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This past Saturday was Valentine's Day - and a big date for two tiny little hamsters.

Power naps could make up for lost sleep: study

A short nap can revive the immune system and even zap stress for those who didn't get enough sleep the night before, according to French researchers who tested a small group of male subjects.

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Life & Style

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Double to offer casual online dating with an escape hatch

For the twenty-first century problem of how to move from a casual online encounter to a real-world one, a London-based website is proposing a very traditional solution: double dates.

Blanket Banquets: Shed the load with a picnic

There's nothing like a spot of afternoon load-shedding to send Johannesburgers scuttling across the city in search of faux nature.

Study suggests chili peppers could spur weight loss

The main ingredient in chili peppers could become a hot new diet supplement due to its ability to boost a sluggish metabolism, according to a research team at the University of Wyoming in the US.

Good bedtime habits improve kids’ sleep

Regular sleep-wake routines in the household not only help kids get good quality sleep, they also enable age-appropriate sleep duration, according to a new study from Pennsylvania State University in the US.

Health

Plastic chemicals linked to earlier menopause

Women whose bodies contained high levels of certain chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems, US researchers said Wednesday.

Smartphone can test for HIV, syphilis: study

US researchers have found a way to turn a common smartphone into a quick and easy device to conduct field tests for HIV and syphilis.

Biologics' sickening cost

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Pill could make jet lag a thing of the past

Resetting the circadian rhythm, what's also known as the body's internal clock, could soon be a simple question of taking a pill, according to researchers at McGill University in Canada.

Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported.