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HONG KONG

Women can spot infidelity

Women can tell with some accuracy whether an unfamiliar male is faithful simply by looking at his face, but men seem to lack the same ability when checking out women, according to an Australian study published yesterday. In a paper that appeared in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers found that women tended to make that judgement based on how masculine-looking the man was. “Women’s ratings of unfaithfulness showed small-moderate, significant correlations with measures of actual infidelity,” wrote the team, led by Gillian Rhodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at the University of Western Australia. “More masculine-looking men [were] rated as more probable to be unfaithful and having a sexual history of being more unfaithful.” Attractiveness was not a factor in the women making the link. “We provide the first evidence that faithfulness judgements, based solely on facial appearance, have a kernel of truth,” they wrote in the paper. Men, on the other hand, seemed to have no clue. They tended to perceive attractive, feminine women to be unfaithful, when there was no evidence that they were, the scientists said.

AUSTRALIA

Pupil ‘shows’ hand grenade

A school was evacuated yesterday after a child took a hand grenade into the classroom for a “show and tell” lesson, police said. The grenade resembles a World War II “pineapple” model and was believed to be inert, but police said it would not be moved from a teacher’s desk until specialists were satisfied it was safe to do so. “At this time we anticipate an early resolution to this issue, but we will await specialist advice as to the safety of moving the item,” Inspector Gerrard Lawson of Newcastle City Local Area Command said. “I want to warn members of the public that if they have or are aware of military ordnance they should not touch or move it, but contact police immediately.” He added that it was not yet known where the student obtained the grenade.

ITALY

Man who killed son jailed

A man who killed his 16-month-old son by throwing him off a bridge in Rome after a custody row with his partner was sentenced to 30 years in jail on Tuesday, Italian media reported. Patrizio Franceschelli, 26, threw his son Claudio into the freezing waters of the Tiber in February after arguing with the boy’s mother. The toddler’s body was found more than a month later after it washed up on the shore kilometers downstream. Franceschelli had been seen throwing his son into the river by a passing prison officer and had tried to flee, but was quickly caught by police.

FRANCE

French men losing sperm

The sperm count in French men dropped by nearly a third between 1989 and 2005, and the quality of sperm also declined, a study said yesterday. The sperm count fell at a rate of about 1.9 percent a year, said the authors of the report covering more than 26,600 men over the 17-year period and published in the journal Human Reproduction. The percentage of normally shaped sperm fell by 33.4 percent. “To our knowledge, this is the first study concluding a severe and general decrease in sperm concentration and morphology at the scale of a whole country over a substantial period,” wrote one of the report’s authors, epidemiologist Joelle Le Moal. “This constitutes a serious public health warning.” For the average man of 35 the number of sperm dropped from 73.6 million to 49.9 million per milliliter, the study showed.

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