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world Updated: Feb 13, 2013 00:03 IST
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Oz cassius retains world's biggest crocodile crown
Sydney: Cassius has reclaimed his crown as the world's biggest crocodile in captivity after his rival for the title died, with the huge reptile's handler in Australia saying Tuesday it will boost business.

The 5.48-metre crocodile, kept in a park on an island off Australia's Queensland, held the record until Lolong, a 6.17-metre suspected man-eater, was caught in the Philippines 17 months ago.

But with Lolong's death from a mystery illness on Sunday, Cassius is once again on top. "The Guinness Book of World Records contacted us as soon as Lolong died," said Billy Craig, a croc wrangler at Marineland Melanesia where Cassius lives.

"They said the record will revert to us. It's good for business. We changed the sign to the largest crocodile incaptivity in Australia."

Three cups of tea a day can stave off Alzheimer's
London: Drinking tea daily can keep the brain sharp into old age as a compound found in it can offer protection against Alzheimer's up to 43%, scientists claim.

An analysis of six different studies by the University of California researchers found that drinking tea helped the brain stay sharper. The benefits of drinking as little as one to three cups a day in staving off mental decline are more pronounced among women.

They say some compounds likeas theanine in tea could protect against Alzheimer's.

First 'pay-by-tweet' service launched on Twitter
Washington: The first 'pay-by-tweet' service has been launched on Twitter, with American Express introducing a service that will allow its cardholders purchase products by sending a short message.

The integration of a leading payment mechanism into Twitter represents one of the most ambitious attempts yet to build ecommerce directly into a social media site.

Under the arrangement, users who link their Twitter and Amex accounts will be able to accept offers from merchants by tweeting a hashtag included with the offer, CNN reports.

4 in 5 people of over 50 enjoy healthy sex lives
London: The over-50s are more sexually active than six years ago, according to a survey which also found that a third of the age group enjoy sex more than in their youth.

Four in five of those in their early 50s make love regularly, with a quarter enjoying a romantic episode under the sheets at least once a week.

Passion remains important even among those 20 years older, with almost half of the over-75s still having sex.

The findings chime with other research that has revealed today's over-50s are more likely to be over the moon than over the hill.