Was Jane Austen poisoned by ARSENIC?

A new theory has claimed Jane Austen was almost totally blind at the end of her life, as a result of being poisoned by arsenic. 

The Pride and Prejudice author died in 1817, aged 41, and tests on three pairs of glasses that have been handed down through her descendants show that her eyesight grew increasingly poor as she grew older.

She is known to have referenced her frustration at her lack of vision in several letters.

Based on a description of unusual pigmentation on her face, crime writer Lindsay Ashford speculated she may well have suffered from arsenic poisoning.

90% of People DON'T Want to Know What Their Future Holds

Given the choice most people would not want to know their future, even if these events could make them happy, a new study has found.

Researchers say that people would rather avoid the suffering that knowing the future could cause.

Most people wish to avoid regretting their decision to know, and want to preserve the enjoyment of suspense in their lives, the research found. 

The team also found that those who prefer not to know the future are more risk averse and are more likely to buy life and legal insurance than people who want to know the future. 

They claim that those who choose to be ignorant anticipate regret and so are more pessimistic.

How well can you read emotions?

Eyes may be the ‘windows to the soul,’ but depending on who’s reading them, they might tell very different stories according to Daily mail.

A new study found that women tend to be more perceptive than men when determining another person’s emotion based only on their eyes and eyebrows, especially when it comes to reading signs of vulnerability.

Men, however, were found to excel at detecting emotions related to anger – and for both genders, researchers say the ability gets better with age.

What St Valentine looked like

Scientists have for the first time revealed the face of the patron saint of lovers, who paid a heavy price for his defence of romance 1,700 years ago , according to Daily mail.

Experts have revealed what Saint Valentine looked like, using state-of-the-art 3D interactive technology after studying the ancient holy man's skull.

First-born children really ARE smarter

First-born children are smarter than their younger siblings, according to new research.

Economists have waded into the age-old debate and concluded that first-borns have a higher IQ test score than their siblings as early as age one according to Daily mail.

Researchers said the findings could be explained by first-born children receiving more mental stimulation and support in developing thinking skills from their parents during their early years.