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Miss Algeria trolled for skin color after winning title

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Winning a beauty pageant should be a moment of joy, but Miss Algeria Khadija Ben Hamou, from the country’s vast desert south, was immediately targeted online for her dark skin color. Ben Hamou, 26, is the first southerner to win the title that leads to a shot at the Miss World crown. More than 75 percent of Algerians live in the north, with most prominent figures in public life being lighter skinned northerners. Only one government minister is dark skinned. Some southerners feel excluded from development in…

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Technology 

CES 2019: Skin printer wipes years from your face

A handheld printer for the face and hands is on show at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas. Procter and Gamble’s device scans the skin and precisely applies tiny amounts of make-up to remove age spots, burst blood vessels and other blemishes. Read and watch all our CES coverage at bbc.com/ces2019 The BBC challenged the firm to make its technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones look younger. Source link

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‘Losing 18st left me uncomfortable in my own skin’

Instagram weight loss star Jack Towers, 22, lost 18st (114kg) in a year and a half. Now he’s struggling with excess skin – and NHS England won’t pay for surgery to remove it. He’s one of a growing number of people crowdfunding to raise money for operations that some others regard as ‘cosmetic’. Produced for the BBC News at Six by Gabriella O’Donnell and Hannah Gelbart. Filmed by Rob Taylor Health Editor: Hugh Pym Source link

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Skin creams can lead to fire deaths

Image copyright Getty Images People who use emollient creams to treat dry and itchy skin conditions are being warned they can build up in fabrics and cause them to catch fire more easily. The medicines regulator says clear warnings on product packaging is needed to alert consumers. The MHRA says it has heard of more than 50 such deaths reported by UK fire and rescue services. People should not stop using the creams but be aware of the risk. Washing clothing and bedding can reduce product build-up but not totally…

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Science 

Fossil preserves ‘sea monster’ blubber and skin

Image copyright Johan Lindgren Image caption The fossil ichthyosaur comes from the Holzmaden quarry in south-west Germany Scientists have identified fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million years ago. Blubber is a thick layer of fat found under the skin of modern marine mammals such as whales. Its discovery in this ancient “sea monster” – an ichthyosaur – appears to confirm the animal was warm-blooded, a rarity in reptiles. Its skin also resembles that of modern whales and dolphins, having lost the scales characteristic of its…

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Arsenal v Tottenham: Spurs fan arrested after banana skin thrown

The banana is hurled in the direction of the Arsenal players A Tottenham supporter was arrested after a banana skin was thrown on to the pitch during Sunday’s ill-tempered derby with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. It was thrown from the away end after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had scored for the Gunners, who won the game 4-2. A Spurs spokesman confirmed the supporter would be banned. There were also six arrests for public order offences, at least two of which were believed to be Arsenal fans who lit smoke canisters during the…

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Technology 

Robot seeks out skin cancer with suction

A semi-autonomous robot that can take different types of measurements from the skin has been developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fitted with suction cups to help it move, the prototype can be fitted with a dermatoscope to help look for signs of abnormalities, including skin cancer, something normally done manually by a doctor. Designed to use exchangeable sensing modules, the robot can also measure heart rate, muscle activity and in the future could also be used to apply lotion and creams to areas of dry…

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Why some men in Papua New Guinea cut their skin to resemble crocodiles

In Papua New Guinea, on the western half of the world’s second-biggest island, 80% of people live in rural villages – and many in the most remote and isolated regions have little contact with the outside world at all. Here, as Mark Stratton found, traditional rituals still survive. The dappled light, cast through the worn thatched roof of the men’s spirit house in Parambei village, reveals the rippling scars across the chests of several male initiates. The spirit houses – or Haus Tambaran – along the Sepik river in northern…

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Tying herself in knots, Serbian skin artist boggles senses

SMEDEREVO, Serbia (Reuters) – Armed with makeup brushes and pencils, skin artist and illusionist Mirjana Kika Milosevic gets to work on her own torso, sketching elaborate knots and making chunks of her flesh disappear, earning her videos millions of views on YouTube. The self-taught makeup artist, 36, from Smederevo, an industrial town 70 kilometers south of Belgrade, now earns enough through her art to dedicate herself fully to it. Milosevic started several years ago by painting a hole on her thigh and posting photos on Instagram – leaving viewers puzzling…

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Novichok ‘could have passed through skin’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fell ill on Saturday in Amesbury, Wiltshire A government scientist has told BBC News that Novichok – the nerve agent which poisoned a couple near Salisbury – was unlikely to have been left in the open before they touched it. The nerve agent was so toxic it was able to pass through the skin and did not need to be ingested, he added. On Friday, police said the couple from Amesbury were exposed to the substance after handling a contaminated…

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