed the attention, he conceded that his campaign to force a re-examination of the use of unmanned aircraft has barely begun.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 24 April 2013

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Eric Justin Toth being arrested in Nicaragua

Teacher Eric Justin Toth, who replaced Osama bin Laden on FBI Ten Most Wanted list over child pornography discovered on a school-owned camera, is arrested in Nicaragua

A former teacher who took Osama bin Laden’s place on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list over his alleged links to child pornography has been arrested in Nicaragua.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee