Temperatures ‘outside the human thermal comfort zone’ increase metabolism, a new study has confirmed – meaning that, yes, your radiator could be making you fat. The study found that being exposed to environments outside a comfortable temperature range could be key to tackling metabolic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. Researchers discovered that being exposed to mildly cold or warm environments outside the standard comfort zone inside buildings of 21-22C, “increases metabolism and energy expenditure which may help to tackle obesity”.
In November, some of Britain’s biggest tobacco firms lost their legal fight against plans for new plain-packaging rules. Picture health warnings must take up 65 per cent of the front and back of every packet. Will any packet sizes be outlawed?
A former US intelligence officer has claimed that North Korea’s soldiers carry fake weapons during huge parades through the capital of Pyongyang. Michael Pregent, a leading Conservative think-tank member, was asked to look at photos from an April 15 parade to celebrate the 105th birthday of the country’s founder, Kim Il-Sung. Specifically, Pregent singled out a photo of North Korean troops wearing sunglasses as they paraded through the capitals.
A couple who demanded they be upgraded to business class on their British Airways flight from London to Jamaica ended up being kicked off the plane. A furious row broke out when the unnamed pair insisted they be moved from economy class into the more luxurious and expensive area for free. Cabin crew on board flight BA2263, that took off from Gatwick Airport, refused their request and the argument was filmed by the couple on a mobile phone.
According to the latest reports from the Met Office, the weekend is set to start “largely dry and bright” UK-wide, with sunshine forecast across many areas of England, including London and the south east. Showers are likely in Scotland and Northern Ireland however, though they should only be fleeting. “Breezier” weather is predicted throughout the UK on Sunday, with “outbreaks of rain likely later”.
Teresa Vatkin and her husband Isaac had been married nearly seven decades. A couple who were married for 69 years died holding hands. Teresa Vatkin, 89, succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday as her husband Isaac, 91, held her hand.
Ex-Army and RAF serviceman Samir Rignall was confronted by David Poole and a cameraman at Hereford station after he had told a ‘14-year-old girl’ that he wanted to take her to woodland. Rignall was arrested by police who had been called by the vigilante.
Britain could join the United States in taking military action in Syria if asked WITHOUT first seeking the approval from Parliament, according to Boris Johnson. The Foreign Secretary – who today described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a “mugwump” – said it would be “very difficult to say no” if Donald Trump‘s administration asks the UK for help in taking action against Bashar Assad’s regime in response to another chemical attack. The US launched a cruise missile strike on a Syrian regime air base this month after Assad allegedly killed scores of people in a chemical attack on a rebel-held area in Idlib province.
Try as they might, it’s no secret that the older generation often struggle getting to grips with modern technology, and it’s a pretty funny thing for the rest of us to witness. With that firmly in mind, we present to you Reddit user Devillus – who has revealed how his mother bizarrely opts to photocopy recipes directly from her iPad. Instead of using the recipe straight off the screen to cook up a storm, she has instead opted for a good old fashioned hard copy, and it’s both hilarious and adorable.
The tide has officially turned against Brexit: for the first time since the referendum, the majority of people say Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU. 43% said Britain was right to leave, while 12% answered ‘don’t know’. The results come from a poll of 1,590 British adults and show the majority has edged against Brexit in what remains a hugely divisive issue.
The murder of a 24-year-old who had her neck slashed by her ‘psychopath’ soldier ex-boyfriend has been highlighted as a ‘potent reminder’ of why women must be taken seriously when reporting abuse. Alice Ruggles bled to death in her Gateshead flat last October after Lance Corporal Trimaan ‘Harry’ Dillon cut her throat from ear to ear after he discovered that she had found happiness with another man. The soldier, who slashed her neck in an act of ‘utter barbarism’ was jailed for life yesterday with a minimum term of 22 years at Newcastle Crown Court.
Water skiing is generally not the most dangerous of pastimes (apart from in Jaws 2) so the most you’d probably expect is to get a bit wet. The man in the clip, said to be Miroku, a member of the Waseda Waterski Team in Japan, was enjoying a speedy zip across the ocean when a fish appeared out of nowhere. Now, this was no big fish and therefore you wouldn’t expect it to do too much damage.
A puzzling find in America could change our ideas on human history – a mastodon skeleton which looks like it was smashed to pieces by ancient humans 130,000 years ago. The puzzling part is that scientists believed that humans only arrived in America around 13,000 years ago – and the skeleton dates from 100,000 years before that.
A teenage boy has been arrested and charged with the knifepoint rape and robbery of a woman in her forties. The 15-year-old allegedly attacked the woman in Sutcliffe Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on April 19 in broad daylight. The teenager, who is from Lee Green in south-east London but cannot be named due to his age, is alleged to have threatened another member of public with a knife in the same park on April 19.
The Prime Minister has faced a barrage of criticism after she defended the ‘rape clause’ that has been introduced as part of a shake up of child tax credits. Under the new policy, parents cannot claim tax credits for more than two children. As she spoke at Holyrood, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon slammed the ‘sheer inhumanity’ of the policy after it was defended by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.
Boris Johnson has launched an astonishing personal attack on Jeremy Corbyn, labelling him a “mutton-headed old mugwump”. The Foreign Secretary used the bizarre term as he warned that the Labour leader would be a threat to national security if elected Prime Minister in the June election. Writing in The Sun, Mr Johnson said Mr Corbyn had “no grasp of the need for this country to be strong in the world” and questioned how he would respond to the “semi-deranged” regime in North Korea.
Damon Smith was 19 when he allegedly packed a rucksack with explosives and deadly ball-bearing shrapnel and left it in on a train timed to go off within minutes. Had the device worked, it would have exploded just as people were being ordered off the Jubilee Line platform at North Greenwich, jurors were told. The court heard Smith had a keen interest in Islam, guns, explosives and gambling, and collected pictures of extremists, including the alleged mastermind of the 2015 Paris terror attacks.
A father has spoken of his shock after he reportedly saw a traffic warden preparing a parking fine for an elderly ‘Alzheimers sufferer’ slumped motionless inside his car. Raoul Roman-Wilson, a part time actor, was with his 14-year-old daughter in Folkestone, Kent, when he witnessed the traffic warden issuing the ticket. ‘Then I saw an old man, probably in his eighties, slumped in the car and the parking attendant still writing out a ticket.
A state secondary school has caused outrage by asking parents to help plug a £300,000 cut in funding. St Joseph’s College, in Stoke-on-Trent sent a letter requesting parents pay £60 each term to help the school cope with major budget cuts. Some parents have criticised the move and claimed it is a “dangerous” step towards privatising state education.
North Korea has conducted what it has called its largest ever combined live-fire drill in an incredible display of power. The secretive state’s official media reported that leader Kim Jong-Un personally observed the show of might. Tensions have been simmering in the region as the relationship between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump deteriorates.