Friends are 'better than morphine

Friends rally round you at your lowest points and share your highs and now research has found they could be having a profound effect on how you experience pain too.

Researchers have discovered that people with more friends have a higher tolerance for pain.

Friendships boost endorphins in the body and these are well known for acting as our body's natural painkillers.

Meet Jia Jia the robot goddess

You might do a double take when you see this new interactive robot, as it 'looks very much like a real woman'.

Dubbed 'robot goddess', Jia Jia has the long flowing locks and rosy red cheeks as a human, but is being taught deep learning abilities.

This humanoid is designed with natural eye movement, speech that is syncs with its lip movements and refers to its male creators as 'lords'.

Muddy bunch of rags' found at the bottom of the North Sea belonged to a noble woman

A collection of rags found at the bottom of the North Sea has been revealed to contain a luxurious wardrobe which may have belonged to one of Charles I's female courtiers.

Divers off found the treasure, which came from a shipwreck, after it was exposed by a storm which washed away silt that had covered it for four centuries.

When they separated the items, they realised that they had discovered one remarkably well-preserved dress.

And now researchers have found a letter which proves that one of the ships carrying the retinue of Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I, to Holland in 1642 sank in the same area as the new discovery.

Shakespeare's head is missing!

It may read 'cursed be he that moves my bones' on William Shakespeare's tombstone.

But experts have concluded that it is possible the Bard's skull was stolen by trophy hunters over 200 years ago.

Archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) were able to look beneath the surface of what is widely thought to be the writer's grave - but they discovered 'an odd disturbance at the head end'.

Kevin Colls, who led the study at the site in Holy Trinity Church, said the discovery chimes with the story that the skull was stolen in 1794

Tiger numbers show increase for first time in a century

The estimated number of wild tigers worldwide has risen for the first time in a century, conservationists say.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum said 3,890 tigers had been counted in the latest global census, according to BBC.

In 2010 there were just 3,200 tigers in the wild. In 1900, there were 100,000.

While hopeful that the numbers indicate a population increase, experts cautioned it could also just indicate improved data gathering.