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'For the dog, it's a game': sniffing out truffles in Italy

Giovanni Monchiero is the dean of the unusual academy in Roddi in northwestern Italy where the graduates wag their tails. This is Italy's 'truffle dog university.'

Giovanni Monchiero is the dean of the unusual academy in Roddi in northwestern Italy ...

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'For the dog, it's a game': sniffing out truffles in Italy

The men, aged 24 to 67, are from Australia, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, and ...

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Meet the men who donate sperm on Facebook

'This is who I am,' Kodo Nishimura says. 'I am not going to try to be something else.'

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Meet the Japanese Buddhist monk who loves make-up

While the world's population skyrocketed from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.6 billion in 2017, ...

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Baby boom for some nations, bust for others – study

The discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that cave painting did not emerge only ...

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Cave paintings from 40,000 years ago are world's earliest figurative art

By the end of the Middle Ages, a view of women as especially susceptible to witchcraft ...

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The evolution of the medieval witch – and why she's usually a woman

Our findings suggest that going through an extreme haunted attraction provides gains ...

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Why is it fun to be frightened?

'There was no fridge, the children slept on a mattress without covers and there were no ...

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Father of 2 jailed in France for feeding them only cake and Coca-Cola

The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and 6 recipients of the Fields Medal say open ...

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35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad win the prestigious ...

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DR Congo's Dr Mukwege, Yazidi campaigner Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018