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Clare Spencer | 15:06 UK time, Monday, 31 January 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The Times' most popular story tells the distilled wisdom of a sex diary researcher. Arianne Cohen says the sex diarists who are happy all have two things in common: they know what their needs are and they feel as if they are on the path to having them met.

One of the Guardian's most popular stories is Charlie Brooker's take on the phone-hacking scandal. "It's like Watergate, but better, because it stars Sienna Miller and Steve Coogan. Excitingly, the bigger the scandal gets, the greater the likelihood that one day we'll get to see them playing themselves in the movie adaptation," he says.

The Telegraph's most read story says Tunisia and Egypt's protests show the weak grip of authoritarian regimes in poor countries that import grain. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard predicts food protests will spread to Asia.

Slate magazine's most read article is headlined "the enema of your enemy is your friend". It's based on news that faecal transplants are being used to cure c difficile infections.

Proving popular with New Scientist readers is a study which disputes previous beliefs that brains measure time by using an internal clock that generates events at a relatively regular rate. Instead, it found busy people feel time passing slower.

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