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Baking soda plus water best for washing pesticides off apples

Washing apples in water with a dash of baking soda is the most effective way to remove pesticide residue, new research shows.The mix outperformed Clorox-spiked water for getting rid of the chemicals, and also worked better than plain water, Dr Lili He of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and …

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Elsa Lefort Hamouri: ‘My husband’s arrest is political’

It’s been 84 days since the French-Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri was imprisoned in Israel after being arrested at his home in East Jerusalem. Since then he has been placed under administrative detention and imprisoned for a renewable period of six months by order of the Minister of Defence Avigdor Lieberman. …

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Britain is responsible for my tragedy’

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration, the British promise to help create a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, Motasem A Dalloul interviews 81-year-old Palestinian, Abdul-Hamid Ramadan Al-Aloul, who has lived through the British occupation, the Nakba and Israeli air strikes on his home.My mother told me that my …

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Can spicy foods curb salt cravings or lower blood pressure?

People who like spicy foods may eat less salt and have lower blood pressure, potentially reducing their risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study from China suggests.When people did not care for spicy food, they consumed an average of 13.4 grammes a day of salt, according to the study …

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Eating in sync with your body clock may help curb fat gain

Timing meals relative to your own body clock, rather than to the time of a day, may affect how lean you are, researchers suggest.Studies have shown that eating later in the day ups your risk of weight gain. However, the impact of a person’s body (biological) clock independent of the …

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Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont will make speech in Brussels

Catalonia’s disputed president will make a public appearance in Brussels later today (31 October), after Spain’s state prosecutor called for him to face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert confirmed Carles Puigdemont was in Brussels and would make a public appearance in the city …

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Cannot find coupon code? This startup does all work for you

Ryan Hudson was trying to order pizza online for his two children when he was prompted to enter a coupon code at checkout.Hudson knew better than to bother searching for a discount. His kids were hungry and he did not have time to scan the Internet for coupons that had …

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Kepler’s final survey reveals 50 ‘goldilocks’ planets

California: What began as a trickle of new planet discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope a decade ago has turned into a torrent: 2,337 verified sightings, with about 50 in the “goldilocks zone  our size, shape and orbit around the warm glow of stars like our own sun, perhaps hosting …

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Fish have complex individual personalities

Fish have complex individual personalities, a British university study found in recently published research.Scientists from Exeter University in southwest England studied how individual Trinidadian guppy fish behaved in various stressful situations and discovered wide differences in how they responded.The researchers studied their coping strategies in situations designed to trigger various …

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Vitamin D supplements linked to lower risk of asthma attacks

Asthma attacks serious enough to require steroid treatment or hospitalization may be less likely when people take vitamin D supplements, a recent analysis suggests.Researchers examined data combined from seven previously published studies with a total of 955 asthma patients who were randomly selected to take vitamin D or a placebo …

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