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10 Facts About Marie Antoinette [Video]

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Born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, Archduchess of Austria, the woman known as Marie Antoinette became Queen of France and Navarre on May 10, 1774. She was the country’s last queen.

Her marriage to Louis-Auguste was designed to create peace between Austria and France after the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756 and the onset of the Seven Years’ …

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Rural Americans are two to three times more at risk of severe obesity [Video]

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Severe obesity warning for rural America: Men and children living in small towns are THREE times more likely to be dangerously overweight, CDC report finds

  • Rates of obesity are climbing slowly but steadily among all Americans
  • But people in rural areas are far more likely to have a BMI over 40, the CDC’s latest figures reveal …

There are three times as many obese children and men in rural areas as in urban ones, according to the latest CDC figures

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'Designer cells' could let diabetics control their insulin with COFFEE [Video]

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Is COFFEE the new insulin? Caffeine-sensitive cells could let diabetics control their blood sugar without the injections, study suggests

  • People with type 1 diabetes and many with type 2 have to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels and control them with insulin shots
  • Swiss scientists developed cells that release insulin when they detect caffeine
  • Coffee has …

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE JOE: A cup of coffee before breakfast could soon replace a morning blood sugar tests and insulin shots for many diabetics thanks to engineered cells

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Drugs for everyone: why author Michael Pollan wants the world to share his love of psychedelics [Video]

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Michael Pollan is one of America’s great thinkers. He’s also just spent three years getting high. He explains why to Etan Smallman

It is difficult to reconcile the man in front of me with his recent exploits. Michael Pollan is a bespectacled 63-year-old food writer and journalism professor, named by Time magazine as one of the world’s …

The discoverer of the drug LSD, Dr Albert Hofmann, seen in 1976 (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

Dr Timothy Leary, the LSD advocate, working at his desk

Magic mushroom growing kits on display in a store in London in 2005, after their sale was prohibited due to the reclassification of the drug to Class A (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Professor Michael Pollan speaks at The New York Times Food For Tomorrow Conference in New York in 2014 (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Times)

Billy Caldwell cannabis oil

Artist Alex Portner displaying some of the many paintings he produced after experimenting with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, in 1960 (Photo: Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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Grape stomps, barrel tastings and Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend [Video]

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The aroma of ripe grapes wafts through Paso Robles’ Opolo winery and its vineyards, dotted with leaves in rusty shades of crimson, yellow and orange. Outside the tasting room, a crowd dances to live music, while foodies pile their plates high with whole …



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Elephant a 'victim of Venezuela's economic crisis' after dying unfed [Video]

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  • Ruperta the elephant died aged 48 after collapsing looking frail and underfed
  • She was a symbol of Venezuela’s hyperinflation crisis that has caused hunger
  • Experts said last year elephants in captive should live until ’65 or 70′ years old
  • But one minister said Ruperta was fortunate to live past 17 years of age
  • Social media expressed deep regret …

Ruperta the elephant, seen here getting medical attention, has died after collapsing in captive

The 'iconic' elephant looked frail for years amid claims of being underfed by Caracas zoo

Venezuela's economic turmoil has been blamed for Ruperta' looking severely malnourished

Edoilustrado tweeted: 'Ruperta's passing also signifies the death of this country'

'Rest in peace Ruperta, and please forgive us'

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The Elephant’s Superb Nose [Video]

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In the world of noses, the elephant’s trunk clearly stands out for its size, flexibility, strength and …

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And you thought YOU were having a bad day! [Video]

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Things can only get better! Hilarious snaps capture the EXACT moment people knew their day couldn’t …

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Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw open up about body dysmorphia [Video]

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‘I was doing extreme dieting… I was obsessed with the models online’: Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw open up about their body dysmorphia – and these are the signs to watch for

  • Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw have both battled with food in the past
  • As top models they felt pressure to look a …

BEFORE: Model Steph Claire Smith, 24, has previously admitted to having a poor relationship with her body and food

AFTER: 'I was 18, ate whatever I wanted (a lot of junk),' she captioned a photo of her slender 18-year-old frame

'Me now, age 24 eating a balanced diet going off the 80/20 rule majority of the time (I weigh about 10kg more),' she captioned a current image

Steph shared the image in a bid to help girls struggling to accept unexpected changes in their bodies

'When my metabolism slowed down, I gained weight and couldn't get away with eating whatever anymore. I went through a stage of being incredibly confused and upset,' she said

Steph said it took her a long time to realise that it was simply her body 'developing into its womanly figure'

Her friend and fellow co-founder of Keep It Cleaner, Laura Henshaw, suffered a similar dysmorphia at the beginning of her career

'Five years ago I was doing extreme dieting, I was obsessed with the models I followed on social media, and I had a really bad relationship with food, but now I have such a different approach,' the 25-year-old told Body and Soul

'I'm all about eating well, exercising well and I don't really care about the number on the scales or the calories I'm eating,' she said
'I'm all about eating well, exercising well and I don't really care about the number on the scales or the calories I'm eating,' she said

'Sudden feelings of physical self-consciousness in your teens is already hard - pimples, hips, boobs, no boobs! It's a nightmare,' the pair said

Fit girls: Steph (left) and Laura (right) look toned and athletic in fashionable gym wear

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When Texans Try Vegemite [Video]

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Recently, a friend of mine visited from the United States. As it was her first trip to Australia, I took her to all the usual Sydney tourist attractions: the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and a walk from Bondi to Bronte. My Texan friend even got up close and personal with a koala. On the …


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