Saturday 21 April 2018

Babies' survival tactic

Sibling rivalry may extend to breastfeeding infants who keep their mothers up at night to prevent them getting pregnant, an expert has claimed. Infants who constantly wake up demanding to be fed are trying to delay the birth of a brother or sister.

Evolutionary biologist, Professor David Haig, believes breastfeeding widens the gap between births by undermining fertility. Over millions of years, human infants have evolved the feeding strategy to reduce competition and improve their chances of survival.


JIM Flaherty, one of the longest-serving finance ministers in Canadian history, died suddenly yesterday, less than a month after resigning from his post. He was 64. "My partner and my friend Jim Flaherty" has died, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

"This comes as an unexpected and a terrible shock." Flaherty "passed away peacefully," his wife Christine Elliott and triplet sons John, Galen and Quinn said in a statement. It is believed he died of a heart attack.

Caught in an e-web

When a US man got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop, he was puzzled – somebody had stolen it a year earlier. Police eventually arrested Casey Wentworth (24) and charged him with burglary. He is accused of taking the laptop from Mike Witonis's home in New Hampshire in February 2013.

Police could not identify any suspects but detectives contacted Apple and the laptop's serial number was flagged. When Mr Witonis got the email, he contacted police, who said the person who called customer service used the serial number of the laptop.


Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in France with a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

Mr Liang put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors and it sold for 5,250 yuan (€650).


Top-secret MI5 files on people and organisations involved in espionage during World War I are available online for the first time.

More than 150 files created during the Great War, but often extending beyond it, have been digitised by the UK National Archives, and include interrogation reports, letters, postcards and photos relating to individuals and groups under surveillance.

Irish Independent

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