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Brits are the most fast-food obsessed people in the world

Fast FoodSydney, Jan 3: When it comes to fast food nobody likes it more than the Britons, for a new survey has revealed that they savoured ‘the taste of fast food too much to give it up’.

The survey, conducted by global marketing research group Synovate, asked more than 9,000 people in 13 countries what they thought about fast food, dieting and obesity.

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40% of Oz youngsters take drugs before driving

Drug DrivingSydney, Dec 31 : An alarmingly high number of young motorists in New South Wales in Australia have admitted to taking drugs before getting behind the wheels, says a report.

The survey, conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), revealed that almost 40 per cent confessed to taking ecstasy before driving.

Those surveyed had an average age of 23 and included 18-year-old drivers.

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Differences in human DNA find tops Science magazine’s ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ list

Human DNASydney, December 24: A genetic study that revealed small differences in the DNA, which provide individuals their personal traits and reveal how they vary from others in terms of disease vulnerability, has been named the breakthrough of the year by Science magazine.

"For years we have been hearing about how similar people are to one another and even to other apes, " the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Robert Coonz, a senior editor at Science, as saying.

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4000-year-old skeleton points to murder

Sydney, December 21 : Scientists have unearthed evidence of a 4000-year-old murder by studying a burnt skeleton found beneath a bus shelter in northern Sydney.

Peter Veth, an archaeologist with the National Centre of Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, said that the victim might have been a tall, well-built man in his mid-30s at the time of his death.

He said that the victim was attacked by spear-wielding attackers, who then set his body alight and left it unburied on the crest of a sand dune.

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Neanderthals did not sew enough warm clothes to survive Ice Age: Expert

Melbourne, Dec. 21 (ANI): Unlike modern humans, Neanderthals may not have been able to sew warm enough clothes to see them through the Ice Age.

Neanderthals probably froze to death in the last Ice Age because rapid climate change caught them by surprise without the tools needed to make warm clothes, says an Australian researcher.

Ian Gilligan, a post-graduate researcher from the Australian National University believes that by the time Neanderthals developed sewing tools it was too little too late.

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Heating up boosts male bugs’ chances of sex

Sydney, Dec 19: Heating up boosts male bugs’ chances of sexMale ambush bugs boost their chances of sex through a hot and heated mechanism, a new study has revealed.

The ambush bug (Phymata americana) are known for camouflaging themselves against flowers, waiting to trap prey.

The predatory insects are mostly yellow with dark brown or black patches, with the males having darker heads as well as thoraxes than females.

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