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Beautiful is best

London, May 28 (Reuters): Handsome men produce the best quality semen and beautiful women seem to have good voices, according to scientists.

researchers at the University of Valencia in Spain tested the quality of male sperm and then later asked women to rank the attractiveness of the donors it produced some interesting results.

“They found that men with the most attractive faces also make the best quality sperm,” New Scientist magazine said today.

another study, researchers at the University of Nottingham in England compared the quality of female voices and their facial features. After playing recordings of 30 young women to men, who ranked them in order, the researchers asked them to look at their pictures and choose the most striking faces.

“The men judged women with the nicest voices as the most attractive, on average,” the magazine added.

Actor weds

London (Reuters): British actor Kenneth Branagh has married his girlfriend Lindsay Brunnock in a private ceremony, his publicist said on Wednesday. The couple tied the knot at a small ceremony at the weekend and are now on honeymoon at an undisclosed location. No other details were released. Branagh, 42, who is best known for his Shakespearean roles including Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, met art director Brunnock on the set of the Channel 4 television drama Shackleton two years ago. It is the second marriage for Branagh after his first to actress Emma Thompson ended in 1996. He then had a relationship with his Frankenstein co-star Helena Bonham Carter before they split in 1999. The Belfast-born actor and director recently starred as the vain professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Drunk down

Canberra (Reuters): Drivers on roads Down Under have a new animal to steer clear of — the drunken Australian male. New research shows that two out of three road deaths among male pedestrians aged between 15 to 54 are to be blamed on alcohol or other drugs. The report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found that around 85 per cent of the fatal accidents happened between 6 pm and dawn, particularly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In more than 30 per cent of cases the male victim had simply been standing or lying on the road when hit, rather than actually attempting to cross it. Five out of six victims had a blood alcohol concentration over three times a driver’s legal limit.

”Pedestrians must get the message that they need to be as conscious as drivers of the dangers of mixing road use with alcohol,” Australia's Transport Parliamentary Secretary Ron Boswell said in a statement.

The report found only eight percent of the deaths could be blamed on risky road use by the vehicle's driver.

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) - Almost all American motorists admit to bad driving habits from speeding to eating behind the wheel or chatting on cell phones, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

A whopping 91 percent of respondents said they engaged in at least one risky activity while driving, said the survey commissioned by Drive for Life: The National Safe Driving Test and Initiative, a group that promotes driver education.

The national poll of more than 1,100 licensed drivers found that 56 percent identified “inattentive drivers” as the greatest threat to driving safety.

Speeding topped the list of bad habits -- seven in 10 respondents said they drove a little above the speed limit now and then.

Other risky practices drivers admitted to included crossing on a red or yellow light (35 percent), not using turn signals (26 percent) and aggressive driving (13 percent).

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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