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Can Dubai become the world’s happiest city?

( CNN) Not content with being home to the world’s tallest tower and fastest police car, Dubai has defined a challenge for itself to become the world’s happiest city. In its quest to achieve this, the city in the sand is measuring people’s happiness through interactive touchpoints around Dubai, called Happiness Meters. There are three …

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Human who eat potatoes for a year reports dramatic weight loss

( iStock) A man who set out to eat nothing but potatoes for an entire year has said that in addition to shaving off more than 100 pounds, hes come off antidepressants and his cholesterol levels have lowered. Andrew Taylor, of Melbourne, Australia, said that while he was criticized for his diet at first, it …

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East Germany’s old mines transformed into new lagoon district

Despite a 2.2 bn regeneration programme, the Lusatian Lake District project, on land once occupied by the GDRs industrial heartland, remains relatively unknown to non-east Germans. So we took a tour This was once one of the dirtiest areas in East Germany, says Sren, my tour guide from IBA Tours, as our bikes swoosh through …

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Indian physicians protest against plan to let’ quacks’ practise medicine

Indian Medical Association says short bridging courses for traditional healers will lead to army of half-baked doctors Indian physicians have accused the government of an attempt to “sanction quackery” by proposing to allow homeopaths and others trained in alternative redress to practise conventional medication after taking a bridging course. Doctors at private hospitals held protests …

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Alcohol abuse linked to higher heart hazards, examine says

( CNN) An calculated 10 million to 15 million Americans abuse alcohol, entailing excessive drinking negatively affects their lives. Now, research indicates a link between too much drinking and heart problems, the No. 1 cause of death worldwide. Abusing alcohol increases the likelihood of suffering atrial fibrillation, heart attack or congestive heart failure, according to …

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A sperm whale that washed up on a beach in Spain had 64 pounds of plastic and waste in its stomach

( CNN) When a young sperm whale washed up on a beach in southern Spain, scientists wanted to know what kill my father. They now know: waste — 64 pounds of it. Most of it plastic, but also ropes, pieces of net and other debris lodged in its stomach. The discovery has prompted authorities in …

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