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YouTube aids flat earth conspiracy theorists, research suggests

Image caption The belief that the Earth is flat has gained ground among many conspiracy theorists YouTube is playing a significant role in convincing some people that the Earth is flat, research suggests. A study quizzed people at flat earth conferences and found most cited videos viewed on the site as a key influence. They were won over by videos which claimed to amass evidence proving the Earth was not a spherical planet. YouTube needed to do a better job of ensuring visitors get accurate information alongside such videos, said…

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Brain function of night owls and larks differ, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images The brain function of very late risers and “morning larks” during the hours of the working day is different, according to a study. Researchers scanned the brains of night owls with a bedtime of 02:30 and a wake time of 10:15, along with early risers. The tests – performed between 08:00 and 20:00 – found night owls had less connectivity in brain regions linked to maintaining consciousness. They also had poorer attention, slower reactions and increased sleepiness. Researchers said it suggested that night owls were disadvantaged…

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Brexit vote: Donald Tusk suggests UK should stay in EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Tusk hinted that cancelling Brexit is “the only positive solution” European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested that the UK should stay in the EU, after the prime minister’s Brexit deal was rejected in parliament. “If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?”, he tweeted. MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from…

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Brexit: Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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Under-25s turning their backs on alcohol, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Young people are turning their backs on alcohol, a new study has suggested. Researchers looked at official health data from the last decade and found almost a third of 16 to 24-year-olds in 2015 said they didn’t drink, compared with around one in five in 2005. Non-drinking was found across a broad range of groups, suggesting it was becoming “more mainstream”. Binge drinking rates also decreased – from 27% in 2005 to 18% in 2015, based on Health Survey for England figures. Almost 10,000 people were…

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Union leader suggests Israel ‘created’ anti-Semitism row

Image caption Mark Serwotka rejoined the Labour Party in 2016, after 25 years A trade union leader has been recorded suggesting that Israel created the anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party. In a recording published by the Independent, PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka suggested the country had created the story to hide what he called its own “atrocities”. Labour Against Anti-Semitism said Mr Serwotka had brought the entire TUC into disrepute and he should resign. The PCS said he had made the point that anti-Semitism must be opposed. The Independent…

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Low-carb diets could shorten life, study suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some low-carb diets are rich in animal fats and proteins A low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by up to four years, a study suggests. Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, have become increasingly popular for weight loss and have shown promise for lowering the risk of some illnesses. But a US study over 25 years indicates that a moderate cut in carb consumption – or switching meat for plant-based protein and fats – is healthier. The study relied on people remembering the amount of…

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Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship

Image copyright SNH?University of Exeter Image caption The footage was captured on camera tags Scientists have gathered new footage they believe offers evidence that basking sharks gather in Scotland’s seas to mate. The video shows sharks being “sociable”, including gathering in groups on the seabed. Basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world, reaching lengths up to 10m (33ft). Despite their size and prevalence in Scotland’s seas, little is understood about their social behaviours. Researchers from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the University of Exeter have been studying…

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Study suggests drastic decline in mountain hares

The number of mountain hares on moorland in the eastern Highlands is at less than 1% of their levels in the 1950s, according to new research. The study draws on data from one of Scotland’s most renowned ecologists, Dr Adam Watson. Conservation groups have called for an end to the “indiscriminate and ruthless” mountain hare culls. Moorland managers say they find the report’s conclusions “staggering” and at odds with their own experience. Source link

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British Asians more socially conservative than rest of UK, survey suggests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIs homosexuality still taboo in British Asian families? BBC Three investigates British Asians are more socially conservative – and more optimistic – than the wider UK population, a ComRes survey for the Asian Network suggests. The survey found that less than half of respondents – 43% – thought same-sex relationships were acceptable. It also found more than half (54%) of British Asians had “toned down” their Asian identity to “fit in”. More than 2,000 British Asians responded to the poll as part…

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