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  • Scientists develop dog IQ test

    Scientists develop dog IQ test

    A dog IQ test has been developed by scientists in the UK who say it could pave the way for breakthroughs in our understanding of the link between intelligence and health. Experts have discovered that dog intelligence works the same way as human...

  • Moscow exhibition free for women wearing high heels

    Moscow exhibition free for women wearing high heels

    A music video with more than 35 million views online has inspired organisers of a Moscow art exhibit to offer free admission to women who turn up wearing high heels. The video by Leningrad, one of Russia's most popular rock bands, tells the story...

  • Kew Gardens sports Brazilian theme to mark Rio Olympics

    Kew Gardens sports Brazilian theme to mark Rio Olympics

    Kew Gardens is adopting a Brazilian theme in the run-up to the Rio Olympics with an exhibition of works by an artist who travelled deep into the Amazon to paint its plant life. Paintings by Margaret Mee, a British explorer who made 15 trips into...

  • Double decker bus explodes in heart of London - for new action film

    Double decker bus explodes in heart of London - for new action film

    A double decker bus dramatically explodes in the heart of London - but it is all for a movie. Londoners were left confused as they saw the bus go up in flames as it drove along Lambeth Bridge in central London on Sunday. A spokesman for the Port...

  • Chicago goes crazy for 'paczki' as doughnuts go gourmet

    Chicago goes crazy for 'paczki' as doughnuts go gourmet

    Chicago residents s are this month focused on finding the perfect paczki - a rich, Polish, doughnut-type dessert that's taking the high-end dessert market by storm. Long a staple treat preceding the Catholic fasting period of Lent, the pastries, a...

  • Baby clothes howlers lead to supermarket chain Tesco apology

    Baby clothes howlers lead to supermarket chain Tesco apology

    Supermarket chain Tesco has promised to brush up on its spelling and grammar after making two separate mistakes in a single pack of baby clothes. The parents of three-month-old Alexander Kendall spotted the errors after being given the set of five...

  • 1935 butcher's van from Dad's Army restored to former glory

    1935 butcher's van from Dad's Army restored to former glory

    The original butcher's van featured in the Dad's Army comedy series has been restored by a team of apprentices. The 1935 Ford BB Box Van featured in the first colour episode of the series on September 11 1969 and went on to become a fixture of the...

  • Photo booth captures photos of robber

    Photo booth captures photos of robber

    Batavia Police Department in Illnois, the US, released photos of a man who is believed to have burgled a photo booth last November. Unbeknown to the man, the photo booth was designed to capture photos when it senses the cash box being tampered...

  • Sinkhole swallows car... with entire family inside

    Sinkhole swallows car... with entire family inside

    A sinkhole has swallowed a car with an entire family inside in Peru. Emergency teams had to rescue them from the sinkhole, which was around five metres wide and three metres deep, using ropes. A crane was later deployed to retrieve the...

  • Squirrel leaves thousands without power in the US

    Squirrel leaves thousands without power in the US

    A squirrel caused a 40-minute power outage in Oklahoma, according to the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The outage, caused by a squirrel that made its way into Tulsa power substation, affected about 5,500 customers including six Tulsa Public...

  • New tarantula species named after country legend Johnny Cash

    New tarantula species named after country legend Johnny Cash

    It is big, hairy, and if one sinks its fangs in you it will burn, burn, burn like a ring of fire. Scientists have named a new species of tarantula after country music legend Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnnycashi was discovered in California near...

  • Ancient 'wildebeest' used nasal trumpet to keep in touch with herd

    Ancient 'wildebeest' used nasal trumpet to keep in touch with herd

    An ancient "wildebeest" shared a bizarre feature with herd dinosaurs that lived tens of millions of years before it, say scientists. Both were equipped with a nasal "trumpet" that may have allowed them to communicate with other members of their...

  • A neigh to horse drawn carriage ban in New York

    A neigh to horse drawn carriage ban in New York

    The bill that stops short of a total ban of horse-drawn buggies in Central Park and on New York City streets collapsed after the Teamsters union withdraws support. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

  • Hungry sea lion found in San Diego restaurant

    Hungry sea lion found in San Diego restaurant

    This young, hungry sea lion pup has been sitting in this restaurant all night. Staff from SeaWorld in San Diego come to the rescue. Sea lions are searching for warmth and high ground due to extreme tides and storms. After a big meal, the pup joins...

  • Elton John gives impromptu performance in train station

    Elton John gives impromptu performance in train station

    Sir Elton John delighted commuters with an impromptu performance on a piano at London's St Pancras International station. Photographs and videos posted on Twitter show John playing a piano in the middle of the station, surrounded by a throng of...

  • All because the lady loves... firefighter Patrick is new Milk Tray Man

    All because the lady loves... firefighter Patrick is new Milk Tray Man

    A firefighter has seen off more than 20,000 hopefuls to clinch the role of Cadbury's new modern Milk Tray Man by impressing judges with a line in thoughtful banter while performing a rescue lift. Patrick McBride, a 39-year-old husband and father...

  • Women twice as likely to yawn, study finds

    Women twice as likely to yawn, study finds

    Yawns are twice as "catching" in women as they are in men, a study has shown. The finding can be explained by the fact that women are the more empathic sex, say researchers. Growing evidence suggests that yawn "contagion" is closely linked to...

  • Michelangelo 'had arthritis'

    Michelangelo 'had arthritis'

    Michelangelo suffered from arthritis as he aged, but addiction to work may have extended the use of his hands, an expert has claimed. Three pictures of the great Renaissance sculptor and painter between the ages of 60 and 65 show evidence of...

  • Japan's soybean-hurling tradition

    Japan's soybean-hurling tradition

    Japanese mark the eve of spring by throwing beans to ward off evil spirits. Julie Noce reports.

  • Small dog performs big lion dance

    Small dog performs big lion dance

    A video of a Pomeranian dog in Thailand doing a traditional Chinese lion dance is getting a lot of attention ahead of Lunar New Year. The pooch is nearly two-years-old and is named "Zipplaw", which means "10-wheel truck" in Thai. It's also called...