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Is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness?

Research suggests the vast ecosystem of organisms that lives in our digestive systems might be as complex and influential as our genes in everything from mental health to athleticism and … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Examination of Chopin’s pickled heart solves riddle of his early death

Scientists diagnose rare complication of tuberculosis following analysis of heart stored in jar of cognac for 170 years  Frédéric Chopin, the Polish composer and pianist, died in Paris in 1849, … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Scurrilous manuscript that could have undone John Donne discovered

Ostensibly a library catalogue in Latin, poet’s early work is in fact a string of smutty jokes about contemporary figures in febrile years before the gunpowder plot  The keeper of … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gunpowder plots: how Guy Fawkes ignited an explosive literary legacy

Remember, remember … from Shakespeare to James Shapiro to the website that deals in political scandal, the name of Guy Fawkes is literary dynamite  Smouldering … Tom Cullen in the … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deutsche Bahn under fire for plan to name train after Anne Frank

Critics say use of diarist’s name by national rail provider conjures painful images of persecution of Jews in second world war  Deutsche Bahn planned to name its high-speed ICE train … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Surge in UK consumer borrowing fuels likely interest rate rise

The 9.9% annual growth figure further adds to concerns of unmanageable debt among UK households  Consumer debt is rising by nearly 10% a year. The figure would have been higher … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

How Europe exported its refugee crisis to north Africa

Fewer people are crossing the Mediterranean, but a nightmarish bottleneck has been created instead  A man looks out of a barred door at a detention centre for migrants in Gharyan, … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Average UK debt at £8,000 per person (not including the mortgage)

Survey reveals 6m Britons fear never being debt-free with 25% struggling to make ends meet and 62% worried about personal debt levels  The survey found 10% of respondents had ‘maxed … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Hitler joined Nazis only after another far-right group shunned him

Professor suggests history could have taken different path if Hitler had not been rejected by German Socialist party  Weber claims that if Adolf Hitler had been allowed to join the … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Half of UK adults are financially vulnerable, City watchdog finds

FCA figures will increase concern among policymakers over how British households will cope with an interest rate rise  The FCA has found that 4.1 million people are already in serious … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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