Iran earthquake: 32 killed and hundreds injured near nuclear plant

Huge earthquake near nuclear plant in Iran kills 37 and injures hundredsTremor strikes in rural deep south of Iran crushing houses to rubble Authorities insist no damage to nuclear plant nearby but no verification PUBLISHED: 17:20 GMT, 9 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:23 GMT, 10 April 2013 At least 37 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a 6.1 magnitude earthquake near a nuclear plant in southern Iran on Tuesday, Iranian officials said. The earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran's first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help

Eight in ten men take phone or tablet to dinner and admit playing with it

Eight in ten men admit playing with their phone or tablet during dinner Men would rather sit on their smartphone or tablet than engage in person Women say that 76 per cent of them browse the internet in silence By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 23:46 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:37 GMT, 5 March 2013 An incredible 80 per cent of men in the UK admit playing on their smart phone or Internet tablet during dinner, according to a new survey.

We can"t win "pointless" vote to end hunting ban due to parliamentary opposition, say Tories

We can't win 'pointless' vote to end hunting ban due to parliamentary opposition, say Tories Grant Shapps defended decision to delay vote on hunting banThe Tory Party chairman said vote on lifting ban on hunting with dogs 'pointless' due to strong parliamentary oppositionMr Shapps' comments came as hunting parties with hounds gathered for the annual Boxing Day event | UPDATED: 10:12 GMT, 27 December 2012 Pointless: Grant Shapps said holding a vote for lifting the ban with such strong opposition would be a waste of time The ban on hunting with dogs will not be overturned, Tory chairman Grant Shapps declared yesterday. Speaking on the day that a quarter of a million supporters turned out for Boxing Day hunts, he said there was no chance of getting the majority needed to scrap Labour's law. Earlier, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said he was not expecting a vote in 2013, because it was clear the Government would lose.

New Year? We"re staying in! Cash-strapped Brits prepare for a muted celebration on the sofa with treats and snacks

New Year We're staying in! Cash-strapped Brits prepare for a muted celebration on the sofa to welcome in 2013 | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 27 December 2012 Cash-strapped Britons are preparing for muted New Year's Eve celebrations with eight in ten planning a quiet night in, a survey revealed yesterday.

Thumbnail-sized component that could save 7m British project to drill for signs of life arrives on the Antarctic ice

The 1, thumbnail-sized part that could save groundbreaking 7m British project to drill for signs of life under the Antarctic Tiny variable resistor sent 15,000km from Britain as researchers race against time to complete project following drill failure Now set to be fitted and tested by engineers who hope to resume drilling next week after malfunctioning boilers have now pitted them in a race against time to complete the project before their equipment freezesThey hope to find life forms which have been shut off from the rest of the Earth for at least 100,000 yearsHowever | UPDATED: 18:37 GMT, 21 December 2012 A varistor, a variable resistor, believed to be similar to the one sent 15,000km to the Antarctic to try and save a 7m project to drill two miles under the ice It is one of the most valuable deliveries ever made to the remote Antarctic ice. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey today took delivery of a thumbnail sized 'varistor' – a variable resistor believed to cost just 1 – that could save their 7m project.

Laurel and Hardy to Strictly Come Dancing, how Christmas Day TV has changed over the past 60 years

From Laurel and Hardy to Strictly, how Christmas Day TV has changed over the past 60 years More religious content in the 1950s and light entertainment in the 1970sMore repeats, film and drama than ever before in 2012Sir Bruce Forsyth and the Queen remain the enduring figures on our screens on December 25 | UPDATED: 08:04 GMT, 21 December 2012 A church service in the morning, some Laurel and Hardy in the afternoon, then an evening in the company of Norman Wisdom before being tucked up in bed at 11pm. Christmas Day television in 1952 was a rather gentler affair than it is now – with a much bigger proportion of it devoted to religious programming. But some things, reassuringly, have endured, not least the presence of Bruce Forsyth – and the Queen.

Nearly half of all Britain"s smart phones owners use gadget to do their online shopping

Nearly half of all Britain's smart phones owners use gadget to do their online shopping New report shows music downloads are the most popular purchase using smartphones | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 12 December 2012 Nearly half of smartphone owners use it to shop online Increasing numbers of Britons are switching from shopping by computer to shopping on their smartphone, a new survey has revealed. Nearly two-thirds of Britons now use a smartphone – with nearly half of them using theirs for online shopping or purchasing. Music downloads top the list of purchases made through smartphones, the report from consumer analysts Mintel found.

Census data: Decade that changed the face of the UK: 4million migrants settle here – and in London less than half of the population is white British

Decade that changed the face of the UK: 4million migrants settle here – and in London less than half of the population is white British 7.5million residents of England and Wales were foreign-born in 2011Just 44.9 per cent of Londoners are White British, according to census dataLess than 90 per cent of country is white for the first time everCensus data reveal just 59 per cent now call themselves Christian as a quarter say they have no religion and 5 per cent are Muslim Home ownership declines but more people have paid off their mortgagesMarriage rate dips to record low as fewer than half are hitched | UPDATED: 01:18 GMT, 12 December 2012 Nearly four million immigrants swelled the population of England and Wales over just ten years, the results of the national census revealed yesterday.

Is SALT making children fat? Youngsters left parched by crisps and chips are quenching their thirst with sugary drinks

Is SALT making children fat Youngsters left parched by crisps and chips are quenching their thirst with sugary drinks Two thirds of children consumed sugar sweetened drink in the studyIn this group the more salt they consumed the more sugary beverages they drankThe children who consumed more than one sugary drink per day were 34% more likely to be overweight | UPDATED: 18:29 GMT, 11 December 2012 Salty snacks could be fueling childhood obesity as they encourage youngsters to guzzle sweetened drinks to quench their thirst, say researchers. A study of 4,200 children in Australia found those who consumed high amounts of salt were also the most likely to reach for high-calorie beverages. This put them at risk of unhealthy weight gain, according to the research from Deakin University

"Tis the season… to wear much more make-up: Women use three times as much during festive season

'Tis the season…to wear much more make-up: Women use three times as much during festive season | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 11 December 2012 Party season: Women use three times as much make-up in December says survey It seems our homes aren’t the only things that get a little extra decoration at this time of year. Women wear around three times as much make-up during the Christmas season, according to a poll, slathering 12 products on to their faces before going on a night out