By Pat Kelly. The US military website NORAD has been criticised for a video depicting Santa’s sleigh being escorted by two fighter jets bristling with weapons.
By Pat Kelly. Countering a movement to improve women’s driving rights in Saudi Arabia, a conservative cleric has claimed that women who drive cars can damage their ovaries and bear children with clinical complications.
By Pat Kelly. A Chicago heavy-metal themed fast-food restaurant is the subject of outrage for selling a cheeseburger topped with communion wafers.
By Pat Kelly. The 2013 Ig Nobel prizes were awarded last week, with the Medicine Prize going to a Japanese team who probed the effects of opera music on mice who had received heart transplants.
By Pat Kelly. In a classic case of the phenomenon of ‘inattentional blindness’, a cohort of radiologists failed to notice an image of a dancing gorilla on a CT scan which was 48 times larger than the nodules they were charged with finding.
By Pat Kelly. A consultant microbiologist has criticised doctors for dressing informally, citing a “lack of personal hygiene and correspondingly lower standards of hygienic behaviour”.
By Pat Kelly. A study has indicated that good-looking men — but not women — can earn as much as 22 per cent more than their more plain colleagues.
By Pat Kelly. Researchers have proposed a combination of specific hormones to counteract the despair caused by unrequited love and help the jilted to move on with their lives.