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The new Star Trek TV series is to centre on a female character, the show's executive producer has revealed. Bryan Fuller said Star Trek Discovery will feature about seven lead roles, but will focus on a female lieutenant commander instead of the captain. According to Deadline, it is thought the lead character will not be white in an effort...

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The menopause is a puzzle for biologists. Why would the female of a species cease to reproduce half way through her life, when natural selection favours characteristics that help an individual's genes survive? A study of killer whales - one of only two mammals apart from humans to undergo the menopause - is providing clues. Granny is very spritely...

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Every day hundreds of thousands of Britons put their coffee cup into a recycling bin. They're wrong - those cups aren't recyclable, and the UK throws away 2.5bn of them a year. It must stop, writes Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. One chilly morning last March - exactly the sort of morning when a warming cafe latte could seem appealing - I...

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A live action Pokemon movie is to begin production in 2017, Legendary Entertainment has confirmed. The film will focus on Detective Pikachu - a new character in the universe, introduced through a video game in Japan earlier this year. The news comes following the huge international success of the Pokemon Go game in recent weeks. Its popularity led to...

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has made public a behind-the-scenes video of himself wearing the alien guise he adopts in the latest Star Trek film. The US businessman is seen in the Vine eating and drinking while wearing the prosthetic head of the Starfleet Official he plays in Star Trek Beyond. Justin Lin, the film's director, tweeted another photo of...

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Dozens of people who were child patients at a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s and 70s claim they were experimented on with a so-called truth serum. It has left them with disturbing memories and troubling questions. "I was your typical 60s teenager," says Marianne, a softly-spoken woman in her sixties. Framed posters of musicians like Bob Dylan and...

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Couples who struggle to conceive a child are sometimes given the option of using a donated embryo. In the US this is commonly referred to as "embryo adoption", particularly at Christian clinics, where it is regarded as saving a life - and where the future parents may have to be married and heterosexual to be eligible for treatment. When...

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A scientific paper that claimed a 2012 exhibition of Damien Hirst works led to the release of formaldehyde fumes has been retracted by one of its authors. The report said gas levels at the Tate Modern exhibition - which included dead animals preserved in giant tanks - were above those legally permitted. The claims were investigated by Hirst's Science...

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We all know that exercise is good for us, but can you get the benefits without actually doing the exercise, asks Michael Mosley. Having a hot bath or a sauna is a good way to soothe your limbs after exercise, but what happens if you do it instead of exercise? Dr Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University asked me...

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Muffin top, spare tyre, blubber, belly fat, beer belly - a multitude of names but they all mean the same thing. Abdominal fat. And in the summer many turn to quick fixes to get rid of it, writes, Saleyha Ahsan. The problem with belly - or abdominal - fat isn't just the way it looks on the beach....

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