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Beards may help men stand out like monkeys' colourful markings – video

published about 3 hours ago
Beards may be back in fashion because men living in big cities need more ostentatious 'body ornaments' to stand out, new research suggests. According to an international group of researchers led by the University of Western Australia's Cyril Grueter, the more competition for social status a primate has to deal with, the more flamboyant he gets Continue reading...

I'm not devoid of morality, David Cameron tells church leaders

published about 4 hours ago
Tory leader’s Easter message in Christian magazine urges Church of England not to assume coalition’s austerity policies have been amoralDavid Cameron has used an Easter message to hit back at criticism of the coalition’s policies from church leaders, urging them not to dismiss him as “devoid of morality”. Related: Church of England calls for 'fresh moral vision' in British politics Continue reading...

California drought: no snow to replenish reservoirs for the first time in 75 years - video

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The 1 April snowpack survey indicates how much water California will have in its reservoirs after its wet season. For the first time in 75 years, the snow course contains no snow whatsoever. Governor Jerry Brown has ordered a 25% reduction in statewide water use as experts say a massive response is needed to confront California's drought, now running into its fourth year Continue reading...

Steve Bell on the countdown to the general election - cartoon

published about 5 hours ago
Chancellor George Osborne on Wednesday visited a drinks factory in Leeds where he told workers his party had ‘just 36 days left to save Britain’s economic recovery’, citing a letter from 100 business leaders published in The Telegraph Continue reading...

NHS spending inefficiently on non-permanent staff, says thinktank

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Training new staff rather than paying for locum doctors and agency nurses would also lead to improved workforce stability and patient safety, Civitas reportsThe NHS should train more staff rather than spending around £2.5bn a year on locum doctors and agency nurses, a thinktank has suggested.Civitas, a cross-party thinktank, said a larger pool of dependable permanent staff would also enhance workforce stability and patient safety. Continue reading...