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Middle-aged and Older Women Who Sleep More Get Better Sex

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Sleep more. Enjoy sex more. That is the bottom line of a new study of mid - dle-aged and older women published in Menopause magazine, according to the Today morning TV show in the US. Research done at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona revealed that a majority of women surveyed - some 60 percent - who got at least seven to eight hours of sleep reported being more satisfied with their sex lives than those who slept less. So, perhaps not surprisingly, 56 percent of the women said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their current sexual activity. Insomnia was also a cause of dissatisfaction with their sex life, the study found.

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Buckingham Palace Offers GBP30,000- a-year to Run Queen's Twitter

Buckingham Palace is offering a 30,000 pounds annual package for a job to run queen Elizabeth's personal Twitter account, having 2.77 million followers. A job advertisement has been placed on the queen's official website seeking a new 'digital communications officer' to join a "fast-paced" and "dynamic" team. The full-time role will involve managing the queen's Twitter account and letting the world know about her work and the Royal Family's public role. Tasks will include writing posts on the queen's social media accounts including Facebook and YouTube as well as documenting state visits, award ceremonies and Royal engagements.

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Glass Wall Proposed to Replace Eiffel Tower Metal Fencing

Paris authorities say they want to replace the metal security fencing around the Eiffel Tower with a more visually appealing glass wall. A statement from Paris City Hall issued on February 9 said see-through panels could replace the existing fences at the north and south of the famed monument that were installed for the Euro 2016 soccer event. The proposal will be examined by the city's sites commission and then needs approval from the environment ministry. The proposal is part of a USD3.2-million project announced in January to modernize the 128-yearold tower.

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Moon Much Older Than Previously Thought

The moon is much older than scientists thought. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have released a study, which puts the moon's creation at roughly 4.51 billion years ago, instead of the previ - ously accepted 4.3 billion years. Scientists from UCLA studied fragments of moon rocks called zircon, which were collected during the Apollo 14 mission. By measuring the radioactive decay of various elements in the zircon, they were able to get precise measurements, according to the project's lead researcher Melanie Barboni. Scientists theorize the moon was created after a large body collided with primordial Earth. The new date means the moon formed roughly 60 million years after the birth of the solar system - a key factor for scientists analyzing how planets form.

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Pollution Tainting Even the Deepest Reaches of Earth's Oceans

Banned chemicals are tainting tiny crustaceans that inhabit the deepest ocean. A study said on February 13, the first evidence that humans are polluting even the farthest reaches of our planet. Even at depths of nearly 11 kilometers these scavengers could not escape "extraordinary" levels of contamination with chemicals used in coolants and insulating fluids, researchers said. The pollutants likely came from plastic waste and dead animals sinking to the ocean floor, they wrote in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. These are some of the deepest, darkest places on Earth, less well-known to mankind than the surface of the Moon. The tests revealed high levels of pollutants, including polychlorinated biphenyls banned almost 40 years ago for causing cancer and wreaking havoc with hormones.

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