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Earliest direct evidence of milk consumption

Earliest direct evidence of milk consumption

Science
Scientists have discovered the earliest direct evidence of milk consumption by humans.The team identified milk protein entombed in dental plaque on the teeth of prehistoric farmers from Britain.It shows that humans were consuming dairy products as early as 6,000 years ago - despite being lactose intolerant.This could suggest they processed the raw milk into cheese, yoghurt or some other fermented product.This would have reduced its lactose content, making it more palatable.The team members scraped samples of plaque off the teeth, separated the different components within it and analysed them using mass spectrometry.They detected a milk protein called beta-lactoglobulin (BLG) in the tartar of seven individuals spanning early to mi...
Direct debit fraud: ‘My mother lost £14,000’

Direct debit fraud: ‘My mother lost £14,000’

Business
"I was shaking with rage and stress, I couldn't believe this had happened."Sue is describing the moment she discovered that her late mother, Margaret (not their real names), who'd spent the last years of her life battling dementia, had had more than £14,000 stolen through direct debit fraud."To be told that that amount of money had been taken... I was outraged that someone could steal off my mother," Sue says.And she is not alone in her concern. The charity Action on Elder Abuse is warning about the dangers of direct debits being fraudulently set up in the name of vulnerable victims.The charity says it's concerned about loopholes and a lack of transparency within the current system.But the Direct Debit scheme says its guarantee means companies that use it
Sports Direct faces £605m tax bill and ‘terminal’ problems at House of Fraser

Sports Direct faces £605m tax bill and ‘terminal’ problems at House of Fraser

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter Sports Direct says it is facing a €674m (£605m) tax demand from Belgian authorities - as boss Mike Ashley warned that problems at House of Fraser were "terminal".Mr Ashley also warned of more store closures at House of Fraser and expressed apparent regret for buying it, as Sports Direct published a much-delayed set of full-year financial results. The tycoon used the results statement to deliver a stark assessment of the problems his business is facing as well as venting at length about those he blames for them.He warned that the acquisition of House of Fraser had "led to significant uncertainty as to the future profitability of the group as a whole".Meanwhile, the group said its chief financial officer Jon Kem
Sports Direct shares slip as House of Fraser weighs on results

Sports Direct shares slip as House of Fraser weighs on results

Business
Shares in Mike Ashley's Sports Direct have dived more than 10% after the retailer said it had delayed the publication of its annual results.The company, whose shares trade on the FTSE 250, blamed problems integrating its purchase of House of Fraser (HoF) stores last summer and increased scrutiny of its accounts. It added that this could affect its financial forecasts. Image: House of Fraser was bought by Mr Ashley in August last year Sports Direct had been due to publish results for the year to 28 April on Thursday but said it now expected to release them between 26 July and 23 August.Its statement said: "The reasons for the delay are the complexities of the integration into the company of the House of Fraser business, and the current...
Elephants take more direct paths through dangerous territory

Elephants take more direct paths through dangerous territory

Science
June 13 (UPI) -- Elephants take more direct paths through territory frequented by poachers, according to new analysis by researchers in Europe and Africa. A growing body of research suggests the threat of poachers has a significant effect on the behavior of elephants in Africa. Previous studies have shown elephants increase their walking speeds when traveling from one feeding location to another, especially when passing through particularly dangerous territory. Researchers have also observed elephants living in particularly dangerous places shifting their primary activity from day to night. For the new study, scientists studied the movement of elephants through northern Kenya's Samburu-Laikipia ecosystem between 2004 and 2014, a time period that featured increasing levels of ivory poachi...