Last year I attended a Nuance showcase in London and found myself extremely impressed by a demo of the Dragon Speech Recognition product for use in hospitals. What was striking was that the system understood the most complicated medical jargon – spoken in a regular way, at speed – and added them to existing Electronic Medical Records.

Big, small, broad, narrow, long or short, turned up, pug, hooked, bulbous or prominent, humans inherit their nose shape from their parents, but ultimately, the shape of someone's nose and that of their parents was formed by a long process of adaptation to our local climate, according to an international team of researchers.

A less strenuous form of exercise known as whole-body vibration (WBV) can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise in mice, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's journal Endocrinology.

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