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LIFE EX­PECTANCY SET TO EX­CEED 90 FOR FIRST TIME

A study by re­searchers in Lon­don has found women in South Korea will live to an av­er­age of 90 by 2030.

FISH CAN ‘SING LIKE BIRDS’

Step aside Lady Gaga – fish have been recorded ‘singing’ by re­searchers in Western Aus­tralia. The aquatic sym­phonies oc­cur at dawn and dusk, much like the cho­ruses sung by birds.

BUTTERCUPS’ GLOW IS CAUSED BY THEIR PETAL STRUC­TURE

Ever held a but­ter­cup un­der your chin to see if you like but­ter? The sig­na­ture glow­ing ef­fect is caused by an in­cred­i­bly thin outer layer act­ing like an op­ti­cal film and re­flect­ing light, Dutch re­searchers have found.

FIVE A DAY MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

A team at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don es­ti­mates that nearly eight mil­lion early deaths could be pre­vented world­wide if we all ate 10 por­tions of fruit and veg a day. Pass the car­rot sticks.

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