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Busting the myth of Friday the 13th

Busting the myth of Friday the 13th

More than one in four streets in the UK don’t have a house with a number 13, where there is one it sells for less than number 12 or number 14 even if identical and high-rise hotels don’t even have a 13th floor. Today is Friday May 13th – but Brunel economist Dr Jan Fidrmuc says science can prove definitively that you can put away the four leaf clover.

Along with Dr JD Tena of Liverpool University, Dr Fidrmuc has published an academic paper which explodes the enduring myth that Friday the 13th is a particularly unlucky day and discussed his findings on BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast and the BBC’s World Service.

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    Researchers at Brunel University London and University College London have pinpointed a protein marker, which when absent, shows neuroblastoma is almost certain to recur.

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