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Flirting is all too rare in Britain - and when it does take place it's likely to fail, a study has revealed.

world Updated: Oct 29, 2012 02:45 IST

British men poor at flirting: study
London: Flirting is all too rare in Britain - and when it does take place it's likely to fail, a study has revealed. According to social anthropologist Jean Smith, who spent more than a decade looking at how men and women interact and recently completed a four-country comparison, she found that flirting was rare in Britain and people just give up easily and went home; New Yorkers get right down to business; Parisians take refuge in ornate but time-proven ritual. Britain's problems start with men. Protocol dictates that men should approach women. Men know this, yet they're horrified at the idea of rejection, the Daily Mail reported.

Statue of Liberty reopens
Washington: The Statue of Liberty has reopened for public viewing after a year-long, 30 million-dollar interior makeover. The mostly federally funded renovation to the 126-year-old Statue of Liberty includes fire-safety and ventilation improvements, better bathrooms, a third elevator and a remodeled staircase with 39 extra steps to make it easier to climb from pedestal to crown. And, for the first time ever, there is wheelchair access to the top of the pedestal. With the structural improvements, 26,000 more visitors will be able to visit the crown every year, the New York Post reports.

"All that makes me confident I can bring my grandparents," Jean-Pascal Mill, 38, a tourist from Lyon, France, who visited the Liberty Island said.

Glove as wireless keyboard
Washington: Computer engineering students have designed a glove device that functions as a wireless keyboard. Called a Gauntlet Keyboard, the tool could revolutionize new ways of using electronic devices with just one hand. Instead of tapping keys on a keyboard, the user simply touches their thumb to points on their fingers assigned a letter or other keyboard function. Conductive thread carries the commands to a matchbox-sized Printed Circuit Board (PCB) affixed to the back of the glove. The PCB transmits it via Bluetooth, whether it's a computer, a mobile phone, music synthesizer, video game or military device.

Protein behind bad cholesterol
Toronto: Canadian scientists have nailed a protein behind high levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL), elevating the risk of heart disease. The research proves that the protein in question, resistin, secreted by fat tissue, increases the production of LDL in human liver cells and also degrades LDL receptors in the liver, hampering the organ from clearing "bad" cholesterol.