Being pregnant DOES make women"s feet bigger and the changes are permanent, say researchers

Being pregnant DOES make women's feet bigger and the changes are permanent, say researchers Study from University of Iowa found long-lasting changes to feet of pregnant women Most changes observed in first pregnanciesReport suggests the permanent change to women's feet could lead to arthritis in later life By Shari Miller PUBLISHED: 14:12 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 GMT, 3 March 2013 In her shoes: A new report suggests pregnancy can result in a woman's feet becoming permanently larger The next time a pregnant woman puts her feet up, she might just notice they look a little bigger – and are likely to stay that way, according to new research which suggests having a baby can change your shoe size forever. Research from the University of Iowa has found pregnancy can permanently change the size and shape of a woman's feet. Flat feet, where the arch of the foot flattens out, are a common problem for pregnant women and is possibly caused by the extra weight and increased looseness of the joints associated with pregnancy

Up to 70,000 British jobs "are at risk from Brussels climate change law"

Up to 70,000 British jobs 'are at risk from Brussels climate change law'Think-tank Civitas says aluminium industry has been ‘virtually eradicated’ after closures in Anglesey and Northumberland'The only way to save 400billion-a-year industry is to scrap plans to fine firms which produce too much carbon dioxide' | UPDATED: 00:41 GMT, 27 December 2012 A think-tank has said for 'British manufacturing to revive, the Government should abandon its expensive climate change policies' Up to 70,000 British jobs are at risk as a direct result of European carbon reduction targets, according to a report. The policies have pushed up the cost of energy, threatening the vital mineral industries which deal in materials such as cement, chemicals, glass, ceramics and steel, the study claims. It says the aluminium industry has been ‘virtually eradicated’ after closures in Anglesey and Northumberland, and blames policies which penalise ‘energy-intensive’ industries for emitting too much carbon dioxide

Doomsday 2012: If Mayan prophecy is true, just how will it all end on Friday?

If the Mayan prophecy is true, just how might it all end on Friday Scientists foretell the cataclysms that could bring on DoomsdayComet or super-volcano named as most likely causes of the end of the worldPet dogs could transmit deadly plague of cancers carried by foxes | UPDATED: 14:24 GMT, 19 December 2012 They say it won't happen, at least not on Friday, but in the event the Mayan prophecy of the end of the world is right, scientists have foretold a raft of bloody and catastrophic fates for us all. Dark comets, famine, super-volcanoes, catastrophic climate change, and a plague of cancers are just some of the ends that could fulfill the prophecy.

British father who fled Somerset after divorce left him suicidal reappears 20 years later… in -40C Siberia

British father who fled Somerset after divorce left him suicidal re-emerges in SIBERIA where he has lived for last 20 years His one sorrow is not knowing how to find his three children from his first marriage back in Exmoor Michael Ware married a local girl in a Russian village three time-zones east of Moscow, with a population of just 15They now have three children together and work on a farm that is inaccessible for most of the yearHe is now known as Mikhail and locals cannot tell he is English – aside from his Royal Mail woollen hat | UPDATED: 21:06 GMT, 11 December 2012 A British father who fled the country two decades ago after a bitter divorce left him suicidal has resurfaced – as a Siberian peasant.

When Russell Brand and Richard Branson are helping shape drug policy, something"s gone horribly wrong

When Russell Brand and Richard Branson are helping shape drug policy, something's gone horribly wrong | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 10 December 2012 From the carefully-placed story in a Sunday paper over the weekend, you’d think that today’s report from the Home Affairs Select Committee had come out with all guns blazing for the legalisation of drugs. That’s because the leak was intended to create an impression of an overwhelming move towards such a revolutionary change in policy. In fact, the report does not spell out this agenda so explicitly

George Osborne"s autumn statement: A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas.

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 4 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fish

Rise in shoddy DIY plumbing inspired by TV home makeovers is flooding UK rivers with sewage and killing fishPoorly-installed plumbing spreads toxins and kills marine life, say experts300,000 homes in England and Wales have botched pipeworkProblem will get worse thanks to home improvement fever | UPDATED: 13:44 GMT, 2 December 2012 Poorly-installed pipes fitted by DIY-crazy homeowners are leaking raw sewage and other toxic materials into UK waterways, killing marine life. As more and more home improvement enthusiasts, inspired by programmes like DIY SOS and Grand Designs, tackle their own plumbing issues, fish and water-based plants are dying off, experts have warned.