The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion secrets revealed

The Duchess of Cambridge's style has long been a topic of conversation. (Remember that see-through dress she wore during a 2002 charity fashion show at the University of St. Andrews?) But British Vogue is taking the world's fascination with Catherine's closet a step further.

In its February issue, the magazine details everything from the average diameter of Kate's curls (25 millimeters) to the average number of teeth she exposes while smiling (8.6).

We already know she fancies labels such as Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham, but now we can say, with certainty, that she dons blue more than any other color, and she wears boat necks to 42% of the engagements she attends.

And while her style choices can influence sales -- a phenomenon dubbed the Kate Effect -- designers such as Roland Mouret say it's not so cut and dried.

"The kind of people who like Kate's style are not the kind to rush out and copy her dress," Mouret told British Vogue. "You don't see hundreds of women running around looking like her. To be honest, we're more likely to get orders on a dress that Kim Kardashian's worn."



Canadian astronaut tweets pics from Space Station

A Canadian astronaut has posted photographs from around the world and onboard the International Space Station while orbiting the Earth, on his Twitter account.

As word spread of his amazing photos, Commander Chris Hadfield's Twitter follower count shot skyward, Sky News reported.

On Sunday night, Hadfield was being followed by more than 89,000 people on his @Cmdr_Hadfield account.

A former Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield arrived at the ISS on December 21, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket.

The Canadian tweeted an image of himself being held by Star Trek's Captain Kirk, William Shatner.

He also  tweeted another photo, in support of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, after a players' strike had been resolved.

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Oscars Will Include Tribute to James Bond

James Bond and his license to kill and skirt-chase will be honored at this year's Academy Awards ceremony, the telecast's producers said.

The tribute to 007 comes as the venerable spy franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary. The popularity of Ian Fleming's devilish secret agent shows no signs of flagging. The latest entry, "Skyfall," starring Daniel Craig, became the first Bond movie to pass $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Some Oscar-prognosticators believe that the film's theme song from British chanteuse Adele and the performance of Javier Bardem as a sociopathic villain could find themselves with Oscar nominations.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

Zadan and Meron didn't tip their hand about what the sequence will involve and whether Craig and past Bonds like Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan would participate.

The Oscar show will air Sunday, Feb. 24.


Mexican pack of stray dogs 'kills four' in park

Authorities say there are about 120,000 stray dogs in Mexico City

Authorities in Mexico are investigating the deaths of four people reportedly killed by a pack of dogs in a park.

The bodies of the victims, including a mother and her baby, were covered in what appeared to be bite marks, and police found their belongings nearby.

At least 25 dogs living in Cerro de la Estrella, a hilly woodland in eastern Mexico City, have been rounded up by investigators,according to BBC.

The number of stray dogs in the Mexican capital is estimated at about 120,000.

Experts said the bite marks suggest that at least 10 dogs were involved in the attack.

The detained dogs will undergo tests to verify the presence of human tissues in their mouths and intestines, authorities said.

The deaths are believed to have happened between 29 December and 5 January.

The large population of stray dogs has long been a problem in Mexico City, correspondents say.

A 2008 study said that there were more than three million of them living on the streets, but a more recent estimate by the capital's authorities suggested the 120,000 figure.

This is roughly equivalent to the number of dogs collected from the streets of the UK in 2011.



Chinese couple rushed to marry on 'Love You Forever' Day on 4th Jan

Thousands of Chinese couples have queued at registry offices across China, in the hope that marrying on that date would bring them lasting romance.

At least 10,000 couples were due to tie the knot in Beijing, with many more coming without an appointment, the BBC reports.

A similar wedding rush took place on 12 December 2012, which was the century's final repeating date.

Extra government staff had to be deployed to cope with the number of people coming to get married.

According to the report, couples in the southern island province of Hainan even braced bad weather and lined up in the rain, waiting for their chance to say 'I do'.

Source: Bejing Bulletin