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5,300-year-old iceman's last meal was remarkably high in fat

5,300-year-old iceman's last meal was remarkably high in fat

Science
July 13 (UPI) -- The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy ate a last meal extremely high in fat content, scientists have discovered. Researchers published a new study in Current Biology on Thursday, reporting insights into the nutritional habits of European individuals in the Copper Age, more than 5,000 years ago. The study is the first in-depth analysis of the stomach contents of the mummy known as Otzi, or the Iceman, providing a glimpse into our ancestor's ancient dietary habits. The Iceman was discovered in 1991 by German tourists in the Eastern Italian Alps. Scientists were initially unable to identify the Iceman's stomach because it had moved up during the mummification process. But in 2009, during re-investigation of CT scans, scientists spotted it and launched an effort to analyz...
WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

WH Smith voted UK's worst High Street shop in Which? survey

Business
WH Smith has been voted the worst retailer on the UK High Street in a survey of more than 10,000 consumers.Customers complained the shops were out-of-date, products were expensive and staff were rude in the survey by consumer group Which?Cosmetics chain Lush, discounter Savers and toy chain Smyths Toys came top in the survey, which asked shoppers for their thoughts on about 100 retailers.WH Smith said just 184 shoppers had commented on its stores in the survey."We serve 12 million customers each week, and despite a challenging retail environment we continue to open new shops, and to maintain our presence on the UK High Street," a spokesperson said. Which? said its ranking was based on customers' experiences of buying items other than groceries, their leve...
Some cheer for retail amid high street crisis

Some cheer for retail amid high street crisis

Business
Retail sales bounced back last month after the so-called Beast from the East exacerbated the crisis facing the high street, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded a 1.6% rise in sales volumes during April compared to March - a rate that smashed economists' expectations.The performance represented some hope for retailers - and the economy - that February and March proved a blip for the shopping sector because of the poor weather.Previous industry statistics had suggested sales slumped at their fastest pace for more than two decades in April.:: Retail sales slide in March as cold weather takes toll Image: Heavy snow and biting temperatures in February and March took their toll on the high street ...
FTSE 100 strikes new record closing high

FTSE 100 strikes new record closing high

Business
The FTSE 100 has registered a new record high - signalling some cheer for UK pension funds as the economy stagnates. London's premier share index closed Thursday's session at 7787 points - a rise of 53 on the previous day as utility and retail stocks made some ground.It beat the previous record close of 7778, which was recorded in January before a stock market wobble.Values sank across the world amid fears of a US-inspired trade war, that pushed the FTSE below the 7000-point barrier at one stage in March.Its fortunes have been largely governed by the pound since the Brexit vote - with weakness in the currency boosting the earnings of its dollar-earning constituents.Sterling has bled value in recent weeks versus the dollar, partly because of continued concern about the state...
Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake

Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake

Technology
Apple shares have hit an all-time high on news that legendary investor Warren Buffett now has a roughly 5% stake in the tech giant.Shares in Apple, already the world's most valuable company, rose by almost 4% on Friday to more than $ 183.7 each.Mr Buffett said his Berkshire Hathaway group bought about 75 million more shares of the iPhone maker in the first three months of the year.His investment moves are closely watched across the world.Mr Buffett's company has been buying up shares in Apple since 2016. Berkshire Hathaway claimed a nearly 3.3% stake, or more than 166 million shares, at the end of last year. At the time, the holding, one of Berkshire's biggest stock market gambits, was worth more than $ 28bn. Now, after the additional share purchases and an 8% rise in price since the start...